4 DAY - ATACAMA - THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Desert Dreams

4 Days

The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world, and is an area of spectacular and contrasting scenery. At night, you can barely see the sky for the stars. In daylight hours, you can stand in the desert and view the snow-capped Andean Mountain range with its majestic volcanoes such as Licancabur and Ojos del Salado. It is also a region of oases such as the village of San Pedro de Atacama, located at 2,450 metres above sea level, near the north side of the great salt deposit of Atacama. San Pedro is one of the most significant hubs of Andean culture and of archaeological treasures, some of which are on display in the Padre Gustave Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Spend a few days exploring the region by van, hiking, cycling and even on horseback and soak in the serenity of the Atacama.

Day 1

Calama / San Pedro de Atacama

Arrive into Calama and travel overland to San Pedro de Atacama and your base for the next few days. This afternoon take an excursion to the Valley of the Moon, named for its eerie landscape resembling the surface of the moon, with small sharp hills formed by the wind. Watch the sunset over the majestic Andes, and absorb the changing colours and sounds of the Atacama.

Day 2

San Pedro de Atacama

Today's tour visits the village of Toconao and the Salar de Atacama, a large salt lake to the south of San Pedro, on a surface of 3,000 square kilometres and at 2,305 metres above sea level. This vast sea of salt is made up of small blue, turquoise, pink or grey salty lagoons, formed by streams of surfacing water from a large salt lake that lies beneath the white crusty layer.

 

In the afternoon visit to the the Mars or Death Valley with its spectacular scenery and continue to the "Three Marias" an interesting geological formation which is next to the former salt mine.  At dusk, climb a large sand duen in the Moon Valley for spectacular views of the sunset over the Andes Mountains.


NOTE: the order of the tours/visit may change at the local operator's discretion.

 

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Day 3

San Pedro de Atacama

Early departure towards El Tatio Geysers.  A guided walk around the geothermal field as the fumaroles of steam which appear at dawn rises into the sky.  You will journey through the Andes mountains with wonderful views of the Putana volcano and the peaks of Torcopuri.  Return to San Pedro.

 

NOTE: Subject to climatic conditions.  Not recommended for people with health problems and/or suffering from high altitute.

 

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Day 4

San Pedro de Atacama / Calama

Your Desert Dream ends today. Transfer to Calama airport for your departure flight

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Included:

3 nights accommodation with private facilities and breakfast.
Shared tours and airport/hotel/airport transfers

Not Included:

Airfares.
Visa and/or Passport expenses
Arrival and departure taxes
Personal travel insurance
Tips
Any item not mentioned as included.

Notes:

Airfares.
Visa and/or Passport expenses
Arrival and departure taxes
Personal travel insurance
Tips
Any item not mentioned as included.

MEALS:

B.  Breakfast included
L.  Lunch included
D.  Dinner included

Why Choose BFirst Travel?

BFirst Travel, a wholly owned Australian tour company, helloworld affiliate. For the past 15 years we have specialised exclusively in Latin America. We know a few parts of the world, and we know them well. Our been there, done that expertise elevates your experience beyond the ordinary, to the level of adventure with comfort! "Travel is all about the experience, which starts with your travel preparations”.

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