San Pedro de Atacama Tour - Mix Route
4 days / 3 nights Code: CDA002
Places you will see
|Los Flamencos National Reserve|
|Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons|
|Salt Mountain Rage|
|San Pedro de Atacama|
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Excursions to Atacama salt lake, Moon Valley, Flamingos National Park, and enjoy an archaeological tour.
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 (4:00 pm in summer / 3:00 pm in winter; summer season begins on September 1. (Time subject to confirmation)st).
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, 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.
Day 03: Archaeological Tour
Breakfast in the hotel. At 09:00 hrs. departure from the hotel.
A landscape without history loses the richness that time and people have brought to it. Therefore, on this excursion, we invite you to discover the richness of the Atacama, or Likan Antai, culture. We will gather fascinating information about who lived in the area and how they did it, from pre-Columbian to colonial times. We will learn about the customs and traditions of the different cultures that lived in the area by visiting the most notable archaeological sites such as Tulor and Pukará de Quitor. The miraculously preserved village of Tulor is the oldest remaining ancient dwelling place in the Atacama Basin, and the first human settlement, called "Cuna de los Likan Antai (Cradle of the Likan Antai people)".Pukará de Quitor, a construction from the twelfth century, was a witness to decisive historic events that are part of the local culture. We ended our trip in San Pedro de Atacama, with a visit to the church before the return to hotels.
Day 04: Tatio Geysers - Airport
Departure at 6:00 am. 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/01/2015 until Sep/30/2015)
Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person
- USD Dollar
- CLP Chilean Peso
- Transfer from and to the Airport from 00:00 to 06:00 AM must pay an additional fee.
- Program applies to flights arriving before 11:00 hrs and departing after 18:00 hrs.
- 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).
- 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.