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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & SPA 3-Night Itinerary

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 local area as you want, in the way you want, Alto Atacama has created a program of 30 excursions for you to 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 simply by absorbing breathtaking landscapes. As an example of a 4-day/3-night program, the following is a combination of cultural, adventure, expedition, contemplative and astronomical excursions that will allow you to make a genuine connection with the desert highland plains. Keep in mind that while these excursions are designed for people who love nature and extraordinary landscapes, 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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Atacama Desert, Valley Inca Trek, Petroglyphs, Excursion, Devil’s Throat

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in the Atacama Desert – Alto Atacama Lodge
Day 2: Catarpe Valley Inca Trek – Petroglyphs / Rock Art
Day 3: Route of the Shepherds” Excursion
Day 4: Devil’s Throat – Departure
Itinerary Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in the Atacama Desert – Alto Atacama Lodge

AM/PM: Welcome to the Atacama Desert..!! Upon arrival at northern Chile’s Calama Airport, you will be transferred to the village oasis of San Pedro de Atacama (1.5 hours, shared with other lodge guests). Dinner will be served at Alto Atacama  Lodge, and later that same evening, your guide will suggest optional activities available on Day 2.

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Day 2
Catarpe Valley Inca Trek – Petroglyphs / Rock Art

AM: This morning’s trek proceeds exclusively within the Catarpe Valley itself. As a guest, you will travel with your guide along the famous San Pedro River before crossing into Tambo, the former administrative center of the Incan Empire. After exploring Tambo, the walk continues through the vast landscapes of the valley, passing smaller villages along the way.

PM: Following lunch, we will strike out on a cultural excursion that begins in the Hierbas Buenas region. Here, you will find ancient petroglyphs that represent scenes of the ancient shepherds’ day-to-day lives. Having explored the caves and rock faces, we will continue on to Rainbow Valley, named for its multi-colored hills and cliffs, which were created by the buildup of different mineral deposits and their reflection of the sunlight.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Route of the Shepherds” Excursion

AM/PM: This full-day “Route of the Shepherds” tour recreates the ancient trail taken by migrating local shepherds and their flocks for many centuries. We will begin this hike in the wetlands of Vado Machuca, and then follow the course of a nearby river past the abandoned ruins of old stone structures used by the shepherds (though some of these structures are still inhabited to this day). The trek continues to Peñaliri, a now deserted village that is noteworthy for its well-maintained agricultural terraces. Finally, the last few kilometers of this trek will take you on a scenic journey to the Rio Grande, where you will stop for a well-earned local dinner. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Devil’s Throat – Departure

AM: This excursion begins on mountain bike from the Ayllu (settlement) of Quitor. From here the path winds through the spectacular gorges of the Cordillera de la Sal in the Catarpe Valley. The tour continues on the Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s Throat Pass), named in connection with ancient myths of the local people. Finally, you will bike to the village of San Isidro, where its perfectly situated church is an ideal destination for your mountain bike ride.

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


2020 - Price per person
Catarpe RoomQuitor RoomTilo Suite
4US$ 2,400 PPUS$ 1,950 PPUS$ 2,550 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
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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