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Atacama Desert & Santiago Tour – 7 Days in Chile


The coast and desert of Chile
7 days starting at $1,249/Person
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Why you'll love this Atacama & Santiago tour!

Travel through the spectacular landscapes of Chile, taking in the fascinating history and interesting culture. You won’t miss a single thing with this incredible Atacama Desert tour.

Not only will you see all the highlight destinations of Chile, but you’ll also explore the very best of Santiago and the Atacama Desert. With the help of our guides, years of experience, and inside tips, you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience.

This adventure takes you through some of Chile’s most impressive landscapes as you explore the authentic highlights of Santiago, Valparaiso, and Viña del Mar before exploring the spectacular, other-worldly landscape of the Atacama Desert. Santiago de Chile’s highlights and history are captivating, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar are heavenly and the Atacama Desert scenery is truly exquisite.

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of. You won’t have to worry about how to get to the Atacama Desert from Santiago either. We’ll take care of everything.

What you can expect in every tour:
  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations
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7 Day Chile Travel Itinerary - Santiago/ Atacama Tours

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simple, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list” must see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

 

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Santiago de Chile Tour

Arrival to the Capital of Chile

On the first day of your adventure, you’ll have time to settle in and experience Santiago De Chile.

Upon landing in Santiago, our local representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. ‘Santiago is Chile’ say the Santiaguinos, and a visit to this great city will show you why. After settling in your hotel, you´ll have the remainder of the day to explore at leisure.

Located in central Chile, backed by the Andes to the east the city was founded in 1541 in the fertile valley in which it sits. Santiago is Chile’s cultural, commercial, industrial, and political center. A cosmopolitan city, with ample restaurants, bars, hotels, and shopping, from tiny boutique and craft fairs to giant shopping malls.

There are cultural attractions such as art galleries, museums, theaters, opera and ballet, lively nightlife, plus parks, tree-lined streets, and distinct neighborhoods. You’ll see brand new high rises and supermarkets next to old, shabby buildings. You’ll have to fend off vendors and peddlers on the busses but ride in peace and comfort on the ultra-modern subway system.

Included: Private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel with assistance; Accommodation in Santiago. (Meals – None).

On the first day of your adventure, you’ll have time to settle in and experience Santiago De Chile.

Upon landing in Santiago, our local representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. ‘Santiago is Chile’ say the ...

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Day 2 - Santiago de Chile

Santiago like a local

Your second day in Chile will include plenty of exploration. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the city with a compelling Santiago tour.

Explore the exciting city of Santiago like a local with our fun and immersive city tour. Accompanied by your private guide, you’ll discover hidden hotspots as well as the tourist highlights of Santiago.

The trip begins with a subway ride to the Metro Station University of Chile. From here, you’ll wander along the main pedestrian city promenade, visiting iconic buildings such as the Palacio de Gobierno La Moneda and the Santiago Stock Exchange.

Next, you’ll set off towards Plaza de Armas, home to the gorgeous Cathedral, the Natural History Museum, and the Central Post Office. You’ll stop at Vega Central for a traditional Chilean snack before heading into the colorful bohemian district of Bellavista, where you’ll try a classic Santiaguino drink.

From here, you’ll hop in the cable car to the top of San Cristóbal, offering panoramic views over the entire city. Afterward, your guide will give you some local options for lunch (not included) before leaving you to spend the rest of the day in Santiago exploring at your own pace.

Included: One-way metro ticket, Private English speaking guide, Coffee at Café Haití, Sopaipilla or Churro at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), Terremoto at restaurant Galindo or Venecia, Cablecar ticket; Accommodation in Santiago. (Meals – Breakfast).

Your second day in Chile will include plenty of exploration. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the city with a compelling Santiago tour.

Explore the exciting city of Santiago like a local with our fun and immersive city tour. Accompanied ...

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Day 3 - Santiago

Discover Valparaiso & Viña del Mar

Explore even more of what Santiago has to offer on the third day of your Atacama vacation.

Discover the magical wonders of the vast Casablanca valley, known for its extensive vineyards located right by the Pacific Ocean and, of course, its sumptuous wine. Upon arrival, you will first visit the charming seaside town of Viña del Mar, dotted with pretty parks and floral ornaments.

The tour then continues to the picturesque port of Valparaiso, founded in the 16th century, and whose city center was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. The enchanting town is built over many hills, which are accessed by narrow streets, long stairways, and a series of lifts.

The tour ends with an optional visit of Pablo Neruda’s house La Sebastiana’, before returning to Santiago.

Included: Group excursion with transportation and guide; Accommodation in Santiago. (Meals – Breakfast).

Explore even more of what Santiago has to offer on the third day of your Atacama vacation.

Discover the magical wonders of the vast Casablanca valley, known for its extensive vineyards located right by the Pacific Ocean and, of course, its ...

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Day 4 - Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama

Arrival to the Atacama Desert

On day four, you’ll head to San Pedro Atacama where you’ll be able to relax and adjust to your new surroundings.

Private transfer to the airport to take your flight towards Calama. Upon landing in Calama airport, your transfer will take you to San Pedro de Atacama. If arriving from a lower altitude, we would recommend spending your first day in San Pedro de Atacama relaxing and getting used to the altitude before doing anything overly physical.

San Pedro de Atacama is a town set on an arid high plateau in the Andes mountains of northeastern Chile. Its dramatic surrounding landscape incorporates desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs. The Valle de la Luna in the nearby Los Flamencos National Reserve is a lunarlike depression with unusual rock formations, a huge sand dune, and pink-streaked mountains.

Included: Private transfer from the hotel to Santiago airport with assistance; Group transfer from Calama airport to hotel in Atacama; Accommodation in Atacama. (Meals – Breakfast).

On day four, you’ll head to San Pedro Atacama where you’ll be able to relax and adjust to your new surroundings.

Private transfer to the airport to take your flight towards Calama. Upon landing in Calama airport, your transfer will take ...

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Day 5 - San Pedro de Atacama

Altiplanic Lagoon & Atacama Salt Lake

Your fifth day will include plenty of incredible sights including Salar de Atacama and the Andrean highlands.

Travel between flamingo-filled lagoons, horizon bound salt flats, and highland lakes on this full-day group tour from San Pedro de Atacama, whisking you through Chile’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Setting off early, you’ll head for the Salar de Atacama, a gorgeous expanse of grey-white salt dotted with wetlands. This unique and fragile habitat is home to all kinds of birdlife, including large flocks of bright pink flamingoes. Here, you’ll follow a nature trail, stopping at the viewpoints to observe the flamingoes and snapping some once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Next, you’ll ascend to the Andean highlands, reaching 4,200 meters above sea-level. Hopping off the bus, you’ll walk along the shores of two deep-blue lakes mirroring volcanoes and surreal, pastel-colored wetlands.

Back down in the Atacama Valley, you’ll hike through a hidden gorge named the Quebrada de Jere, an oasis of fruit trees, flowers, and herbs near the traditional Andean village of Toconao. It’s a day of eye-opening contrasts, giving you a spectacular glimpse of the Atacama.

Included: Group excursion with transfer and guide, Entrance fees; Accommodation in Atacama. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

Your fifth day will include plenty of incredible sights including Salar de Atacama and the Andrean highlands.

Travel between flamingo-filled lagoons, horizon bound salt flats, and highland lakes on this full-day group tour from San Pedro de Atacama, whisking you through ...

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Day 6 - San Pedro de Atacama

Tatio Geysers & Moon Valley

Day six of your Atacama desert trip will involve an incredible sunrise and sunset. You’ll be whisked away on a group tour to see geysers, Moon Valley, and a spectacular view of the Andes.

Early in the morning, explore the highest geyser field on the planet during this brilliant half-day group tour. Hidden up in the Andes at 4,300 meters above sea-level and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks, El Tatio is like nowhere else on earth.

The geysers are most striking around daybreak when temperatures hover around the sub-zero mark, so you’ll leave San Pedro de Atacama before dawn in order to get the best views of the hydro-activity.

As you wander between gurgling steam vents and bubbling mud pools circled by multicolored mineral deposits and bright algae, the early start will soon pay off. Known by the locals as’ The Weeping Grandfather’, El Tatio is a mythical site that feels almost like part of a fantasy world.

Once you’ve finished exploring the geysers and snapping the action, you’ll be treated to a buffet breakfast, where you can warm up with a cup of coffee. Afterward, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs before hopping back on the bus. On the way back to San Pedro, you can take a light trek along the mountain brook of Puripica, passing through a cactus-lined canyon.

In the afternoon, enjoy the fantastic excursion that allows you to discover the Salt Mountain range and the fabulous views it offers over the valley. Moon Valley landscapes seem like walking on Mars or through Death Valley, with its spectacular scenery and intriguing rock formations before continuing to the “Three Marias” an interesting geological formation located next to a former salt mine.

At dusk, climb a large sand dune in the Moon Valley for spectacular views of the sunset over the Andes Mountains.

Included: El Tatio Geysers & Moon Valley excursions in group service, entrance fees; Accommodation in Atacama. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day six of your Atacama desert trip will involve an incredible sunrise and sunset. You’ll be whisked away on a group tour to see geysers, Moon Valley, and a spectacular view of the Andes.

Early in the morning, explore the highest ...

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Day 7 - San Pedro de Atacama

Leaving Atacama

The final day of your Atacama desert trip will take you to Calama airport, where you can continue your Chilean adventure.

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination where if you are planning to, you can enjoy exploring the beauty and diversity of Chile further. Your group transfer will take you to Calama airport for your onward travels.

Included: Group transfer from Atacama hotel to Calama airport. (Meals – Breakfast).

The final day of your Atacama desert trip will take you to Calama airport, where you can continue your Chilean adventure.

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination where if you are ...

Exceptional Experiences in Atacama & Santiago

We have over 20 years experience building relationships with a short list of some of the best hotels and guides in Central & South America, from 7 regional offices in Latin America. We always aim to offer our tour packages with as little impact with the culture, by using shared transportation and/or private “like a local” excursions using public transportation. Let us know your travel dates and destination preferences, and we’ll match you with YOUR PERFECT Latin America experience. 

Hotels & Pricing

(Price estimate for 2 people traveling together)

Option 1: Comfort
$1,559 /person
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Option 2: Superior
$1,769 /person
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Option 3: Luxury
$2,259 /person
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