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Chile

Atacama: Salt Flats, Desert, Geysers & Flamingos

3 days | 2 nights
Private tour
From 869USD per person
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There are obvious reasons why the Atacama desert is Chile's most popular destination: sand dunes, salt lakes, volcanoes, geysers and lagoons. The combination of these amazing landscapes and features conspires to create the mysterious and unearthly atmosphere of the place. This 3 day-2 night private tour will take you through the desertic and lunar Moon Valley where you will step on the driest place on Earth, the Atacama salt flats. You will also cross Los Flamencos National Reserve and get lost in the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons where the dark blue waters contrast with the surrounding volcanoes. On your last morning, you will experience the unique El Tatio geyser field, the largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere which is also the highest in the world and the third largest in the world. Atacama certainly is a unique place you should not miss when traveling to Chile.

Destinations

Chile

Trip at a glance

Visits

San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley, Atacama Salt Flats, Miscanti and Meniques Lagoons, Tatio Geysers

Accomodation

2 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Transportation

private car & driver for all transfers and visits

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Flight to Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley

Morning

Transfer to the airport (30 min). 

Direct flight to Calama (2 hours), the world copper capital and the largest oasis in this desertic region. 

Arrival at Calama airport, pick-up and transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama with your private guide and driver (1 hour 20 min). 

Arrival and check in at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. 

Afternoon

Free afternoon to explore San Pedro's rustic streets whose adobe buildings stand out in this arid environment. 

Late afternoon, your private English-speaking guide will take you to the Moon Valley (30 min). 

Discover this amazing desertic landscape and marvel at the incredible rock patterns coated in a thin layer of salt. 

These unique natural formations came out of a long-gone lake and were slowly shaped by centuries of wind and water erosion. 

Evening

The amazing sunset will bask the end of your visit in warm tones that cannot be experienced anywhere else. 

Drive back to San Pedro de Atacama (40 min). 

Overnight at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 2 Atacama salt flats, Chaxa Lagoon, Los Flamencos National Reserve: Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons

Morning

Departure to the largest salt flat in Chile, the driest place on Earth. 

Stop at the Chaxa Lagoon (1 hour). 

This area is occupied by three different species of flamingoes: the Andean flamingo, the Chilean flamingo and the James's flamingo. 

Free time to walk around the lagoon and see those magnificient pink birds in action (1 hour). 

Drive through Los Flamencos National Reserve across the altiplano to the splendid Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons at 13,780 feet (4200 metres) above sea level. 

Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before heading back towards San Pedro de Atacama. 

Afternoon

Enjoy some free time to walk around Toconao, a charming village where houses were built with volcanic rock and pop in one of the few craft shops to hunt for local treasures (30 min). 

Drive back to San Pedro de Atacama (30 min). 

End of the afternoon at leisure. 

Evening

Free evening in San Pedro de Atacama. 

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 El Tatio Geysers, free afternoon in San Pedro de Atacama

Morning

Remember to wear warm clothes, it can be extremely cold in the morning! 

Early departure (approx. 5 am) to drive to El Tatio geyser field (1 hour 30 min) where the geysers' steam is only visible in the morning.

This is the largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere, the highest (14.170 ft - 4320m) and the third largest in the world. 

This 12-square-mile geothermic field boasts over 60 active geysers, boiling water fountains, fumaroles, hot springs, mud pools and mud volcanoes that put on an impressive show every day of the year (2 hours). 

Drive back towards San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour 30 min). 

Afternoon

After lunch, transfer to Calama airport (1 hour 20 min). 

Check-in and direct flight to Santiago (2 hour). 

Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel downtown (30 min). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago. 

MEALS
  • Outdoor breakfast next to the Tatio geysers

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What's included

Accommodation

Nights
2 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
3 breakfasts
Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches (including box lunches) + 3 dinners

Transportation

Car
private car & driver for all transfers and visits

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide for all mentioned visits

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees included

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 340 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
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