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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & SPA 3-Night Itinerary

The all-inclusive Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the perfect base for exploring Chile’s spectacular Atacama Desert. To enjoy as much of this local area as you want, in the way you want, Alto Atacama has created a program of 30 excursions that you can design to create your own desert experience. 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 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 link 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. 

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Highlights

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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Dinner
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

Prices

2021 - Price per person
Days
Catarpe RoomQuitor RoomTilo Suite
DoubleDoubleDouble
4US$ 2,400 PPUS$ 1,950 PPUS$ 2,550 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations in selected room
  • Transfer in/out from/to Calama (airport) or from / to Border with Bolivia
  • Shuttle service to and from San Pedro de Atacama - available from 09:00 - 23:00
  • Buffet-style American breakfasts
  • Lunch and Dinner à la carte (Starter, Main Course and Dessert)
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks
  • Open bar from 11:00 to 23:30. After-hour charges apply
  • Daily Excursions - 1 full day excursion or 2 half day excursions per person, per day (maximum of 10 guests per vehicle on half day excursions and 8 guests per vehicle for full day excursions). Excursions with local guide
  • Please note, excursions are offered from 15:00 on arrival day until 13:00 on departure day
    Access to Puri Spa (swimming pools, sauna, steam room, hydro-massage bath and shower)
  • Free use of mountain bikes
  • Guests must inform the property of arrival and departure times at least 72 hours in advance, in order to coordinate the airport shuttle service
  • Park tickets
  • Private astrological observatory of the Andes
Not included in the price:
  • Spa treatments (Massage, reflexology, Reiki, etc.)
  • Premium Alcoholic Beverages
  • Laundry, telephone calls, personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • International & domestic flights
  • Health & Travel Insurance 

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“Everything was wonderful but the highlight by far was the 5 days trekking in the Angamarca region with Marcial. The scenery and culture was astonishing, and Marcial was the perfect guide.”Linda Bernstein