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

Destination: Chile Availability*: All Year

Difficulty

= Easy

Duration/Dates

8 Days/7 Nights (3-nights in Santiago, 4-nights in Atacama Desert; day excursion to Vina del Mar & Valparaiso)

Looking for a Santiago adventure? 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! This trip is packed with tours and active excursions, so you can take in as much of the culture and breathtaking sights as possible during your Santiago adventure.

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?!? Whether you are hiking through the Atacama Desert or touring Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, you are sure to love every second of our Santiago tours and excursions.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago

  • Arrival into Santiago
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Afternoon cultural city tour
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 2: Valparaiso & Viña del Mar

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Full-day excursion to the costal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
  • Evening return to Santiago
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Santiago-San Pedro de Atacama

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning transfer to airport
  • Flight to Atacama Desert
  • Transfer to hotel in San Pedro
  • Check-in
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Archaeological tour
  • Afternoon Valley of the Moon excursion
  • Return to hotel
  • Overnight

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Excursion to the salt flats, high Altiplanic lakes, & more
  • Evening return to hotel
  • Overnight

Day 6: San Pedro

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Free day or we can arrange another excursion
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 7: San Pedro-Santiago

  • Early morning excursion to the Tatio Geysers-breakfast will be served at sunrise
  • Afternoon transfer to airport
  • Flight to Santiago
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Check-in
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 8: Santiago

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning winery tour
  • Transfer to airport for flight home*additional nights in Santiago are possible
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