In five days you can enjoy San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. You will visit Moon Valley, altiplanic (Miscanti and Miñiques) lagoons, the famous Tatio Geysers, and another atractives in the area.

Day 1: Moon Valley - San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer: Airport in Calama Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

Tour through the Valle de la Luna

  • Departure: 14:30
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Pickup / Dropoff: Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

Feel as if you were walking on the moon and on Mars with this tour that will take you to know two classics of the Atacama Desert.

The Valley of the Moon is a sector in the Cordillera de la Sal and undoubtedly the most visited. Its mountains speckled with glimmers, enormous dunes, rock formations, and ravines make it a true spectacle to behold. You can see the Three Marias, the Canyon, the Amphitheatre, the Victoria salt mine, and the Licantay viewpoint.

We will start the tour departing from San Pedro de Atacama towards the Cordillera de la Sal in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, heading to one of its most picturesque spots: the Valley of the Moon. The names already give a clear hint of the landscape, where rock formations shaped by erosion, salt blankets, the Great Dune, and views that will make you feel like you're on another planet reign supreme.

We will visit the Three Marias, the Canyon, and the Amphitheatre. To conclude the journey, we will enjoy the sunset from the Licantay viewpoint, where you can witness how the desert changes colors, with towering volcanoes on the horizon, offering a breathtaking spectacle that will leave you speechless.

  • Physical
    Very low
  • Nature
    Very high

Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama - Toconao - Lagunas Altiplánicas (Miscanti & Miñiques) - Socaire - Atacama Salt Flat

Tour to the Altiplanic Lagoons, Piedras Rojas and the Salar de Atacama

  • Departure: 09:00
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Includes: Lunch
  • Pickup / Dropoff: Hotel in San pedro de Atacama

Learn about the different landscapes in San Pedro de Atacama visiting the Chaxa Lagoon, home of flamingos and other birds, Piedras Rojas, the Altiplánicas lagoons located at more than 4,000 masl and the town of Toconao.

We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning to begin the journey outside the city. The trip to Piedras Rojas and Altiplánicas Lagoons will take us through important tourist spots within the Atacama Desert.

To reach Piedras Rojas, or Salar de Aguas Calientes as it is also known, we will have to drive up to 3,800 meters in altitude and walk for 1 hour and 15 minutes to see these reddish rocks, as well as the lagoons and salt flats in the vicinity.

Subsequently, we will move to the Altiplánicas Lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques area, where our guide will provide explanations about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Likewise, we will make a stop at Chaxa Lagoon, where you can see flamingos. Similarly, we will pass through Socaire and the Tropic of Capricorn, where we will make a short stop for photographs. Then, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama to conclude our tour.

  • Physical
    Very low
  • Cultural
    Medium
  • Nature
    Very high

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama - Rainbow valley

Arcoiris Valley excursion

  • Departure: 08:00
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Pickup / Dropoff: Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

We will visit the petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas and we will cross the mountains of colors of the Rainbow Valley in the middle of the Domeyko Mountain in San Pedro de Atacama

It is located in the Río Grande basin, about 90 km from San Pedro de Atacama, very close to the Petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas. It owes its name to the wide range of shades that can be observed in the valley's hills. The colors reflect the richness and varying concentrations of clay, salts, and minerals.

We start very early, heading 90 km from San Pedro to the Río Grande basin, where we reach the Rainbow Valley. Its name is given due to the variety of colors that can be seen in the valley's hills; earthy tones, reds, beige, greens, whites, and yellows. All combined with traces of white salt and a blue sky. The colors of this area showcase the ecological richness of clay, minerals, and salts. We will visit this place on a 1-hour hike, with a 1-hour return. Then, we will move to the Salado River area, where a small valley forms, and we can take a hike to appreciate the landscape.

Afterward, we will visit the Petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas, and finally return to San Pedro de Atacama, where the activity concludes.

  • Physical
    Medium
  • Nature
    Very high

Astronomic Tour in the Atacama Desert

  • Departure: 21:00
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pickup / Dropoff: Hotele in San Pedro de Atacama

With over 330 clear nights a year, the Atacaman Desert is one of the best scenarios in the world for star gazing. Live the experience of watching them through telescopes and knowing our surrounding universe more deeply.

San Pedro de Atacama, in northern Chile, boasts one of the world's best skies for astronomical observation. Come and experience this incredible nocturnal spectacle.

What does this experience include?

9:00 PM: Transportation to Ayllu de Cucuter, where the sky opens up to connect us with the cosmos.

  • Cosmological introduction and recognition of the celestial vault through constellations.
  • Astrophotography and observation of at least 7 objects through high-end telescopes, including image stacking and deep space astrophotography with the Evscope. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to do personal and couples astrophotography, as well as enjoy slow-motion shots and deep space astrophotography at no additional cost.

11:00 PM: Return to the hotels

  • Nature
    Very high

Day 4: Puritama Hotsprings - San Pedro de Atacama

Puritama Hot Springs Tour

  • Departure: 14:00
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Pickup / Dropoff: Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

Come and enjoy the Puritama hot sping in the middle of the Chilean highlands. Stress-depleting minerals are released from the water that fight stress and help relax.

Located in the middle of a canyon, surrounded by fox tails, the Puritama Hot Springs, which means "Water" (Puri) and "Hot" (tama), have a total of 8 pools with thermal waters that have a temperature between 28° and 31° Celsius, suitable for the whole family. Their water contains a significant concentration of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sodium, and boron, all of which are revitalizing elements for the body and mind.

Located 30 km from San Pedro de Atacama, their waters originate in the Andes Mountains and reach high temperatures due to their proximity to volcanic materials. They then flow to the surface in the Puritama River, creating eight natural pools surrounded by hills and native vegetation.

The facility is equipped with changing rooms, bathrooms, and terraces at each of the pools.

Note: The Puritama Hot Springs Tour can be done in the morning starting at 8:30 AM, subject to availability.

  • Nature
    Very high

Day 5: Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Machuca

Tatio Geysers Tour

  • Departure: 04:00
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Pickup / Dropoff: Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

Tatio geysers are the highest geothermal field in the world. Meet the huge fumaroles that emanate from the earth and then visit the town of Machuca in the Chilean highlands.

In this incredible destination, we will explore one of the most significant geothermal fields in the world: the 'Geysers del Tatio,' located at 4,200 meters above sea level. This is the largest group of geysers in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world.

In the early morning, we head towards one of the entrances to the Andean highlands, where we will go directly to one of the most important geothermal fields in the world, the 'Geysers del Tatio,' with 80 geysers and their steaming fumaroles, a unique spectacle in the world. We will spend approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes there, then enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before continuing our journey back. As we venture into the hills and mountains of the Andes, we will contemplate important high-altitude ecosystems with rich biodiversity, such as the wetlands of Machuca and Vados de Putana. Finally, we will visit the village of Machuca.

  • Physical
    Very low
  • Cultural
    Very low
  • Nature
    Very high

Transfer: Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama Airport in Calama

Included
  • Transfer Calama airport / San Pedro de Atacama hotel / Calama airport
  • Half-Day Valley of the Moon Valley and Death Valley
  • Excursion to Chaxa lagoon, Altiplanic lagoons and Socaire
  • Arcoiris Valley Excursion
  • Astronomic tour
  • Tour to Puritama Hot Springs
  • Tour through the geysers of El Tatio
  • Ticket of entrance to the places mentioned
  • Bilingual guide (spanish - english)
  • IMPORTANT: The transfer only applies to hotels that are within the town of San Pedro de Atacama. If it’s not the case, we will let you know where we will meet, ask when booking.
NOT Included
  • Airline ticket.
  • All not mentioned in the itinerary.

Recommendations

Bring warm clothing for morning and afternoon tours, and light clothing for the rest of the day. 

Program applies for flights of:

Arrival flight to Calama: arrival time until 11 am.

Departure flight: departure time from Calama 18:00 hrs.

Inquire about accommodation options with czuniga@gochile.cl.

  • Go Chile assumes no responsibility for unpredictable events that may affect the schedule or order of travel programs, such as those caused by weather conditions, road closures or safety measures established by public authorities.