A unique tailormade tour of Chile for photographers, discovering and capturing its immense desert landscapes. During the trip, you will travel with your camera to discover the world's driest desert. Every day you'll encounter astonishing volcanoes and secret  valleys, salt flats and gorges. and you will also learn something about Atacama's history, culture, archaeology, astronomy, flora and fauna.

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A unique tailormade tour of Chile for photographers, discovering and capturing its immense desert landscapes. During the trip, you will travel with your camera to discover the world's driest desert. Every day you'll encounter astonishing volcanoes and secret  valleys, salt flats and gorges. and you will also learn something about Atacama's history, culture, archaeology, astronomy, flora and fauna.

This Atacama adventure includes cocktails, private tours and everything you need to focus on capturing your best photo ever!

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Trip offered by Chiara Spoken languages: Italian, English, German, Spanish Travel expert in Chile

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Santiago
  • End Santiago
  • Countries
    • Chile
  • City
    • San Pedro de Atacama
    • Santiago
  • Theme Wild nature
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Santiago - San Pedro de Atacama
    Day 1 Transfer by airplane

    Your driver will transfer you to Santiago Airport for your domestic flight.

    Once you arrive to Calama Airport, you’ll take a 90 minutes transfer to San Pedro de Atacama and check in at your hotel. (Regular Service)

    At 3:00 PM you'll depart towards the Salt Mountain Range (Moon Valley), a natural barrier between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Salt Flat.

    You'll cross famous valleys and observe the impressive Kari’s ravine, salt caverns and a salt mine. You will visit Mars valley as well.

    At sunset you will admire a spectacular change of colors and enjoy a delicious cocktail.
    Return to San Pedro de Atacama by van and drop off at the hotel or in the town.
    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock and Water.

    Included: Cocktail at Sunset

    Pick up time: 3:00 PM

    Arrival Time: 8:30 PM

    Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

    Visited places:
    • Santiago
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 2
    Cejar and Tebenquiche Lagoons - Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas – Astronomic Tour
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Today it will be possible to enjoy a refreshing bath in different types of water, near the volcanoes of the Andes, first in the emerald waters of the Laguna Piedra (Cejar), experiencing effortless floating, then in the sweet waters of the Tebenquiche Eyes, ending the tour with a visit to the extraordinary Tebenquiche salt flat and its fascinating rocks.

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock, towel, swimsuit, flip-flop and water.

    Included: Cocktail and Pisco Sour.

    Pick up time: 09:00 AM

    Arrival Time: 1:30 PM

    Drop off will in the town where you can have lunch.

    After lunch you will enjoy the Rainboy Valley Tour:

    On this trip you will enter the heart of Domeyko Mountain Range admiring its fantastic formations as well as a green Pucará built as a defense by the ancestral inhabitants of the area thousands of years ago. Later meet Yerbas Buenas, an area of ​​passage and caravan rest with high anthropological value given by petroglyphs over 3.500 years old.

    Drop off at the hotel or town depending on your preferences.

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock and Water.

    Included: Cocktail

    Pick up time: 3:00 PM

    Arrival Time: 8:00 PM

    At night we will visit the Space observatory. San Pedro de Atacama is an exceptional place to observe the stars. The tour will start with an explanation of the stars that can be observed at the given time of year. Then it will continue with observations of impressive objects, craters of the moon, rings of Saturn and much more. The tour endswith hot chocolate, cookies, wine, and snacks. Return to San Pedro, free time and rest.

    Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 3
    Atacama Salt Flat – Chaxa Lagoon – Miscanti & Miniques Lagoon – Socaire/Toconao – Piedras Rojas
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Atacama Salt Flat and enter the National Flamingo Reserve. This National Reserve is formed by a gigantic depression and the Salar is the biggest salt field in Chile. The bottom of the salt field is occupied by a huge lake, receiving water from mountain rivers and melting snow.

    As it has no outlet, several small lagoons have formed, and here you can observe the three types of flamingos, the English, the Andean and the Chilean. You’ll visit Socaire village at 3.300 masl to acclimatize and take photos of San Bartolomé church and Toconao town.

    Drive on to Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons at 4.350 and 4.100 masl where you’ll have a pleasant walk. Visit the amazing Piedras Rojas (Red Stones), and return to San Pedro de Atacama.

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock and Water.

    Included: Lunch in a natural habitat and cocktail.

    Pick Up Time: 08:30 AM

    Arrival Time: 7:00 PM

    Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 4
    Tatio Geysers - Jauna and Tocorpuri Vegas - Alto Loa
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    First stop of the day is El Tatio geothermal field at 4.350 mts where you'll enjoy breakfast. You will also visit the Vegas of Jauna and Tocorpuri, and then continue through a large part of the Alto Loa to visit different ancestral villages, pukarás and petroglyphs over 5,000 years old. 

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock and Water.

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch at natural habitat & Cocktail.

    Pick Up Time: 06:15 AM

    Arrival Time: 6:30 PM

    Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 5
    Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache & Puritama’s hotsprings
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Today you will get to know impressive beauty of 7 lagoons of intense turquoise and emerald color, where you can enjoy a bath of passive flotation. Continue with some relax in the pools of the Hot Springs of Puritama, where the water has therapeutic properties.

    Leaving the thermal water we will take bicycles to ride down to San Pedro de Atacama.

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock, towel, swimsuit, flip-flop and Water.

    Included: Snacks, Pisco Sour (or Juice) accompanying the swim, Lunch and Bike.

    Pick up time: 09:00 AM

    Arrival Time: 7:30 PM

    Observation: for your safety, the descent by bicycle is without photographic equipment.

    Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 6
    Tara Salar - Pacana’s Monks - North Aguas Calientes Salar - Hidden Lagoon
    Day 6

    Heading towards the border with Bolivia and Argentina, on the way to the Paso de Jama, you will pass Licancabur, Juriques, Toco, Chajnantor Volcanoes, among others, continuing towards the Queipiaco Lagoon located in the Pujsa’s Salar sector. Then you'll travel to the North Aguas Calientes Salar and its underwater geysers, crossing the desert to meet the Pacana’s Monks, the Hidden Lagoon (Chita), and the Tara Salar and its cathedrals.

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock and Water.

    Included: Lunch in a natural habitat and cocktail.

    Pick Up Time: 09:00 AM

    Arrival Time: 6:00 PM

    Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 7
    Free day or optional tour
    Day 7

    Free day.

    Overnight.

    Hotels in:
    Casa de Don Tomas - Standard
    Altiplanico Hotel - Superior
    Cumbres San Pedro Hotel - Deluxe

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
  • 8
    San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago
    Day 8 Transfer by airplane

    Depending on your departure flight, a shared transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile. Drop off is either at your accommodation or airport.

    Visited places:
    • San Pedro de Atacama
    • Santiago
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation in selected hotels.
    • All tours in private services, except the regular services mentioned in the program.
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Private Transfers In / Out in Santiago de Chile
    • Shared Transfers In / Out in Atacama Desert.
    • Lunch and dinner mentioned as included in the programs
    • Cocktails and snacks mentioned as included in the program
    • Entrances to National Parks
    Price does not include
    • International or domestic flights
    • Accident Insurance (you must have your own insurance)
    • Lunch, dinner, beverages & cocktails not included on the program
    • SGL Supplement
    • Tour Leader
    • Tips for drivers and guides.