Post-Programme: Atacama Desert (for 2019/20 voyages)
This tour is available as post extension programme in combination with voyages ending in Punta Arenas. This tour requires a good physical fitness.
Day 1: Santiago de Chile
After returning from Punta Arenas, transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel in Santiago de Chile. Rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner on your own and overnight, incl. breakfast.
Day 2: Santiago de Chile / San Pedro Atacama
Morning transfer to Santiago de Chile airport and flight to Calama. From here you will be transferred to San Pedro de Atacama, your final destination. The transfer through the Atacama desert takes approx. 1.5 hours. San Pedro is a small village with narrow alleys and traditional adobe houses, and is known as the archaeological capital of Chile and the main cultural centre of the Atacama region.
Check-in at your hotel. Cumbres Atacama Hotel is located on 8 hectares of land with an architecture based on the indigenous Ayllus or Atacama style, it offers a unique experience which combines comfort, relaxation, fine cuisine and explorations into the mystique of the north of Chile.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel and get a good night´s sleep.
Day 3-4: San Pedro de Atacama
Breakfast at your hotel. Take the opportunity to relax at the hotel swimming pool or choose from a variety of local trips visiting such interesting sights in the area as: geysers, saltpans, high Andes lagoons, all just a short journey away. An experienced team of guides is in charge of accompanying the excursions.
Example itinerary (the order and content of excursions may vary):
On your first day morning departure towards the archeological site of Tulor - the oldest vestige and first human settlement in the Atacama Salt Flat, that has been miraculously preserved. It is known as the "cradle of the Likan Antai culture" dating back 2,000 years.
Evening excursion to the Moon Valley, declared a Sanctuary of Nature and Natural Monument. Climb the Duna Mayor (Major Dune) which provides a beautiful view of the Cordillera de la Sal, the Valley of Death and the Salt Flats, among many other sights with the dramatic sunset in the background.
Next day is an early morning excursion to the Tatio Geysers, located at a height of 4,300 m above sea level and at approx. 89 km from San Pedro de Atacama. The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the zone and consists of huge steam columns. Be on the lookout for families of vicuñas and maybe even foxes and andean ostrich. Stop at the village of Machuca - a truly atacameño village of just 20 houses built from clay, straw and cactus wood, and visit San Santiago church, named after the patron saint of the village. Return to your hotel after noon to freshen up and enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
Lunch and dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago
You will be transferred back to Calama Airport in the morning. Flight back to Santiago de Chile for the end of your post extension programme.
Available on these voyages in 2019/20, starting from Santiago de Chile:
Available on these voyages in 2019/20, starting from Valparaíso (with a slightly different itinerary - please call for details):
- Booking code: CENCJCPOST
- Included: The price includes one night incl. breakfast at hotel in Santiago de Chile, three nights at Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, incl. full board, return flight Santiago de Chile to Calama, incl. current taxes, airport transfers in Santiago and Calama/San Pedro, two half day and one full day excursions with English-speaking guide, use of spa, heated swimming pool and hot tubs. All excursions are subject to weather conditions.
- Not included: Dinner on day 1 (Santiago), gratuities.
- Price from €1971
Dates: 12.11.-16.11.2019, 14.12.-18.12.2019, 27.12.-31.12.2019, 12.01.-16.01.2020, 28.01.-01.02.2020, 13.02.-17.02.2020, 29.02.-04.03.2020, 16.03.-20.03.2020