Depart from your hotel before dawn and enjoy the desert sunrise during a scenic 2-hour trip north. Arrive at the geyser field as the sun completes its ascent and casts a spectacular glow over one of the biggest geothermal fields in the world.
Explore the field for 2 hours, marveling at the impressive white column of steam that tops each geyser, then disappears as the temperature increases. Capture fantastic photographs then enjoy a light breakfast of fresh ham or cheese sandwiches, a sweet biscuit, fruit juice and tea and coffee.
Then, soothe your muscles in the warming waters of a natural hot spring. Plunge into the inviting 95°F (35°C) water to combat the 40°F (5°C) temperature outside; change into your bathing suit then enjoy a relaxing 50 minutes in the pool.
After 3 hours of enriching exploration, return to your comfortable minivan and venture to the provincial village of Machuca. Explore the tiny village, consisting of only 10 residents, a wooden church and rustic abodes with thatch roofs, browsing charming artisan stores for bespoke souvenirs. Sample the local specialty of a llama empanada (own expense) then settle into your vehicle for the journey back to San Pedro de Atacama.