Soft Adventure in the Driest Desert of the World (6n/8d)

San Pedro de Atacama .. the "driest" desert in the world

San Pedro de Atacama .. the “driest” desert in the world

Day 1  Santiago
Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.  Lodging.

Day 2  Santiago – City tour
Breakfast.  During the morning, city tour of Santiago, visiting the most interesting and beautiful areas of the city, such as Government Palace, San Cristobal Hill. Afternoon at leisure for shopping or taking an optional excursion to visit a winery.   Lodging.

Day 3 Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama –Moon Valley
Breakfast.  Transfer to the airport to take flight to Calama (1 hour and 45 minutes).  Upon arrival in Calama, transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis located in the middle of the driest desert in the world, Atacama Desert. An exploration to the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) takes place, with magnificent geological formations and sediments of various colors. The origin of the Cordillera de la Sal corresponds to the origin of the Atacama Salar; therefore, its rocks are mainly composed of salt and similar clay, creating an extremely special and inspiring landscape, and originating the mystic Moon Valley. Exploration trek through inner valleys, watching caverns and abandoned salt mines, winding dunes and specially, we will enjoy the dusk in the Moon Valley, which is an invitation from nature to silence and to the amazement that Creation produces. Return to San Pedro. Lodging.

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama – Altiplanic Lagoons
Breakfast. Departure for a full day tour including lunch at a local restaurant.   Today we will visit the Altiplanic (High Plains) lagoons.  Located 4500mts above the sea level, these turquoise blue lagoons are surrounded by imposing volcanoes created by the lifting of the Andean Mountain range, during remote geological times. Its waters come from the underground and are originated by defrosting. During the trip, you will also visit Socaire, town of Atacaman peasants.  Return to San Pedro.  Lodging.

Day 5   San Pedro de Atacama – Geisers del Tatio
Trip at dawn towards the Andean foothills. There are few places in the world where thermal energy can be actually seen by man. The peculiar geological conditions of the mountains of Tujle, together with the volcanic activity in the area, created the favorable geological conditions for the creation of El Tatio Geysers. Guided exploration, to see steam fumes, red-hot mud, boiling water puddles (86º) and geysers. This is also the time to enjoy the thermal pools. Breakfast.  At the moment of returning, the trip will have reached 4500 m. of altitude, which is literally being close to the clouds and the Andes Mountain Range, blended with beautiful colors. During the trip, we will appreciate the active Tocorpuri volcano and the amazing Sairecahur (6200m High).   Breakfast will be served at the Tatio Geysers.  Return to San Pedro at  mid-day.  Rest of the Day at leisure.   Lodging.

Day 6 San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Calama to take flight back to Santiago.   Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.  Rest of the Day at leisure. Lodging.
Day 7 Santiago: Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport to take flight.

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