Fulfill your sense of adventure and explore one of mother-natures’ most stark yet beautiful landscapes – The Atacama Desert…

INTRODUCTION

Combine visits to Chile’s capital – Santiago with the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert. Discover Santiago, a modern city where 400-year old colonial mansions nestle between glass encapsulated skyscrapers, and where Latin and European cultures merge harmoniously. Travel to one of the driest and most remote places on earth and explore the natural attractions of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Its dramatic landscapes made up of salt-flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot-springs beckon to be explored. Enrich your sense of adventure with our all-encompassing 8-days luxury Chile vacation package.

QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:

  • Day 1: Arrive into Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2: Morning Panoramic Tour of Santiago de Chile
  • Day 3: Wines of the Casa Blanca Valley
  • Day 4: Fly to Calama, Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 5: Morning Tour of Moon Valley & Death Valley, Evening Stargazing
  • Day 6: Full Day Tatio Geyser & Machuca Town
  • Day 7: Morning Horseback Ride, Free Afternoon to Relax
  • Day 8: Transfer to Calama, Fly to Santiago, International Departure
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Day 01 – Arrive into Santiago de Chile

Located centrally in the center of country, equal distances from the Andes and Pacific Ocean, Santiago is Chile’s capital city. This busy cosmopolitan metropolis surrounded by many of the world’s best wineries is home to 6-million residents and is famous for its neoclassical colonial center. On arrival at Santiago’s International Airport, we will collect you and transfer you to your hotel for the evening.
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Day 02 – Morning Panoramic Tour of Santiago de Chile

Today you’ll explore both colonial and modern Santiago with a local expert guide. The tour starts with a visit to the view point of San Cristobal Hill (2640ft / 880 mts), before heading to Plaza de Armas where the city was founded by Spanish Conqueror Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. Visit the most important colonial buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the City Council Building and the Central Post Office. The tour also includes visits to original colonial neighborhoods, where you can visit famous landmarks such as Concha y Toro Square and later some of the modern neighborhoods on the eastern side of the city.
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Day 03 – Wines of the Casa Blanca Valley

Driving towards the port city of Valparaiso, you’ll leave the cityscapes of Santiago to explore the surrounding wine country. Passing through Chile’s longest tunnel – Lo Prado Tunnel – you’ll emerge into the Curacavi Valley, before continuing onto the famous Casablanca Valley. Established in 1993 by descents of Italian immigrants, the Casas Bosque Vineyard is now one of the finest producers of wine in Chile. Covering 580 acres, this family run boutique vineyard now produces some 1.2 million bottles of wine a year. Famous for its world class chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and syrah wines, the Casas Bosque Vineyard is considered to be one of the best vineyards in Chile. Lunch is included at Tanino - the vineyards own award-winning restaurant. After lunch you’ll visit the vineyard’s wine cellars for a tasting session.
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Day 04 – Fly to Calama, Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

From Santiago you’ll take a 2-hour flight to Calama, the capital of El Loa Province in northern Chile. From Calama you’ll continue by road for a 90-minute drive to San Pedro de Atacama, a dusty remote oasis town perfect for exploring the Atacama Desert. Located on a high Andean altiplano, the Atacama Desert receives about 1/32” (1 mm) of rain per year, making it one of the driest places on the planet. Its dramatic landscapes made up of salt-flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot-springs beckon to be explored. You’ll have the late-afternoon to relax in your luxury lodge accommodation on the outskirts of the town.
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Day 05 – Morning Tour of Moon Valley & Death Valley, Evening Stargazing

Start your Atacama Desert adventure with a morning excursion to Moon Valley and Death Valley. After a 30-minute drive we’ll arrive at the Salt Mountain Range, one of the main attractions in the area. Here between the Andes and the Cordillera Domeyko, we find Death Valley and Moon Valley. The Moon Valley is a place like no other; rugged rock formations jutting up from the earth in deep ochre colors form a unique moonlike landscape from which the valley takes its name. Learn about the area’s mining past, its canyons formed by water millions of years ago and its rock salt, selenite and clay formations. We will visit the Los Flamencos National Reserve, the Central Crater, the Three Marys geological formations and for the best photo opportunities the Kari lookout.

The Atacama Desert is known to be one of the best places on earth for stargazing. So, armed with a powerful telescope and the knowledge of our expert guides, we include a fascinating evening of astronomy. The night sky changes constantly throughout the year, so depending on when you visit you might view Saturn’s rings, craters on the moon, nebulas and even supernovas.

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Day 06 – Full Day Tatio Geyser & Machuca Town

The natural wonder of the Tatio Geysers is our destination today. Located on a high Andean Plateau at more than 14,000 feet above sea level, this geothermal field is the largest in the southern hemisphere. Ejecting powerful and steamy jets of water turbulently from the ground, the Tatio Geysers field is a memorable spectacle found in only a few places in the world. The journey continues to Pozón Rústico, where you’ll have the opportunity to bathe in thermal waters the mountain range provides for us. On the return to San Pedro de Atacama we’ll stop at Machuca village, an ancient town known for the extraction of llareta (a plant that you might see in a science fiction film) and sulfur. This interesting place, with houses built from adobe, straw and cactus wood is like no other. See the real Chile and connect with people from a completely different walk of life.
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Day 07 – Morning Horseback Ride, Free Afternoon to Relax

Soak up the stunning scenery as you walk, trot, or canter along, feeling closer than ever to nature on whichever route you opt for. The difficulty level and duration of the horseback rides are up to you, they can take between 2-4 hours and be as easy or challenging as you like! As part of our commitment to sustainability, we always work with small, local providers; our guides are true experts in their field and take great care of their beautiful horses. So, saddle up and prepare for an energizing half day excursion deep into the Atacama Desert.

We leave the afternoon free for you to rest. Take a trip into San Pedro de Atacama, have lunch and pick up a few souvenirs to take home. Or, simply enjoy some relaxation time by the pool with a cool beer or a fine glass of Chilean wine.

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Day 08 – Transfer to Calama, Fly to Santiago, International Departure

Following breakfast, you’ll return to Calama by road, where you’ll catch a domestic flight to Santiago de Chile and connect to your international flight home.

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury travel expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

  • US$ 350+ per person per day (based on 5 star hotels)
  • US$ 250 – 350 per person per day (based on 4 star hotels)
  • US$ 180 – 250 per person per day (based on 3 star hotels)

Included in the Price:

  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
  • Entrance tickets.
  • Hotel nights + breakfasts.
  • Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
  • 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).

Not Included in the Price:

  • International flights.
  • Domestic flight package. Flights needed Santiago – Calama – Santiago. Approximate cost US$ 350 – 420. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Domestic flight package. Flights needed Santiago – Calama – Santiago. Approximate cost US$ 350 – 420. We can purchase.

Summary
This trip is suitable anytime of the year.

High Season: December – February (Summer)
Pleasant day time temperatures and more warmer nights are perfect for exploring the Atacama Desert. This is also the busiest time for tourists.

Low Season: June – August (Winter)
During the winter months the Atacama Desert sees lower night time temperatures and the possibility of storms, making this a less desirable time to travel to the Atacama Desert.

Should Season: September – November (Spring) / March – May (Fall)
These months see more mild weather conditions and less tourists, making it a good time to travel to the Atacama Desert.

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. This tour can start on any day of the year. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.

Suitability:

This vacation package is suitable for all ages and families. Due to the remote location of some of the destinations and heat, this may not be suitable for young children or babies under 5 years old.

Difficulty:

Moderate: Although this travel package is suitable for most people, some activities require a certain amount of physical fitness. Excursions include moderate levels of walking in dry hot conditions, which may not be suitable for all people. For the horseback riding it is recommended that you have some previous experience. The horseback riding can be exchanged with another activity if required.

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. This tour can start on any day of the year. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.

Suitability:

This vacation package is suitable for all ages and families. Due to the remote location of some of the destinations and heat, this may not be suitable for young children or babies under 5 years old.

Difficulty:

Moderate: Although this travel package is suitable for most people, some activities require a certain amount of physical fitness. Excursions include moderate levels of walking in dry hot conditions, which may not be suitable for all people. For the horseback riding it is recommended that you have some previous experience. The horseback riding can be exchanged with another activity if required.

Destinations Visited:

  • Santiago de Chile
  • Casa Blanca Valley
  • San Pedro de Atacama & surrounding attractions.

Vacation Package Type:

  • Sightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Family
  • Light Adventure
  • Food & Wine

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