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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

San Pedro de Atacama is a charming town typical of the northern region of Chile. Once an oasis in the heart of the high and dry plain of the Puna de Atacama, it now boasts many incredible geographic features.
Hike the Licancabur volcano, marvel at flamingos on the large salt flat, go stargazing the Valley of the Moon, walk amongst numerous active geyser in El Tatio and sandboard down the dunes in Death Valley.
The village itself it constructed from vernacular adobe, wood and cactus, and is of great interest to those with a penchant for archeology.

How to get there

By Bus

San Pedro de Atacama can be reached by regular bus service from Calama. There are several buses daily from Calama to Santiago and buses on 6 days a week to Salta in Argentina. All buses will drop you in the centre of the town.

By Plane

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago receives domestic and international flights.
El Loa Airport in Calama (1 hr from San Pedro) is 6km from the city centre and operates domestic flights only.
Bus services from both Santiago and Calama will bring you directly to San Pedro de Atacama.
The main airlines operating from both Santiago and Calamo are:

Optional Excursions

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Money

The official currency is the Chilean peso.

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OTHER TOURS INCLUDING SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Discover Atacama, 4 days / 3 nights.

Featured Sites:
  • Altiplanic lagoons
  • Salt flat
  • El Tatio geysers
  • Valley of the Moon
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Day 01 - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Upon arrival in San Pedro de Atacama (or Calama) you will be taken to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the picturesque town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 02 - San Pedro de Atacama, Salt Flat & Altiplanic Lagoons

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for your full day tour to the Atacama Salt Flat and the Altiplanic Lagoons. Enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Chaxa lagoon and marvel at the flamingos that migrate to the salt flat every year.
Then we will take the road to the highlands through a landscape of many contrasts to visit the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, at 4,200 meters above sea level and at the base of the volcanic Andes.
We will then enjoy lunch in Socaire village, famed for its traditional cuisine. Finally, before we return to the hotel, we will visit the town of Toconao, its bell tower and Church of San Lucas, both national monuments since 1951.

Day 03 - San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley Tour

Breakfast. Free morning.
In the afternoon you will be picked up for your half day tour to the Valley of the Moon, nestled deep in the middle of the mountains. This landscape of salt and clay has been formed by water and wind over millions of years, allowing us to enjoy the extravagant and inspiring mountain range. As we spend the day at the foot of the Andes and its volcanoes, we will wrap up the day by taking in the incredible mountain sunset before being transferred back to the hotel.

Day 04 - San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geysers & Machuca - Santiago de Chile

After a very early morning pick up, we will begin our trip to one of the most incredible geothermal fields in the world. Walk amongst the Tatio Geysers as they spurt steam and water, and enjoy an outdoor breakfast against the natural backdrop of the Andes.
Then we will visit the "Pozon Rustico" where you will be able to discover the warm thermal springs. Taking the road back to San Pedro you can appreciate the beautiful landscapes, native flora and fauna before finally stopping at the village of Machuca, ancient home to the llama shepherds. Today, this town of adobe, straw and cactus houses specializes in local products such as Andean handicrafts, llama's meat and empanadas. Visit the Church of San Santiago, patron saint of the town, locally renowned for its historical and architectural appeal. At the set time you will be taken to the bus station or to the airport in Calama.

Prices include
  • Transfers from / to the airport.
  • 3 nights stay in San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Breakfast.
  • Tours described in the itinerary.
  • Bilingual guides (Spanish / English).
Prices do not include
  • Domestic & International Flights or Buses.
  • National Park or Natural Reserve entrance fees.

Discover Atacama, 4 Days / 3 Nights.

Featured Sites:
  • Altiplanic lagoons
  • Salt flat
  • El Tatio geysers
  • Valley of the Moon
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.

At Argentina On The Go we appreciate the different tastes and preferences of each of our clients, which is why we don't offer a "one-size-fits-all" solution. Instead, we choose accommodation for our passengers based on their specific requirements and match them with a hotel that suits them. We work with a variety of trusted hotels, each of which has been carefully chosen by our team following a thorough selection process. This means that not only will the accommodation be the perfect fit, but also the choice of neighborhood, amenities and environment. For more information about the range of lodgings we work with, contact a travel adviser and we will be happy to help you find the ideal place to stay for the duration of your trip.

Coming soon.

Argentina & Chile, North Circuit 14 Days: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Salta, Purmamarca, San Pedro de Atacama & Santiago de Chile 14 Days / 13 Nights.

Featured Sites:
  • Buenos Aires City Tour.
  • Dinner and Tango Show.
  • Iguazu Falls (Argentinian & Brazilian Side).
  • Dinner and Tango Show.
  • Cities of Santiago de Chile, Salta, San Pedro de Atacama, Purmamarca, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazú.
  • Humahuaca Gorge & Tilcara
  • Altiplanic lagoons
  • Salt flat
  • El Tatio geysers & Valley of the Moon
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights.
Day 01 Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be transferred to your hotel before exploring the city at your own pace.

At night, try a typical Argentine dish in one of the many restaurants that the city has to offer.

Day 02 City Tour, Dinner and Tango Show

Breakfast. Our city tour provides an overview of the city and its attractions. During this three hour tour, you will visit Retiro, Avenida 9 de Julio (El Teatro Colon and Obelisco), the Center (Congress, Plaza de Mayo, Avenida de Mayo, Casa Rosada), Puerto Madero and San Telmo with stops in Recoleta (Cemetery and Plaza Francia) and La Boca (Caminito).

At night you will enjoy a delicious meal and a tango show, before being transferred to your hotel.

Day 03 Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu

Breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu.

Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazu, you will be transferred to hotel where you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the pool. In the evening you may visit the Three Borders Landmark, located in the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

Day 04 Puerto Iguazu, Excursion to Argentinian Falls

After breakfast, start the full day excursion with a trip to the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls. Explore the National Park by wandering its paths to take in the incredible views of 200 waterfalls. Lunch is at noon, after which you can take the optional Great Adventure tour that allows you to examine the falls up close, and even takes you underneath! In the afternoon, catch the train to the largest of the park's attractions, the Devil's Throat. In the afternoon you will be transferred to hotel.

Day 05 Puerto Iguazu, Excursion to Brazilian Falls - Salta

After breakfast, a half day excursion takes you to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, where you will be treated to panoramic views of the falls visited the previous day.

On arrival in Salta, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the day getting to know the colonial city at your own pace.

Day 06 Salta, Valles Calchaquies

The journey starts from Salta city to the south, along route 68 through the Lerma Valley and its historical towns. We reach Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shell´s Gorge), where wind and water erosion carved curious shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater,´Devils throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others).

When we arrive to Cafayate, we visit some wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land.

After lunch we return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shells´ Gorge) and the Lerma Valley.

Day 07 Back to the Clouds - Salinas Grandes - Purmamarca

After breakfast, begin the full day tour that takes you on the same path as the famous "Train to the Clouds", through "Quebrada del Toro" towards San Antonio of the Coppers. Then, through the Puna and continue on Route 40 towards "Salinas Grandes" in Jujuy.

Finally, you will descent the Cuesta de Lipan to the picturesque Purmamarca, at the foot of Cerro de los Siete Colores. Spend the night in Purmamarca.

Day 08 Purmamarca- Humahuaca Gorge

After breakfast, the tour of Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, begins. But before the Quebrada de Humahuaca, drop in on places like Maimará, "Painter's Palette", Tilcara, "The Pucara of Tilcara" archaeological ruins, Humahuaca, Tropic of Capricorn, Uquía (PinturasCuzqueñas), Humahuaca and the Independence Monument. Return to Purmamarca.

Day 09 Purmamarca- San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

At the appropriate time you will take your bus to San Pedro de Atacama. The road crosses extensive plains typical of the highlands, punctuated by salt flats and volcanic cones of more than 5000m in altitude. The route itself is spectacular and sometimes brings you over 4000m above sea level, although the slopes are not too steep. Travel time is approximately 10 hours, including the border crossing. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel.

Day 10 - San Pedro de Atacama, Salt Flat & Altiplanic Lagoons

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for your full day tour to the Atacama Salt Flat and the Altiplanic Lagoons. Enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Chaxa lagoon and marvel at the flamingos that migrate to the salt flat every year.

Then we will take the road to the highlands through a landscape of many contrasts to visit the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, at 4,200 meters above sea level and at the base of the volcanic Andes.

We will then enjoy lunch in Socaire village, famed for its traditional cuisine. Finally, before we return to the hotel, we will visit the town of Toconao, its bell tower and Church of San Lucas, both national monuments since 1951.

Day 11 - San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley Tour

Breakfast. Free morning.

In the afternoon you will be picked up for your half day tour to the Valley of the Moon, nestled deep in the middle of the mountains. This landscape of salt and clay has been formed by water and wind over millions of years, allowing us to enjoy the extravagant and inspiring mountain range. As we spend the day at the foot of the Andes and its volcanoes, we will wrap up the day by taking in the incredible mountain sunset before being transferred back to the hotel.

Day 12 - San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geysers & Machuca - Santiago de Chile

After a very early morning pick up, we will begin our trip to one of the most incredible geothermal fields in the world. Walk amongst the Tatio Geysers as they spurt steam and water, and enjoy an outdoor breakfast against the natural backdrop of the Andes.

Then we will visit the "Pozon Rustico" where you will be able to discover the warm thermal springs. Taking the road back to San Pedro you can appreciate the beautiful landscapes, native flora and fauna before finally stopping at the village of Machuca, ancient home to the llama shepherds. Today, this town of adobe, straw and cactus houses specializes in local products such as Andean handicrafts, llama's meat and empanadas. Visit the Church of San Santiago, patron saint of the town, locally renowned for its historical and architectural appeal.

At the set time in the afternoon you will be taken to the airport in Calama (1 hour away from San Pedro) for your flight to Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival you will be taken to your selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13 - Santiago de Chile, City Tour

After breakfast, you will be met the hotel by your guide, with whom you will begin your half day tour at the hill of Santa Lucia. From the Caupolicán terrace we can admire the Hidalgo castle (formerly a Spanish fortress) and enjoy beautiful views of the city. The tour continues to Constitution Square and the “La Moneda” palace, the current seat of government.

Next up is “Plaza de Armas”, the main square, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the palace of the Royal High Court, the Main Post Office and other buildings of historical interest. A short drive takes us to San Cristobal hill. On the way we can see the Central Market, the Mapocho Station, the Forestal Park and the Museum of Fine Arts. Take a stroll and try the "mote con huesillo", a typical Chilean drink.

Return by cablecar or car depending on the time and transfer back to the hotel.

Day 14 - Santiago de Chile

Breakfast. At the set time you will be taken to the airport for your departure.

Prices include
  • Transfers from / to the airport.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires, 2 in Iguazu, 2 in Salta, 2 in Purmamarca, 3 in San Pedro de Atacama & 2 in Santiago de Chile.
  • Breakfast.
  • Tours described in the Itinerary.
  • Bilingual guides (Spanish / English).
Prices do not include
  • Domestic & International Flights or Buses.
  • National Park Entrance Fees (Argentinian Falls U$D 25; Brazilian Falls U$D 25).

Argentina & Chile, North Circuit 14 Days: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Salta, Purmamarca, San Pedro de Atacama & Santiago de Chile 14 Days / 13 Nights.

Featured Sites:
  • Buenos Aires City Tour.
  • Dinner and Tango Show.
  • Iguazu Falls (Argentinian & Brazilian Side).
  • Dinner and Tango Show.
  • Cities of Santiago de Chile, Salta, San Pedro de Atacama, Purmamarca, Buenos Aires & Puerto Iguazú.
  • Humahuaca Gorge & Tilcara
  • Altiplanic lagoons
  • Salt flat
  • El Tatio geysers & Valley of the Moon
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights.

At Argentina On The Go we appreciate the different tastes and preferences of each of our clients, which is why we don't offer a "one-size-fits-all" solution. Instead, we choose accommodation for our passengers based on their specific requirements and match them with a hotel that suits them. We work with a variety of trusted hotels, each of which has been carefully chosen by our team following a thorough selection process. This means that not only will the accommodation be the perfect fit, but also the choice of neighborhood, amenities and environment. For more information about the range of lodgings we work with, contact a travel adviser and we will be happy to help you find the ideal place to stay for the duration of your trip.

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