Mar to Desert Adventure-Santiago, Vina del Mar/Valparaiso, Atacama Desert

Destination: Chile Availability*: All Year

Difficulty

= Easy

Duration/Dates

8 Days/7 Nights

From the Chilean coast to the high Andes, and one of the driest deserts in the world, this tour has it all!  This is the shorter version of our Coast to Desert Tour, which is for 10-days/9-nights.  Here you will experience the cultural diversity of Santiago, the amazing mariscos (seafood) and wineries found on the coast, and one of the highest & driest deserts in the world, the Atacama Desert!

The Atacama Desert borders the high Andean peaks of Bolivia and Chile.  This is a very pristine area with high mountain lakes, hot springs, and active volcanoes, which are ideal for day hikes and extensive climbing trips. Near the village of San Pedro de Atacama where you will be based, there are unlimited opportunities for single track mountain biking, canyoneering, spelunking, para-gliding, sand boarding, and much more.

The desert abounds with petroglyphs, pictographs, and indigenous cultures.  Did we mention all the wonderful food and variety of pisco sours you can have during your stay in San Pedro?!?

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago

  • Arrival into Santiago
  • Transfer to a 4-star hotel in the city centre (5 & 3-star hotels are available)
  • Afternoon cultural city tour of Santiago and its surroundings (tour available in several languages)
  • Evening free to explore
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 2: Valparaiso & Viña del Mar

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Full-day excursion to see the costal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar (city tour of both is included)-an optional night or two are available in either one of these two cities (we can also arrange a wonderful visit to some wineries along the Ruta de Vino)
  • Evening return to Santiago
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Santiago-San Pedro de Atacama

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning transfer to the Santiago Airport
  • Flight to the Atacama Desert (flight is NOT included in quote below, but will be added-on & is based on current airfare)
  • Private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama
  • Check-in at a 4-star hotel (5 & 3-star hotels are available)
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • City tour of San Pedro, church, and museum
  • After lunch, we will have an archaeological tour to the ruins of Pukara de Quitor, Tambo Inca Catarpe, and the village of Tulor
  • Afternoon departure for the Valley of the Moon, where we will hike around the lunar landscape & watch the sunset (enjoying a nice glass of Chilean wine with some wonderful local cheeses!)
  • Return to hotel in San Pedro for overnight stay

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Day excursion to the Atacama Dessert’s salt flats and the village of Toconao (famous for its houses built of volcanic rock)-we will be close to the Bolivian border (includes a wonderful authentic Chilean lunch)
  • We will also visit the high Altiplanic lakes of Mescanti and Menique
  • Evening return to hotel; overnight

Day 6: San Pedro

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Day free for optional excursions (we can arrange many exciting activities for this day) or to relax-trekking, mountain climbing one of the high volcanoes located along the Chilean/Bolivian borders, horseback riding, hiking to Inca ruins, sand boarding the great dunes, paragliding the Andes, mountain biking in the Atacama Desert, a visit to local thermal baths, jeep tours, & more are possible
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 7: San Pedro-Santiago

  • Early morning excursion to one of the largest geothermic sites in the world, the Tatio Geysers (bathing in the hot springs will invigorate you in this high altitude desert)-breakfast will be served at sunrise….
  • Afternoon transfer back to the airport
  • Evening flight to Santiago
  • Arrival in Santiago; transfer to a 4-star hotel in the city centre (5 & 3-star hotel options are available)

Day 8: Santiago

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning winery tour (this can be substituted for a bike tour of the city)
  • Evening transfer to the Santiago Airport for flight home (additional nights in Santiago are possible)
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