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 impr...
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!