- Experience the otherworldly panoramas of Moon Valley and the Atacama Salt Flat
- Watch more than 60 geysers and fumaroles erupt at Geysers del Tatio
- Journey to Valparaíso, a romantic, artistic, and colorful coastal city
- Eat breakfast with a local family and taste typical Atacameño food
- Go wine tasting at a historic vineyard outside Santiago
|Day 1||Arrive in Santiago, Walking Tour||Santiago|
|Day 2||Viña Santa Rita Winery Tour||Santiago|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Valparaíso||Santiago|
|Day 4||Fly to San Pedro de Atacama||San Pedro de Atacama|
|Day 5||Explore Moon Valley, Atacama Salt Flat & Chaxa Lagoon||San Pedro de Atacama|
|Day 6||Geysers del Tatio & Astronomy Experience||San Pedro de Atacama|
|Day 7||Depart San Pedro de Atacama|
Day 1: Arrive in Santiago, Walking TourSay hola to the Chilean capital of Santiago, and use your first day to explore this multicultural metropolis. A local guide will lead you around Santiago's greatest sights, soaking in the history and culture of this city of contrasts where old meets new. Hear about the military coup of 1973, understand colonization and the European influence on the city, and wander narrow streets discovering old trades. You will pass by the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and the Presidential Palace of La Moneda.
Day 2: Viña Santa Rita Winery TourSwap the city landscape for vineyards and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Today a driver will take you to Viña Santa Rita, a classic Chilean bodega (winery) just an hour's drive south of Santiago in the foothills of Alto Jahuel, Buin. Tour the beautiful vineyards, hear about the winery's sustainability efforts and long history that dates back to 1880, and enjoy a special wine-tasting session. Afterward, wander the gardens or explore the wonderful Museo Andino, a private museum filled with Mapuche silvery and attractive "Huaso" costumes.
Day 3: Day Trip to ValparaísoToday you'll journey to Valparaíso, a romantic, artistic, and colorful coastal city that was an important seaport during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Almost frozen in time, you'll take a guided walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-protected historic quarter, taking an electric tram or trolley between Plaza Sotomayor and Plaza Aníbal Pinto. You can board the Reina Victoria funicular from here and ascend to the top for panoramic views across the vibrant city.
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Day 4: Fly to San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast, take a transfer to the airport and board a flight for Calama in northern Chile. Another driver will meet you and drive the final 80 minutes to the desert outpost of San Pedro de Atacama, the launch point for adventures in the otherworldly Atacama Desert. Sit back and enjoy the ride as seemingly endless salt flats, painted hills that change color depending on the light, and towering Andean peaks flash past the window. Check into your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and use the rest of the day in the high-altitude desert region as you please.
San Pedro is small, so you can wander the town in about 15 minutes. Pass by the Church of San Pedro de Atacama, a tiny white-washed chapel that dates back to 1540, and admire the abundance of traditional adobe homes made with sand, clay, water, and straw. You can fortunately still connect here in the desert with the pre-Hispanic Atacameño culture that thrived here before the Spanish arrived. Support the local community of artisans by buying handmade baskets and ceramics as souvenirs.
Day 5: Explore Moon Valley, Atacama Salt Flat & Chaxa LagoonToday you'll experience the otherworldly panoramas of the Moon Valley and Atacama Salt Flat. Rise before the sun to journey to your first destination. A local family will welcome you into their home to taste typical Atacameño produce and dishes grown in the desert. Learn about the family's agriculture and enjoy a delicious breakfast with them while soaking in the tranquillity and solemnity of the sunrise as it shimmers over the magical Cordillera de la Sal.
Day 6: Geysers del Tatio & Astronomy ExperienceMore than 60 geysers ooze plumes of steam while fumaroles erupt, shooting water high into the air. Geysers del Tatio is an unreal thermal field located high in the Andes, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. At sunrise, make the 90-minute journey toward the Andean Altiplano. Your guide will share the history and science behind these important high-altitude ecosystems rich with biodiversity, such as the Machuca and Putana wetlands. Halfway back, you'll stop Machuca, a remote village that lives off llama shepherding and cheese production.
Day 7: Depart San Pedro de Atacama
Wave goodbye to the desert; it's time to leave San Pedro de Atacama as your Chilean adventure ends. Take a private transfer back to Calama and make your way home. Safe travels!
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