Central Chile is known for its vibrant, bustling cities, prominent wine country, and rich history. The Atacama is known as the driest desert on Earth, with unmatched and otherworldly natural beauty. On this 7 day tour, experience the best of both worlds! Visit Valparaiso’s port district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, encounter Moon Valley and the Tatio Geysers, go wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley, and more!
Central Chile is known for its vibrant, bustling cities, prominent wine country, and rich history. San Pedo de Atacama is vastly different — nestled in the north, in world’s driest desert, and surrounded by singular and unmatched natural beauty. On this 7 day tour, travel Chile from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama, and experience the best of both worlds. Visit Valparaiso’s port district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, encounter Moon Valley and the Tatio Geysers, go wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley, and more
DAY 1: Explore Santiago
Note: This tour will take place on either the first or last day, depending on flight arrival time.
Welcome to Chile’s capital! A van will be waiting for you at the airport to your hotel. After you drop off your bags, you’ll have a chance to relax and unwind before a 2:00 pm city tour of Santiago. Explore the political center of the city, the vibrant Plaza de Armas, Bellas Artes arts district, and more, and ride a cable car to the top of picturesque San Cristóbal Hill for an unbeatable view of the city from above.
After your tour, enjoy dinner (included) and a drink at one of bohemian Bellavista’s traditional restaurants. End the evening relaxing at the hotel or enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife as you choose. Finally, you’ll be taken back to your accommodation.
DAY 2: Taste and Tour in Casablanca and Valparaiso
Today, you’ll be picked up from your hotel at around 9:00 am and begin your journey toward Valparaiso — about a 2-hour drive away. On the way, you’ll make a stop in the world-renowned Casablanca Wine Country, where you’ll take a tasting tour at Emiliana Organic Vineyard.
After enjoying a tour of the winery, and a few outstanding reds, you’ll continue onward to the eclectic, bohemian city of Valparaiso famous for its amazing street art, historic port, and colorful hillsides overlooking the bay. Upon your arrival, you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage port district on foot, and stop at local historic “hot spots” including Plazas Sotomayor and Anibal Pinto, as well as Alegre and Concepcion Hills. You’ll also get the chance to experience highly unique local public transport system — outdoor funicular elevators and the trolleybus, both national historic monuments dating back to the 19th century.
After visiting various streets, viewpoints, and churches, you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch in the city before returning to Santiago. You’ll arrive back at the hotel at around 18:00 pm.
DAY 3: Hike in Maipo Valley
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you’ll leave Santiago at around 7:30 am for your journey to the Maipo Valley — a stunning canyon located in the Andes just 45 minutes outside of the city. In the park, you’ll encounter stunning landscapes and abundant native flora and fauna. Your guide will teach you about the history of the valley and the millennia-old geomorphology that shaped (and continue to change!) the outstanding landscape.
From Maipo Valley, you’ll continue to the Yeso Dam, an important freshwater reservoir famous for its turquoise waters. Here, you’ll adventure on a short hike where you can admire the views and snap some panoramas. Along the shores of the reservoir, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch to include locally-sourced produce. Once you’ve finished your picnic, you will begin your return journey, making one last stop to sample traditional, local empanadas in the Maipo Valley.
DAY 4: Travel from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama
Today, you’ll wake up early and transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama. Upon your arrival in the city’s northern region, a van will take you to your hotel in the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama (~1 hour).
As you cross the Atacama Desert, you’ll notice wind-sculpted salt and rock formations, gold and burgundy hills that change color as the sun sets, and the rising Andes and Domeyko mountains under clear blue skies.
Upon arrival to San Pedro, you can drop your bags off at the hotel and take the evening to explore, enjoy local music, and relax. After sunset, be sure to look up and marvel at the stunning, star-filled night sky above you.
DAY 5: Explore the Atacama Desert
Please Note: Itinerary may vary according to weather and road conditions, however, we will try to make your guided tour as comfortable and timely as possible.
After breakfast, you will set out on an excursion to Chaxa Lagoon, located in the Atacama Salar in the National “Los Flamencos” Reserve. Here, you’ll get an up close look at the desert’s surprising bird life, as bright pink flamingos search for lunch in the salty water.
Afterward, you’ll stop in the humble hillside village of Socaire. After lunch, you’ll continue towards the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, located at nearly 14,000 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level!, and surrounded by imposing volcanoes. At these picturesque lagoons, you can observe local wildlife like flamingos, foxes, and alpaca-like vicuñas.
To end the day, you’ll visit the small oasis town of Toconao. After experiencing the vast and powerful dryness of the Atacama desert, you’ll be fascinated by how native fruits and vegetables can thrive and grow in this tiny microclimate. Visit a local church and national monument, and shop for local artisanal goods. You’ll head back to your hotel around 18:00 pm.
DAY 6: Marvel at the Desert’s Natural Wonders
Today, you’ll begin your day early with a visit the Tatio Geysers. Your guide will pick you up for at about 4:30 am, so that you can experience the bubbling, steaming geysers when they’re most active. You’ll have a complimentary breakfast provided to you on-site, so you can wake up with a hot coffee and a singular view of early morning light shining on the boiling, steaming geyser field.
Upon your return to San Pedro, you’ll make a stop at the village of Machuca, where locals carry on a generations-old tradition of breeding and herding llamas and collect wild Llareta flower.
After lunch, you’ll travel to Moon Valley, a national reserve named for the barren, otherworldly, and hauntingly beautiful landscape of craters and wind-formed rock formations. Here, you’ll witness one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, and enjoy a picnic of cheese and wine to celebrate the day. witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet with a tasting cheese & wine, we return to the hotel.
DAY 7: Say Goodbye to San Pedro de Atacama
Today, your itinerary will depend upon your flight departure times. You may have time to explore the Le Paige Archaeological Museum, trek to surrounding dunes, or partake other cultural and natural experiences in the region. At a pre-organized time, your driver will transfer you from your hotel to the Calama Airport for your return flight to Santiago.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.