San Pedro de Atacama is the driest desert in the world. The various activities available onsite make it a popular tourist destination, whether it is trekking on the volcanoes, cycling between lagoons and deserts or exploring the natural landscapes on a tour.
We have prepared the following program for our customers. However, all our products can be tailormade! Get in touch so that we can accommodate your needs and requests!
Your local guide will welcome you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel. On route, they will explain what is planned for the next few days activities.
Day 1. Bike Ride to Laguna Cejar + Laguna Chaxa Visit
Thanks to our special equipment, you will be able to enjoy a 17 km bike ride to Laguna Cejar. There, you will discover a real natural spa, where you will get to bathe in their 3 salt water natural pools while looking at the surrounding landscapes and far-away volcanoes.
On the way back, you will stop via Laguna Chaxa, another not-to-be-missed tourist asset. Part of Los Flamencos National Reserve, it is home to several bird species, including the Chilean flamingo. You will get to bathe in the lagoon and trek around it.
Day 2. Trekking on Valle de la Muerte + Bike Ride
You will start this trek towards the Catarpe Valley along the ledges and down to the Valle de la Muerte – Death Valley. While on your way, you will enjoy a variety of views: colorful mountains, sand dunes, volcano rocks, and lush meadows.
You will return via a 5 km bike ride along the valley.
Day 3. Visit Rio Grande, Arco Iris Valley and Petroglyphs
After a typical and rich breakfast, surrounded by green fields populated by sheep and goats, you will make your way down to the town of Rio Grande. On the way, you will cross rivers and fields and discover the regional terraces, where farmers grow seasonal fruits and vegetables. You will enjoy the surrounding landscapes, animals, buildings, and colors.
After stopping for lunch, you will continue your trek to arrive at the petroglyphs. They were produced by the locals more than 3000 years ago, and represent foxes, flamingos, llamas, and also human beings.
You will then head onto the Arco Iris trail. This trail is named after the different colors you encounter on your way, from the soil to the surrounding red, green and purple mountains.
Day 4. Visit Lagunas Altiplanicas
Your first visit of the day will be Laguna Piedra Roja viewpoint, at an altitude of more than 4000 meters! It is about 200 km from Bolivia and goes via 2 small towns: Socaire and Toconao, which used to be the region capital before the Spanish arrived. The view is worth traveling for, with red and grey colors on the mountains, and turquoise blue for the salted-water lagoon!
Later on, you will visit Menique and Miscanti Lagoons. These lagoons were both formed millions of years ago and bear the name of the volcanoes next to them. From there, you will go on a short hike on the lagoons trail.
Day 5. Trekking at Valle de la Luna
This trek will take you on a few dunes from the Moon Valley, part of Los Flamencos National Reserve. It takes its name from its lunar landscapes, with the range of colors and textures from the sand and stone formation. There, you will find out more about the Cordillera de la Sal, the Moon Valley, its history and creation.
CUMBRES SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA HOTEL
(1 – 5 day)
– Can I travel by myself?
Yes, you can count on our assistants and trained guides to assist you during your trip and help you with the logistics.
– If I travel with friends and family members, how fit do they have to be?
The multi-day activities of this package have on average a medium difficulty rating. Participants must be moderately fit, in good physical condition.
– Do you have any tips?
Wear comfortable clothes and sports shoes.
Always carry a windbreaker and warm clothes with you. The weather is sunny during the day but really cold during the night.
Due to the high altitude, above 4000 metres above sea level, this trip is not recommended for people below the age of 12 or above 65.
– Where is the meeting point?
Airport El Loa, Calama, Chile.
The hotel we stayed at the WTW San Pedro has an accessible room with rolling shower. There is also a beach wheelchair if you want to get inside the swimming pool.
What I liked the most about WTW San Pedro experience is that you can plan a relaxed trip going by car to every tourist attraction (most of them have accessible trails and bathrooms), or you can also go for the adventure and handcycle or do wheelchair hikes in the desert with amazing views (I have a c5-6 quadriplegia so all this was assisted by the tour guides and my companions).
San Pedro is beautiful and it’s one of those places where you feel a special energy while there!