Altiplano, Chile highlands trips - tailor-made overland trip - South America
* Duration of journey: 6 days, 5 nights
* Best months to travel: All year round - October to April (milder weather)
* Visiting: San Pedro de Atacama / Valle de la Luna, Ruinas del Pukara de Quitor, Lagunas Meniques & Miscanti, Salar de Atacama, Termas de Puritana (hot springs), Lagunas Verde & Blanca, Calama, Chuquicamata .
* Type of trip: private, custom overlanding trip
* Includes: Contact us for quotes (this is just a possible option of a trip to Chile and Bolivia, itinerary may be individually catered to your needs and wishes as a private tailor-made trip). We usually include accommodation, transport, guiding or a self-guiding itinerary with car rental, excursions)-
Chile highlands custom trip itinerary:
San Pedro de Atacama / Moon Valley
Arrival at Calama airport and drive to the oasis of the adobe village San Pedro de Atacama. After check-in at your selected hotel, you will have the possibility for a first walk throughout the village. The Andes Mountain Range offers to you a great view recognizing the volcano Licancabur and Juriques, and the smoky cloud from the crater of Lascar volcano.
Ruins of fortress Quitor / Museum / Moon Valley
In the morning you can walk about 3 km to the ruins of Quitor. You climb up the protection facility from IX-XII century and enjoy a 360° panorama: the Andes in the foreground, the salt mountain range in the background and down below the fruitful valley of the river San Pedro. Back in the village, we suggest a visit to the archaeological museum. In the afternoon visit to the Mars Valley, and afterwards short drive into the Moon Valley and with the possibility to climb up its famous sandy dune, where you can enjoy the sunset on the Andes.
Altiplano Lagoons Meniques & Miscanti
After breakfast drive to the Atacama Salt Flat. You can observe flamingos at the Chaxa Lagoon, the Tropic of Capricorn only some kilometers away from here (the imaginary line that separates the tropics from the moderate climate zone). From the village Socaire , a pre-inka settlement with vegetable gardens in terrace form on 3.300 m., only an hour later you reach the Altiplano Lagoons Meniques & Miscanti: twin lagoons from the ice age, where you can observe diving ducks and the camel-like llamas. An hour later you will see the Salt flat of Aguas Calientes, and later on the emerald green lagoon Tuyaito.
Return to San Pedro de Atacama.
Tatio Geysers / Puritama Hot springs
In order to be able to see the steam columns of the El Tatio Geysers, early this morning drive at 04:30 a.m. from 2.400 m. to 4.300 m.a.s.l., herds of vicuñas on your way. From direct proximity you can observe the steaming sources, walking through the field of geysers of the volcano El Tatio. Soon we reach the cactus upper limit and here and there we see on the slopes some broad planar Chuchambe cactus, as well as the large trunk Echinopsis Atacamensis cactus.
On the way back take a bath at the luxurious hot springs of the Puritama river, of 31°-33° C warm water.
Return to San Pedro and rest of the afternoon free of activities.
BOLIVIA: Visiting Lagunas Verde & Blanca
After a short border control between Chile and Bolivia you cross towards Bolivia on a height of 4.400 M. The first highlight offers the view to the Laguna Verde and the reflection in it of the volcano Licancabur. In direct proximity you see the white surface of the Laguna Blanca.
At noon you will take a pic nic lunch, where hundred of pink colored flamingos peacefully search for their food.
In the evening you return back to Chile.
In the morning drive back to Calama airport. A parting view to the Atacama salt desert opens again the most beautiful color plays of this unbelievable desert landscape. From far away you see the smoke of the smelters of the world-wide-largest open pit copper mine Chuquicamata.
is just an example of what we can offer you about Chile & Bolivia highlands - Altiplano, we can cater part
or the whole private trip for you, offering an exclusive tailor-made tour for you.
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