Tailor Made Private Tours

Ecotours Chile invites you to discover the beautiful Atacama Desert along our local guides and with astonishing landscapes as background. Among its main attractions, you’ll learn about the Atacameño culture by visiting ancient villages with centennial churches and fortress. You cannot fail to visit the impressive sites of the desert surroundings, such as the Moon Valley, Atacama Salt Flat, Altiplanic Lagoons, Rainbow Valley, Cejar Lagoon, Tara Salt Flat and Tatio geysers. Contact us if you need help with local flights or hotel bookings and we’ll plan a tailor made private tour for you, family or friends.

Highlights:

-Private services
-Local English speaking guides
-Comfortable vehicles with air condition
-Moon Valley and Rainbow Valley
-Atacama and Tara Salt Flats
-Tatio geysers and Machuca Town
-Miscanti, Meñiques, Chaxa, Tebinquinche and Cejar Altiplanic Lagoons

 

**You can choose from a 4-7 days stay, combining tours. The program below is just an example.

Day 01

Calama / San Pedro de Atacama / Moon Valley tour

We recommend arriving before 14:00 hrs to Calama airport, where a transfer will take you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Around 16:00 hrs we’ll start with our first tour, heading to Moon Valley, a valley of statuesque, rocky formations. Salt emerges to the surface, covering the surface with a dry, whitish layer that gives the place a lunar aspect. In the Valle de la Luna, we visit the statues of salt called “Las Tres Marias“ , the salt mine, the salt caves and we will walk up by the sand dunes of the area until we reach the summit of the Big Dune and wait for sunset with an spectacular cocktail made by our local guides.

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Day 02

Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanic Lagoons

After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Atacama salt Flat and enter the National Flamingo Reserve at Chaxa Lagoon sector. This National Reserve is formed by a gigantic depression of more than 3.500km2, located 2.300 masl. The Salar is the biggest salt field in Chile and its large quantities of salt make the surface white and rough. The dryness and altitude of the salt field allow an excellent panoramic view of the area. The bottom of the salt field is composed of an enormous lake, which receives water from mountain rivers and melting snow. As it has no runoff, several small lagoons have formed, where we can observe the three types of flamingos living in the area, the English, the Andean and the Chilean.

After visiting the Salar, we continue our trip to Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons of crystalline water and intense blue color at 4.350 and 4.100 m.s.n.m. Surrounded by numerous volcanoes and mountains, they are a habitat for a variety of species, such as the Chilean flamingo, the small Parina, the playero de Bird and the horned crane , among others. In the surrounding scenery, the hills of Miscanti and Meñiques can be seen, and the area is part of the Flamingo National Reserve. On the way back to San Pedro we visit Socaire town, the last village of Lican Antai or Atacameño culture for the travelers on their way to Salta in Argentina, along the Sico Pass international road. On this small town we’ll enjoy lunch and then head back to San Pedro de Atacama.

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Day 03

Tatio geysers and Cejar Lagoon

Today we’ll wake up very early (around 04:00 hrs) and depart towards the Tatio Geysers at 4.320 masl and located 90 Km to the northwest of San Pedro. They are shaped by a series of fumaroles that erupts water and steam of volcanic origin. We will see this spectacle at dawn in its entire splendor. We`ll have breakfast at the geysers and you’ll be able to enjoy a bath at the white geyser. After Tatio, we`ll visit the old village Machuca, with its mud houses and church, a used spot for caravans and miners on the way to San Pedro de Atacama. Afterwards, we’ll jump in the van and arrive to San Pedro, where you’ll have time to have lunch before our next excursion on the afternoon.

Laguna Cejar is a salt lagoon located north to Salar de Atacama, at 27 kms from San Pedro de Atacama. To get to Laguna Cejar, we will go in direction to Salar de Atacama. Once there, we can swim and enjoy the gravitational effect caused by the amount of salt condensed, that is why your body will be floating so easily. Your eyes will be amazed with the beautiful turquoise color of the lagoon. Afterward we continue to Ojos del Salar, two small lagoons and end enjoying a picnic at Tebinquinche Lagoon, admiring once for the best spots for sunset views and will enjoy a great cocktail made by our guides.

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Day 04

Rainbow Valley + Free afternoon

After breakfast, we’ll head by vehicle towards Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs and visit this archeological site. Then, we’ll start admiring one of the most beautiful and unknown places in Atacama, The Rainbow Valley, where you’ll observe hills of amazing colors like violet, grey, calypso, red and blue, super rich on minerals.

Once we visit this magical area, we’ll return back to san Pedro we’ll you have time to enjoy lunch and visit the local market, the museum or just relax at your hotel or in town.

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Day 05

Tara Salt Flat

After breakfast we’ll depart to the one of the less visited areas on Atacama and with one the most amazing high plateau landscapes, the incredible Tara Salt Flat. It is home to different fauna as Llamas, Vicuñas, Vizcachas, Flamingos, Zuris and different kind of birds that live on these fertile plains, rivers and lagoons.

Our first stop will be at Vegas the Quepaico, nesting place of variety of birds and Vicuñas. Then we’ll continue passing the Pujsa Salt Flat, until arriving to the Monjes de Pakana, volcanic structures in different shapes that have been sculptured by wind.

On our last stop we’ll see the Tara Salt Flat where we’ll enjoy lunch and admire its splendor, driving back to San Pedro town for 90 minutes.

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Day 06

Volcano ascend Lascar, Sairecabur or Toco Hill

We invite you to experience ascending one of the Volcanoes near Atacama surrounding such as Lascar, Sairecabur or Toco Hill. You’ll see the desert from another perspective and enjoy superb views of Atacama Desert

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  • Private services
  • Comfortable air conditioned vehicles
  • Lodging at comfortable hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfer IN
  • Transfer OUT
  • Excursions as mentioned on program
  • Meals as mentioned on program
  • Tips for guide
  • Extra meals
  • Insurance
  • Entrances to Reserves and National Parks