Desert & Altiplano8 days / 7 nights
All year round.
Day 1 Arica
(18 – 60 Km / 12 – 38 Miles)
We recommend you to use the afternoon to visit the Valle de Azapa (Azapa Valley) with its interesting archaeological museum.
Day 2 Arica – Putre
(140 Km / 87 Miles)
Head for the Pacific coast towards the village of Putre, located on the Andean altiplano. Bear in mind that you will drive up to an altitude of 3.500m.
Day 3 Putre – Parque Nacional Lauca (Lauca National Park) – Arica
(220 Km / 138 Miles)
We recommend you to use the morning to discover the beautiful Lago Chungará (Chungara Lake), at over 4,000m high, the center of a UNESCO Biospehre Reserve. In the late afternoon it is time to drive back from the Andes to the Pacific coast.
Day 4 Arica – Iquique
(316 Km / 196 Miles)
Drive through the desert marked with green canyons coming down from the Andes towards the coast.
Day 5 Iquique– San Pedro De Atacama
(510 Km / 316 Miles)
Drive along the coast to Tocopilla and from there through the desert to San Pedro de Atacama passing by Calama.
Day 6 & Day 7 San Pedro De Atacama
It is good idea to use two days to discover the magnificent surroundings. If you would like to go to the El Tatio Geysers we recommend you a guided excursion as the route is difficult to find. All the other attractions can be easily reached on your own.
Day 8 San Pedro De Atacama – Calama
(100 Km / 62 Miles)
End of tour
Northern Chile Routes
Northern Chile Attractions
Putre & Lauca national parkPutre means “murmur of the water” due to its abundance of water.
Between the mountains and the high plateau, Putre is situated at an altitude of 3.500 m and is the vantage point for excursion into the national park Lauca and the national reserve Vicuña, where you will find 80% of the Chilean fauna in an astonishing natural surrounding. The national park Lauca is a biosphere reserve of the UNESCO with more than 130 different species such as Vicuñas, Vizachas und Condors.
Salar de TaraHere you can explore the Centinales de Pakana, a formation of rocky pillow-like structures that
At the Quepaico River you will be able to see large herds of Lamas and Vicuñas, drinking its salty waters.
The Monjes de Pacana is another geological curiosity: Huge hills that are dispersed among the plain.
Tatio GeysersThe geysers constitute a geothermic field of volcanic origins, where water and vapor are violently expulsed from the earth.
This is definitely a spectacle not to be missed. There are naturally formed thermal pools near the geysers where you may bathe.
Los pueblos del altiplano de AtacamaGet to know Chiu-Chiu, a place situated 30 km from Calama. It is a little village founded by the
About 84 km from Calama you will find Caspana, which is surrounded by a fertile valley made from terraced cultivated areas. This village also stands out due to its architecture of pumice and adobe roofs. It is populated by a powerfully organized society that lives off the flower and vegetable production for the market in Calama.
Socaire is located about 90 km from San Pedro de Atacama. With is Spanish background is it much more than just a village, it is a sequence of terraced cultivated areas on a broad slope, which use the inclination of this area. Here you will find beautiful houses made of stone and in the rear part of the village a small church watches over the place, and sports a stone tower with is sung to every year on August 24 (Fiesta San Bartolomé).
Salar de AtacamaA plateau made up of smaller salt lakes whose waters vary from blues, turquoises, pinks and greys, and surrounded by
The Chaxa Lake is where flamingoes eat the food that gives them their distinctive pink color.