Atacama Desert Overnight Tour (4 days and 3 nights)
Atacama Desert is one of our pre- and post-programs, which allows you to stay even longer in your favorite destinations.
This is the itinerary for the tour in Chile:
Day 1: Santiago/Calama/San Pedro de Atacama – Moon Valley
Start the tour with a transfer from your hotel in Santiago de Chile to the airport with a morning flight to Calama. From here you will be taken to San Pedro de Atacama, your final destination and an oasis in the middle of the desert. San Pedro is a small village with narrow alleys and traditional adobe houses, known as the archaeological capital of Chile. Evening excursion to the Moon Valley, declared a Sanctuary of nature and natural Monument. Climb the Duna Mayor (Major Dune) which provides a beautiful view of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) and the Salar de Atacama (Atacama Salt Flat), among many other sights with the dramatic sunset in the background. Return to the hotel, have dinner on your own and get a good night's sleep.
Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama - Tulor and Quitor archeological sites
A morning departure towards the archeological site of Tulor - the oldest vestige and first human settlement in the Atacama Salt Flat, that has been miraculously preserved. It is known as the “cradle of the likan antai culture” dating back 2,000 years. Next we visit Pukará de Quitor. This defensive stone fortress from the 12th century was attacked by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Aguirre in 1540, restored in 1981 and then declared a National Monument. A tasting of typical products will be served during the excursion. Return to San Pedro de Atacama and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama/Calama/Santiago –El Tatio Geysers
Early morning excursion to the el Tatio Geysers, located at a height of 14,107 feet above sea level and at approx. 55 miles from San Pedro de Atacama. The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the zone and consists of huge steam columns. Intense sulphur odors and pools of boiling water and mud make this place seem like the initiation of life. Be on the lookout for families of vicuñas and maybe even foxes and Andean ostrich. Stop at Puritama, famous for its hot pools, where the warm water flows through the rocks. After a day of intense unwinding, return to your hotel to fresh up and have time for a lunch on your own before the afternoon transfer to Calama. Late afternoon we head back to Santiago de Chile, followed by a transfer to your hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 4: Santiago
Breakfast and the end of your extension program.
Price from $2,083pp*
*The price includes one night incl. breakfast at hotel in Santiago de Chile, two nights in San Pedro de Atacama, incl. breakfast, round trip flight Santiago de Chile to Calama, incl. current van/taxi airport transfers in Santiago and Calama/San Pedro, two half day and one full day excursion, English-speaking guide during excursions. All excursions are subject to weather conditions.
Not included: the first hotel night in Santiago de Chile (except in combination with MS Fram voyage "Exploring the Land of the Inca" on March 10, 2018), drinks, lunch, dinner, gratuities.
This tour is available as post extension program (also as a pre programme in combination with the MS Fram voyage "Exploring the Land of the Inca") on some of our Antarctica voyages:
- Adventure to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica (departure dates: November 7, and November 20, 2017)
- Discover Patagonia and Antarctica (departure date: December 3, 2017)
- The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica (departure dates: December 17, 2017 and January 2, 2018)
- Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica (departure dates: January 18, January 31, and February 13, 2018)
- Southern Hemisphere Adventure: South America and Antarctica (departure date: February 26, 2018)
- Penguins, Patagonia and Poetry (departure date: February 22, 2018)
- Exploring the Land of the Inca (departure date: March 10, 2018)
Booking code for "Atacama Desert": CENCJC2PRE / CENCJC2POST
Please call us on 8665520371 if you wish to book this extension program!
If you want to stay in Chile before or after your pre/post programme, you can further extend your holiday by staying at our recommended hotels.