Day 1              Calama – San Pedro de Atacama – Moon Valley

Arrive in Calama’s Airport and transfer to selected Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.  In the evening, one of the most expected moments is the sunset, and the best place to wait for it is the “Cordillera de la Sal” with its valleys, which are called Valle de Marte (Mars Valley) and Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), which are saline and clayed shapes, product of mineralogical folds that occurred hundred of millions years ago, originating little mountains with strange and capricious shapes, that sunset turns them into a moon landscape scene.  To celebrate this natural spectacle, Rutas Andinas offers a cocktail and a wine tasting.  Later, return to San Pedro de Atacama.  Accommodation.

Day 2              Atacama Salt Flat

Breakfast in the Hotel.  Trip by the largest place of the zone, that lets us reach the great Salar de Atacama, a white and rugged surface where the lagoons keep a great number of flamingoes that choose this waters for nesting.  Geological research studies suggest this great salar as the most important lithium reserve in the world, about in a 40%.  Under weak and narrow streams little villages are settled.  One of the most charming and colorful is Toconao, where an original architecture in Liparita stone can be appreciated, the old church building is outstanding in this area.  This is a little village that invites you to meet both, the place itself and its people, who spend their time on handmade fine wool knitting.  The program also includes the excursion to Altiplanics Lagoons Miscanti-Meñique. These lagoons are located at 4.500 m. above the sea level.  They are of great beauty.  In their landscapes varied shades of colors can be appreciated, also, their flora and fauna is singular, since they exist only in these protected areas.  The height allows being very near mountains and volcanoes, some of which are sacred and they have inspired beautiful legends of the Desert of Atacama.   By the way we can visit the town of Socaire, place in that the ancestral traditions of their inhabitants have lasted through the time, shepherds or farmers that cultivate the “pachamama” using the old system of Andean terraces.  Later, return to San Pedro de Atacama.  Accommodation.

Day 3              Tatio Geyser – Calama

Breakfast in the Hotel.  .  Exploration to the highest geothermic area, located at 4.300 mts. above the sea level in the Andean Range, Geysers of Tatio.  The steam columns  ascend even 50 meters high, mixed with the fabulous  beauty of The Andes, full of color  and with many kind of animals, where the most  typical is the Vicuña, an American camel adapted to live in extreme geographical and climatic conditions.  The geothermic fields have their origins in the magma.  The waters from The Andes thaws filtrate between crust cracks going down to deep hot zones, finally water reaches the magma raising as steam and boiling water, forming the steam columns and springs.  At the return, nature gives us a spectacular landscape full of mountains and volcanoes over  5.500 mts. above the sea level, and also an important bird fauna on the little rivers that flow to the great Salar de Atacama. Return to San Pedro de Atacama with short excursion to Machuca Town.  Accommodations.

Day 4              San Pedro de Atacama  – Calama

Breakfast in the Hotel.  Free day.  Later, transfer to Calama’s airport to take your flight back to Santiago.  End of our services.

Services included

  • 3 nights of accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama, with breakfast included
  • Regular transfer from the Airport in Calama to Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and return with Spanish driver
  • Moon Valley regular excursion with wine tasting and cocktail included
  • Full day excursion to Atacama Salt Flat, with Miscanit and Meñiques Lagoons with lunch included in Socaire
  • Tatio Geyser excursion with breakfast included
  • Machuca Town excursion
  • Bilingual Spanish – English guides
  • Entrances to all the Nacional Reserves and Park
  • Regular Programs

Rates

Rates are per passenger, according the Hotel selected:

HOTEL NAMECategorySingle RoomDouble RoomTriple Room
Altiplanico Hotel First U$ 841U$ 664U$ 605
Kimal Hotel TouristU$ 891U$ 662U$ 624
Poblado Kimal Hotel TouristU$ 830U$ 632U$ 635
La Casa de Don Tomas HotelTouristU$ 687U$ 567U$ 538
San Pedro HosteriaTouristU$ 870U$ 619U$ 593

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