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Chile

San Pedro de Atacama is considered the driest place on Earth! It offers unearthly landscapes such as fields of steaming geysers and the Chile's largest salt flat.

3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS

Atacama Desert

The incredible landscape of Chile's remote Atacama Desert is like no place on earth. Its popularity radicalizes in its location as it is in the heart of some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. A short drive away lays the country's largest salt flat as well as fields of steaming geysers, a host of otherworldly rock formations and weird layer-cake landscapes.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHT

Rating:

*****

Activities:

Walking

PRICE PER PERSON

3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS

  • Stay at the driest place on Earth!
  • See the unearthly landscape of the Valle de la Luna
  • Visit Pucará de Quitor, a 12th century fortress
  • Step in the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama
  • Explore Toconao, a colonial town made entirely of volcanic stone

Day by Day

DAY

1

Atacama Desert & Valley of the Moon

Today, we will take a flight and travel to San Pedro de Atacama. It holds some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. In the afternoon, we will head to the Valley of the Moon where we will find sand and stones carved by water. Its name comes from its extraordinary resemblance to the surface of the moon. The Valley of the Moon has dry lakes where its salt composition leaves a beautiful white mantle and escarpments of green, blue, red and yellow colors during different times of the day. We will visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", salt caverns and, in the evening, enjoy the sunset from a large sand dune.

DAY

2

Salar de Atacama & Toconao

We will start the day off by visiting Pukara de Quitor, a 12th century fortress built by the natives to defend themselves from other South American groups. Then, we will see ruins of Tulor, the oldest excavated village in the region. On our way back, we will stop by Ayllu Sequitor remains. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, which is the result of saturated groundwater upwelling (salt and minerals). Afterwards, we will take a stroll through the town of Toconao, visit Liparita stone quarry of the Jerez Valley and enjoy the scenery and flamingos at Lake Chaxa. We will wait to appreciate a unique sunset.

DAY

3

Fly back to Santiago

According to flight departure time, morning will be free to explore. We will then drive to the airport and return to Santiago.

Hotels

Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano, with a unique design inspired in the style of an Altiplano village. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax under their private terraces and beautiful swimming pool, after a day exploring the driest desert in the world.

http://www.altiplanico.cl/en/altiplanico-san-pedro-de-atacama/

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