San Pedro de Atacama / City Tours
4 Days / 3 Nights
• Needed transfers
• Accommodation: 3 nights
• Tours: El Tatio Geyser Field - De La Luna Valley
• Meals: 3 breakfasts
• Needed tickets to reserves
Arrival at San Pedro de Atacama. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to visit De La Sal Mountain Range and De La Muerte Valley. During the trip, we arrive at Las Tres Marias, an interesting geological formation, located close to an old salt mine and to De La Luna Valley (Moon Valley), named after its similarity with the lunar landscape. Enjoy a unique sunset.
Free day to take an optional excursion. We suggest visiting Altiplanic Lagoons, one of the 7 areas which embrace Los Flamencos National Reserve (“flamencos” means flamingoes), with Chaxa Lagoon in Atacama Salt Flat. Volcanoes and mountainous relief, standing out Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, characterize the landscape. On the way back, we visit Toconao.
Max. altitude: 4.220 MASL (13.,845 ft.)
Early in the morning we depart towards El Tatio Geyser Field, a geothermal field located in the Andes Mountain Range, which is the highest geyser field in the world ( 4.200 MASL- 13.779 ft.). It is visited during the first hours of the day because at that time, it registers an impressive activity of vapor fumaroles produced by the high temperatures of its watery craters. It is surrounded by hills that reach 5.900 MASL (10.356 ft.).
Max. altitude: 4.320 MASL (14.173 ft.
At due time, departure transfer.
To keep in mind:
Due to the area’s characteristics such as altitude, atmospheric pressure and reduction of oxygen, we recommend people with respiratory, cardiac or pressure diseases, should take special care.
San Pedro de Atacama Optional Tours
We leave the hotel to visit Tulor’s Village which is around 3.000 years old and its architecture was made with circular clay constructions. After that, we visit the Atacama’s fortress known as Pukará de Quitor, which was built in the XII century. The Pukará de Quitor’s ruins show us the great social organization that the Atacama’s ancestors had against the Spanish conquers. These ruins are located at the slope of a small hill, which gave them a strategical location.
Operates: Daily AM
Duration: 3 hours
Live this experience under one of the best skies in the world. The tour begins with a 20-minute talk in which we learn basic concepts of astronomy, then look at the sky in order to learn to identify the cardinal points and some zodiacal constellations and finish by observing through telescopes and binoculars in the open field and identify planets, binary stars and others. Return to the hotel.
Duration: 2 hours
To keep in mind: It is suspended on full moon nights since the brightness and luminosity of the sky do not allow astronomical observation