Marvels of San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni Salt Flat

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Marvels of San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni Salt Flat Marvels of San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni Salt Flat Marvels of San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni Salt Flat Marvels of San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni Salt Flat

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Discover the marvels of the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world, in Chile and the Uyuni Salt Flat, the largest in the world, in Bolivia, magical landscapes you will be able to visit in 6 days with this economic package ending in Uyuni.

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

Reception and transfer from the Calama Airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to the Moon Valley (3:30 pm in summer / 2:30 pm in winter. Subject to confirmation). 19 km from San Pedro, in the Salt Mountain Range, is the Moon Valley, declared a Nature Sanctuary and Monument and protected by the uniqueness of its beauty. It consists of a depression surrounded by small hills with impressively sharp peaks. The tour is an imaginary trip to landscapes that do not belong in our world, but to other planets. We will see Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the area. We continue to the Moon Valley, where we will find geological formations that are the result of successive foldings of the earth's crust. In the valley, it is possible to appreciate the salt sculptures known as Las Tres Marias, formed by wind erosion. Continuing with the tour we will walk through the interior of the caves that remain from the old deposits, to get closer to valley where is the Big Dune. After a break, we will climb this dune, which impresses with its size and is used for extreme sports as snowboarding Towards dusk, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities of the visitor. Return to hotel. Lodging.

Day 02: San Pedro de Atacama – Quitor and Tulor Pukará – Atacama Salt Flat – Toconao

Breakfast in the hotel. At 09:00 am departure from the hotel. A landscape without history loses the richness that time and people have brought to it. Therefore, on this excursion, we invite you to discover the richness of the Atacama, or Likan Antai, culture. We will gather fascinating information about who lived in the area and how they did it, from pre-Columbian to colonial times. We will learn about the customs and traditions of the different cultures that lived in the area by visiting the most remarkable archaeological sites such as Tulor and Pukará de Quitor. The miraculously preserved village of Tulor is the oldest remaining ancient dwelling place in the Atacama Basin, and the first human settlement, called "Cuna de los Likan Antai (Cradle of the Likan Antai people)”. Pukará de Quitor, a construction from the 12th century, witness of decisive historic events that are part of the local culture. We end our trip in San Pedro de Atacama, with a visit to the church.
In the afternoon (at 3:30 pm in summer/ 3:00 pm in winter. Subject to confirmation) departure to the Atacama Salt Flat. We will trip to Toconao in the Atacama Salt Flat. Toconao is a small Atacameño town, with a church and bell tower built only with adobe and straw, and handicraft workshops featuring items such as alpaca wool and cactus crafts. The protected beauty of the National Reserves will captivate us. The park contains many species of flora and fauna, some in risk of extinction. The Atacama Salt Flat is part of the reserve, and a large number of flamingo colonies have chosen the Chaxa Lake as their favorite nesting place. The geomorphology of the Salt Flat creates a unique landscape, and with its rugged surface and hard access, it becomes the perfect location for many bird species. Return to hotel. Lodging in the selected hotel.

Day 03: San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers 

Departure at 05:30 am from the hotel (Pick up at 05:00 subject to confirmation) We leave at dawn from San Pedro de Atacama Hotel to go to the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal center with geysers that can only be seen very early in the morning. After seeing this spectacular sight in a magnificent natural setting, we eat breakfast. On the way back, we see the majestic Andes Mountain Range, whose peaks seem close enough to be touched. We then arrive in Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm.
Return to San Pedro. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation.

Day 04: San Pedro de Atacama – Bolivian Altiplano – Colorada Lagoon

Departure from San Pedro de Atacama at 07:30 am in a minibus to the Bolivian frontier, crossing the border through Immigration Office where we will carry out the change of vehicle to a jeep 4WD for 6 passengers.
During the first day, we will visit the Bolivian altiplano with places such as Blanca and Verde Lagoons, located in the foothill of the Licancabur Volcano. We will continue to the Salvador Dalí Desert, the Polques thermal pools, the Sol de Mañana Geysers, they are font of water emerging with a temperature of 90 Celsius degrees. We will end our trip in the Colorada Lagoon, place of nesting of more than 30000 flamingos of three species. This place is located at 4500 meters above the sea level where it is possible to watch flora and fauna such as flamingos, vicuñas and other animals. We will accommodate in a hostel (Huayllajara) featuring basic services, shared rooms for 6 passengers. It is important that the passenger has a sleeping bag.

Day 05: Colorada Lagoon – Lagoons – Chiguana Salt Flat – San Juan

The departure is after breakfast, in order to visit the Siloli Desert where we will watch the Árbol de Piedra, a rock of vulcanic origin. After that, we will visit the Honda, Crarcota, Hedionda, Altiplánicas and Cañapa Lagoon. We will continue through the Chiguana Salt Flat. Arrival in the San Juan town. Accommodation in Hotel de Sal in double or triple rooms.

Day 06: San Juan – Uyuni Salt Flat – Uyuni

Departing at 08:00 am, we will visit the Uyuni Salt Flat (12000 km2), Incahuasi Island located in the center of the salt flat featuring calcareous rocks. We continue to Ojos del Salar and after that we arrive in the Colchani town and then the city of Uyuni at 03:00 pm. End of our services.

 

Trip Information

Departure: Daily
Start: Calama Airport

 

Important: 

  • National park entrance fee not included
  • Service ends in Uyuni
  • Passengers must carry their sleeping bag
  • Program applies to flights arriving before 11:00 am 
  • Services in shared vehicle with guide in English and Spanish language in San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Transfer from/to the airport does not include guide.
  • Services excursions may change its order. When passengers arrive in the airport, a welcome letter is given featuring details of services and final schedule.
  • Kimal Hotel Hotel Rates not valid for long weekends and holidays. 

 

Tour Description

MOON VALLEY (VALLE DE LA LUNA)

Be surprised by the great beauty of the figures offered by this showy sector, the figures have been formed of natural way with the pass of the years without to be interrupted by the hand of the man. Spectacular secret of which we will be witness.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR

Entering towards Quitor, a fort constructed in the XII century lies on the top of a hill on the river of San Pedro, the Quitor Pukara is one old indigenous strength which data of more than 700 years. Tulor, with archaeological sites where towns of the age of stone can be found (500-600 AC) which have been excavated. Visit to the atacameñan culture with the places of great archaeological importance; this route committed in amazing history and ancestor to keeps San Pedro de Atacama.

GEYSERS DEL TATIO

At 87 kilometers from the San Pedro de Atacama town, Geysers del Tatio are located 4,300 meters above sea level; is this fantastic geothermal field. It is a strange phenomenon of the zone, some fumarolas with great steam and small explosions can be seen. Its biggest beauty can be appreciated during the first hours of the evening.

UYUNI SALT FLAT - BOLIVIA

The Uyuni Salt Flat is located in the middle of the Andes, in Bolivia, and it is the largest salt flat in the world with a surface of 10500 square kilometers. It features a limited fauna, however, among its salt formations and wide spaces, we will find pink flamingos.

Rates include

  • All transfer mentioned
  • Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama and Bolivia
  • Mentioned excursions

Rates do not include

  • National Park entrance fee
  • Tips
  • Air tickets
  • Insurance

Actividades

  • Cultural
  • Excursion
  • Geology and Volcanoes
  • Mystic Routes
  • Flora and Fauna Observation