Pre-Programme Atacama Desert


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Join a 5-day journey of discovery as you tour the highlights of the incredible Atacama Desert.
  • Enjoy 3 nights at the luxurious Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

  • Experience a cultural oasis in the middle of the beautiful Atacama Desert

  • Join excursions to salt pans, lagoons, geysers and archaeological sites

  • Explore the area around San Pedro, the Atacama region’s main cultural centre

Day 1: Santiago de Chile

You'll enjoy a relaxing night in a comfortable hotel in Chile’s fascinating capital.

Day 2: Travel to San Pedro de Atacama

Begin the day with a flight to Calama and your first close look at the dramatic Atacama Desert on the way to San Pedro de Atacama–Chile’s archaeological capital. We arrive at Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, built in the indigenous Ayllus architectural style. You'll spend the next three nights here where relaxation, luxury and exploration go hand in hand. Before dinner, you can join a guided astronomy tour in the desert.

Day 3-4: Exploring San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy two full days exploring the desert’s geological and archaeological wonders from geysers and saltpans to the High Andean lagoons. You can choose from an exciting range of full-day and half-day excursions offered by the hotel.

Climb the Duna Mayor in Moon Valley and watch the sun set over the Cordillera de la Sal. Explore the Tatio Geysirs and geothermal fields. Spot vicuñas and flamingos in Machuca or take a trip to the archaeological sites in Tulor, the oldest settlement on the salt flats.

After a day filled with wonderful Atacama desert experiences, it's time to relax. Enjoy a dip in the pool and fine cuisine back at your hotel.

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago

We'll take you to the airport in the morning, where you'll fly back to Santiago de Chile and transfer to your hotel. This is where your Pre-Programme ends and your Antarctica expedition cruise begins.

The hotel night is part of your Antarctica expedition cruise.

Please note that we may visit sites in a different order.

Practical information

  • 1 hotel night in Santiago de Chile, with breakfast.

  • 3 nights at Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama with full board and open bar for house beverages from 11am to 11pm.

  • Use of spa, heated swimming pool and hot tubs.

  • Return flight from Santiago de Chile to Calama, including current taxes.

  • Airport transfers in Santiago and Calama/San Pedro.

  • 1 full-day and 2 half-day excursions with English-speaking guide.

Not included
  • Meals on Day 1 in Santiago de Chile, gratuities. 

Remarks and requirements
  • This tour is available as Pre-Programme in combination with expedition cruises starting in Punta Arenas.

  • The overnight stay on your return to Santiago is part of your Antarctica expedition cruise.

  • This tour requires a good physical fitness and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. The tour takes place in high altitude.

  • The excursions included in this tour are operated by the hotel and might not be exclusive to Hurtigruten guests.

  • Excursions are subject to weather conditions.

  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip until 6 weeks before departure.

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