Wonders of Atacama


Wonders of Atacama


4 Days / 3 Nights

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The Atacama desert is one of the main destinations to visit in Chile. Its lunar type desert landscapes, scenic panoramas and impressive geography that includes arid desert, striking salt flats, thermal pools, geysers, marshes, lagoons, towering volcanoes and an endless starry sky. Make this a must-see when visiting Chile. The chilled-out oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, in the heart of the desert, offers a wide range of adventure activities, so you can take it as easy or active as you like! This is the perfect tour if you plan to head north into Peru afterwards or want to add it to your Chile itinerary!

Special features of our Wonders of Atacama Tour: 

Type of Tourism: Adventure, Nature, Geographical, Desert

Places to Visit:  Calama, Atacama Desert and villages, Moon Valley

Duration:  4 Days and 3 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation: 3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


On arrival to Calama airport, we will collect you and head towards San Pedro de Atacama. We will visit the old plaza and learn about the customs of its local inhabitants. As we adjust to the slow pace of life here, we can visit the impressive old church, take in all of the local art, and take a stroll through the Craft Village workshops to find out how they keep their traditions alive. 

    Today we will drive towards the fortress of Quitor, built over 700 years ago to defend them from invading neighbourhood villages. We will then visit the archaeological site of Tulor, which dates back 3,000 years and surrounds the shores of the lagoons. 

    In the afternoon, we will visit the Moon Valley, found within the Salt Mountain Range. Its impressive geological formations made of diverse shapes and colours, giant dunes and beautiful salt crystals, on the crisp ground, makes you feel like you are on another planet.

      Today, we will head out to the High-plateau Lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti, amid volcanos and mountains. We will then visit The Atacama Salt Flats and Toconao, a village of volcanic stone. We will then head to see the habitat of the spectacular pink flamingos, on the Chaxa Lagoon. After lunch in Socaire, we will continue on towards the mountains, where The Meñique and Miscanti Lagoons are located at a whopping 4,500 metres elevation. These lagoons are surrounded by impressive volcanoes were formed by the rising of the ...

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        Today, we will head out early to the Tatio Geysers, to see the spectacular sunrise and to walk around this geothermal field. Here we can get up close to the spectacular jets of steam shooting out of the ground. You can also enjoy a soak in the natural thermal pools.  

        We will then head back to San Pedro de Atacama and drive back to Calama Airport for your onward flight to the next exciting destination!


          • Accommodation with breakfast 
          • Transfer Calama Airport-Hotel San Pedro de Atacama with private guide 
          • Private excursions  
          • Lunch menu in Socaire (Day 3) 
          • Box breakfast at El Tatio Geysers (Day 4) 
          • Entrance fees to mentioned places 


          Trip Preparation & FAQS

          We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

          We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

          We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

          As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

          We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

          Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

          VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

          Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

          Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

          Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

          Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

          We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

          We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

          We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

          The official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

          Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

          As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation:  We have permanent training programs for our Guides and drivers. Promote all types of training from the government among our staff and always contract guides and trabsports who are born and raised in their cities. We also promote those hotels whom are more committed to the environment and who’s strategy is based in sustainability.

          Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

          Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

          The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

          This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

          For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +569 9345 3447

          At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. A few example of our sustainable projects: Programs with Observation of Pumas in Torres del Paine, Collaboration with Ecocamp (with dozens of sustainability awards), We work with Hotels (Example: Explora) that actively participate in preserving Patagonia Park (Tompkins), Visits to the Hummingbird Sanctuary that tries to preserve the Arica hummingbird in danger of extinction, Whale Watching in the Humboldt Pinguinos Reserve and in Patagonia, visits to organic vineyards. 

          All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +569 9345 3447. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: info@valenciatravelcusco.com 

          This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

          This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

          The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

          Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

          Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

          For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

          In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

          In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

          It depends on each itinerary, please contact your sales representative to give you the specific altitude information of your itinerary.

          We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. At various points on your trip there will be places where you can buy water.

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