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Alto Atacama

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The luxurious Alto Atacama is blessed with a spectacular and private location. Tucked away in a valley of scenic beauty, in the shadow of the Pukara de Quitor ruins and with the San Pedro River winding its way discreetly alongside, it is the perfect base for exploring the desert, having cultural encounters, or simply absorbing the breathtaking landscape. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, all of them well-equipped to soothe your body after an action packed day. Decorated with local handicrafts, the rooms are simple yet elegant. The definition of peacefulness takes on a new meaning after a couple of nights here. The landscape embraces Alto Atacama with silence - let silence embrace you too.

Highlights Include:

Cactus Hike- This hike begins in Guatín, at the point where the Puritama and Purifica rivers meet, turning into the mighty Vilama River from Guatín onwards. Trek through diverse rock formations and vegetation, including ancient cacti standing at over seven metres tall. The region was once populated with an abundance of shepherding communities so you will pass through former settlements as you walk.

Valley of the Moon- This tour allows guests to enter a sanctuary of nature and geology. The Valley of the Moon is a spectacular geological formation created through the conflicting pressures of the Andes and the Cordillera de Domeyko. As one of the most breathtaking and iconic views in the entire region, travellers from all over the world migrate here to enjoy the sun setting over the Valley.

The Salt Lakes- The tour of Ojos del Salar takes us to two incredibly deep freshwater pools which emerge unannounced from the arid Desert plains. This trip is noteworthy for its conclusion on the banks the Turquoise Lagoon of Tebinquinche; we will arrive just in time for sunset. Tebinquinche is known as a unique location to experience the pallet of colours associated with Andean volcanic waters, and surrounding mountains as the sun sets and the light morphs across the ever-changing landscape.

Sunrise in The Atacama- The crystal clear salt waters of the Tebinquinche Lagoon, surrounded by the imposing Cordillera mountains, are our preferred location to witness the intense contrast of colour, texture and shadow of a high Andean sunrise. Here, you will see the landscape shift and change as the sun rises, and the light levels move across the plains.

Andean Astronomy- To make the most of our privileged position in the desert, we have installed the only open air observatory in the region. It sits atop one of the many hills near the hotel. There, six swivel chairs and a powerful telescope will enable guests to take in the intricacies of our universe with real clarity while here. You will also have the knowledge of one of our expert guides to answer questions and give information on the long history of human astronomical discoveries.

GREEN POINTS!

• All materials on site are purchased locally and use local workers. Local materials were used in the construction of all facilities.

• Aesthetically, the architectural design of the lodge is entirely made by local craftsmanship that utilises architectural design to reduce the need for air conditioning.

• Solar power and water treatment facilities encourage less wastage and energy consumption

 

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Trip Code: CLTSAA

Travel Style: Tailor-Made Itinerary 

Location: Atacama Desert, Chile

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • The Alto Atacama experience perfectly blends luxury with incredible landscapes and utter serenity. 

  • The itinerary can easily be amended to include nearby landscapes such as the Uyuni Slat Flats. 

  • Undertake a range of activities anywhere from unique cultural and historical experiences from local museums to trekking options which involve climbing volcanoes. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Welcome to the Atacama Desert. Upon arrival in Calama, you will be transferred to San Pedro de Atacama (1.5 hours, shared with other hotel guests). Dinner will be served at Alto Atacama hotel. During the evening, the guides will suggest optional activities available the following day.

Alto Atacama is a village hotel at the base of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), near the ancient ruins of Pukara de Quitor and 3km from the famous oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. Combining raw nature with comfort and convenience, Alto Atacama offers the perfect refuge to rejuvenate the body and soul.

Arrival Hotel Alto Atacama

The small oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama lies on an arid high plateau in the Andes Mountains in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery. Overlooking the Licancabur Volcano, its dramatic surrounding landscape ranges from desert, salt flats, steaming geysers and hot springs to fascinating rock formations. The church, dating back to 1774 and featuring adobe, cactus wood and leather-bound beams and the Archaeological Museum are both worth a visit.

Atacama

Alto Atacama has created a program so you can enjoy as much of the local area as you want, in any way you want. There is something for everyone, from visiting museums to volcano climbing. The excursions are designed for people who love nature and extraordinary landscapes, but the vast majority do not require any special physical training or abilities. All are classified by type (on foot, vehicle or bicycle), length (half or full day) and difficulty. Each night, meet with the guides in the bar to discuss options for the following day. There are eight choices per day out of 23 total outings.

Explore the Atacama Desert

Alto Atacama has created a program so you can enjoy as much of the local area as you want, in any way you want. There is something for everyone, from visiting museums to volcano climbing. The excursions are designed for people who love nature and extraordinary landscapes, but the vast majority do not require any special physical training or abilities. All are classified by type (on foot, vehicle or bicycle), length (half or full day) and difficulty. Each night, meet with the guides in the bar to discuss options for the following day. There are eight choices per day out of 23 total outings.

Explore the Atacama Desert

After breakfast, you will be transferered to Calama Airport for your onward flight.

Departure Hotel Alto Atacama

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Explore the Chilean capital of Santiago, before heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South America. Head to El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and from here visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Find out more

  • Why not add on a tour to the Galapagos at the end of your South American journey, spending 4 days exploring the beautiful archipelago that abounds with fascinating wildlife? Amidst spectacular volcanic scenery you will see a myriad of birds and animals from lava lizards to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds and giant tortoises. Find out more

  • Combine your journey with a tour to the mystical Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on the planet. Bear witness to one of the most ancient and logic-defying mysteries as you gaze upon the giant stone Moai, the watchful guardians of the island. Or perhaps experience the islands savage beauty, enjoying scenic hikes or relaxing on white sandy beaches. Find out more here Find out more.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Deluxe Daily 4 AUD 2,175
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Important Information

  • Return transfers from Calama airport or Bolivian Border
    All meals daily
    Accommodation 
    Non-alcoholic and alcoholic brands (excluding premium brands)
    Free use of mountain bikes
    Free access to spa and swimming facilities
    Complimentary transfer service between the hotel and the village of San Pedro de Atacama
    Two half day or One full day excursions daily in small groups

    Exclusions

    International flight
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Persona expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 Light Adventure
  • Available upon request. Contact us for more details. 

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    This is a Tailor-Made itinerary which can be customised to create your own unique journey. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

  • Season and availability. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Your Destination Specialists will turn your South America adventure dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our Destinations Specialists will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

The Alto Atacama Lodge is committed to sustainability. The architectural design of the lodge  is entirely made by local craftsmenship that utilises architectural design to reduce the need for air conditioning. Similarly, solar powers and water treatment facilities encourage less wastage and energy consumption. inputs and amenities are all provided by local materials and construction projects are carried out by local craftsmen, ensuring profits are redistributed to local communities.. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE