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5 Days Discover Atacama Secrets

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Overview


Travel to one of the most emblematic parts of Chile! The Atacama desert! On this trip, you will live new experiences while creating incredible memories in this thin coastal desert, squished between the Pacific Ocean and Andes Mountains, that will be in your heart and mind for years.

Highlights


  • Visit the driest desert of the world
  • Adventure and culture at the same time
  • Unique landscapes
5 Days Discover Atacama Secrets

Description


5 Days Discover Atacama Secrets

Travel to one of the most emblematic parts of Chile! The Atacama desert!

On this trip, you will live new experiences while creating incredible memories that will be in your heart and mind for years.

The tour starts when you arrive at the airport of Calama, after that your transport will pick you up and take you to San Pedro de Atacama. You will have a 5-day adventure visiting the highlights of the Atacama desert and discovering all its secrets. It is considered one of the driest coastal deserts in the world, turning it into a unique landscape to enjoy.

What's included


  • Inclusions:
  • Professional Certified Guides for every tour
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Altiplanic Lagoons & Red Stones entrance fee and lunch
  • Exclusions:
  • International flights
  • Local flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned as included
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation

Itinerary


  1. Visited Places:
  2. San Pedro de Atacama
  3. Valley of the Moon
  4. El Tatio
  5. Piedras Rojas
  6. Laguna Cejar

Day 1: Calama Airport - San Pedro de Atacama - Astronomical Tour

Once you arrive at Calama, we will transfer you from the airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Today you will have the chance to learn and enjoy one of the brightest nights you will ever see. The guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8 PM and you will have a short ride to the middle of nowhere where the tour will start.

We will observe different types of stars according to their age (blue, yellow, and red), doubles, and variables solar systems. Then we’ll go for nebulae (delivery rooms of stars) and cluster stars

At the end of the tour, we will observe nearby galaxies, clusters of billions of stars that have traveled together almost from the beginning of our universe.

Day 2: Full Day Trip- Red Rocks, Lagunas Altiplanicas & Atacama Salt Flats

We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning to start this trip outside the city. The tour to the Red Rocks & Altiplanic Lagoons will take us through important tourist places inside the Atacama Desert. To reach the Red Rocks Lagoon, also known as Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, we will have to go up in our vehicle to 3800 meters of altitude and walk for 1 hour and 15 minutes, to see the red-colored rocks, besides some lagoons and salt flats around.

In the same way, we will make a stop in the Chaxa Lagoon, a place where you will be able to see flamingos. Then, we will go to the area of Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques, where our guide will give us some information about the flora and fauna of the place. Then, we will pass by the town of Socaire and the Tropic of Capricorn, where we will make a stop to take pictures.

Day 3: Morning Tour to the Tatio Geysers - Afternoon Visit Valley of the Moon

A must in the Atacama is Tatio Geysers Tour, a unique show in the world with 80 smoking geysers at 4200 m altitude.

On the tour to the Tatio Geysers, we will leave at dawn from San Pedro de Atacama towards the Altiplano, climbing the hills and mountains of the Andes Mountains. After 1 hour and a half of travel, we will arrive at the Geysers, a unique natural spectacle in the world, with 80 smoking geysers at 4200 m altitude. Next to this natural setting, we will enjoy a breakfast refueling, then tour the geothermal field, surrounded by numerous steam columns. Also, it is possible to visit the rustic well that is within the same field.

On the way back to San Pedro de Atacama, we will make a stop at the Putana River, where we will observe the native flora and fauna of the place, and then make another stop in the town of Machuca, where it is possible to buy flame anticuchos, empanadas, and other typical foods from the area

In the afternoon, after having some time for lunch, you will head to "El Valle de la Luna", surprise yourself with the enormous figures of salt and clay constructed with the passing of the years and the wind. There is no life in this valley, nor humidity, turning it the most inhospitable place on the planet.

When the sun sinks, it is painting pie tones on the edges of hills and defiles, while the wind blows among the rocks and the sky passes from pink to purple and finally black.

Day 4: Visit to Laguna Cejar, Ojos del Salar and Laguna Tebiquinche

After breakfast, we will start this day visiting a series of lagoons inside the Atacama salt flat, Chile's largest salt flat. First, we will visit the famous Cejar Lagoon and Piedra Lagoon, surrounded by green and yellow grass, which highlights the color of the water, while we see a unique landscape of turquoise waters and volcanoes. In the Piedra Lagoon, we will enjoy swimming with a flotation effect similar to the one in the Dead Sea.

After that, we will visit the Ojos del Salar, two deep freshwater wells in the middle of the desert. Then, we will visit the Tebinquinche Lagoon, where we will walk by its track to see the incredible views where the sky merges with the desert and the salt whiteness.

Day 5: Departure from Calama

It's time to say goodbye, we will take you to Calama's airport to take your next flight.

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