2. San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Day Magic Desert Tour
Day 1: Transfer from Calama Airport to your San Pedro de Atamaca Hotel
After beginning your tour, you will travel to the famous Valley of the Moon, located approximately 10 kilometers away from San Pedro de Atacama and declared a sanctuary of nature. Here you will discover a place with beautiful shapes and colors where you can walk and observe a geological show with sculptural forms, similar to the lunar surface. You can visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", as well as the salt caverns. You will then go up to the great dune at sunset to admire this beautiful panorama in all its splendor.
Day 2: Red Stones
Your first stop will be after about 1 hour of travel in the Miscanti and Miñiques highland lagoons, located at 4,200 meters above sea level. Breakfast will be enjoyed by these lagoons, with the fauna of the place able to be appreciated. You will then go to Piedras Rojas, where you will visit Salar de Aguas Calientes and Salar de Talar. There you can appreciate the rock formation's reddish colors, before you head to the Atacameño village of Socaire to have lunch. You will then visit the Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt lake, where the national flamingo reserve is located. You will also discover here the Chaxa Lagoon, where you can observe 3 types of flamingos, as well as various other species that inhabit the lagoons. As the final stop for the day, you will visit the town of Toconao.
Day 3: Tour Geiser del Tatio (altitude of 4,300 meters)
After driving through the night, you will arrive at this spectacular sector of the Altiplano at approximately 6:45AM, normally the temperature at this time is below zero. You will begin your day by enjoying breakfast before a guided hike by the geothermal field. There you will be able to observe the impressive columns of steam (geisers), fumaroles, hundreds of pools of boiling water, and high peaks. In this sector you can see parts of the typical Andean fauna such as Vizcachas and Vicuñas. You will then move to the sector of the thermal pools with 40º water, where guests can take a rejuvenating swim.
You will then begin the return to San Pedro, through the impressive landscape of the Andes mountain range. During this route you will also be able to see the Tocorpuri and Licancacabur volcanos. You will eventually arrive in San Pedro at approximately 12:00PM, where you will have free time before meeting in the office at 3:50PM. From here you will travel directly to the Salar de Atacama, where your first stop will be Laguna Cejar, a turquoise lagoon in which you can bathe. Due to this lake's great salinity, you will even be able to float on the water. Later, you will visit the eyes of the Salar, before your tour ends at the Tebinquiche Lagoon, where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset with an aperitif. You will eventually return to San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 4: Transfer Hotel San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport
On the final day of your tour you will be transferred to Calama Airport, or another centrally located part of Calama.