atacama

The driest desert in the World, Atacama is located in the north of Chile between pacific ocean and the Andes. The surrounding area consists of barren moonscapes, vast salt flats, strange rock formations, multi-coloured lakes and geysers.

San Pedro de Atacama is the town to begin the ride into this unique place in the world. This little oasis that seems to be stopped in the time has a population of 5000 people.

Atacama is so dry that in some areas the rainfall has never been recorded.

Also known as the Archaeological Capital of Chile, shines for the magnificent landscapes mixed with the heritage that pre Columbian civilizations left in the area.

Intact ruins abound in the Atacama Oasis, also the footprints of these incredible civilizations can be found in San Miguel museum in the Azapa valley in Arica and the Padre Le paige museum in San Pedro de Atacama.

Tatio Geyser Field with its 80 active geysers (third largest field in the world) is another place that worth a visit in Atacama.

  • San Pedro City Tour

    Departure from the hotel for a tour around this town, visiting the Square of San Pedro de Atacama located in the centre of the town. Arrival to the San Pedro chapel that is over 300 years old and which has a cactus ceiling.

    Stop at the handicraft fair, with works in wool, wood, paintings, and food of the zone. Visit to Padre Le Paige Archaeological Museum, where the biggest collection of Atacamenian artefacts in Chile is housed; mummies and costumes amongst them.

    Visit to Pukará de Quitor, dating from the 12th century. It was attacked in 1540 by the

    Spanish conqueror Francisco de Aguirre with 30 soldiers, guns, armour and horses.Return to hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

  • Moon Valley and Death Valley

    Departure from hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, following the salt mountain range, admiring this beautiful valley rich in sulphur.

    Visit to Valle de la Muerte a beautiful but barren place, to continue towards Valle de La Luna, renowned for its lunar appearance. Observation of salt sculptures made by wind erosion, known as Tres Marías. Visit to old salt deposits and caves to appreciate the gem salt (petrified salt), mineral that looks like quartz.

    Afterwards, climbing up the Gran Duna, from where it is possible to enjoy one of the most beautiful sights in Northern Chile: the sunset at Valle de la Luna.Return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

  • Tatio Geysers and Atacamenian Towns

    Departure before dawn from the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, considered the archaeological capital of Chile, because it was the centre of the Atacamenian culture.

    Arrival to El Tatio Geysers. This geothermal spectacle can only be seen very early in the morning. Some steam columns may easily reach up to 10 metres high, while their eruptions may reach 8 metres high. Comforting breakfast and a bathing in the hot springs which have an average temperature of 36ºC.

    Visit to Caspana, village known for its architecture in stone with mud roofs, and crop platforms, typical of this zone.

    Arrival to the Lasana Valley, seeing petroglyphs on the way and visiting Pukara de Lasana, an Atacamenian stone fortress built between the 9th and 12th centuries, which reflect the splendorous past of this culture.

    Departure to Chiu Chiu, to visit the San Francisco church, the oldest one in Chile, and a national monument.Transfer to hotel or airport in Calama

  • Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanic Lagoons

    Departure from the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, towards Salar de Atacama, the largest in Chile, where Los Flamencos National Reserve is located, along with Chaxa Lagoon with a viewing point, where it is possible to watch different species of flamingos in the zone.

    The road then crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and passes through Socaire, village at 3.500 m.a.s.l. boasting a beautiful church made of volcanic stone.

    Arrival to the altiplanic lagoons Miscanti and Miñique, located at over 4.000 masl. In eye-catching surroundings that highlight the beautiful blue waters, that flow down from the top of the volcanoes of the same names.

    The altiplanic plant “coirón” that surrounds Miñique, is used for handicrafts and roofs, while Miscanti is a nesting place for “taguas,” a small bird of a brownish black colour.

    Arrival to Toconao, village where San Lucas church is, it has a lovely bell tower made of adobe and cacti wood. Visit to the workshop and crafts market. Return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

  • Observing Stars

    Departure from hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, considered the archaeological capital of Chile, because it was the main center of the atacamenian culture. During the first part of the tour, the guide explains the naked eye sky.

    What passengers will see when they look at the stars, what is a constellations, how to learn them, how to read a sky map and recognize the main stars. The guides’ team has a green laser pointer to show unambiguously the various constellations.

    When the moon is visible, it is possible to take images of it through the telescopes, either with digital cameras, or with reflex (there are adapters for Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Pentax cameras). At the end of the tour, time for share experiences with a warm drink. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

  • Quitor and Tulor

    Departure from San Pedro de Atacama towards the mountains, passing through the Ayllu of Coya, typical Atacamenian neighbourhood. Arrival to Tulor village that has a unique labyrinth-like construction, in which in each circle there was either a house or a meeting place; this labyrinth is more than 3.000 years old, and is the oldest construction of the Atacamenian culture that still stands.

    Visit to Pukará de Quitor, from the 12th century, which was attacked in 1540 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco de Aguirre with an army of 30 soldiers, guns, armour, and horses. Here the Memorial ceremony of the Fifth Century of the Discovery of America was held. Return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

  • Trekking Quebrada de Kari

    Departure from San Pedro de Atacama in Vehicle (15 min) until Mirador de Kari, located in Salt Mountain Range. The trekking begins in this point from where it is possible to see the majesty of Salt Mountain Range.

    Trekking through a path that borders a gully, where the water and the wind had left their marks during hundreds of thousands of years. There will be possible to see an ancient bed of a dry river, some caves. Return to San Pedro de Atacama in vehicle (20 min).

  • Thermal waters of Puritama

    We will depart from San Pedro to Quebrada de Purtiama that it is located 33km to the north.

    Puritama has thermal waters that are really good to take a bath. The temperature of the water is around 32°C.

  • San Pedro City Tour (HD)

    Departure from the hotel for a tour around this town, visiting the Square of San Pedro de Atacama located in the centre of the town. Arrival to the San Pedro chapel that is over 300 years old and which has a cactus ceiling.

    Stop at the handicraft fair, with works in wool, wood, paintings, and food of the zone. Visit to Padre Le Paige Archaeological Museum, where the biggest collection of Atacamenian artefacts in Chile is housed; mummies and costumes amongst them.

    Visit to Pukará de Quitor, dating from the 12th century. It was attacked in 1540 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco de Aguirre with 30 soldiers, guns, armour and horses. Return to hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.