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Atacama Desert Tours

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Atacama Desert
Seeing as it has the word “desert” in its name, the Atacama is a place you’d expect to be extremely and exceptionally dry. In this vast, arid moonscape, however, set halfway between sea and sky, there are isolated patches where a drop of rain has never—ever—been recorded, taking the world “desert” to another level. In fact, looking at the geology of what’s officially considered the driest desert in the world, researchers believe that the Atacama has gone 400 years without rain.

Just because it’s always sunny, however, doesn’t mean that this desert is hot. In fact, seeing as much of the Atacama Desert is well above 10,000 feet, temperatures can often dip well below freezing on clear and crisp nights. So—what’s the draw for visiting this desert with its famously harsh terrain? Because it’s the hands-down, best place in the world to look up and see the stars. Astrotourism has taken off in this northern Chilean outpost, where, thanks to the consistent clarity of the skies and pollution-free elevation, the stars, planets and depths of the universe are on brilliant display each night. From the town of San Pedro de Atacama, visitors can journey to public observatories and telescopes to literally look light-years into the heavens through a single, powerful lens. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket or clutch a steaming drink, and stand in the driest, clearest place on Earth in awe of the scenery above you. It might be cold and it might be dry, but there are few other places in the entire world where the stars all shine this bright. 

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The Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert on earth and can be found west of the Andes Mountains. The desert stretches for more than 1,000 kilometers.
Address: San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, Chile
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Day Trips

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Ancestral Caravan with Sandra Flores - Half Day Special Tour

For a couple of hours, Sandra Flores and her friendly llamas show you a part of the Likan Antai culture in a relaxing journey through the desert. They take you to the past to enjoy and admire San Pedro de Atacama’s peace and vastness. Sandra guides the tour while you walk holding the llama’s reins. It is not just a walk to have an experience with a llama, it is a sort of therapy. Every step you give next to the animal, feeling its muscles, its breathing and the sound it makes with its mouth, causes a unique impression while you are here in San Pedro de Atacama: a real connection with nature and liberty in the immensity of this magical place. Emotions here intertwine and mix: joy, tranquility, nervousness and many others that appear across these paths that, hundreds of years ago, were also walked by the local tribes, and that today have become one of the desert’s most exclusive attractions.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Multi-day Tours

4-Day San Pedro de Atacama Desert Adventure

This 4-day tour of the Atacama Desert takes the planning and guesswork out of exploring the region’s highlights. Your guide accompanies you to the otherworldly landscape and salt caves at Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), vibrantly colored red rock formations Chaxa Lagoon, and off-the-beaten-track sites that you might miss on your own. All transportation is included with daily hotel pickup and drop-off, so you can choose your own accommodation and meals to suit your tastes.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation

Night Tours

Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

Gaze at the sparkling stars of the Atacama Desert with an expert astronomer on a 2.5-hour stargazing tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Visit South America’s largest astronomical observatory and gain insight into the secrets of the night sky; stare at stars through a state-of-the-art telescope, discovering glowering planets invisible to the naked eye; and capture photographs of the moon’s crater covered surfaces. Conclude your magical evening with a steaming cup of cocoa as you digest your newfound cosmological knowledge.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Guided Buggy Safari

Guided Tour. Pick up 15:00. The buggy can accommodate up to 5 passengers plus the guide. This is the perfect vehicle to explore a wide variety of terrains including river bed crossings, steep mountain climbs and beautiful sand dunes. Your expert local guide drives you up thrilling trails and entertains you with their extensive local area knowledge. Stop over on archaeological site of Tulor Village. You get spectacular photo opportunities. Recommendable to wear comfortable clothing, long pants, closed snickers. Feel free to bring water, snack, a camera and a bag with you.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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

Experience the unearthly panoramas of Chile’s Atacama Desert on an enriching 4-day excursion from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. See the lunar landscape of Moon Valley; watch the sun rise over the shimmering surface of salt flats; witness molten spurts of water shoot from the ground at the Geysers del Tatio; and be mesmerized by the crystalline beauty of the Miscanti and Menique lagoons in Death Valley, one of the driest places on earth. Luxuriate in either three- or four-star accommodation on this incredible tour and enjoy the convenience of round-trip airport transportation in a spacious vehicle.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Air Tours

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8 - Days Unique experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Chilean Patagonia

This is a unique experience in which you will get to know the "musts" of these two incredible destinations in Chile, San Pedro de Atacama and Torres del Paine. This tour has the assistance of the best local guides, to know in depth not only the landscapes, but also the culture and secrets of the destinations.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Crossing the Andes from Agua Negra to San Francisco

Wild places, it´s possible that we´ll never see other travelers on the road and places where we´ll go
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Ghost town! Saltpeter Humberstone

We go back to the 19th century in Chile, where we will explore the Saltpeter Offices of Humberstone and Santa Laura in this full day excursion from Iquique. Discover the fascinating history of deserted nitrate mines, now declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and then visit La Tirana, where the country's largest religious festival is celebrated every July 16th. Then we go to the Oasis of Pica where we will have lunch at a local restaurant (included) and end up relaxing in the semi-thermal waters of Our Oasis, better known as "La Cocha", which will arrive with renewed energy to enjoy the Iquique Night.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Multi-day Tours

7-Day Best of Salta & Atacama - Humahuaca, Salt Flats, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Visit the Salt Flats and Purmamarca, tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and discover the famous Pucara de Tilcara, among others. Leaving Argentina, see the best of San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

7-Day Atacama & Salta: Humahuaca-Purmamarca, Cafayate, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars. Leaving Argentina, see the best of  Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and visit towns such as Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca. Visit the town of Cafayate, in the heart of Argentina's northern wine region in the Calchaqui Valley. 
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Self Drive Experience in Atacama Desert, 5 days

Officially the driest desert on the planet, Atacama is an all year-round destination. Summer days definitely get sizzling hot whilst nights keep a constant low temperature due to the altitudes. The Altiplanic winter consists of afternoon downpours with plenty of electrical storms. Sometimes heavy rains in January and February and snow fall during July and August.REQUIREMENTS Meet the minimum age 25 years oldA valid driver’s license and passport for each driver. (An international permit is not necessary to drive in Chile)A major credit card in the name of the renter (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club or American Express)
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

Ski & Snow

Valle Nevado Ski Day-Tour from Santiago

Considered one of the most amazing skiing and snowboarding terrain areas the world, Valle Nevado it is the perfect location for those who love to interact with nature and adventure.
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  • Flexible
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  • Flexible
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