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Atacama Desert

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Discover the mystical beauty and inspiring geology of the Atacama Desert. Witness the fantastic colorful display of the Valley of the Moon at sunset. Visit the altiplanic lagoons Miscanti & Meñiques and spend a day visiting the Tatio Geysers. With more time, you can choose from a variety of day tours that explore this incredible region. Take an archaeological tour at the famous the Museo Gustavo Le Paige museum. Explore the Lasana valley and its preserved petroglyphs. The opportunities to explore this region are endless. Spend your nights in San Pedro de Atacama, where our lodge options provides relaxing accommodations while appreciating the traditional ways of life of the indigenous communities of the area.
Atacama MoonThe salt flats of the Atacama Desert stretch as far as the eye can seeFlamingos in the lagoons of the Atacama DesertThe cracked terrain of AtacamaAtacama DesertLooking out over the Atacama DesertOn top of the world in the Atacama Desert, ChileEnjoy your stay at the uniquely stucco Hotel AltiplanicoA magnificent sunset over Atacama's Valley
  • Discover the mystical beauty and inspiring geology of the Atacama Desert.
  • View turquoise lagoons contrasting with the desert reds and oranges.
  • Experience the Geysers of Tatio as boiling steam bursts into the sky.
  • Watch the moon rise over the wind-sculpted salt statues in the Moon Valley
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Day 1: Arrive Atacama

This morning you fly to Calama airport, where you are met by a representative from the lodge and taken to your oasis in the desert - the Terrantai Lodge in San Pedro de Atacama. Once you are settled into your room and have explored the lodge, you set off to explore. This afternoon, you will visit the giant sand dunes and polychromatic rock formations of the Valley of the Moon.

Day 2: Miscanti & Meñique Lagoons

After breakfast set out on your adventure by driving to Toconao, a beautiful Andean village. Toconao's lands are an oasis in the desert and are apt for growing fruits and vegetables nourished by water coming in through small channels. Visit its main streets and San Lucas church, then continue to Quebrada de Jerez, a large canyon channelling the waters entering Toconao.
Next stop is Laguna Chaxa, a lagoon in the middle of the Atacama Salt Flat, home to beautiful Chilean and Andean flamingoes. Continue driving towards Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, full of turquoise water that contrasts with the reds and oranges of the Altiplanic lands. A truly incredible landscape, creating an unforgettable memory of the region.

Day 3: Tatio Geysers

A very early wake-up call from the hotel will be well worth it when you arrive at the amazing Geysers of Tatio to see them in action. From almost 3000 feet (900 meters) below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 130 feet (40 meters) into the air. A delicious breakfast will be served upon arrival before walking through the geothermal fields with the geysers erupting nearby. The drive back provides magnificent views of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes.
We arrive back in town in to venture out on your own for lunch and explore San Pedro.

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Day 4: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart from your lodge and return to Calama airport to fly on to your next adventure or return to Santiago to fly home. With extra time in Atacama, you can visit a stone craftsmen village, Atacama's salt flats, volcanoes, lagoons, and other wonderful and otherworldly landscapes.


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  • 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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  • Meals as listed
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  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Entrance Fee: El Tatio Geyser
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Santiago - Calama - Santiago


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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