|1||SANTIAGO – CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
We meet you at Calama airport, at 9am, from where we drive to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, visit of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Range) and short hike through the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) with its impressive geological formations, vast sand dunes and gorgeous sunsets. Return to the hotel.
|Hotel Casa de Don Tomas or similar at 2,400m||Meals not included|
|2||SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – RIO SALADO CAMP
5-6 hours trek / no ascent, some river crossing
Morning walk through San Pedro de Atacama. Visit of the famous town church, dating from 1641; we pass by the Inca House, the oldest building in town; and the Archeological Museum, founded by the Belgian Jesuit priest and archeologist Gustavo Le Paige. Visit of the 12th century Pukara (fortress) of Quitor, carved into the side of a cliff. Its importance faded with the arrival of the Inca and its destruction in 1540 by the Spanish. From the top of this fortress we have a magnificent view over the valley of Catarpe, from where we set off on our trek along a beautiful canyon. At the end of the day we set up our camp, and while we visit the archeological site with its petroglyphs, our staff will prepare a delicious welcome barbecue for dinner.
|Camp at 2,600m||Breakfast, Lunch & Welcome Dinner|
|3||RIO SALADO CAMP – MATANCILLA
6 hours / 16 km to go, some river crossing
From our camp, we hike along the Rio Salado riverbed, approaching our next campsite. At the end of the hike, we meet our 4×4 and drive to Matancilla, where our base camp already set awaits us.
|Camp at 3,300m||Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner|
|4||MATANCILLA – RIO GRANDE – MACHUCA’S ROCKS CAMP
7 hours hike / 700m ascent
Early departure from our camp to Río Grande (15 km by car) and then trek towards the village of Machuca, in the heart of the altiplano region, where we spend the night.
|Camp at 3,980m||Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner|
|5||MACHUCA’S ROCKS CAMP – CERRO MIRADOR SUMMIT (4600m) – GEISERS BLANCO CAMP
Cerro Mirador climb 3-4 hours round trip / 600m ascent
In the morning we climb Cerro Mirado de Machuca, with outstanding views of the surroundings and of Volcan Licancabur. In the afternoon we move our camp to the Geyser blanco area.
|Camp at 4,290m||Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner|
|6||GEISERS BLANCO – GEISERS DEL TATIO – LAGUNA VERDE
Very early in the morning we approach the Tatio Geysers to enjoy the best moment of the day, at sunrise, when the steam is higher than ever. We have breakfast at the foot of the Tocorpuri volcanoes and discover the thermal pools with their different colors when the steam is gone. Later on, you can choose to swim in the warm water of the main pool. Then transfer to Hito Cajon, to cross the Chilean /Bolivian, and drive to Laguna Verde, where we will spend the night in a local hut.
|Hut at 4,300m||Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner|
|7||LAGUNA VERDE – VOLCAN LICANCABUR SUMMIT – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
The day starts at 4 am with a 40 minutes transfer to the base of the volcano (4650m). Then full day climbing to the summit and back to Laguna Verde. At the end of the day you will be transferred to San Pedro and to your hotel for a well deserve rest.
|Hotel Casa de Don Tomas or similar at 2,400m||Breakfast, Lunch|
|8||SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CALAMA AIRPORT
Morning at leisure in San Pedro. In the afternoon transfer to Calama airport. End of our services.