Northern Chile

Northern Chile

Discover all of Chile. Central Valley: Santiago, Viña Undurraga, Casablanca Wine Valley,  Viña del Mar, Valparaiso. Northern Chile: Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) Atacama Salt Flat Lake, Altiplanic Lagoons, Toconao Village, Tatio Geysers, Machuca Village. North Patagonia (South Chile): Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Petrohue Watefalls, Peulla village, Llanquihue Lake, Osorno Volcano, Ferry crossing to Chiloé Penguin Colony, Puerto Montt and Markets.

Visit Padre Le Paige Museum in San Pedro de Atacama; see the fortress Pukara de Quitor, the site of one of the first conflicts between Spaniards and Indians; visit the 2,000 year old village of Tulor; and see the Church of San Pedro, a National Monument since 1951. Optional lunch.

Nowhere on Earth is better for stargazing than Chile’s Atacama Desert, where super-observatories have opened up to a wave of astro-tourists seeking unpolluted skies. Please note: The tour does not operate on full-moon nights.

Hike alongside the confluence of two rivers in Guatín canyon, where one river comes from the warm thermal springs of Puritama, and the other is the Purifica River, whose waters are from the Andes Mountains Range.

Early morning start to reach Geysers del Tatio; enjoy the beauty along with breakfast; visit Pozon Rustico and a swim; stop at Machuca village. Then see San Santiago Church and return to San Pedro.

Visit Geysers del Tatio with breakfast; take a swim in the thermal waters of Pozon Rustico; stop at the village of Machuca, an ancient settlement of llama herders. After lunch, visit archaeological sites, including Pukara de Quitor and the village of Tulor.

Visit Valled de la Luna (Valley of the Moon(, in the middle of the arid salt mountain range, a landscape of salt and clay shaped by water and wind over millions of years.

See the flamingos of the great Salar de Atacama in Los Flamencos National Reserve in the Chaxa lagoon; visit the highland lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques at the base of volcanoes; enjoy lunch in the pre-Inca village of Socaire; and visit the town of Toconao.