San Pedro de Atacama - The Lagoons Route
4 days / 3 nights Code: CDA007
Average: 5,0 / 5 Based on 1 of our traveler's comments
"Services from VisitChile and the subcontracted agency TurisTour were excellent. VisitChile staff did an excellent job of booking the trip. TurisTour did an excellent job of rescheduling the tours to work around the road closures due to weather conditions. All staff were extremely courteous and helpful. We appreciate receiving a refund for the tour to the geysers that we were unable to take because the road was closed."
shirley (Estados Unidos)
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We invite you to San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings, Altimplanic Lagoons, Tebenquiche and Cejar lagoons and visit the beautiful and mystical Moon Valley.
Day 01: Airport - San Pedro de Atacama - The Moon Valley
Reception and transfer from the Airport of Calama to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to the moon valley (16:00 hrs. in summer / 15:00 hrs. in winter; summer season begin on october 1st).
19 km from San Pedro, in the Salt Mountain Range, is the Moon Valley, declared a nature sanctuary and monument and protected by the uniqueness of its beauty. It consists of a depression surrounded by small hills with impressively sharp peaks. The tour is an imaginary trip to landscapes that do not belong in our world, but to other planets. We will see Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the area. We continue to Moon Valley, where we will find geological formations that are the result of successive foldings of the earth's crust.
In the valley is possible to appreciate the salt sculptures known as Las Tres Marias, formed by wind erosion.
Continuing with the tour we will walk through the interior of the caves that remain from the old deposits, to get closer to valley where is the Big Dune. After a break, we will climb this dune, which impresses with its size and is used for extreme sports as snowboarding
Towards dusk, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities of the visitor.
Come back to hotel. Lodging.
Day 02: Altiplanic Lagoons Tour and Atacama Salt
Departure at 09:00 hrs. from the hotels.
Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile, has the one of the largest flamingo reserves in the country (the National Flamingo Reserve). We will head in on a small path, towards Chaxa Lake, in order to see and identify the different flamingo species in the area. Miscanti and Miñiques Lakes, located at 4,220 meters, are also part of the National Reserve, and are managed by the indigenous community of Socaire. The eruption of the Miñiques volcano one million years ago caused the water that once drained to the Salt Flat to stagnate, giving rise to these two highland lakes with their blue water and white shores. On the way back, we pass through Toconao, where we can find typical handicrafts in the Atacama zone, also the San Lucas Tower (National Monument and town symbol). We will visit the small factory and craft fair in the area, rich in alpaca wool items and handicrafts in cactus.
Come back to San Pedro at 16:00 hrs. approximately. Lodging.
Day 03: Cejar and Tebenquiche Lagoons
Breakfast at hotel and free morning to visit San Pedro de Atacama.
At 15:00 Hrs (winter) / 16:00 hrs. (summer; summer season begin on october 1st we start our trip to Cejar and Tebinquiche Lagoons.
20 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama and at 2,300 meters high, Cejar Lagoon is surrounded by salt crystals in the middle of the Atacama Salt Flat, a beautiful environment.
The magical turquoise waters are inviting and have a buoyancy level higher than that of the Dead Sea, because of high concentrations of salt and lithium. Very nearby are the Ojos del Salar (Eyes of the Salt Flat), two freshwater pools. After enjoying these breathtaking natural sites, come back to San Pedro de Atacama. Lodging.
Day 04: Tatio Geysers - Airport
Departure at 04:30 hrs. from the hotel
We leave at dawn from San Pedro de Atacama Hotel to go to the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal center with geysers that can only be seen very early in the morning. After seeing this spectacular sight in a magnificent natural setting, we eat breakfast. On the way back, we see the majestic Andes mountain range, whose peaks seem close enough to touch. We then arrive at Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm.
Transfer to airport.
End of our services.
- Bird watching
- Geology and Volcanoes
- Mystic Routes
Today rates(Apr/01/2014 until Dec/31/2014)
Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person
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- CLP Chilean Peso
- Program applies to flights arriving and departing before 11:00 hrs and departing after 18:00 hrs.
- Transfer from and to the Airport from 00:00 to 06:00 AM must pay an additional fee.
- Services in shared vehicle with guide in English and Spanish language
- Transfer from/to the airport does not include guide.
- Services excursions can vary in order, before the arrival to the airport. When receiving passengers at the airport is given a welcome letter with details of services and final times.
- Transfers (Transfer from and to the Airport from 00:00 to 06:00 AM must pay an additional fee).
- Entrances fee only in SINGLE base until December 31, 2014. Entrance fee not included in 2015 rates.
- Regular Services with Spanish / English guide.
- Excursion detailed in the itinerary.
- 3 nights of lodging in the selected hotel.
- Air tickets.
- Entrance fee. Entrance fee must be purchaded directly in San Pedro de Atacama.
- Meals and other not specified extras.
- Personal travel insurance.