Atacama Desert and Bolivia Overland

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Discover the ancient mysteries of kings lost in the archaeological Incan ruins, surround yourself with the surreal sights of the northern Atacama Desert landscapes and salt flats, all from the rustic lodgings you will find in the Desert Oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, nestled in the Andes plains. This trip will take you to experience a great four-wheel drive adventure exploring the highlights of Bolivia and of course The Salar de Uyuni.

 

 
DAY 1              YOUR COUNTRY- SANTIAGO DE CHILE                                         
International Flight (not included in pricing)
 
DAY 2              SANTIAGO DE CHILE                                                           
Upon arrival in Santiago Airport, private transfer to your hotel. Begin Santiago City tour in the Barrio (neighborhood) of El Golf, where you can see examples of the city’s avant-garde architecture. Afterwards head towards, Barrio Cívico, (downtown), which contains the historic government buildings, such as the presidential La Moneda and cultural centers like the Pre-Columbian Museum. From here, take a walk through the main streets of downtown’s main square, Plaza de Armas, where you can admire the majestic colonial buildings that surround the square: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Santiago’s City Hall, and various museums.  We then take you to Barrio Bellavista, famous for its bohemia nightlife. Return to your hotel. Overnight in 5-star Hotel or similar category.

DAY 3              SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight to Calama (not included in pricing). Arrival in Calama, reception and transfer on shared basis (SIB) from airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Archaeological capital of Chile with sites dating back 3,000 years ago. Its surrounding landscapes are nothing less than surreal. After checking into your hotel and a relaxing lunch (lunch not included), you’ll visit the desolated Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) home of the Three Marias, three fragile rocky formations that almost appears to have been hand carved. Continue towards, Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), arriving at dusk, just in time for a spectacular sunset view from a gigantic hill top Dune. Return to your hotel in San Pedro. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B)

DAY 4              SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your full day to wander off at the largest salt flat in Chile, Atacama Salt Flats. Over 3,000 square kilometers of pure salt where the dry air is so clear that it is possible to see over 70 km away. The lake under this salty flat crust is an important source of lithium, a mineral used in high tech industries. Visit the magnificent mirror like lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, and stop off at the village of Socaire. Our picnic today is set against the breath taking turquoise lakes surrounding the whitest salty sands. Before returning to San Pedro for the rest of the evening, a short stop off to walk around the quaint village of Toconao, a desert oasis that supplies enough water to allow the cultivation of fruit. Return to your hotel in San Pedro. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B, L)

DAY 5              SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Today is a very early morning departure from your hotel, 4:30am approx., for a half-day trip to see The Tatio Geysers, (4321m altitude). The geyser natural clocks are set to steam and bubble up around 6am to 7pm, right in time for your picnic breakfast on site. After breakfast, we then head to Machuca, a typical pueblo of the Atacama inhabitants. At midday, return to San Pedro where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure on your own account. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (BB)
 
OVERLAND BOLIVIA (4 WHEEL DRIVE ADVENTURE) 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
 
DAY 6              SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - BOLIVIA - VILLAMAR                          
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning private transfer from your hotel towards the Chilean-Bolivia border, Hito Cajón. After passing through Bolivian customs continue to the Laguna Blanca, Laguna Verde, and the truly Dantesque landscapes of Sol de Mañana Geysers (4,850m), where pools of mud bubble up and ominous steam rises from the craggy depths.
Along the way, arrive to the marvelous Colorada Lagoon (4,278m) where the lake has an intense reddish color, due to the algae and plankton living in the waters. Catch a stunning view of the massive flocks of flamingos. This lake is home of all three flamingo species present in Latin America: the Chilean, James and Andean flamingos.  We arrive to Villamar in the late afternoon and dinner in your hotel. Overnight in 3-star Hotel category or in mountain lodge. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 7              VILLAMAR - UYUNI SALT FLATS                                       
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your morning to visit the surroundings of traditional villages. Afterwards in the afternoon arrival to the edge of Bolivian salt flats, a town called Uyuni Salt Flats, and take a quick tour around town. In time for dinner in your hotel. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 8             UYUNI SALT FLATS - SAN PEDRO DE QUEMES
Breakfast at the hotel. Your morning begins with learning how salt is extracted from the flats in a village called Colchani. Afterwards, the remainder of the day to explore the natural marvelous Uyuni Salt Flats. These endless salt flats (3,650m altitude) cover more than 12,000 km². Continue your trip and visit the island of Incahuasi, located in the heart of the salt flats and famous for its enormous cacti. The view of this luminous White Sea will be truly an unforgettable experience. Ending the day in San Pedro de Quemes in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner at your hotel. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 9          SAN PEDRO DE QUEMES - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA      
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure to visit the majestic, sometimes smoking, Ollgüe Volcano, located on the border of Bolivia and Chile. First, visit some lagoons located in the high Bolivian plateau such as Hedionda, Cáñapa, Árbol de piedra to capture the landscape with spectacular photos. Finally heading towards the Bolivia-Chilean frontier, Hito Cajon, and arrive at Bolivian customs at 5:30pm approx., after passing all custom procedures to Chile, board on a private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama and  drop off at your hotel. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B, L)

DAY 10        SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA - SANTIAGO
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to Calama Airport and flight to Santiago, (not included in pricing). Private transfer from Santiago Airport to your Hotel. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B)
 
DAY 11        SANTIAGO – NEXT DESTINATION
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight to your next destination (not included in pricing).
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Included in the Price:
- Accommodations in Double basis Room with breakfast included\
- Meals as listed in the program above. (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch)
- Private transfer from Santiago Airport to Hotel and v.v. with bilingual driver (Spanish-English) 
- Group Transfers from Calama Airport to San Pedro de Atacama with driver only (Spanish)
- Group Tours in San Pedro de Atacama with bilingual guide (Spanish - English) 
- Private transfer to Hito Cajon and back with driver only (Spanish)
- Bolivia Overland program, 4 days and 3 nights, on group basis, maximum of 8 travellers, with driver and guide in Spanish. Transport in 4x4 jeep, accommodations in 3-star hotel on double basis room with all meals included. 
- 24/7 Emergency telephone assistance in Spanish and English for the duration of your stay  

Not Included in the Price:
International flight from to/from Chile
- Round trip flight Santiago - Calama - Santiago
- Meals not mentioned in the program ( B & B program) 
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during meals in restaurants and hotels 
- Personal equipment (sunglasses, walking boots etc.) 
- Early check-in / late check-out 
- Tips and other additional personal expenses
- Travel insurance (please read “Terms & Conditions” carefully)
- Bank charges for the transfer of money to our Chilean bank account
- Anything else not specified in the section: “Included in the Price”
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