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Tour to Chile: Atacama, Desert and Culture

OVERVIEW

In this tour to Chile you will find that San Pedro de Atacama conserves the testimony of a nomadic people that settled next to small rivers in the desert of Atacama. The Archeological Museum Padre Le Paige allows us to admire the remains of the ancient Atacama culture. San Pedro is the starting point towards a variety of attractions like the geyser El Tatio, fumaroles that sprout in the dawn, the dry lakes of Atacama, with their flamencos, the Valley of the Moon, and other ancestral peoples like Toconao or Caspana.

It is possible to contact the inhabitants by means of ethno-tourism, learn about the ayllu (familial organization of land cultivation), the Pucara of Quitor (defensive structure of the house), and enjoy the thermal waters, like Puritama or walk by rocky trails where the people sculpt.  It is a trip designed for those tourists with a high interest of discovering a unique place in the world.

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 01: CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Reception at the airport El Loa. Assistance and transport to the ancestral town of San Pedro de Atacama.  Accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 02: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – DRY LAKE OF ATACAMA
Breakfast. Departure for a 1-day visit to the Dry Lake of Atacama and the Cordillera de la Sal.  It is possible to watch Parinas (pink flamencos) at lake Chaxa, their natural habitat.  At Toconao, an ancient pre-Inca town, you will visit the church. Afterwards, you will visit the Archeological and Antropological Museum Padre Le Paige and the Pukara de Quitor. Back to San Pedro de Atacama to visit the Valley of the Moon.
Included Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 03: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – GEISER DEL TATIO
At 04.00 hrs. we will depart towards the geysers Del Tatio, an impressive valley of fumaroles that sprout vapor and water of volcanic origin, located at 4.380 meters over the sea level.  Breakfast.  Afterwards, we will go to the towns of Caspana, and then to Chiu Chiu and finally to Pukara de Lasana, an ancient fortress. Return to San Pedro de Atacama.
Included Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 04: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CALAMA
Breakfast. Transport from San Pedro de Atacama to the airport of Calama.
Included Meals: Breakfast.