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Atacama Extension

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Overview

Discover the unique landscapes that Northern Chile has to offer during this Atacama Extension. 

You’ll feel like you have departed our planet on this four day Chimu Adventure’s Atacama Extension. Staying in the heart of the desert at San Pedro de Atacama, you will explore the different landmarks and landscapes of this unique part of the world. Highlights include taking an archaeological tour through a stone fortress built by the Atacameno people in Pukara de Quitor and visiting the circular and vault mud wall settlement of Tulor. And who can forget the feeling of walking in the Valle de la Luna. You’ll think you’ve landed on the moon as you visit the Cuevas de Sal Canyon, the Mirador Achaches and watch the sunset over Duna Mayor. The other-worldly landscape doesn’t stop there as you adventure to the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, and enjoy birdwatching including seeing Chile’s famous flamingos in the wild. Finally, you will see our earth erupt as you journey to the Tatio Geysers and explore the highest geothermal field in the world.

On this all-encompassing extension program, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary.  Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

 

Trip Code: CLTSATD

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Chile

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

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • The dramatic landscapes are matched with incredible cultural offerings which reflect the historical and cultural heritage of the Andean people. 

  • Bear witness to awe-inspiring landscapes including salt flats, deserts, geysers and incredible mountain backdrops. 

  • This itinerary can be easily amended to include an exploration of Santiago. 

  • Each night you will stay in superior accommodation ensuring your journey is comfortable

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

You will arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the heart of northern Chile that’s surrounded by some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

Perched high on the arid plateau called Puna de Atacama and overlooking the Licancabur volcano, San Pedro de Atacama is a small oasis that formed as a result of tourism.

After arriving at your hotel perhaps visit the Iglesia San Pedro de Atacama, a Catholic Church constructed during the Spanish colonial period located on the town’s main plaza. It’s Chile’s second oldest church and it was constructed using indigenous adobe, cactus wood and leather-bound beams.

San Pedro de Atacama

This morning you will enjoy a small group tour of Pukara de Quitor and Tulor, two of San Pedro de Atacama’s archaeological sites.

At Pukara de Quitor you will visit the remains of a stone fortress built by the Atacameno people to defend themselves from the Incas, who in turn used the site for defence against the Spanish. You can climb to the top of a hill to see a monument to the Atacameno and take in the views of San Pedro de Atacama, the Valley de la Luna and beyond.

Tulor is a former village and one of the oldest archaeological establishments in the region. Made from mud, the circular and vault wall settlement dates back to between 300BC and 500AD.

You will also stop at Ayllu de Coyo, a small Indigenous Likanantai community, where you can see their residences and experience life with the locals.

In the afternoon enjoy the scenery of the Valle de la Luna. Located in Los Flamencos National Reserve, this is one of the main attractions of the Atacama desert.

There, you will visit the Cuevas de Sal Canyon (salt caves) before heading to Mirador Achaches and Duna Mayor to watch the sunset over the desert.

Pukara de Quitor, Tulor & Moon Valley

You will enjoy a free morning at your hotel before joining a small group tour to Salar de Atacama.

Enroute you will stop at the small village of Toconao. This town sits on the edge of the Salar de Atacama and most of its buildings are constructed from white volcanic stone.

There, you will visit the main town square and see the Catedral de Toconao. The door of the bell tower and staircase inside this building is made from dried cactus. You can also purchase wool handicrafts from the locals who are skilled at knitting.

Surrounded by the Andes and the Cordillera de Domeyko, Salar de Atacama is the largest salt flat in Chile. You will spend the rest of the day exploring the main landmarks of the salt flats including Chaxa Lagoon. This is a fantastic place for birdwatching, including seeing three types of Chilean flamingos who inhabit the area.

Toconao & Salar de Atacama tour

Today you will depart early on a small group tour to the Tatio Geysers.

At 4,320 metres above sea level, these are the highest geysers and the highest geothermal field in the world. The geysers are most active in the morning and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the water erupt up to fifty metres high. Afterwards you will stop at Pozon Rustico, where you can take a swim in geothermal waters.

As you head back to your hotel, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as you can often spot guanacos, vicunas and flamingos on the drive.

After you will depart San Pedro de Atacama and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Tatio Geyser tour & Depart
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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 undertake an incredible journey to the world’s most remote wilderness? A 10-day Antarctica adventure will take you to the final frontier, take to the icy waters in a zodiac, be enthralled by ice-capped vistas and magnificent glaciers and introduce yourself to a host of Antarctic wildlife including penguins, seals and whales. 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.

Pricing per person & date


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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Activities as listed in the itinerary
    Other meals where stated

    Exclusions

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

  • Available upon request. Contact us for more details. 

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

  • 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

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will piece together one of our Signature packages and customise your travel plans by adding extension packages.

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.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. 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

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