Getting in touch with the Atacamenian culture or Lickan Antay will allow you to know the daily activities of the community and a way of life in which elements of an ancient Andean culture are still present. This, in the refulgent beauty of the driest desert in the world. We want to share with you this extraordinary experience of cultural and responsible tourism.
Come and travel with us!
- English speaking Guides
- Hotels. Dunas Hostel or similar (https://hoteldunaschile.com/)
- 3 meals a day and snacks at tours
- Necessary equipment.
- International and domestic flights
- Travel Insurance
- Tips & Extra drinks
Day 1 Moon Valley and Astronomic tour
Transfer : Once you arrive in Calama, go to Transvip offices and take your shared transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour).
Moon Valley : We will head to the Moon Valley and its ravines in a small group, going towards the Salt Mountain Range in the Atacama Desert, the most arid place in the whole world, to see one of the most picturesque points. The names already give you a clue of how is the landscape, ruled by the rock formations shaped by erosion, the salt cloaks over the ground and viewings that make you feel like if you were in another planet.
We will visit its famous rock formations: Las Tres Marías, El Cañón, El Amphitheater, and the Coyote Stone. Finally, we will enjoy the sunset from a natural viewpoint, where you can see how the desert changes its colors, with great volcanoes in the horizon, offering a speechless spectacle.
Astronomic Tour : The Atacama sky is one of the best in the world for stargazing. Local guides will teach you, and a small group, the Andean constellations and occidental stars, and how to understand the cosmos according to the ancient inhabitants of the Andes. Using modern telescopes, they will teach and show you the most amazing objects of the universe. You will be back in your accommodation late at night.
** The excursion depends on clear sky conditions. If it’s not clear in the evening, you will be called to your accommodation. The activity will then be postponed for the next evening if weather conditions are better
Day 2 Rainbow Valley
Hierbas Buenas, Rio Grande & Rainbow Valley: After breakfast, you will be picked up in a private transfer that will take you to Hierbas Buenas (1:30 hours), where you will meet your local guide, Pamela Condori. She will lead you in the visit of old petroglyphs and the magnificent Rainbow Valley, enjoying the multiple colors.
On your way back, you will visit the small village Río Grande. It has been built in a deep ravine. You will walk through its small streets visiting its houses and orchards. We will enjoy a typical lunch prepared by Pamela.
Day 3 Ancestral Caravan
Lickan Antay Experience :
The Atacameños, or Lickan Antay, have inhabited the desert for thousands of years. In all this time, they have learned to live with it and to discover all its secrets. In this excursion, Wildo will show us the history of his family and the economic activities they have developed in the desert. We will learn about corn and alfalfa crops, animal husbandry and other trades typical of an Atacamenian family.
Duration: 3 hours / 1 hour walk
Atacamenian Lunch :
You will enjoy a «fusion» Atacamenian lunch, with preparations based on products traditionally used by the Lickan Antay, such as corn, quinoa, llama or lamb meat and fruits and vegetables produced in the community orchards. After lunch, you will return to the hostel to rest or stay at the restaurant’s gardens.
Ancestral Caravan :
The Ancestral Caravan allows us to relive the beautiful experience of walking with llamas through the Atacama Desert. Sandra and Carlos, our local guides, will tell us about the stories of the desert and the relationship of men with llamas and travel., while we enjoy a beautiful sunset with the colors of the desert.
Duration: 2 hours walk
Day 4 Tatio Geysers geothermal field
Today we will wake up very early, before the sunrise. You will be picked up at your accommodation to head north-east with a small group, climbing the hills and mountains of the Andes, to reach the Tatio Geysers after approximately 1:30 hours of travel. Located about 89 km from San Pedro de Atacama, and 4,230 meters above sea level, this geothermal field consists of more than 80 active Geysers of different magnitudes. In summer the temperature can be -6ºC and in winter -20ºC.
On the way back, you will pass through the village of Machuca.
Return to the hotel.