Classic Atacama

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. 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. Read more...
4 Days
$1,408

Classic Atacama - 4 - $1,408

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit the stunning Death and Moon Valleys for incredible sand and rock formations
  • Visit the Atacama Salt Flat to see up to three different species of flamingo at the Chaxa Lagoon
  • Explore the stunning Miscanti and Menique Altiplanic Lagoons at an altitude of 4,200 metres
  • Hike to Quebrada de Jerez, a lush oasis located in the middle of the desert 
  • Head north towards the famous El Tatio Geysers and explore the village of Machuca 

Start from Calama and end at Calama

Landmarks visited on Classic Atacama

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Calama - San Pedro - Moon and Death Valley 

After arriving at Calama, you'll be met at the airport and have a shared transfer to your hotel in the colourful village of San Pedro de Atacama, past the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains). San Pedro is located 2,440 metres above sea level in the middle of a green oasis. In the afternoon visit the stunning Death and Moon valleys (Valle de la Luna) with their incredible sand and rock formations. Later on, take time at a scenic viewpoint from where you will witness one of the world's most beautiful sunsets, intensified by the warm colours throughout the valley.

Excursion: Half day excursion with a private guide

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama


Day 2: Atacama Salt Flat, Flamingos, Altiplanic Lagoons, Socaire, Toconao, Quebrada De Jerez Oasis

This full day starts with you heading towards the Atacama Salt Flat where you can see two or three different pink species of flamingos at the Chaxa Lagoon. You then visit the stunning Miscanti and Menique Altiplanic Lagoons at an altitude of 4,200 metres. Their intensely blue coloured waters contrast strikingly with the volcanoes which tower above them. You will have lunch at the charming town of Socaire, famous for its agricultural terraces. The afternoon begins with a visit to the settlement of Toconao, constructed from volcanic rock and enjoying spectacular views of the Atacama Salt Flat. Finish the day with a brief hike to Quebrada de Jerez, a lush oasis located in the middle of the desert.

Excursion: Full day excursion with a private guide

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama


Day 3: El Tatio and Machuca

Before dawn, your guide will collect you to head north to the famous El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field flanked by soaring peaks. El Tatio is situated 4,300 metres above sea level and is the highest geothermal field in the world. In the dawn light, watch the geyser erupt and brilliant salt crystals reflecting around the steaming pools. After leaving the geysers, explore the village of Machuca, the historic resting place for llama caravans that traveled the Inca Highway. Return to San Pedro de Atacama before lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Excursion: Half day excursion with a private guide

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama


Day 4: San Pedro - Calama

Take your shared transfer from your hotel to the airport, ready for departure or onward travel – perhaps onto your next Classic trip.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think

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.

Lena Altinger Australia December 2018

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $1,408 per person based on 2 people sharing a Standard hotel room

Upgrade your room to a Superior hotel for an extra USD $87 per person

Upgrade your room to a Deluxe hotel for an extra USD $332 per person

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Different supplement prices apply, depending on the grade of hotel:

Standard - single supplement USD $175 per person

Superior - single supplement USD $195 per person

Deluxe - single supplement USD $555 per person

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a local hotel
  • Shared airport transfer from Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama
  • Private guide for excursions
  • Entrance fees

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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