• a snow covered mountain

Atacama Desert Tour

Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world, with unique rock formations and startlingly beautiful landscapes.

The oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama is situated right in the centre of the desert, built of adobe houses and filled with markets, outdoor restaurants and charming hotels. 

Head to the nearby landscapes to explore the salt flats, the crater-like Valley of the Moon - where NASA tested their lunar vehicles, Death Valley, and Dinosaur Valley. Head outside into the desert at night with a telescope and see some of the clearest night skies in the world, with the most spectacular blanket of sparkling stars cast above. 

We recommend adding this tour with our Best of Chile, or Best of Argentina and Chile itineraries. 

Duration
4 days
Best time to go
November to March
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a snow covered mountain

Trip highlights

  • Moon Valley
  • Atacama Salt Flats
  • Chxa Lagoon
  • Tatio Geysers

Flight to Calama. Upon arrival pick-up and transfer to hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Transfer takes place with other passenges. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Atacama

After breakfast, start your adventures in the Atacama Salt Flats, and arid landscapes. From here, marvel at the amazing Chaxa Lagoon where Andean and James flamingos adorn its shores. Then, visit Toconao, a traditional colonial village known for its volcanic rock architecture. Appreciate San Lucas Church bell tower made from the rustic material. In the main square, walk around the handicraft stands that sell alpaca textiles and mini bell towers made of volcanic rock. Try different fruits, quinces, figs, and apricots from the Jerez Gorge that will tingle your taste buds.

If you come to San Pedro de Atacama you cannot miss visiting the magnificant Moon Valley. In the middle of the deep dryness of the Salt Mountain range we find a landscape unique, shaped by water and wind over millions of years. On your journey, enjoy the beauty delivered by extravagant that form the mountain range, encouraging to imagination and reflection for your peace of mind. Lunch included. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Atacama

After breakfast, full day at leisure. Optional tours can be booked at hotel office including: 

Optional excursion to visit El Tatio and Baños de Puritama

Early in the morning (04:00 AM) you will depart for a drive of 78 miles northeast to visit the impressive Tatio Geysers at an altitude of 4.321m. The steaming geysers are at their best between 06:30 and 08:30 hrs.

On the way back to San Pedro you will stop at the Baños de Puritama, where you may enjoy a bath in the hot spring water pools. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Atacama

After breakfast, transfer to Calama airport for the departure flight to Santiago de Chile or other destiantion. Transfer takes place with other passengers. 

Included

  • Breakfast and lunch where indicated