The narrow streets of this old town are home to the mysticism of ancestral cultures and all the trappings of modern tourism. This unique blend of past and present has made San Pedro one of the most photographed places in specialized journals.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Experience 4 days in this magical place
The land around San Pedro de Atacama is primarily owned by native people whose focus is agriculture and tourism. Its old town square features a church (built in 1774) that reveals some of local architectural style: cactus wood details, adobe construction and leather-bound algarrobo beams. Nearby, you’ll find the R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archeological Museum, where you can marvel at mummies and everyday objects that offer a glimpse into the richness of the area’s past.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
DAY 1 - CALAMA, SAN PEDRO AND THE MOONVALLEY
After arriving at the airport, we will be transported to the town of San Pedro de Atacama. This colorful village is located 2.440 m / 8.000 ft. above sea level in the middle of a green oasis. From here we will make our way to the Catarpe Valley located only a few kilometers north. There we will find the flowing San Pedro River giving life to lush green vegetation. A true contrast compared to the dry surrounding desert. Right around the corner also lays the Quebrado Del Diablo. This narrow canyon is located in the heart of the Sal Mountain Range and offers us a glimpse of true desert landscape.
Later that day, in the afternoon we will adventure out to the mystifying Moon Valley boasting various stone and sand formations. There at sunset we will have the opportunity to view the beautiful fading light over the vast landscapes. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.
DAY 2 - SAN PEDRO, ARCHEAOLOGICAL TOUR TOCONAO AND THE ATACAMA SALT LAKE
After breakfast, we will explore the town of San Pedro de Atacama – the center of a Paleolithic civilization that built impressive rock fortresses on the nearby mountains encircling the green valley. From there, we will take brief drive to reach the 3000 year old pre-Columbian village of Tulor. The archaeological remains that can be viewed here constitute the oldest evidence of human settlement of the valley. We will then continue the morning tour to the Pukara de Quitor a fortress, which has seen many battles. In the afternoon we will visit Toconao: a village where white volcanic stone sculptures are made by locals. Afterwards, we will continue on to the Atacama Salt Lake; an inland sea formed millions of year ago and an impressive sight dominated by rock formations and crystalized salt. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.
DAY 3 - EL TATIO, MACHUCA
We will depart from San Pedro and head north to the famous El Tatio Geysers; a geothermal field flanked by soaring peaks. El Tatio is situated at 4.300 m / 14.108 ft. above sea level on the Altiplano. At dawn, we will observe powerful spurts of steam that shoot out from various geyser blowholes and steaming ponds that are encrusted with brilliant salt crystals reflecting the metal-blue sky. After this nice visit to El Tatio, we will drive to the village of Machuca known as the resting place for llama caravans that traveled the Inca Highway. Afterwards we will return to San Pedro de Atacama to enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.
DAY 4 - SAN PEDRO, CALAMA
After breakfast, a transfer will take us to the airport to board our departure flight.