Chile’s Atacama Desert

Book Now
  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $2,085
  • Length: 6 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Central and South America, Chile
  • Difficulty Rating:
  • Comfort Rating:
  • Exclusivity Rating:

Tour Description

Atacama is nestled along the coast of Chile, and is one of the greatest deserts on Earth. Isolated and beautiful, it offers the extremes - from lunar landscapes to lush river canyons. There are parched areas that have not been touched by rain for three centuries, and hidden arroyos that flood from brilliant summer rainstorms. Beauty here resides in the texture of the land, the starkness of the sky and in how life has found a way to conquer the desert. The Atacama Desert chronicles a history of the struggle for survival, the adaptation to environment and the comprehension of natural cycles.

  • The beauty colonial architecture of Santiago
  • The stark and mesmerizing moonscape vistas in Atacama
  • Exploring the stark landscape of the Atacama Desert by foot, bicycle or road
  • The volcano crater of Tres Marias
  • The clear night skies - offering incredible views of the southern constellations
  • Navigating through the labyrinth of vendors at the Los Dominicos Craft Center in Santiago

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Santiago. You are met on arrival, and taken to your hotel in the center of this scenic city. The majestic Andean Mountain Range anchors the city and can be seen from almost anywhere in town.

Ritz Carlton, Santiago

DAY 2

Santiago San Pedro de Atacama

This morning discover Santiago, the capital of Chile, and alive with fascinating architecture, a rich history, natural beauty and a dynamic economy. Santiago contains evocative remains of its colonial past set alongside ultramodern, high-rise buildings. It has a bustling business district that exists alongside boulevards of street vendors and local artisans selling their wares. Visit San Cristobal Hill, a beautiful park noted for its monumental sculpture of the Virgin Mary. This afternoon, fly to Calama in northern Chile. You are met upon arrival, and then driven through moonscape surroundings. Arrive at your accommodations in the village of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the barren desert. San Pedro de Atacama at 8,000 feet is called “The Valley of the Moon.” Your luxurious lodge is tucked away in a valley of serene beauty, nestled in the shadow of the Pukará de Quitor ruins, with the San Pedro River winding alongside. This is the perfect base for exploring the desert, cultural encounters, or simply absorbing the breathtaking landscape. (B,D)

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge Spa, San Pedro de Atacama

DAYS 3 & 4

San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy two full days of exploration. Please remember when choosing an excursion that the elevation at your hotel is 8,000 feet and might effect your endurance. The lodge offers a wide repertoire of activities: each day, based on climate conditions and guest abilities, eight options are available. All excursions are limited to small groups and led by resident experts; and range from easy to challenging in their difficulty. All excursions are done by vehicle, bicycle or on foot.(B,L,D)

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge Spa, San Pedro de Atacama

DAY 5

San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago

Enjoy your last morning in Atacama before you are transferred to Calama for your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are met, and are taken back to your Santiago hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city.(B)

Ritz Carlton, Santiago

DAY 6

Santiago Depart

This morning tour the Los Dominicos Craft Center, a renovated convent that is a unique Chilean shopping experience. It is a cozy labyrinth of more than 150 artisan and antique shops, cafés and a restored church. The center offers the most complete selection of crafts, arts and local products in Chile. You have your hotel room until 6:00 pm, when you will be transferred to the airport for your late evening flight home or to your next destination.

NOTE: Due to the late evening departure times, flights to the USA arrive the next day.(B)

Dayroom: Ritz Carlton, Santiago

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $2,085.00 per person double occupancy.

From $945.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Tour Notes