San Pedro De Atacama with Santiago – 6 Days
Day 1: Santiago De Chile
Arrive into Chile and you will be transferred to the hotel of your choice. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Day 2: Santiago de Chile City tour
Breakfast. Pick up at the hotel for your departure for a half-day visit to the city of Santiago de Chile. The tour will allow you to know the origin of the city and emblematic places such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office and the Municipality of Santiago. You will also visit the La Moneda Palace, the seat of government, and the most traditional neighborhoods of the historic center. The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucía hill, called Huelén by the native peoples, a true urban oasis in the middle of the city center. There you will learn more about the history of Chile and enjoy privileged views of the capital.
The second part of the tour will take you to the eastern part of the capital, where the financial heart of Santiago is located, known for its modern buildings, huge glass towers and works by important national architects. Free afternoon. We suggest visiting vineyards at Maipo Valley, such as Undurraga, Concha y Toro and Santa Rita. Overnight.
Day 3: Santiago de Chile – Calama – San Pedro De Atacama
Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to the airport to take flight to Calama. On arrival at the airport of Calama your will be transferred to the city of San Pedro de Atacama.
Departure for half day excursion Moon Valley, a true geological show.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 hundreds 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, we offer a cocktail and a wine tasting. Overnight.
Day 4: San De Pedro Atacama
Breakfast. We shall depart for the full day excursion to Salar de Atacama and Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti-Meñique. 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 water 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 Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti-Meñique are located at 4.500 m. above the sea level. 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, where we´ll have lunch. This is a place in which 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. Overnight.
Day 5: San Pedro De Atacama
Check out. Early departure from the hotel, as 4.00 am approximately, to visit Tatio Geysers. On this exciting tour, we will visit the impressive Tatio Geysers, at 4000 meters above sea level on the Andean plateau.
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 an important bird fauna on the little rivers that flow to the great Salar de Atacama. Overnight.
Day 6: San Pedro De Atacama – Calama – Santiago De Chile
Breakfast and check out at the hotel. Transfer out to the airport of Calama to take flight for Santiago, and subsequent flight connection back to the country of origin.