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San Pedro de Atacama Extension: Chile’s Magnificent Northern Desert

Days: 4+ | From: $2,100/per person

Discover Atacama, the driest desert on earth and home to otherworldly lagoons, smoking geysers, expansive salt flats, and rare wildlife. Atacama is also one of the world’s most renowned locations for astronomy, with consistent clear skies full of stars.This extension can be done with any one of a few different hotels; our top choices are the Tierra Atacama (4-5 star boutique style hotel) and Awasi Atacama (5 star boutique hotel). The itinerary below outlines a 3 night/4 day all-inclusive stay at Tierra Atacama with group excursions with others from the hotel; the itinerary at Awasi is similar, also all-inclusive, but includes private excursions. The price for Awasi is $550 per person higher.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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  • Atacama
    3 nights: extend your Chilean vacation with a few days in remarkable desert vistas

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Fly to the Extraordinary Atacama Desert

Chile - San Pedro de Atacama - Salt Flats

Fly north from Santiago to Atacama, the driest desert in the world. This is an extraordinary place, full of unique and mesmerizing scenery. Volcanoes, immense salt flats, lagoons of otherworldly colors, flamingos, unusual wildlife, hot springs, and geysers. Truly a unique destination, with unmatched scenery, and off the typical tourist track. Stay in a lovely small hotel with a unique design that blends naturally into the surrounding landscape.

Accommodations: Tierra Atacama

Situated in Chile’s breathtaking Atacama Desert, Tierra Atacama is on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro. The 32-room hotel offers great guided excursions, excellent gourmet dining, and a pool and spa. Built on the site of the old cattle corral, its architectural style skillfully blends traditional and modern techniques. A top option in San Pedro de Atacama.

*Includes: Dinner

Upgrades and alternatives: Awasi Atacama, Alto Atacama, Explora Atacama, Altiplanico Atacama
Days 2-3

Volcanoes, Salt Flats, Lagoons, Hot Springs, Geysers, and More

Chile - San Pedro de Atacama - Wildlife - Flamingos

Spend these days exploring the natural wonders of the area up close. There are a variety of excursions in San Pedro, from horseback riding and mountain biking to trips to pink flamingo-filled lagoons, volcano hikes and geyser excursions.

Accommodations: Tierra Atacama

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

Tierra Atacama - Salar excursionTierra Atacama - sunset from the hotelTierra Atacama - Salar de Tara excursionTierra Atacama_pool

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