Explore the unique and contrasting panoramas and wildlife of the north and south of the country.
From the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the north, to the incomparable splendour of the granite peaks of Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia in the south, the extremes of Chile are staggering, not only in their diversity, but also by their overwhelming beauty. The addition of Lauca National Park (not a usual stop on a Chilean itinerary, but more than worthwhile for any lover of nature and wildlife) to this already rich mix of experiences, adds the final touch.
Fly to Calama & drive to San Pedro de Atacama
Transfer back to the airport for a domestic flight to Calama. On arrival at Calama you will be transferred to your accommodation to freshen up and then enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant in San Pedro de Atacama.
In the afternoon enjoy an excursion to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), located 13km/8 miles west of San Pedro in the Salt Mountain Range. The valley has beautifully strange lunar landscapes and is considered one of the driest places on the planet.
Accommodation: Hotel Kimal. 3-nights
Excursion to explore Tatio Geysers
The very early wake-up call will be well worth it when you arrive at the amazing Tatio Geysers and see them in action. From almost 900 metres below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 metres over the surface of these spectacular geysers. Breakfast will be served on arrival before you walk through the geothermal fields with the geysers erupting nearby. As you drive back, there is a magnificent view of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes. Arrive back in San Pedro in time to have lunch and the afternoon will be free to rest after the early start, high altitude and low temperature faced in the morning.
Excursion to Altiplano lagoons
Today you'll take an excursion to the Altiplano lagoons of Miscanti and Meñique, located 4,500m above sea level, where you will be able to see unique flora and fauna. Included is lunch in the town of Socaire, where old Andean traditions still exist today.
Fly to Arica and transfer to Putre
Today you drive to Calama, then board a flight to Arica (via Santiago) and head to Putre (about 2 hours drive) where you overnight.
On your way you visit the fertile oasis of Azapa Valley, known for its unique type of purple olives, and the archeological museum.
Accommodation: Terrace Lodge, 1-night.
Full day guided excursion in Lauca National Park
Today you explore Lauca National Park and Chungara lake with your expert guide. Look out for the typical vicuna, guanaco, alpaca, and their predator as you visit the reserve.
In the afternoon you return to Arica for the night.
Hotel Casa Beltran, 1-night
Fly to Punta Arenas via Santiago
Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
Returning to the now familiar Santiago airport, fly to Punta Arenas, considered the world's most southern city before the growth of smaller towns like Ushuaia, Argentina. You will be met at the airport and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. The total drive is 330km, however a stop will be made on the way in Puerto Natales for lunch.
Explore Torres del Paine’s glaciers and lakes on foot.
Transfer back to Punta Arenas
Fly to Santiago