Duration: 7 Days - 6 Nights
Location: Atacama Desert - Chile
Special Info: From USD $1,995 per person

Hiking Atacama Desert Tour Chile

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Hiking Atacama Desert Tour Chile

Amity Tours has designed this new Hiking tour in Atacama Desert.

Whether you like hiking, star-gazing, indigenous cultures or are looking for a Family Adventure, all our guests will discover amazing landscapes and enjoy incredible sunrises and sunsets. Travelling with Amity Tours through the Atacama Desert is an unforgettable experience that will provide a unique opportunity to explore one of the best remote destinations in Chile.

The Atacama Desert provides its visitors the chance to discover Andean Lakes, saltflats, Hot springs and Geysers located at 4,000 meters over the sea level. At this altitude we are able to appreciate endemic fauna such as Flamingos, Andean Goose, Vicuñas and Vizcachas as well as endemic  flora species.

We are run our own operations in the Atacama Desert

*Click on Day Title to see the activity.

  • Day 1 Calama Airport – San Pedro de Atacama – Death Valley

    Upon arrival to Calama Airport you’ll meet our friendly staff, take a private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama and check in at your hotel (1 hour).

    At 4 pm you’ll meet our guide to start the first day of hiking in San Pedro de Atacama surroundings. We’ll head towards the Salt Mountain Range where the Death Valley is located.

    This mountain range forms a natural barrier between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Salt Flat. We´ll drive 20 minutes from your hotel until we arrive to our starting point. After ascending a small dune, we will hike north along one of the cornices bordering the Death Valley.

    The stunning panoramic view allows us to appreciate how erosion has molded the Salt Mountain Range, revealing the geological processes that shaped it. The most fun part of the excursion is a steep but enjoyable descent down a dune, from where we cross the valley on our way back to the van. At night we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a restaurant in town.

    Difficulty: Easy. The hike may prove difficult for those suffering from severe vertigo.
    Altitude: 2,600 meters above sea level.
    Distance: 3.7 km
    Total trip duration: 2 hours
    Time driving in the van: 40 minutes
    Time hiking: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Meals: Welcome dinner
    Accommodation: La Casa de don Tomas / Noi Casa Atacama

  • Day 2 Hike Rio Salado – Cuchabrache Heights & Star-Gazing in the Desert

    After breakfast, we’ll departure from the hotel by van (45 min.) towards the source of the Salado River. We will start our hike were rupestrian art displays many forms of expression – man through time has tried to record experiences, common elements, symbols and signs.

    The description and understanding of them through the science of archaeology gives us the tools to understand. Petroglyph: an inscription or engraving on rock, fundamentally made by hand and with another hard object. These places are now in the middle of nowhere, yet once were important stops on ancient trade routes, they lay witness to the travelers, shamans and merchants of the past who converged here and left evidence of their stories.

    We will follow the river’s course and along abandoned villages until we get to Cuchabrache where we will enjoy a Picnic Lunch. Afterwards we will walk uphill to the summit plateau, from where there are spectacular views of the Green valley of Catarpe and Cuchabrache contrasted by a view of the dry salt range and volcanoes in the distance. Great opportunity to experience panoramic views and enjoy the silence of this less traveled hiking route.

    Return to your hotel and time to rest. We’ll eat dinner in town, followed (around 10pm) by enjoying an amazing astronomy outing. We’ll spend 2 hours that starts with an astronomy lecture in a specially equipped room, followed by a naked eye star-gazing and finally, a celestial bodies telescopic observation.

    Difficulty: Easy. Altitude: 2,600 meters above sea level.
    Distance: 8 km
    Total trip duration: 5.5 hours + 2 hour star-gazing at night.
    Time driving in the van: 2.5 hours + 20 min star-gazing at night
    Time hiking: 3 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch and Dinner.
    Accommodation: La Casa de don Tomas / Hotel Noi Casa Atacama

  • Day 3 Hike Punta del Inca – Guatin – Puritama Hot Springs

    During our third day in the Atacama Desert, we’ll departure from your hotel by van (30 min.) on the road towards the North-East. The excursion starts out by ascending from Punta del Inca, following the river’s course up through the ravine/canyon until the Guatín settlement. Here we will enjoy a picnic lunch. After the break the hike begins climbing along a 820 ft. slope towards the Puritama hot springs. The trail passes through ancient settlements and hundred year old cactus; the terrain is rocky at times. Once we reach the hot springs we will relax in mineral hot water and enjoy snacks. Return to San Pedro. Evening at leisure. Ask our guides about restaurant recommendations and enjoy a dinner on your own.

    Difficulty: Moderate.
    Altitude:  3,200-3,600 meters above sea level.
    Distance: 9 km
    Total trip duration: 7 hours
    Time driving in the van: 1.5 hours
    Time hiking: 4 hours
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch
    Accommodation: La Casa de don Tomas / Hotel Noi Casa Atacama

  • Day 4 Hike Machuca Village – Rio Grande

    We leave our hotel early today and follow the road to the Geysers. In the Andean village of Machuca, situated 4,000 meters above sea level, this fantastic hike begins with a descent through a desert moor towards the gorge, passing through lands used by shepherd caravans. We can easily spot several Andean birds, such as flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus) and guayatas (Chloephaga melanoptera). We will be stopping for lunch mid-way through the hike at an abandoned homestead called Peñaliri.

    We’ll walk along the valleys formed by Peñaril River and with the possibility to see the typical flora and fauna of the Altiplano, framed by breathtaking colors that emerge from rocky formations. Once we end the hike, we’ll jump in the van and go to San Pedro de Atacama, dropping you off at your Hotel or in town.

    After lunch, we continue hiking downriver until reaching the village of Río Grande, famous for its terrace cultivation. Its location was strategic, as it was the forced passageway for caravans traveling between San Pedro de Atacama and Chiu-Chiu village. Proofs of that are the surrounding archaeological sites that show petroglyphs of the guanaco hunters during the pre-Hispanic period. Here the van will be waiting to take us back to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Evening at leisure. Ask our guides about restaurant recommendations and enjoy a dinner on your own.

    Difficulty: Moderate.
    Altitude: 4,000m – 3,200m above sea level.
    Distance: 12 km
    Total trip duration: 8 hours
    Time driving in the van: 1.5 hours
    Time hiking: 6 hours
    Meals: Breakfast  and Picnic Lunch
    Accommodation: La Casa de don Tomas / Hotel Noi Casa Atacama

  • Day 5 Hike Nacimiento Gorge – Chapur – Talar Salt Flat & Andean Lagoons

    Today in the morning, we’ll depart towards Socaire village at 3,300m and photograph the small church of San Bartolomé. Then we’ll hike 2 hours to acclimatize in the Nacimiento gorge at 3,550m. The area is used for rock climbing, and you’ll see beautiful rock formations eroded by time, due to ancient lava flows. We continue our day driving 45min. to the entrance of the Chapur trail that leads to a fantastic salt flat called Talar.

    Finally on our way back to San Pedro, we’ll visit and do a short hike around two Andean Lagoons: Miscanti and Meñiques. These crystalline water and intense blue color lagoons are located at 4,350m. and 4,100m. 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. Once we end the hike, we’ll jump in the van and head back to San Pedro de Atacama where you can take a hot shower at your hotel and have a rest. We’ll take you to eat dinner around 8:30 pm.

    Difficulty: Moderate.
    Altitude: 4,350 – 3,300 meters above sea level..
    Distance: 12.5 km
    Total trip duration: 10.5 hours
    Time driving in the van: 5 hours
    Time hiking: 5.5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
    Accommodation: La Casa de don Tomas / Hotel Noi Casa Atacama

  • Day 6 Hike El Tatio Geysers – Copa Coya Mount

    Get ready for an epic day. We’ll set off at 8 am and drive in the van towards Tatio Geysers. We’ll reach the 4.350 m. valley that is shaped by a series of fumaroles that erupts mud, water and steam of volcanic origin. We will start our last hike from the geothermal field walking around the Copa Coya hill. This hike follows old “rutas Llareteras” offering a variety of sights and scenery for those who want to have another point of view of Tatio Geysers area. This is one of our favorite hikes in Chile, with a variety of views, amazing rock formations and landscapes, finishing it with a well deserved lunch in the location of the steam columns. Evening at leisure. At night we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a restaurant in town.

    Difficulty: Hard.
    Altitude: 4.300 meters above sea level.
    Distance: 8 km
    Total trip duration: 8 hours
    Time driving in the van: 3 hours
    Time hiking: 4 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Pic nic Lunch,  and Farewell Dinner.
    Accommodation: La Casa de don Tomas / Hotel Noi Casa Atacama

  • Day 7 Transfer San Pedro de Atacama/ Calama Airport

    After breakfast, you will have time to walk on town and buy some souvenirs for family or friends. Depending on your departure flight, a shared transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Calama airport. End of our services.

    Time driving in the van: 1 hour
    Meals: Breakfast

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to info@amity-tours.com.
    ◦ Rate per person, USD $2,880 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $280
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $1,995 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR
  • ◦ Professional English speaking guide.
    ◦ Private transportation in 4×4 vehicles or Mercedes Benz vans.
    ◦ 6 night lodging at Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas in San Pedro de Atacama.
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary.
    ◦ Entrance fee to National Reserves and attractions.
  • ◦ Flights (we are happy to organize your domestic flights).
    ◦ Gratuities.
    ◦ Extra meals.
    ◦ Travel Insurance.
    ◦ Laundry.
    ◦ Alcoholics drinks at dinners.
  • ◦ We run this tour under a private departure request. In this case you set the dates. Available between March 2017 and January 2018, and between March 2018 and January 2019.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR.
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