5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Calama, Chile
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Experience the other-worldly landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert on a four-day guided tour from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. Explore Moon Valley, where you'll see one of the largest salt flats in the world, watch the sun rise over the Geysers del Tatio, and be amazed by the crystalline beauty of the Menique and Miscanti lagoons in Chile’s Death Valley. Choose from a three-star or four-star hotel for all three nights’ accommodation.

Highlights

  • 4-day Atacama Desert tour from Calama
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Salt Mountain with your experienced guide
  • See flamingos nesting at the Atacama Salt Flat
  • Visit Flamingos National Reserve and see the lagoons of Menique and Miscanti
  • Watch the sun rise at Geysers del Tatio
  • Choice of three-star or four-star hotels

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What You Can Expect

4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt Flats

Geysers del Tatio

From Death Valley to Moon Valley and the salt flats, see the beautiful landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert on this four-day excursion. Airport transfers are provided, and you have a choice of a three-star or four-star hotel, with breakfast included.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Calama -- San Pedro de Atacama
After being met at Calama airport, you’ll be transferred to the village of San Pedro de Atacama. Spend the afternoon with your guide on a scenic drive to Salt Mountain and Valle de Marte (Chile’s Death Valley), and watch a spectacular sunset in the extraordinary landscape of Moon Valley. You’ll then be transferred to your selected hotel, where the rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore San Pedro on your own.

Accommodation: Casa Don Tomas Hotel (three-star, choice of twin or triple room) or Hotel Kima (four-star, choice of twin or triple room) in San Pedro de Atacama

Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama -- Atacama Salt Flat -- Toconao -- San Pedro de Atacama (B, L)
Following breakfast, you'll be driven out to the Atacama Salt Flat to see three species of flamingos nesting on Lake Chaxa. After visiting the picturesque town of Toconao, renowned for its classic bell tower, continue on to the village of Socaire and the altiplanic lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti. Ringed by volcanoes of the Andes Mountains chain, the vivid blue lakes lie 14,850 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level and are protected by Flamingos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos). Returning to your selected hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day and evening to spend at your leisure.

Accommodation: your same hotel


Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama -- Geysers del Tatio -- San Pedro de Atacama (B)
It’s a pre-dawn start today, departing your hotel at 4am to reach the Geysers del Tatio by sunrise. Once at the geysers, enjoy a breakfast box before taking a guided walk around the geothermal field, seeing the breathtaking sight of columns of steam rising from the ground as the sun rises over the Andes Mountains. The return drive to San Pedro de Atacama provides fabulous views of the Torcopuri and Sairecabur volcanoes. After being dropped off at your hotel in San Pedro, you’ll have the rest of the day and evening to visit the town’s lively market and spend your time as you please.

Accommodation: your same hotel

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama (B)
After breakfast, a transfer takes you to Calama airport to catch your onward flight.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic, very satisfied and highly recommend to travel with Viator to Atacama desert. We felt very well taken-cared of during the whole trip. First of all, Ivan the coordinator and chauffeur, went out of his way to accommodate our schedule to change the program of the tour!! Thank you, Ivan! Our guide Leo is amazing, speaks fluent English and knows everything and explains it well he even had books to show us the different types of wildlife. The details that he knows is impressive! It is such a delight to be guided by a professional who loves his job! Thank you Leo! Our other chauffeur José is fantastic as well! We would like to thank Viator for the attention in detail in organizing this tour and making our stay in the hotel very comfortable. We are currently searching a tour to Machu Pichu with Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great experience, it felt like a private tour, we had the guide and a driver to ourselves. They were very professional and well organised. We were picked up always on time, the driver was very helpful, he also had great knowledge of the local history and geography and knew where to stop to show us some interesting points. We were provided all the required information on arrival and everything was organised for us. I'd fully recommend this tour to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Outstanding trip and service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our airplane delayed one day due the mechanical problem. The travel agency helped us postponed one day at no charge . The guide and driver were very nice and we had an amazing tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Atacama is magical. We have traveled to many places but the combination of natural wonders there is unique. The hotel was lovely and fit right in to the surroundings. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful especially when it came to my mother and her friend who are elderly and needed some extra assistance.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Same as above

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was very good and the guides were also very good. The hotel was rather basic, and the staff of the hotel was not very helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour and the guides are very helpful and informative. The pickups are prompt and the tour is designed to keep you away from the crowds. Day 1 there were 6 people on the tour, day 2 we have 4 people, and on day 3 it was just the 2 of us. The tour guides go above the norm, and the food and drinks at the sites and lunch stop offs is a nice touch.

Only down side was the hotel. We decided on the 3 star hotel. The hotel was clean and tidy, but it was very cold at night, a bit noisy, and the hotel food was really bad. The hotel has hot water and was a good location, for the price its worth a stay, but eat out in the many local restaurants. Adobe was one that we enjoyed with friendly service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We enjoyed everything about this trip. The hotel, our guide (Pamela) and the places we visited. We just wished someone would have told us to bring sub zero clothing. The geysers are at 4300m and we arrived before dawn, temperature was -9oC. Very cold, but well worth having breakfast up there. Wine and cheese watching the sunset over moon valley was another highlight. Atacama Desert was better than Easter Island and should not be missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

If I could give six stars for this tour I would. The local operatives took us from geysers to salt lakes, sampling lunch at a very local village in the Andes and drinking Chilean wine and eating cheese and local delicacies while watching the sun set over the Valley of Mars. I could write an essay but I just want to say that anyone choosing this tour will have a trip of a lifetime. We had the undivided attention of a very knowledgeable guide who was passionate about the region. The group was nice and small so we could ask a lot of questions, we were not rushed and we were shown things we could tell the bigger bus loads of tourists were not shown. We really felt like we got a local's view. They are taking very good care of the fragile desert landscape and our tour guide encouraged responsible tourism, not picking plants or veering away from paths etc. The drivers were superb on what is difficult terrain. I cannot praise our experience enough. Viva Atacama! And a very special thank you to our tour guide Leo who gave us such a memorable time. Viator - if the quality of the tours you choose are even half as good we'll be back!

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