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4 Day Awasi Atacama Lodge

Overview

Have you ever dreamed of paradise, tucked away among an oasis on the desert and clear blue skies? Awasi isn't far from that dream. It is the only hotel in South America that offers a service tailored 100% to your needs. Whether you want a romantic getaway, an unforgettable adventure or to immerse yourself in the fascinating local culture, Awasi can provide all this and more.

Your own personal concierge will look after you from the moment you arrive at Awasi, taking care of your reservation and designing a customized trip catered to your interests.
With only ten beautiful cottages and an exclusive restaurant, this is one of Latin America's most sought after lodge experiences.

Trip Code: CLTSAWAL

Location: Chile: Atacama Desert

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival at Calama airport you will be met and transferred to Awasi Lodge located in the ancient trading town of San Pedro de Atacama. The journey is just over one hour and on arrival you will settle in before an exquisite lunch. Awasi has only ten cottages built of stone, adobe and wood, with thatched roofs. The spacious cottages feature private open-air patios, a solarium, indoor and outdoor showers, plus a large living area with comfortable armchairs. Each cottage is assigned a private guide and 4WD, allowing complete flexibility for your itinerary.

Transfer from the airport to San Pedro de 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

This afternoon you can choose to relax at the lodge, enjoying the facilities and the surroundings, or you may like to plan a gentle half day excursion as you acclimatise. The options are endless but could include one of the following.

Walking Tour of San Pedro: This 2 hour tour introduces you to the town of San Pedro, including the Archaeological Museum, town square, church, house of Pedro de Valdivia, the craft market and the main street.

Moon Valley: Located only 15 minutes from Awasi, the lunar landscape of Moon Valley has resulted from erosion by wind and rain. Dunes, rugged mountains and distinctive rock formations create a region of inhospitable beauty, the colours changing with the setting sun.

Atacama History: This fascinating 3 hour excursion takes you by jeep to the Quitor Pukara, an Atacama fortress dating back to 1,000 AD, located in the Ayllu of Quitor. Here you can ascend the ruins for stunning view of the Andes, the San Pedro River and the surrounding cultivation. The tour continues to the town of Tulor, one of the first and most important Atacamenian settlements, dating back to 800 BC. Here you visit the excavation site of the ruins and the reconstructed original homes.

Activities in Atacama Desert

Today you can choose your own full-day excursion or two half-day excursions if you prefer. Your guide will plan everything for you and accompany you. Again there are many options to choose from including the following:

Matancilla - Yerbas Buenas: This half-day excursion takes you to Yerbas Buenas to see the rock engravings (petroglyphs) created by the inhabitants of the Salt Flat Basin nearly 3,000 years ago. It then continues to Matancilla, a zone of valleys surrounded by striking, multi-coloured hills where vibrant grey, green, red and orange colours coat the mountainside of the Domeyko range.

Cejar Lagoon: A half-day excursion by jeep or bicycle to Cejar, a set of 3 lagoons located in the middle of the Salt Flats. Here you have the opportunity to float in one of the highly saline lagoons. It is also a good place to watch birds and take in the views of the surrounding mountain ranges (Andes, Salt, Domeyko).

Miscanti and Miñiques: A full-day excursion that takes you to the towns of Toconao and Socaire and on to Miscanti and Miñique Lagoons in Los Flamencos National Reserve. Intense blue in colour, the lagoons are home to birds such as Andean and Chilean flamingos, silvery grebes and the greenish yellow finch.

Talabre: This farming-pastoral community has less than 100 inhabitants. Twenty years ago the community moved from its original settlement to its present day location. The tour includes a visit to Old Talabre to see the ruins, historic cemetery and views of the active Volcano Lascar followed by a visit to New Talabre. Lunch is served on a farm amongst fruit trees. The tour returns via Lake Chaxa or the town of Toconao. This is the perfect combination of landscape, culture and history.

Other Activities: There are also many half-day hikes, full-day hikes, bike rides and horseback rides to choose from to a range of varied destinations.

Activities in Atacama Desert

Another day for you to choose your own excursion. Again your guide will plan everything for you and accompany you. Possibilities include the following:

Puritama: This half-day tour takes you to the hot springs of Puritama, past stunning views of the Andean mountain range. The hot springs are surrounded by native vegetation that also acts as a shelter for different bird species. There are 7 pools to choose from, ranging in temperature from 30 to 34°C - ideal for relaxation.

Machuca: Machuca is a small town inhabited by only a few Atacamenian families. Their houses are made of volcanic rock with roofs made using tall altiplano grass. From the church there are beautiful views of the surrounding landscape with yellow hills of tall vegetation and wetlands where llamas graze with the Andes Mountains in the distance.

Tara Salt Flat: The drive to Tara Salt Flat takes you past Licancabur Volcano, Juriques Volcano and the fertile lowlands of Quepiaco River where you may see vicuñas, flamingos and wild ducks. From the incredible rock formations of Pakana Monk the trail leads to enormous rock cliffs which surround the Tara Salt Flat. Lunch is served here with a spectacular view of Lake Tara and the surrounding mountains.

Tatio Geyser: Departing at dawn, the drive to El Tatio takes around 1.5 hours. At the geothermic camp of Tatio, underground springs gush out intermittently in the form of imposing steam and hot water columns. Breakfast is served whilst you enjoy the sunrise, landscape and the peculiarity of the fumaroles. Before returning to Awasi, there is the option to visit the town of Machuca or stop at Puritama Hot Springs.

Other Activities: There are also many half-day hikes, full-day hikes, bike rides and horseback rides to choose from to a range of varied destinations.

Activities in Atacama Desert

This morning is at leisure. After lunch you will be transferred from Awasi Atacama Lodge to Calama airport to connect with your onward flight.

Awasi Atacama Lodge - Departure
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Important Information

  • Transfers airport – hotel – airport.

    Check in at 4pm.

    The lunch of the day IN is not included.

    Lodging at selected room. 

    Breakfast, lunch, appetizer and dinner.

    Alcohol or non-alcohol drinks.

    Daily, a la carte private excursions with jeep and private guide per room.

    Use of the pool.

    Check out at 12PM.

    Lunch included the last day.

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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 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

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.