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Alto Atacama Extension

Applies to new bookings made before 31 Aug 2024
Valid for stays between 1 Apr - 19 Dec 2024, 5-30 Jan 2025 , and 20 Feb-31 Mar 2025. 
Subject to availability, please contact us to check your preferred dates. 

4 Days
From NZD 6,046

STYLE:

Extension Package

Trip Code: CLTSAA

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (Light Adventure)

Start: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Finish: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

DestinationDestination

Chile, Patagonia

DestinationDeparture Date

 Daily 

MealsMeals

All meals and open bar (excludes premium beverages*)

TransportTransport

Transfers to/from Calama airport or the Bolivia border to the lodge on a schedulued basis

TransportAccommodation

All Inclusive Luxury Lodge



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

A range of small group activities and tours with an expert English-speaking local guide are included with your lodge stay - choose from a selection of half and full day tours to explore Atacama and surrounds.

OVERVIEW

SAVE UP TO 25% OFF WHEN BOOKING A 4 NIGHT STAY!*

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

 

*Discount of up to 25% applies to new bookings made before 31 Aug 2024, when booking a 4 night package at Alto Atacama. Blackout dates apply. Valid for bookings that stay between 1 Apr - 19 Dec 2024, 5-30 Jan 2025 , and 20 Feb-31 Mar 2025. Subject to availability, please contact us to check your preferred dates. Prices subject to change and discount may be withdrawn at any time before the promotion ends. 

ITINERARY

Arrival Hotel Alto Atacama

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). 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.

Alto Atacama is nestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), near the ancient ruins of Pukara de Quitor. Situated a mere 3 kilometers from the renowned oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, this village hotel seamlessly blends the raw beauty of nature with unparalleled comfort and convenience. It is the perfect sanctuary where one can restore both body and soul.

Dinner will be served at Alto Atacama hotel. During this time, our knowledgeable guides will present you with a selection of optional activities available for the following day.

*Nayara Alto Atacama includes one excursion for each night of your stay, as well as an astronomy lesson in their private observatory. Additional activities will incur additional costs, which are to be paid locally by the client.

Explore the Atacama Desert

At Alto Atacama, a diverse range of onsite activities awaits, catering to your specific interests and allowing the creation of a personalized experience in the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert. Whether you seek contemplative excursions, thrilling adventure experiences, or engaging cultural activities, our suggested options are available for you to choose from throughout your stay. These thoughtfully crafted activities are designed to immerse guests in the unique wonders of the region, ensuring an unforgettable and tailor-made journey during their time at Alto Atacama.

*Please note that the following itinerary description is provided as a sample and may vary based on the individual interests and preferences of each guest.

Today you will embark on a captivating full-day excursion to the Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Village, where natural beauty and cultural heritage converge. Our journey begins in Toconao, a charming village known for its traditional masonry and architecture, reflecting the area's unique character and rich agricultural legacy.

From there, we venture through the enchanting Tamarugos forest, immersing ourselves in its woodland splendor. As we approach the iconic National Reserve of the Flamingos, prepare to be mesmerized by the unforgettable sunsets that grace the desert landscape. The harmonious blend of colors in the sky and the tranquil salt flat create a breathtaking spectacle, etching indelible memories of this extraordinary destination.

Explore the Atacama Desert

Today you will embark on a full-day excursion to the mesmerizing Salt Lakes, where nature's hidden gems await in the arid desert plains. Our journey begins with a visit to the remarkable Ojos del Salar, two deep freshwater pools that emerge unexpectedly, leaving a lasting impression of their ethereal beauty.

Continuing our adventure, we reach the breathtaking turquoise lagoon of Tebenquiche, just in time for the enchanting sunset. Here, you will witness a unique spectacle as the sun's rays transform the landscape, painting a vibrant palette across the ever-changing terrain. Tebenquiche is renowned for its mesmerizing display of colors, allowing you to experience nature's artistry at its finest.

In the evening, you will have the opportunity to participate in an astronomical class and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Andean astronomy. Located atop a scenic hill near the hotel, our exclusive open-air observatory offers an unmatched viewpoint. With eight swivel chairs and a powerful telescope at your disposal, you will behold the intricate wonders of the universe with remarkable clarity. Accompanied by our expert guides, under the enchanting night sky, this celestial journey promises an unforgettable experience, granting you a deeper understanding of the cosmos and its wonders.

Departure Hotel Alto Atacama

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

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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. 

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.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Pricing per person & date


Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Return transfers from Calama airport or Bolivian Border to the hotel
    All meals daily
    Accommodation in selected room category
    Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (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 per day
    National Park/Reserve Fees if applicable
    **Based on a Full Experience/All Inclusive rate

     

    Exclusions

    International and internal flights unless mentioned
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers & lodge staff
    Spa treatments
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (Light Adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking.

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