The Atacama Desert, Chile

Pre-programme Atacama Desert (ending in Valparaíso)

Join us for a four-night/five-day tour to see highlights of the beautiful Atacama Desert and relax at a luxurious hotel, starting in Santiago de Chile and ending in Valparaíso.

  • Enjoy a cultural oasis in the middle of the beautiful Atacama desert
  • Stay in a luxury, all-inclusive hotel
  • Explore the area around San Pedro, the Atacama region’s main cultural center
  • Visit fascinating salt flats, geysers and archaeological sites
  • Learn about the star constellations in the Atacama Desert
  • Destinations

    Antarctica, South America

  • Season

    Spring

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Min. passengers

    6

  • Booking code

    VAPATAPRE23

  • From

    2799 €

Day 1: Santiago de Chile

Overnight at hotel in Santiago de Chile, including breakfast.

Day 2:    Santiago de Chile / San Pedro Atacama

Transfer to Santiago Airport and take direct flight to Calama. From here, you will be transferred to San Pedro de Atacama, nearly 8,000 ft. above sea level. The transfer through the Atacama Desert takes approximately one and a half hours. San Pedro is a small village with narrow alleys and traditional adobe houses. It is known as the archaeological capital of Chile and the main cultural center of the Atacama region.

Check-in to Cumbres Atacama Hotel, built in the indigenous Ayllus, or Atacama architectural style on 8 hectares of land. The hotel offers a unique experience combining comfort, relaxation, fine cuisine and explorations into the mystique of northern Chile.

Enjoy a little snack upon arrival.  Before dinner join an Astronomical Tour with a hotel guide offering explanatory talk, observation at a glance with a telescope and learning to recognize the main constellations of the stars.

Enjoy a little snack upon arrival and dinner at the hotel. Get a good night´s sleep.

Day 3-5: San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast at your hotel. Take the opportunity to relax at the hotel swimming pool or choose from a variety of full-day and half-day excursions offered by the hotel. Discover the geysers, saltpans, High Andean lagoons and other geological and archeological sites in the area. An experienced team of guides accompanies the excursions. There are also bikes available to explore the nearby landscape and San Pedro on your own.

Just to name some of the experiences including the Astronomical Tour that you can register for at the hotel (subject to availability, timing and weather):

Moon Valley, approximately at 16:00-19:30

Declared a Sanctuary of Nature and Natural Monument. Climb the Duna Mayor (Major Dune) which provides a beautiful view of the Cordillera de la Sal, the Valley of Death and the Salt Flats, among many other sights with the dramatic sunset in the background. Time allowing, this excursion can already be taken on day of your arrival in the hotel.  Including a cocktail.

Tatio Geysirs, approximately at 05:30-12:00

Located at a height of 4,300 m above sea level and at approximately 89 km from San Pedro de Atacama. Drive through the geothermal field where you can see geysers and fumaroles. Continue to Machuca and look out for vicuñas and flamingos. This tour is including breakfast.

Archeological Tour, half-day

You will visit the archeological site of Tulor - the oldest vestige and first human settlement in the Atacama Salt Flat, learning about the history and evolution of the Atacameño people. Lunch and dinner at the hotel. Overnight.

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago/Valparaíso

You will be transferred in the morning back to Calama Airport for the flight back to Santiago de Chile, followed by a transfer to the pier in Valparaíso, where your Hurtigruten ship awaits you.

Please note that due to changing conditions, the order of sights may vary. 

Practical Information:

Included:

The price includes one hotel night, incl. breakfast in Santiago de Chile, three nights at Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, incl. full board and open bar from 11:00-23:00 (house beverages), return flight Santiago de Chile to Calama, incl. current taxes, airport transfers in Santiago and Calama/San Pedro, two half day and one full day excursion with English-speaking guide, use of spa, heated swimming pool and hot tubs.

Not included: 

Meals on Day 1 (Santiago de Chile), gratuities. 

Remarks and requirements: 

  • This tour is available as Pre-programme in combination with voyages starting in Valparaiso.
  • This tour requires a good physical fitness and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. The tour takes place in high altitude.
  • The excursions included in this tour are operated by the hotel and might not be exclusive to Hurtigruten guests.
  • Excursions are subject to weather conditions.
  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.