Reception at Calama airport by your guide and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (2438m). In the afternoon we cross the Death Valley and stop at the “Three Maries”, curious rocky formation that looks like a statue. Then we reach the Moon Valley before sunset, to enjoy the charming twilight from the Big Dune.
We dedicate the morning to the exploration of Catarpe’s Valley. We start by visiting Quitor’s pucará (fortress), dated from the 12th century and occupied by the Incas to fight against the invasion of the Spanish. Then we visit the area of “Tunnel” from where we have a spectacular view of the Salty mountain range, with some impressive mineral sculptures made of salt and clay, carved by the wind and the rain. We continue to San Isidro’s small church; and the ” Quebrada del Diablo ” with incredible rocky formations. In the afternoon we visit the lagoons Tebenquique and Cejar, located in the heart of the Atacama salt flat. The Lagoon Cejar has a very high concentration of salt that will let us float without efforts, just like in the Dead Sea: a memorable experience! (bath fee not included). At night, Astronomical tour in regular service to observe the jewels of the southern skies (Tour not available in nights of full moon).
We hide to the village of Toconao and the Chaxa lagoon, in the immense Atacama Salt Flat. With more than 3.000 km², the Atacama Salt Flat is inhabited by different species of flamingos. We continue to the dazzling Miscanti and Miniques lagoons, located at 4200 meters where we can watch a varied fauna, such as the giant Tagua bird. Return to San Pedro. Overnight in hotel.
Early morning departure to Tatio Geysers (4321m), well-known for the steaming vents and pools of boiling water. Possibility to have a bath in a natural pool. On the way back to San Pedro we visit the area of Guatin where we can find giant Cactus. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport of Calama.