Classic Atacama Trip

4 Days    £950

Take in the stunning scenery of the Atacama desert. Explore it’s other worldly valleys and rock formations, shimmering high altitude lagoons, vast salt flats that reflect the sky, and geothermal fields with geysers spouting steam from the depths of the earth.

This is the classic way to experience Atacama and is one of our most popular trips. You can combine this with ‘Classics’ in other parts of Chile and Argentina to tailor your 2-3 week holiday. 

High-altitude lakes at Miscanti, Atacama, Chile

High-altitude lakes at Miscanti, Atacama

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Whether you want to seek adventure hiking the valleys and volcanoes or whether you're interested in a leisurely exploration of the Atacama's highlights, there is something to suit you. 

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What our customers think of Atacama Desert

The desert was beautiful, like living in a moonscape. We loved the town and the star gazing was like no other place on Earth. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jerry Gold - USA

Beautiful. Great sandboarding for the kids. Lots of wild animals and of course the flamingo🌈🦩 Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Ken Knara - USA

Standing on top of an empty Atacama Desert hill. Seeing no end to an horizon. And in absolute silence, surrounded by absolute beauty. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Hans Van Tartwijk - USA

Atacama surpassed our expectations. It’s an extraordinary place and we loved spending 9 nights in total as we managed to see and do everything we wanted. The highlight was climbing the volcanoes. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Karen Proudman - Australia

What a fantastic contrast to the Patagonian area. We had the perfect sunset at Death Valley, the sunrise swim in the hot springs at the Tatio geysers was definitely a highlight and the geysers and scenery stunning. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Lena Altinger - Australia

The Atacama was a great place to start our trip. We loved the high steppes and the wildlife, the geology, history and the views. We were glad of our extra day to visit some archeology sites.

Travelled: December 2016

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Hotels in the Atacama

Take a look at Swoop's recommendations for where you should stay on your trip to the Atacama. Whether you're looking for some all-inclusive luxury or for somewhere to rest your head, there will be something to suit your needs and budget. 

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Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure, we can help.