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                     Chile, objective 6000 among lagoons and volcanoes                      

Are you passionate about treks in the desert or climbing volcanoes? Come and try the adventure in the middle of salt flats and lagoons, climb to the mythical altitude of 6,000 metres.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama - Rio Grande
  • Day 4: Rio Grande - Machuca
  • Day 5: Machuca - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama - The Atacama volcanoes
  • Day 8: The Atacama volcanoes - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 9: Sairecabur Volcano - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama - Pili Volcano
  • Day 11: Pili Volcano - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 12: San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago de Chile
  • Day 13: Santiago de Chile

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Santiago de Chile


Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer.
Visit of Chile's capital, nestled at the foot of the Andes. Although Santiago has become over the years a modern and bustling city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved their atmosphere and a romantic charm.
You will visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, Cerro San Cristobal, etc.
Visit the museum of pre-Columbian art of Chile in Santiago.

(Closed every Monday)

Visit the museum La Chascona in Santiago.

(Closed every Monday)

Night at the hotel The Aubrey ****

Included : transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Calama - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.
Domestic flight from Santiago to Calama (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).

Arrival at Calama airport and private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a small oasis in the middle of the driest desert on Earth.

An English-speaking guide will be with you during the transfer.

In the middle of the afternoon, leave San Pedro and drive to the Salt Cordillera and the Moon Valley. Once there, you can take a walk in a magnificent landscape made of sand dunes and sculpted calcareous mountains. Enjoy the sunset while having a drink before going back to San Pedro.

Night at the hotel Tierra Atacama ****.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama - Rio Grande


2.5-day trek with camping in tents. Bring a sleeping bag (unless otherwise specified). You will be accompanied by a specialized guide who will provide logistical support. Bring waterproof shoes as you will cross many rivers.

Transfer to the starting point of the trek. You will first follow a river bed where you will find strange giant cactus formations emerging from the desert. You will then continue to 3,600 meters in the area of the village of Rio Grande where you will set your camp.

Walking time: 6h.
Included : private transport, equipment rental, guide (hiking), room, dinner

Day 4: Rio Grande - Machuca


After breakfast, you will leave the village to join an area of fertile valleys irrigated by small rivers. Farmers benefit from this place to let their llamas graze. You then continue to gain altitude; over 4,000m. From the village of Machuca, where you will camp, the view over the Licancabur Volcano is spectacular.
Walking time: 5h
Included : room & breakfast, private transport, guide (hiking), lunch, dinner

Day 5: Machuca - San Pedro de Atacama


This morning, you will leave at dawn and quickly reach 4,200 meters and the Tatio Geysers. You will see the geysers roaring in the cold air of the Altiplano. The valley looks like a giant pot. Water spurts here and there. This geological curiosity mixes a ground still frozen to clear water springs at more than 70°C (160°F). You will have breakfast on the site and be able to swim in the hot springs.
Back to San Pedro for lunch.
Night at your hotel.
Transfer Time: 2:30 Walking time: 1h

YOUR TREK:
Accommodation:
Tents during the trek
Included during trek
- AGMP certified mountain guide and WFR (Wilderness First Responder), bilingual Spanish/English;
- Assistant guide depending on the amount of participants;
- First aid equipment and VHF radios;
- Collective equipment for trekking (tents, catering ...);
- Guides fees (transportation, hotels, meals, etc.).
Don't forget your sandals to cross the river.

At nightfall, you will join an astronomer at San Pedro observatory, for a tour of the southern sky. After 2 hours of observation with the naked eye and through 10 different telescopes, the guide will complete the explanation around a hot beverage, before you head back to San Pedro.

Note: The excursion is open to other tourists. The excursion will be canceled if the moon is full, and is subject to weather conditions. Do not forget your jackets and coats (the temperature can go down to - 15ºC in the winter).

Night at the hotel Tierra Atacama ****.
Included : private transport, guide (hiking), breakfast, english speaking guide, drinks, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 6: Lagunes altiplaniques - Piedras Rojas - San Pedro de Atacama


Departure from your hotel around 10:00 in the morning. Day fully dedicated to the discovery of the Atacama Salt Flat and its surroundings. The village of Socaire, the Quebrada de Jérez, the Chaxa, Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons and their volcanoes are the must-see of this visit, as well as the Piedras Rojas area and the Tuyacto laguna.
Lunch at a restaurant in Socaire.
Return to San Pedro at the end of the afternoon passing by the village of Toconao. Visit of its church, its central place, and its craft market.

8-hour excursion.

Night at the hotel Tierra Atacama ****.
Included : lunch (no drinks), guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama - The Atacama volcanoes


Trek of a few hours around Laguna Lejia.
Arrival in the late afternoon at the camp, in front of the Lascar Volcano with a view on the lagoon.
Night in bivouac.
Included : guide expenses, private transport, climbing guide, catering

Day 8: The Atacama volcanoes - San Pedro de Atacama


Beginning of the ascent at 09:00 and 4,800 m alt (or 4,950 m alt depending on conditions).
4 hours walk to the crater (at 5,490 m alt.).
The show is incredible: the crater that you have before you is huge: more than 500 metres deep. You can see all the colours of the minerals and numerous fumaroles. Depending on the level of each participant, way to the summit at 5,600 m of altitude. The views of the surrounding volcanoes (Licancabur, Aguas Calientes, Pili, Juriques, Toco) and the 4 craters of the Lascar will make you dream.
One hour and a half descent by the same route to the vehicle.
Return to San Pedro in the late afternoon.

Night at the hotel Tierra Atacama ****.
Included : guide expenses, private transport, climbing guide, catering, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 9: Sairecabur Volcano - San Pedro de Atacama


You will leave the hotel at 6:00 with your guide. 2h drive to the base of the Volcano at 5,500 m. Breakfast and briefing. The hike to the summit takes between 5 and 6 hours. Some parts are more difficult than others due to the presence of big rocks along the way. The summit is at 6,040m and, once at the top, the view on the lagoons of Bolivia is stunning. You will make your way back down by the same trail. Return to San Pedro around 18:00.

Height: 5,972 m

Technical difficulty: 3.5/7

Physical difficulty: 3.5/7


Night at the hotel Tierra Atacama ****.
Included : guide expenses, private transport, climbing guide, box lunch, breakfast, room & breakfast

Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama - Pili Volcano


Departure from your hotel in the morning with your guide.
Road to the border with Argentina.
Visit of the Pujsa Salt Flat.
Arrival at the base of the volcano and installation of the camp at an altitude of 4,800 m or at the altitude camp at 5,400 m, depending on weather conditions.
Included : dinner (no drinks), guide expenses, private transport, climbing guide, catering, dinner

Day 11: Pili Volcano - San Pedro de Atacama


Departure early in the morning to attempt the ascent of the Pili volcano (6,046 m). A great experience that takes you to the top of one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the region.
Descent to the base camp for a well-deserved rest.
Then, return to San Pedro de Atacama in the late afternoon.

Height: 6,046 m

Technical difficulty: 2.5/7

Physical difficulty: 5/7



Night at the hotel Tierra Atacama ****.
Included : guide expenses, private transport, climbing guide, catering, box lunch, breakfast, room & breakfast

Day 12: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago de Chile


Private transfer from your hotel to Calama airport.

Domestic flight from Calama to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).

Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.


Night at the hotel The Aubrey ****

Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 13: Santiago de Chile

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.
Included : transfer departure

Hotel The Aubrey   Santiago de Chile

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The Aubrey Hotel is the result of the combination of a unique history and a successful renovation. It is a real haven of peace which allows to escape from the turmoil of the Chilean capital city. Each one of the 15 beautiful bedrooms are decorated with taste and uniqueness, has its own private bathroom, and most of them have a terrace or a balcony. The garden, with the swimming pool, the jacuzzi and the falls, is a real oasis. The games of light turn your stay at The Aubrey into a real artistic experience.

Tierra Atacama   San Pedro de Atacama

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Treat yourself to eco-tourism in Chile, a Chilean vacation in one of the world's unique destinations, the Altiplano of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa offers guided Atacama adventures, Altiplano excursions and bird-watching; as well as luxury spa services, fine dining and boutique hotel hospitality... all in one of the earth's most beautiful locations, San Pedro de Atacama.

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