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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.
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.
Atacama, isolated and beautiful, 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. (B,D)
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. (2B,2L,2D)
Lickanantai Culture - Half day,
Pucará de Quitor, San Pedro de Atacama - Gustavo Le-Paige Museum, the Church, main square, and handicrafts market & the Tulor Village
Toconao – Atacama Salt Flats (Chaxas Lagoon) - Half day,
Village of Toconao, "Hidden Valley" in Kunza - church, square, bell tower & local handicrafts, National Flamingo Reserve, Chaxas lagoon (30-minute walk)
Sunset In The Valley Of The Moon - Half day,
Quitor, Calama, Tres Marías - central crater, amphitheatre & Sunset spot
Cave Paintings - Half day,
Hierbas Buenas - petroglyphs, Santiago de Rio Grande - architecture, handicrafts & crops, Matancilla & Rainbow Valley
Mountain Bike Excursions:
Quitor Ayllu And San Pedro De Atacama - Half day,
10 km. Quitor Valley, Quitor Ayllu & visit San Pedro de Atacama town
Katarpe Valley - Half day, 15 km. Foot of Quitor Pukara, cross San Pedro River, Katarpe Valley & its church
Cejar Lagoon - Half day, 21.6 km. Quitor Ayllu, San Pedro de Atacama, Conde Duque Ayllu, Yaye and Solcor & Poconche Ayllu; dirt road to the Cejar Lagoon
Inca Pass - Half day, 29 km. Katarpe Valley, Coca Rock, Llano de la Paciencia & Mars Valley
Desert Valleys - Half day, 43 km. (steep grades) Cross the San Pedro River, Quitor Valley, western face of the Cordillera de la Sal range, Coca Rock, Llano de la Paciencia, Valley of the Moon, Tres Marías & San Pedro de Atacama
Tambo – Katarpe - Half day,
3 km. Katarpe Ayllu – church, plains & ravines, ancient Inca tambo of Katarpe
Jere Valley - Half day,
4 km. Village of Toconao, "Hidden Valley" in Kunza, Jere Valley
Quezala Ravine - Half day,
4.2 km. Foot of Lascar volcano, village of Talabre, Quezala Ravine & petroglyphs
Katarpe - El Diablo Ravine - Half day,
2.8 km. Katarpe Ayllu – church, Cordillera de la Sal range ravines, El Diablo Ravine
Alto Katarpe - Half day,
5 km. Calama, across the ridge of Cordillera de la Sal range & Catarpe Valley
Los Colorados - Half day,
6 km. Across the ridge of Cordillera de la Sal range & Great Dune of the Mars Valley
Los Cardones Ravine - Half day,
6.1 km. Guatin, Vilama river ravine, Apacheta
Kari Ravine - Half day,
9 km. Walk Kari Ravine & Kari Canyon
Valley Of The Moon to Kamur - Half day,
9 km. Valley of the Moon park - sand dunes, canyons, the great crater & Tres Marías Lookout
Additional half and full day excursions are available but require altitude acclimatization of more than 2 days.
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)
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. (B)
NOTE: Due to the late evening departure times, flights to the USA arrive the next day.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel, Santiago
The Lastarria Boutique Hotel was built in 1927 and has since been renovated and transformed into an outstanding boutique hotel. From historical architecture to exquisite customer service, guests are sure to find every need met during their stay. The Lastarria is located in the heart of bohemian Santiago and is just minutes away from fine dining, cafés, museums and cinemas, as well as several tourist attractions such as the Baquedano Subway station. Guests can also indulge in the Hotel Lounge where chefs prepare delightful meals with local products and servers offer a selection of Chile's best wines.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama
The Alto Atacama experience is the essence of simple luxury, tranquility and space. The main grounds are perfect for enjoying a walk at sunset or sunrise among the gardens filled with native plants and locally crafted art. The lodges living room has a great fireplace to provide warmth while paging through the books of the library. The outdoor lounge areas have small fire pits that are lighted every night to enjoy the crisp air and the colors of the sunset and nightfall. The food in Alto Atacama is healthy, delicious, and fuels body and soul before and after a day of exploring the desert. There is a main indoor dining room and two outdoor dining rooms (one adjacent to the pools). The rooms are spacious and comfortable, simple yet elegant. Local crafts are part of the decoration and part of the spirit of the rooms - You can touch the walls and feel the warm.
Tierra Atacama Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama
Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and excellent service. Tierra Atacama’s architecture, interior design and gardens were designed by some of Chile’s leading creative talent. Our objectives were to be as authentic as possible, using furniture and accessories handmade with local materials while also creating a place that allows guests to relax, spoil themselves and enjoy the good-life in this magical part of the earth. Our ambiance is casual and friendly; we want our guests to be comfortable in our common areas just as if they were in their own homes. Enjoy one of the welcoming private corners of the hotel such as a seat by one of the terrace fire pits, lounge next to the pool or relax on one of the shady outdoor decks. When night falls, take in the brilliant stars, bask in the peace and wonder that is the Atacama Desert.