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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and SPA - 4 Nights Itinerary

Thumbnail Description: The luxury Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the perfect base for exploring Chile’s spectacular Atacama Desert. So that you can enjoy as much of this amazing area as you want – in the way you want – Alto Atacama has created a program of 23 excursions from which you can design your own itinerary Each night, you will meet with your guide to discuss your options for the following day, selecting outings that allow you to connect with the landscape through carefully devised walks, hikes, biking routes, cultural encounters and astronomical excursions …or by simply absorbing breathtaking landscape. As an example of a 5-day/4-night program, the following is a combination of cultural, adventure, expedition, contemplative and astronomy excursions that will allow you to make a genuine connection with the desert highland plains. Keep in mind that these excursions are designed for people who love nature and extraordinary landscapes, and that the vast majority of these outings do not require any special physical training or abilities.

The following detailed itinerary is just an example of a tour that can be designed by any guest(s) at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa after selecting from the number of excursions offered.

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“The trip to the Galapagos was really fantastic! Although it was quite short, the trip itinerary made time for us to do quite a lot of things. Everything went very smoothly, too.”Maggie Clark

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and SPA: Highlights

Atacama Desert, Lickanantai Culture Tour, Cardones Ravine, High Andean Villages, Quepiaco Wetlands, Salar de Pujsa Reserve, Pecan Monks Rock Formations, Inca Pass

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and SPA: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in the Atacama Desert – Alto Atacama Lodge
Day 2: Lickanantai Culture Tour – Cardones Ravine
Day 3: High Andean Villages
Day 4: Quepiaco Wetlands – Salar de Pujsa Reserve – Pecan Monks Rock Formations
Day 5: Inca Pass – Departure
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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and SPA: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in the Atacama Desert – Alto Atacama Lodge

AM/PM: Welcome to the Atacama Desert..!! Upon arrival at the Calama airport, you will be driven to the oasis village of San Pedro de Atacama (1.5 hours, shared with other lodge guests). Dinner will be served at Alto Atacama lodge. During the evening, your guide will suggest optional activities available on Day 2.

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Dinner
Day 2
Lickanantai Culture Tour – Cardones Ravine

AM: This morning, the Lickanantai culture tour can be your first excursion. The archaeological site of Tulor – 2,400 years old and yet still well maintained – has been of great value in understanding many aspects of local history. Next, you will drive over to the village of San Pedro to explore the old city and its church. Later this morning, we will visit Pucara of Quitor, a pre-Hispanic village that provides an outstanding example of the area’s original native heritage.

PM: This afternoon’s hike can be to the Cardones Ravine, which begins at the point where the Puritama and Purifica rivers meet and turn into the mighty Vilama River. We will then trek through diverse rock formations and vegetation, including ancient cacti standing at over seven meters tall. The region was once populated with an abundance of shepherding communities, so you will pass through former settlements as we walk.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
High Andean Villages

AM: The first stop on this whole-day excursion will be to a number of high Andean villages, which are archeological sites that offer insight into traditional farming techniques and practices. The first stop is the ancient shepherd village known as “Machuca.” Travelers will then continue to the Putana Vado, known for its variety of native flora, fauna and birdlife species. The next stop is Caspana, another typical village of the Altiplano, though it is noted for its representative architecture and a strong cultural identity.

PM: After lunch at a local restaurant in Caspana, the journey continues to Chiu-Chiu, a former trading hub of the region. Chiu-Chius streets are best explored on foot, visiting the central church along the way. Finally, this excursion ends in the village of Lasan, stopping en route at the of Inka Coya lagoon before we head back to the lodge.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Quepiaco Wetlands – Salar de Pujsa Reserve – Pecan Monks Rock Formations

AM/PM: This full-day Wetlands Tour offers the chance to delve deep into the Andean landscape, observing a variety of wildlife. The first stop is the Quepiac Wetland Park, an important protected area in the region, and a great place to spot native bird species. Next, we will venture to the Salar de Pujsa, the largest reserve of its kind and the migration point for nesting flamingos. Finally, travelers can visit the immense rock formations known as the “Pecan Monks,” noted for their sheer size and their sudden emergence from the desert floor. (*excursion includes lunch)

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Inca Pass – Departure

AM: On the final day of your stay at Alto Atacama (and depending on the time of your flight home or onward), you can go on a tour of Inca Pass. This challenging half-day trek begins with a climb to the base of the cornices of the Catarpe Valley to enjoy the expansive views before your descent. After taking in the surrounding vista, you will begin the climb down through the dunes of the Mars Valley, eventually heading back to the lodge.

PM: After returning to the lodge for lunch, you will be driven back to the Calama airport. As you head to the airport for your departing flight home or onward, enjoy your last look back at the spectacular Atacama Desert, a unique region of inspiring natural wonders.

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Breakfast - Lunch

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and SPA: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Days
Catarpe RoomQuitor RoomSuite Tilo
DoubleTripleDoubleDouble
5US$ 3,080US$ 2,800US$ 2,600US$ 3,520
Included in the price:
  • Reception inside the “Arrivals Hall” at Calama airport
  • Arrival and departure transfers between Calama Airport (CJC) and the lodge
  • Accommodations
  • American Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the lodge (includes soft drinks and coffee)
  • Daily excursions from a menu, bilingual guides
  • Free use of mountain bikes
  • Free access to the spa (sauna, Jacuzzi, etc.) & swimming pools, outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Complimentary transfer service between the lodge and the village of San Pedro (8:30am to 11:30pm)
Not included in the price:
  • Spa treatments (Massage, reflexology, Reiki, etc.)
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Premium wines and spirits
  • Tips & gratuities
  • International & domestic flights
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Tips & gratuities
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