Overnight Tour: Atacama Desert
Join us for an overnight tour to the world's driest desert: the Atacama, beginning in Santiago de Chile.
This tour is available as a post-cruise Land Adventure in combination with voyages ending in Punta Arenas. This tour requires a good physical fitness.
Day 1: Santiago de Chile
After returning from Punta Arenas, transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel in Santiago de Chile. The rest of the day is at your leisure, with dinner on your own.
Day 2: Santiago de Chile / San Pedro Atacama
After breakfter, transfer to Santiago de Chile airport and fly to Calama. From here, you will transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, your final destination, which will take approximately 1.5 hours. San Pedro is a small village with narrow alleys and traditional adobe houses, and is known as the archaeological capital of Chile and the main cultural center of the Atacama region.
Check-in at your hotel, Cumbres Atacama Hotel, which is located on eight hectares of land; its architecture is based on the indigenous Ayllus or Atacama style, and offers a unique experience which combines comfort, relaxation, fine cuisine, and explorations into the mystique of the north of Chile.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel and a good night's sleep.
Day 3-4: San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a morning a leisure by relaxing at the pool or choosing from a variety of local trips in the area: geysers, salt pans, high Andes lagoons, are all just a short journey away. An experienced team of guides is in charge of accompanying each excursion.
Example itinerary (the order and content of excursions may vary):
Enjoy the archaeological 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,' and dates back 2,000 years. In the evening, you may join an 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, the Valley of Death, and the Salt Flats, among many other sights, as the sun sets in the background.
The next day, there is an early-morning excursion to the Tatio Geysers, located at 14,000 feet above sea level and approximately 55 miles from San Pedro de Atacama. The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the area and consists of huge steam columns. Be on the lookout for families of vicuñas, foxes, and Andean ostrich. Stop at the village of Machuca - a truly atacameño village of just 20 houses built from clay, straw and cactus wood, and visit San Santiago church, named after the patron saint of the village. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
Lunch and dinner will be at the hotel, before your overnight.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago
Transfer back to Calama Airport in the morning, and board your flight to Santiago de Chile for the end of your post-cruise Land Adventure.