Chile Atacama Community Discovery
Chile is a beautiful country full of amazing, diverse, experiences. This experience allows you to travel from the nation’s capital of Santiago with its incredible culture and cosmopolitan nature, over to San Pedro de Atacama, the incredibly unique of natural beauty. During this time, you will take part in a variety of activities and become connected with Chile in an exciting way.
Welcome to Santiago! After arriving, you are met at the airport and taken to your selected hotel.
Santiago City Tour
For your first day, you are invited to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs.
Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook. The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago’s Central Postal Office and its Municipality. You will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government’s headquarters as well as the traditional neighbourhoods of the historic city centre. The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia Hill or San Cristobal Hill. After knowing Santiago, we will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer. Then, end the day and head back to the hotel.
The next day, you will enjoy rafting in some beautiful scenery.
Rafting at Cascada de las Animas
Take part in the Rafting excursion and enjoy an exciting and entertaining day outdoors in the Cajon del Maipo. A day full of adrenaline and entertainment in the Cajon del Maipo!
The Rafting excursion is one of the most popular tours. Cascada de las Animas operates the longest rafting section of the Maipo River and no other area can offer you more for a wonderful rafting experience. Enjoy a full day of adventure, including a delicious lunch in the restaurant and the use of the pool.
After enjoying rafting, you will be taken back to your hotel.
The next day, Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are the destinations for you.
Viña del Mar y Valparaíso and Veramonte Vineyard
Known as ‘Garden City’ for being originally surrounded by large green areas and preserving beautiful and extensive gardens in its urban area, Viña del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile’s must-see destinations, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. It highlights the beauty of its architecture, its imposing palaces and its famous Flower Clock, photographed by hundreds of visitors from all over the world.
During the excursion, you will have lunch at a restaurant in the city, where you can find varied options with delicious seafood products. You will travel along the coastal edge, where you can see stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, until you reach Valparaíso, the country’s main port. Its colourful beauty and its unique location between hills, like a true natural amphitheatre facing the sea, earned it the declaration of World Heritage by Unesco. You will visit Cerro Alegre, where you will appreciate the magic of this city, with its picturesque elevators, multicoloured neighbourhoods and unforgettable sea views. Then it will be the turn of the Sotomayor Square, where is the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. Once in the port, you will have the option of navigating the bay of Valparaíso, appreciating its hills and colours from another perspective.
Day 4 begins with a private transfer, which will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Santiago Airport. After a flight, a shared-premium transfer will pick you up to take you from Calama Airport to your selected Hotel for the next 4 nights.
Moon and Death Valley
On your visit to the driest desert in the world, you cannot miss the opportunity to see the geologically spectacular Moon Valley.
A couple of kilometres outside of San Pedro de Atacama, between the jagged rocks and unusual shapes of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), you find the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a geological wonder of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. During the tour, you can take in the extraordinary shapes of the landscape, which will make you feel as if you were walking on the moon. During the afternoon, you can enjoy the unbeatable views of the Andes and its volcanoes. As dusk falls you will be overwhelmed by the red and golden colours of the desert sky. All this results in a simply unforgettable tour.
The next day, take a unique excursion to Rainbow Valley and the Salt Flats.
A trip through the Domeyko hills, with its prehistoric rock art and overwhelming desert tones. We travel west of San Pedro de Atacama, to the Domeyko hills, a spectacular hill formation that runs parallel to the
Andes. We will first visit Yerbas Buenas, an area of great historical importance due to its prehistoric rock art, which is one of the most important groups of petroglyphs in the region. The tour will take us back in time to when the indigenous people lived there, adding to the historical and cultural experience of the tour. We will then cross over to Matancilla, with its rich flora and fauna, to see the Rainbow Valley, named after the various colours of the surrounding hills. Its red, green, white, yellow, brown and earth coloured tones combine with the blue sky and the white salt flats to create a truly unique setting.
Atacama Salt Flats & Toconao
The rest of the day will be spent on this tour. You will visit the impressive Atacama Salt Flats, Jerez Valley, Chaxa Lagoon and Toconao, a town built from volcanic rock.
On this tour you will visit the Atacama Salt Flats, where the Los Flamencos Natural Reserve is located, a surprisingly large and arid landscape stretching 100 km from north to south. You can also marvel at the amazing Chaxa Lagoon, a spectacularly beautiful setting, which is split into various clear water lagoons, inhabited by both Andean and James flamingos. We then head to Toconao, a traditionally colonial-style village, famous for the bell tower of the San Lucas church, which has been declared as a National Monument. Agriculture and crafts are the principal source of income for its inhabitants who offer proudly crafted gifts made from volcanic rock.
Altiplanic Lagoons Tour
Discover the magic nuances of the desert by visiting the Toconao village, the great Atacama Salt Flat.
The journey will begin with a visit to Lagoon Chaxa, a scenery of spectacular beauty that is divided into several water mirrors where a large number of flamingos live and other birds such as large and small parinas. Then you head towards the Altiplano to reach the viewpoint of Red Stones, where you can see a volcanic conglomerate formed from the oxidation of the iron present in that place. Later you will visit Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons at more than 4,200 meters over sea level.
Surrounded by imposing volcanoes caused by the elevation of the Andes mountain chain, an habitat of a variety of birds, are a truly amazing destination. Finally, before returning, while the landscape gives breathtaking views of the Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes. Finishing in the Town of Toconao, built with volcanic stone, it stands out for its heritage architecture, with the church of San Lucas, and its bell tower, declared a National Monument. Agriculture and crafts are the main source of work for its citizens.
For your penultimate day in Chile, take a trip out to see the geysers and Machuca.
Tatio Geysers & Machuca
On this exciting tour, you will visit the impressive Tatio Geysers, at 4000 meters above sea level on the Andean plateau.
Your journey to the Altiplano starts in the early hours, so you can watch the sun rise in one of the most important geothermic fields in the world: the Tatio Geysers. There are over 70 geysers with pools of boiling water spurting vapor. It is best to see them first thing in the morning, so you can truly appreciate the beautiful contrast of colors between the intensely blue sky and the pristine vapor from the geysers. You will then enjoy a deserved breakfast in this amazing setting, in the shadows of the Andes. This will allow you to warm up, as the temperatures in the zone can range from -2° C to 24.5° C. On your way back to San Pedro de Atacama, you will travel through some beautiful landscapes, seeing the valleys, flora and fauna and maybe spot some of the local vicuñas and vizcachas – a real highlight.
You will then stop off in the village of Machuca, a truly atacameño village of just 20 houses built from clay, straw and cactus wood. The inhabitants of Machuca all dedicate themselves to its tourism and will offer hand crafted Andean souvenirs, as well as typical food from the region such as llama meat, sopaipillas (a traditional bread made from squash) and empanadas. While there, you will also visit the beautiful San Santiago Church, named after the patron saint of the village, as well as visiting the wetlands where we can see flamingos, ducks and other birds.
A shared-premium transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Calama Airport for your transfer or departing flight.