San Pedro de Atacama: Adventure in the Desert

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San Pedro de Atacama: Adventure in the Desert San Pedro de Atacama: Adventure in the Desert San Pedro de Atacama: Adventure in the Desert San Pedro de Atacama: Adventure in the Desert

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Trekking, biking and unforgettable moments while touring the driest desert in the world, admiring stunning lanscapes in magical places.

 

 

Day 01: Calama Airport - San Pedro de Atacama / Moon Valley

Reception at the Calama Airport and transfer to the town of San Pedro de Atacama, to your hotel. San Pedro de Atacama is regarded as the archeological capital of Chile and a place full of mysticism.

By the afternoon, we will depart from our hotel heading the worldwide-known Moon Valley (4:00 PM in summer and 3:00 PM in winter; summer season starts October 1). We will continue through the way on the Salt Mountain Range, where we will take a detour in order to get to know the beautiful valley, which was the old path where the sulfur was transported from San Pedro de Atacama.

Here we will appreciate the stunning Dinosaur Valley and the Death Valley, where we will enjoy an owe-inspiring panoramic view of the surrounding. We will continue to the Moon Valley, located 19 km away from San Pedro, in the Salt Mountain Range, and declared Natural Sanctuary and Natural Monument, protected due to its unique landscape. It is formed by a valley surrounded by small hills with impressive sharp-shape tops. This tour is a magical trip through landscapes, which not belong to our world, but they are a reflection of other planets. In this valley, we will appreciate the salt-made sculptures known as Las Tres Marías, formed by the wind erosion. We will visit the old salt sites where we will get to know the “sal gema”, mineral that looks like the quartz, and it is petrified salt belonging to the mineral deposit in some areas.

Following the excursion, we will make a hike through the interior of the remaining caves of the old deposits, in order to get closer to the Valley where the Great Duna is located. After a break, we will climb this Great Dune, which stuns due to its large size and it is place where extreme sports are carried out such as the snowboard. Later, we will enjoy the sunset in the Moon Valley, one of the most beautiful natural settings of the northern part of Chile.

Return to hotel. Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.


Day 02: San Bartolo Trekking

After our breakfast at the hotel, we will departure at 8:00 AM to visit a breathtaking archeological site of Pukará de Quitor, ancient Inca fortress dating back 700 years, built in the 12th century and occupied by the Spanish conquistadores in 1540, located in a strategic hill and protected by a cliff by the river.

After visiting this incredible archeological site, we will enjoy a 4-hour trekking in order to discover the Catarpe Valley, place of paths scored by small water canals and rock-made formations. Then, we will get to the Grande River basin in order to testify its ancient petroglyphs, an unforgettable experience in inspiring landscapes.
Return to San Pedro de Atacama at 2:00 PM.

Afternoon at leisure to personal activities.

Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.


Day 03: Atacama Biking to Cejar

Early in the morning, we will take the bike for a 4-hour adventure to visit the Cejar Lagoon, which is a place with three flooded salt domes. In the center of this place is located the Laguna de Piedra (Stone Lagoon) its waters contain great volume of salt and feature the floating effect providing a relaxing experience, everything completed by the stunning landscape of turquoise waters, volcanoes and the immensity of the Salt Flat.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama. Accommodation.


Day 04: Guatin Puritama Trekking

We will depart from our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama at 8:00 AM. During this day, we will enjoy a hike to discover the Guatin and Puritama Valleys. The Guatin Valley is also known as the Cactus Valley or the Cardones Gorge. Some of these tall cactus has more than one hundred years old and some of them reach 7 meters. Quite a show. This is the perfect place to walk and enjoy the unique landscape.

After than we will go to the Puritama Thermal Springs, a place located 30 km north of San Pedro and it has puddle of thermal waters produced by the appearance of the hot water Puritama River. These puddles are located in a mountain canyon of a great natural beauty. These thermal springs are a hard to forget experience for thermal waters lovers in the middle of the desert.

The Puritama Thermal Springs is a beautiful place where we can rest, with a basic infrastructure made by dressing rooms, baths and wooden walkway, mixed with the vegetation.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama at 1:00 PM.

Afternoon at leisure for personal activities, to rest, or to visit the town of San Pedro de Atacama.


Day 05: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama Airport

Breakfast at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

After that, according to your flight plan, transfer to the Calama Airport in order to take your flight.

Rates include

  • Accommodation
  • Transfer in / out Calama Airport - Hotel
  • Excursions according package
  • Meals according package

Rates do not include

  • - Air tickets.
  • - Meals not mentiones in the package.
  • Tips.
  • Insurance.
  • Extras not mentioned in the package.

Actividades

  • Bike
  • Excursion
  • Mountaineering
  • Bird watching
  • Flora and Fauna Observation
  • Trekking