The Best of San Pedro de Atacama
5 days / 4 nights Code: CDA005
Places you will see
|Los Flamencos National Reserve|
|Salt Mountain Rage|
|San Pedro de Atacama|
Average: 4,6 / 5 Based on 11 of our traveler's comments
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Complete program to the San Pedro de Atacama main destinations, Puritama Hotsprings, Moon Valley, an Archaeological Tour, Tatio Geysers and more.
Day 01: Calama Airport / San Pedro de Atacama / The Moon Valley
Reception and transfer from the Calama Airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to the Moon Valley (04:00 pm in summer / 03:00 pm in winter / 02:00 pm from May 15 to August 13, 2016; summer season begins in October 2. Subject to confirmation).
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 does not belong to our world, but to other planets. We will see the Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the area. We continue to the 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
At sunset, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities of the visitor.
Return to hotel. Lodging.
Day 02: San Pedro de Atacama - Puritama Hot Springs.
At 2:00 pm departure to the Puritama Hot Springs. Schedule subject to confirmation when booking.
Located at 30 Km. aprox. from San Pedro de Atacama we will find the Puritama River, its waters come from the Mountain Range, they warm up because of the proximity of the vulcanic material and this place, they surface. This area features the basic services needed and terraces in each swimming pool. Here, we will enjoy an incredible landscape, a 33°C thermal bath with healing properties. Return to the hotel, lodging.
Day 03: San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplanic Lagoons - Atacama Salt Flat
At 09:00 am (pick up is 30 minutes before in reception of the hotel). Schedule subject to confirmation when booking.
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.
Lunch in Socaire.
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, featuring alpaca wool items and handicrafts in cactus.
Return to the hotel. Lodging at the hotel.
Day 04: San Pedro de Atacama - Archaeological Tour
Breakfast in the hotel. At 09:30 am. departure from the hotel. Schedule subject to confirmation when booking.
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 remarkable 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 12th century, was a witness to decisive historic events that are part of the local culture. We end our trip in San Pedro de Atacama, with a visit to the church before the return to hotels.
Day 05: San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers - Calama Airport
Departure at 5:30 am from the hotel. Pick up at the hotel at 4:30 am. Schedule subject to confirmation when booking.
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 services.
Today rates(Jan/01/2017 until Mar/31/2017)
Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person
- USD Dollar
- CLP Chilean Peso
- Transfer from and to the Airport between 08:59 pm and 07:00 AM must pay an additional fee.
- Program applies to flights arriving before 11:00 am and departing after 18:00 pm.
- Services in shared vehicle with English and Spanish speaking guide, except in Puritama Hot Springs which includes a Spanish speaking driver.
- 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.
- Kimal Hotel Rates and Altiplánico Hotel not available for long weekends or holidays.
- Transfers (Transfer from and to the Airport between 08:59 pm and 07:00 am must pay an additional fee).
- Regular Services with English and Spanish speaking guide, except in Puritama Hot Springs which includes a Spanish speaking driver.
- Excursion detailed in the itinerary.
- 4 nights of lodging in the selected hotel.
- Entrance fee. Entrance fee must be purchased directly in San Pedro de Atacama.
- Air tickets.
- Meals and other not specified extras.
- Personal travel insurance.