Exploring the Atacama

Explore the incredible scenery of the Atacama desert. You will have the opportunity to hike in the Moon Valley, visit the salt flats and see the Thermal Pools in action, all the while staying in a comfortable hotel. A great way to see this wonderful landscape.

4 Days


Exploring the Atacama - 4 - $762

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hiking in the Moon Valley 
  • Visit the Atacama Salt Flats and see the turquoise waters of the Miscanti & Miniques Lagoons
  • See the geothermal fields of Tatio Geysers

Start from Calama and end at Calama

Landmarks visited on Exploring the Atacama

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Hike in the Moon Valley

Arrive at Calama Airport, you'll be met and driven straight to San Pedro de Atacama, past the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains).Upon arrival you will receive the itinerary for the upcoming days.

In the afternoon you do your first hike in the vast, amazing Valle de la Luna. You walk over sand dunes until reaching the viewpoint from where you will witness one of the world's most beautiful sunsets, intensified by the warm colours throughout the valley. Then come back to town and stay overnight in San Pedro.  

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Don Tomas 3*, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Visit to the lagoons

After breakfast you start your adventure by driving to Toconao, a beautiful Andean village. Toconao's lands are an oasis in the desert and are apt for growing fruits and vegetables nourished by water coming in through small channels. You'll visit its main streets and San Lucas church.

You'll then visit Quebrada de Jerez, a large canyon channelling the waters entering Toconao. The next stop will be Laguna Chaxa, a lagoon in the middle of the Atacama Salt Flat, home to beautiful Chilean and Andean flamingoes.

Continue driving towards Miscanti and Miniques Lagoons - undisputed highlights of the region - full of turquoise water that contrasts with the autumnal colours of the Altiplanic lands. A truly incredible landscape, creating an unforgettable memory of the region.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Don Tomas 3*, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: See the geysers erupting

The very early wake-up call from the hotel will be well worth it when you arrive at the amazing Geysers of Tatio and see them in action. From almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 meters over the surface of the earth.

A scrumptious breakfast will be served upon arrival before a walk through the geothermal fields with the geysers erupting nearby. On the drive back, there is a magnificent view of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes. You'll arrive back in town in time for lunch time.

The afternoon will be free to rest or explore San Pedro after the early start, high altitude and low temperature you faced in the morning.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Don Tomas 3*, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Relax and explore

Take the final day of the trip to relax and perhaps wander around the village, visit its handicraft shops or church. In the afternoon you'll be driven to Calama's Airport to take your flight back to the capital...Adios Atacama!

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Optional Extras: 

  • Opportunity to dine under the stars in the Atacama Desert. (Approx $640)
  • Opportunity to camp overnight in the Desert. (Approx $286)

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Please note:

The trip is available all year round.

It is possible to upgrade to a 4* hotel for approx $190 USD.


  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in itinerary
  • Daily shared excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • 1 English speaking guide on excursions
  • Entrance fees to national reserves and indigenous communities visited


  • Flight tickets
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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