PEDRO ATACAMA-EXPLORA ATACAMA
Northern Chile's monumental landscape is represented
by the Atacama Desert, the driest on
the planet. The Atacama area has no recorded rainfall!
Its geography is unique and includes lagoons, volcanoes,
salt flats, geysers, hot springs, rivers and ravines,
together with widespread Spanish legacy of the XVI century,churches
and saltpeter deposits.together with the beauty of the
Atacama desert landscape, the
Chilean desert holds enormous archaeologocal riches:the
San Miguel museum in the Azapa valley in Arica and the
Padre Le paige museum in San Pedro de Atacama.
Intact ruins also abound in the Atacama Oasis.
Desert is the most arid in the world.
OF ATACAMA:4Days 3Nights-
From 475 USD
|-ARICA,PUTRE AND CHUNGARA LAKE:4Days- 3Nights-
From 550 USD
AND IQUIQUE:5Days- 4Nights- From 850 USD MORE INFORMATION
ATACAMA LODGE IN THE ATACAMA DESERT :From
4,5 AND 8 Days
transportation,lodging,full board,drinks and explorations.
MARVELS OF THE ATACAMA DESERT4Days
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA.
to Calama. Reception at the airport and transfer
to San Pedro de Atacama.
On route we will see the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt mountain
and the only view of the massive salt flat with the Licancabur
volcano in the background. Arrival to the hotel in San Pedro
de Atacama. Overnight
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA / QUITOR / VALLEY OF THE MOON / SAN
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will visit the Archaeological
Museum Padre Le Paige where we will witness an exhibition showing
the evolution of Atacamanian life over the last 11000 years.
We will then visit the town church, The Main Square, the house
of Pedro de Valdivia (a conquistador and the founder of Santiago).
We will the visit the Pukará de Quitor. In the afternoon we
will take an excursion to the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the
Moon), famous world wide for its “lunar” appearance, the salt
caverns, the Tres Marias (Three Marys) rock formations and the
great dune from where we will witness a spectacular sunset.
Return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA / TOCONAO / MISCANTE & MIÑIQUE
LAGUNES / SAN PEDRO
at the hotel. Full day excursion (with box lunch included) visiting
the village of Toconao with its interesting liparite stone buildings,
and then on to the Atacama salt flat where we will visit the
Famingo National Reservation, a habitat of 3 of the most beautiful
species of flamingo. We will then head for the altiplanic lakes
of Miscante and Miñique at over 4000 meters (over 13000
feet) above sea level. Finally we will head for the Aguas calientes
salt flat and the impressive Tuyajto lagoon. Return to the hotel
in San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight.
PEDRO DE ATACAMA / TATIO GEYSERS/ CALAMA
Early morning departure for the Tatio Geysers to
experience this spectacular demonstration of volcanic activity.
We will also visit the village of Caspana with its fertile terraces,
architecture in Liparita stone and characteristic mud-roofs.
We will continue with visits to the villages of Toconce and
Vegas de Turi on an awe inspiring route which takes us through
Chiu-Chiu and Lasana, with their important cultural and historical
legacies including one of the oldest and most beautiful churches
in Chile. Box lunch on route. We will arrive to Calama in the
afternoon. Transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
( Double Room ) Hotel
Casa de Don Tomas
Operates all year round.
Museums are closed on Mondays.
Entrance fees to Museums and natural sites included. Entrance
fees subject to change without prior notice
Due to high altitude (4321 meters / 14170 feet) the Tatio Geyser
field excursion is not recommended for small children,
pregnant women and people suffering from heart conditions.
Desert reservations or information
Call Toll free
1- 800- 811- 3077 or (305)
388 - 6400
|TOUR: Arica/Iquique and Chungara Lake 4Days 3 Nights
DAY 01 ARICA / AZAPA VALLEY / ARICA
Arrival to Arica. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Arica. In the afternoon we will have a comprehensive regular city tour of Arica visiting the beaches, the San Marcos Cathedral and the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House), the Morro de Arica (Arica hill) where we will appreciate a magnificent panoramic view of the city. We will then stop at the fishermen’s pier to watch the pelicans and sea-wolves. Our route then continues along the Azapa valley where we will observe geoglyphs, prehistoric cave paintings and drawings on the hillsides. We will also visit the archaeological museum of San Miguel where we will se an exhibition of the “Chinchorro Mummies”, which date back to 5000 BC. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Arica.
|DAY 02 ARICA / TIGNAMAR / BELEN / PUTRE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for a regular excursion through the desert, with short stops where we can observe the changes in the landscape from the desert to the lap of the Andes as well as the great variety of cacti. Box lunch included. We will visit the pre-Columbian villages of Tignamar, Belén, Chapiquiña, Socoroma and Putre, connected by small trails which are part of the Camino del Inca (Inca Way) and which still conserve their Aymará traditions, religion and agricultural system of terrace technology and platform irrigation. Arrival to Putre. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Putre.
DAY 03 PUTRE / PARINACOTA / LAKE CHUNGARA / ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart for a visit to the historic town of Parinacota and then onto Lake Chungará, one of the highest in the world at 4,570 m (15,000 feet) above sea level. We will enter the Lauca National Park where we will be surrounded by snow capped volcanoes and mountains. We will also be able to apreciate the majesty of Lake Chungará overlooked by the spectacular Payachatas volcanoes which are the “Mallkus” (Gods) of the Andes. The local fauna includes Guanacos, llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Vizcachas (a hare like rodent). Box lunch included. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel in Arica. Overnight.
|DAY 04 ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. At the agreed time, regular transfer to the airport to board departure flight.
at Arica airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour,
which includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Azapa.
Full day tour starts in the Lluta Valley and
proceeds to the Chilean High Plateau. Explore Lauca National Park
and Chungara Lake, habitat for hundreds of birds, both migratory
species as well as those unique to the region. Return and overnigth.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Iquique. Reception
and tranfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour with emphasis on Iquique's
Georgian style architecture. Overnight.
Full day excursion in the pampas to visit ghost towns like
Humberstone and examine the geoglyphs of Pintados. Tour continues
to the Pica Oasis and the prehispanic village of Matilla. Return
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.