Destination: Santiago, San Pedro De Atacama, Santiago & Viña Del Mar
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Arrival in Santiago (-)
Upon arrival, our collaborators offer a welcoming reception and will transfer you to the hotel. A documentation kit, detailed program explanation plus luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered.
Overnight in Santiago.
San Pedro de Atacama: Shapes of The Dawn at Valle de la Luna (B)
At schedule time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Calama. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, visit a place with beautiful shapes and colors located at 8km from San Pedro de Atacama, where we can walk and enjoy a great geological spectacle that has been repeatedly compared with the surface of the moon, with its angular geology and rocks sculpted by millenniums of erosion. Visit the salt caverns before climbing the mayor sand dune where we can marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors that appear over the Andes at sunset.
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.
Full Day El Tatio Geysers (B)
Early morning departure for an excursion to El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field flanked by soaring Andean peaks. At just under 14,000', this is one of the higher geyser fields in the world. At dawn, powerful spurts of steam erupt out of the ground through various blowholes, and the vision of the steaming geysers against the deep blue desert sky may be one of your most enduring memories of your visit here. Short hikes through the geothermal field. Return to San Pedro de Atacama.
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.
Hito Cajon / Desert of Siloli (B/L/D)
Transfer from San Pedro Hotel to Hito Cajon (Bolivian Border), cross a pass through the Andes Range. Pick up at the border of hito Cajon (coming from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile – 1 hour), enter the REA Reserve visiting: laguna Verde, the high deserts and ranges, Chalviri lagoon and its hots prings of Polques, geysers Sol de Mañana and laguna Colorada (3 hours). Enter the desert of Siloli, visiting first Arbol de Piedra, to see the erosion effects, to finally reach Ojo de Perdiz (1 hour).
Overnight in Ojo de Perdiz.
Uyuni Saltflat (B/L/D)
Morning trip north through the deserts and highlands, passing the lagoons Cachi, Honda, Chiarkota and Hedionda, continue east through branches of the range and 3 other lagoons, reaching the valley of Alota (2 hours). The trip goes north through the highlands passing the villages of San Agustin and San Juan, entering in Chuvica to the unique natural wonder of Uyuni saltflat, with over 10,582 km2 at 3,660 mosl, crossing it to "Isla Incahuasi", a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. Continue northwest to the village of Tahua (5 hours), in the foothill of the Tunupa volcano. Enjoy a great sunset.
Overnight in Tahua.
Tahua / Oruro / La Paz (B/L)
Private transportation north crossing the central highlands, through the crater of Tambo Tambillo, continue to the villages of Quillacas, Challapampa to finally reach the city of Oruro (6 hours) and take a regular bus to the city of La Paz (3 hours).
Overnight in La Paz.
Half Day Tiahuanaco Ruins / Half Day City Tour (B/L)
Tiahuanaco is 72 km - 1 hour from La Paz, the trip passes through the Bolivian Highlands were you can see the Aymara Indians way of life. It was one of the oldest American cultures, Carbon 14 dating give us an average age of 1580 BC to 1150 AC. It is considered the cradle of the American man and one of the most advanced cultures in development at that time. Their main constructions are: the Kalasasaya temple with the main stone work done like the Gate of the Sun, the monoliths Ponce and Fraile; the Akapana pyramid and the Semi underground temple. Visit of the two local museums to see the rich pottery and stone work.
In the afternoon a four hour city tour of La Paz, including the area of the street markets, rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft artifacts. The tour goes through the colonial part of the city, San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square and the outdoor replica of the Tiahuanaco temple. Then to the modern part of town, dropping down a lot in elevation to finally visit the Valley of the Moon, enjoy all of its natural geological formations.
Overnight in La Paz.
Titicaca Lake– Sun Island (B/L/D)
Transportation from La Paz north through the highlands and parallel to the Royal Andes Range crossing the highlands to Copacabana (3 hours), a nice town in the shores of Lake Titicaca. Take a boat to Island of the Sun (1 hour), land near Pilkokaina ruins to have a typical aptapi (Andean lunch). Then hike for about one hour to La Estancia.
Overnight in the Sun Island.
Sun Island / La Paz / Tomarapi (B/L/D)
DON’T MISS AN EARLY SUNRISE! Take a boat north to the Chincana ruins (1 hour) and the Sacred Rock, where the first two Incas Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo were born. Continue in boat to Copacabana (2 hours), visit the famous Virgen Morena and its nice colonial church, have lunch and a stroll in town. Transportation to La Paz (2 ½ hours) and then west through the northern highlands and Desaguadero river. You’ll see the valleys of rocks with great formations done by the erosion, as well as old ceremonial tombs of the Carangas culture. Enter the rich wetlands with lots of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas of the Sajama area and national park. To finally the village of Tomarapi (3 hours), in the northern foothills of the Sajama Mountain (the highest peak of Bolivia with 6,542m).
Overnight in Tomarapi.
Visit the national park, its rich wetlands with lots of camelides (llamas, alpacas and vicuñas), enjoy its hot springs. Continue to the village of Sajama and its great colonial church. Trip to the border town of Tambo Quemado, enter Chile and drive to Putre.
Overnight in Putre.
Arica: Full Day Lauca National Park (B)
Panoramic view of the Village of Putre. Next comes the Lauca river and the Cotacotani lagoons, myriad interconnected emerald-green ponds that bear testimony to the effect of the interruption of water flow by volcanic activity. We the continue to the Lauca National Park, and its spectacular scenery, exotic flora surrounded by show capped mountains and volcanoes with their eternal fumaroles such as the Parinacota, Pomerape and Guallatire and wild fauna including Guanacos, Vicuñas, lamas (belonging to the camel species) and Vizcachas. Our next stop is the beautiful village of Parinacota, declared a national Monument. This is one of the altiplano`s most important ceremonial sites, although nowadays the activities are limited to religious festivities. The houses are built from stone, using clay as mortar and have thatched roofs. They are huddled around the beautiful church of the XVII century. Visit at the Socorromo village and its Andean/Colonial architecture and its pre-Hispanic farm terraces. Other highlights along the way are the village of Poconchile and its XVII century church, the Cardones Canyon with it’s up to 4 meters high cacti, before we reach Pukara de Copaquilla, one of the ancient fortresses built by native Indians. We soon pass by geoglyphs on the yellow slopes that flank the route, some depicting figures of llamas and humans. Arrival to Arica.
Overnight in Arica
Half Day City Tour & Archaelogy at Azapa Valley / Santiago (B)
Departure from your hotel towards Columbus Square, visiting the San Marcos Cathedral designed by Gustave Eiffel et Cie. in the gothic style and inaugurated in 1876, now the House of Culture and used formerly as a Customs House. Stamped on each brick of this building is the mark of Gustave Eiffel workshops where it was prefabricated. It was brought from France and raised in brick and metal between 1872 and 1874. We continue to the Morro de Arica with an altitude of 130 m. This bluff is the emblematic landmark of the city. On an esplanade at the top you will see broken cannons, the bust of Colonel Pedro Lagos, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Cristo de la Concordia, a sculpture by the artist Raúl Valdivieso that was cast in Spain. There is also a museum here, built on the ruins of the old fortifications and a lookout point with a spectacular view of the city. We continue to Azapa Valley. During the trip, tall yellow colored columns with drawings mark the archeological sites. The Geoglyphs are cultural testimonies of the people of the past. These are enormous drawings on the slopes of some hills, executed collectively by ancestral people using the technique of stacked stones or scratching the earth. It is thought that there were created to make the passing of the cattle routes between the hills and coast. Hundreds of small farms will start appearing on the low, dry hills, most of them are dedicated to the production of the famous and tasty Azapa olives. They are watered by the San José River. But its importance is not in agriculture. Different stages of historical development were stamped on these lands that were a human homesteading very early in history. Its archeological vestiges are mainly of the period of Regional Development, such as the village of Cerro Sombrero and most of the Geoglyphs. But there are also sited of the Tiwanaka period such as the San Lorenzo housing complex, and of Inca influence, such as the housing complex of Alto Ramírez. Archeological Museum of San Miguel de Azapa. This museum, one of the best in Chile, belongs to the University of Tarapacá. Its rooms recreate 10.000 years of history, from the period of the Chinchorros to the present-day Aymara shepherds. The visit is made with a catalogue in order to identify the objects in the display cabinets and their functions. One room shows the history of the olive tree in the valley. The tour includes museum tickets, mineral water and bilingual tour guide. At schedule time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Santiago.
International Departure (B)
At the scheduled time, we will transfer you to the airport to take your international departure flight.
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