Soft and Vibrant Adventure in Atacama
6 Days / 5 Nights - Per person on a double basis - Code CDA013
Day 01: Calama Airport – San Pedro de Atacama
Reception and transfer from the Calama Airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Accommodation in the selected hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 02: San Pedro de Atacama – Puritama Hot Springs – Moon Valley
Breakfast in the hotel. At 09:30 am from October 2017, departure to the Puritama Hot Springs. Located at 30 Km. aprox. from San Pedro de Atacama we will find the Puritama River, its waters come from the Mountain Range, they warm up because of the proximity of the volcanic material and this place, they surface. This area features the basic services needed and terraces in each swimming pool. Here, we will enjoy an incredible landscape, a 33°C thermal bath with healing properties.
In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to the Moon Valley (4:00 pm in summer / 3:00 pm in winter; summer season begin on October 1. Subject to confirmation). 19 km from San Pedro, in the Salt Mountain Range, is the Moon Valley, declared a Nature Sanctuary and Monument and protected by the uniqueness of its beauty. It consists of a depression surrounded by small hills with impressively sharp peaks. The tour is an imaginary trip to landscapes that do not belong in our world, but to other planets. We will see Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the area. We continue to the Moon Valley, where we will find geological formations that are the result of successive folding of the earth's crust. In the valley, it is possible to appreciate the salt sculptures known as Las Tres Marias, formed by wind erosion. Continuing with the tour we will walk through the interior of the caves that remain from the old deposits, to get closer to valley where is the Big Dune. After a break, we will climb this dune, which impresses with its size and is used for extreme sports as snowboarding Towards dusk, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities of the visitor. Return to hotel. Lodging.
Day 03: San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplanic Lagoons
Departure at 08:30 am from the hotels. During this excursion, we will visit Piedras Rojas (Red Stones) located in the Tara Salt Flat with its fascinating and beautiful red-colored landscape, remarked by its owe-inspiring geological formations born from the rusting of the iron. After that, we will go through the path to the Altiplano in order to visit the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, located more than 4,200 meters above the sea level and surrounded by great and imposing volcanoes from the Andes Mountain Range and flora and fauna in their natural environment. We will continue to Chaxa Lagoon, a scenery and beautiful landscape, divided into several water mirrors where a great number of flamingoes and other birds such as Andean Flamingoes. Finally, before we return, while the landscape features marvelous views of the Licancabur and Lascar Volcanoes, we will visit Toconao with a typical colonial architecture, San Lucas Church, the first National Monument. Return to San Pedro at 4:00 pm approximately.
Day 04: San Pedro de Atacama – Balloon over San Pedro de Atacama
The adventure starts with a brief transfer from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to the take-off place at dawn (From 05:00 am to 07:00 am depending on the location of the hotel). When we arrive, we will enjoy a tea, coffee, baked cakes and fresh fruits.
After this light breakfast, the pilot makes a lecture regarding safety and while passengers watch the crew carrying out all preparations for the flight, the pilot will explain how a hot-air balloon works.
Once ready, passengers aboard the basket and the flight starts. The balloon is softly rocked by the desert winds, allowing the passengers to appreciate peacefully the landscapes of Atacama. Due to his skills and wide experience, the pilot drives the balloon to a soft landing. After that, a glass of sparkling wine will be served for a toast to a successful experience.
Afternoon at leisure for personal activities or visit the town of San Pedro. Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 05: San Pedro de Atacama – Tatio Geysers
Departure at 05:00 am from the hotel (Pick up at 4:30 subject to confirmation) We leave at dawn from San Pedro de Atacama Hotel to go to the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal center with geysers that can only be seen very early in the morning. After seeing this spectacular sight in a magnificent natural setting, we eat breakfast. On the way back, we see the majestic Andes Mountain Range, whose peaks seem close enough to be touched. We then arrive in Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm.
Return to San Pedro. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 06: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama Airport
Breakfast in the hotel. At the scheduled time, transfer to the Calama Airport.
End of our services.