Cultural Immersion in the Atacama Desert

Day 1: Calama / San Pedro de Atacama  (- / - / D)

Upon arrival in Calama airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to San Pedro de

Atacama.

The Moon Valley

We will head to the Moon Valley and its ravines in a small group (14 people maximum), going towards the Salt Mountain Range in the Atacama Desert, the most arid place in the whole world, to see one of the most picturesque points. The names already give you a clue of how the landscape is, ruled by the rock formations shaped by erosion, the salt cloaks over the ground and viewings that make you feel like if you were in another planet. We will visit its famous rock formations: Las Tres Marías, El Cañón, El Amphitheater, and the Coyote Stone. Finally, we will enjoy the sunset from a natural viewpoint, where you can see how the desert changes its colors, with great volcanoes in the horizon, offering a speechless spectacle. Duration: 4 hours approx.

Astronomy in the desert*

The Atacama sky is one of the best in the world for stargazing. Local guides will teach you, and a small group, the Andean constellations, and occidental stars, and how to understand the cosmos according to the ancient inhabitants of the Andes. Using modern telescopes, they will teach and show you the most amazing objects of the universe. You will be back in your accommodation late at night.

What to bring: Clothes for the COLD: fleece, warm jacket, polar hut, gloves, long trousers and warm shoes.

The excursion depends on clear sky conditions. If it's not clear in the evening, you will be called to your accommodation. The activity will then be postponed for the next evening if weather conditions are better.

(*) It is possible only if there is not a full moon.

Overnight in the hotel.

Overnight at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama – Standard Room

Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama  (B / L / D)

Hierbas Buenas, Rio Grande & Rainbow Valley

After breakfast, you will be picked up in a private transfer that will take you to Hierbas Buenas (1:30 hours), where you will meet your local guide, Pamela Condori. She will lead you in the visit of old petroglyphs and the magnificent Rainbow Valley, enjoying the multiple colors.

On your way back, you will visit the small village Río Grande. It has been built in a deep ravine. You will walk through its small streets visiting its houses and orchards. We will enjoy a typical lunch prepared by Pamela.

Overnight at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama – Standard Room

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama (B / L / D)

Lickan Antay Experience

The Atacameños, or Lickan Antay, have inhabited the desert for thousands of years. In all this time, they

have learned to live with it and to discover all its secrets. In this excursion, Wildo will show us the history of his family and the economic activities they have developed in the desert. We will learn about corn and alfalfa crops, animal husbandry and other trades typical of an Atacamenian family.

Duration: 3 hours (1 hour walk) Difficulty: Easy

Atacamenian Lunch

You will enjoy a "fusion" Atacamenian lunch, with preparations based on products traditionally used by the Lickan Antay, such as corn, quinoa, llama or lamb meat and fruits and vegetables produced in the community orchards. After lunch, you will return to the hostel to rest or stay at the restaurant's gardens

Ancestral Caravan

The Ancestral Caravan allows us to relive the beautiful experience of walking with llamas through the

Atacama Desert. Sandra and Carlos, our local guides, will tell us about the stories of the desert and the

relationship of men with llamas and travel., while we enjoy a beautiful sunset with the colors of the desert.

Duration: 2 hours walk Difficulty: Easy

Overnight at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama – Standard Room

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama / Calama  (B / L / -)

Tatio Geysers

Today we will wake up very early, before the sunrise. You will be picked up at your accommodation in a

small group (14 people maximum), to head north-east with a small group, climbing the hills and mountains of the Andes, to reach the Tatio Geysers after approximately 1:30 hours of travel. Located about 89 km from San Pedro de Atacama, and 4,230 meters above sea level, this geothermal field consists of more than 80 active Geysers of different magnitudes. In summer the temperature can be -6oC and in winter -20oC. On the way back, you will pass through the village of Machuca. Return to the hotel at around midday.

Pick up: 5:00am - 5:30am approx. Duration: 7:30 hours approx.

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport in Calama city to fly to your next destination.

Inclusions:

· Transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport in each city

· Excursions as outlined in the program

·  Meals as indicated in the itinerary

· 3nts Accommodation in a standard room category with breakfast

· Permanent assistance in each destination

Exclusions:

· International or domestic air fares

· Services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary. Drinks

· Early check-in, late check-out and hotel extras

· Personal expenses

· Tips for guides and hotel staff