• Excursions – Andes
  • Excursions – Andes
  • Excursions – Andes
  • Excursions – Andes
  • Excursions – Andes
  • Excursions – Andes
  • Excursions – Andes

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LA SERENA Half-Day Departures: Departures
Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Craft shops.
  • Admission ticket to museum.

The excursion starts touring the elegant avenues of La Serena, like Av. Francisco de Aguirre, whose central section is occupied by a large garden of trees and marble sculptures. During this tour through La Serena, the second oldest city of Chile, it may be observed some of its 29 colonial churches, standing out the church of San Francisco, built in stone during the 17th century. Highlight is to visit the Archaeological Museum, with a refined collection of the Diaguita culture, La Recova Market, with a wide array of handicrafts, musical instruments, weaving, and fruits grown in the Elqui Valley. The excursion continues to the viewpoint of the University of La Serena with a panoramic view of the city, Coquimbo harbor, and the port. Then, it passes by the lighthouse, official symbol of the city, and continues by the beaches of the coastline along Avenida del Mar to the port of Coquimbo, touring through its narrow streets. The excursion concludes at La Herradura bay. Return.
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LA SERENA Half-Day Departures: Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transport (car or minibus).
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission ticket to observatory.

A dozen observatories are found in the outskirts of La Serena, but Mamalluca astronomical observatory is one of the few, which may be visited with prior reservation. At sunset, the journey starts traveling inland the Elqui valley to the observatory. At this place, a briefing about astronomy is offered together with a slide exhibition. Furthermore, join a night observation of the stars, planets and galaxies with a 12 inch telescope. Return.
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LA SERENA Full-Day Departures: Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to museums.
  • Lunch.

The tour starts ascending to the green valleys and cultivated fields along the Elqui river banks. During the journey, fascinating villages may be seen: Algarrobito, surrounded by ancient olives and a beautiful church, Altovalsol and El Molle, site in which pre-hispanic archaeological remains were found, later called the Molle Culture. The excursion continues across cultivated valleys with custard apple trees, papaw trees, Lúcuma, and olives. From the road, a glimpse of El Tololo, an important astronomical observatory. Arrival to Vicuña, small city of the 19th century, where the great Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral was born (Literature Nobel Prize 1945). At this place, visit the museum erected in her honor. Continue to one of the Pisco distillery plants, to know about the entire elaboration process of this traditional liquor. Then, the road runs inland among green valleys crowned by large mountains, to Montegrande, small village with the tomb of Gabriela Mistral. Lunch in Pisco Elqui. Return.
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LA SERENA Half-Day Departures: Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites.

Depart from La Serena southward, passing by the beach resorts of La Herradura, Las Tacas, Morrillos and Guanaqueros. Arrival to Valle del Encanto, an archaeological site of the Molle culture (about 700 A.D.), with the most stunning petroglyphs of the region. At this place, more than 30 petroglyphs may be seen representing serpents, fish, symbols of the sun, and human heads with crowns. In addition to this site, there are many “piedras tacitas”, stones with grinding hollows, probably used to place food for magic religious rituals. Return.
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LA SERENA Full-Day Departures: Daily, except Monday, year-round, subject to the weather conditions
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Regular motorboat ride service to the island
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Admission tickets to protected wilderness areas.

The excursion starts leaving to the Punta Choros cove, 120 Km. to the north of La Serena. The islands Gaviota, Chañaral and Damas encompass the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, in which a wide array of fauna exists, standing out the Humboldt Penguins that nest in these islands. Moreover, there is also a sea lion colony, Chungungos (otters), Magellan penguins and bottled – nosed dolphins. During the summer, it is possible to observe, Magellan Dolphins called “Toninas”, albatross, and cormorans, and sometimes, marine turtles and whales. At this place, a navigation is made on motorboat for observing these animals in their natural habitat. Return.
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SANTIAGO Half-Day Departures:Tuesday to Sunday, year-round
Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to museum.

The excursion starts touring the major avenues of the Civic Quarter of the city of Santiago. Highlight is the Moneda Palace, a large neoclassical building of the 18th century. The tour continues with a visit of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, considered one of the best in its field in the world. The museum displays more than 1,500 pottery and textiles pieces from the cultures: Inca, Maya, and Azteca. The excursion proceeds along the traditional Plaza de Armas (Main Square) surrounded by important buildings such as: the Cathedral of the 18th century, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. The tour includes a visit at the Central Market, and continues by the Forestal Park going uphill the Santa Lucía Hill, site of the foundation of the city in 1541. The tour passes by the Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins and Avenida República, concluding at
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SANTIAGO Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission ticket to museums. (minimum 3 passengers to operate the tour) Daily, except Mondays.

Depart from the hotel. The ride starts visiting the San Francisco Church, and the Colonial Museum, famous for its religious art. Afterwards, the tour passes in front of the Municipal Theatre and continues to visit the Fine Arts Museum, with one of the best collections of Chilean paintings. Then, it proceeds to the Bellavista Quarter, area of restaurants and art galleries. At this place, take the funicular going uphill the Cerro San Cristóbal, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The excursion concludes with a visit to the Ralli Foundation Museum, which has a remarkable contemporary art collection. At the end of the tour, a visit to a refined lapislazuli handicraft and jewelry store.
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SANTIAGO Full-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Horseback ride or guided trekking by experts.
  • Lunch.

Depart from Santiago toward the sector of Cajón del Maipo, to the farm “El Ingenio”. The available options offered are: a soft walk or horseback ride for about 2 hours. This excursion allows to enjoy the contact with nature and the stately Andes mountain range. During this excursion, it passes across an extended plateau that rises at 1,800 meters above sea level amid high summits. At this place, allows to enjoy a panoramic view of Cajón del Maipo. Then, continue skirting a mountain stream to the sector called “Baños Cleopatra”, site of natural wells formed in eroded rocks from ancient times. Return to the “Lodge El Ingenio” for lunch. Return to Santiago.
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SANTIAGO Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Spanish / English speaking guide.
  • Wine tasting.

Depart from the hotel heading southward to the area of Cajón del Maipo. The tour passes by the mountain villages of Las Vertientes and Pirque. Then, it continues to the well known Viña Concha y Toro or Cousiño Macul, for a guided visit with experts, and concludes with a wine tasting of some of their excellent wines. When returning, the ride passes by a kiosk allowing to eat a turnover (empanada), typical Chilean cuisine (not included). At the end of the tour, it visits the store El Mundo del Vino.
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SANTIAGO Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Admission tickets to national park or protected wilderness areas.

After having traveled for about 1½ hour, the tour arrives at La Campana National Park, starting a walking tour along its trails. This park was visited by Charles Darwin in 1836. It preserves an important botanical heritage, standing out the Ocoa Palm Grove, a remarkable Chilean palm tree forest. For this reason, it was declared World Biosphere Reservation by UNESCO in 1985. Return.
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SANTIAGO Full-Day Departures:Daily, except Mondays, year-round / Minimum 3 passengers to operate
Travel Details

  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission ticket to house-museum.

Depart from the hotel to the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The tour passes by the picturesque beach resorts of Cartagena and Las Cruces, before arriving to the beach resort of Isla Negra, the favorite place of the poet Pablo Neruda. In this house-museum, enjoy the seashell collection and figureheads the poet gathered during his journey around the world. It is possible to have lunch at this place (not included) before continuing to the picturesque handicraft village of Pomaire, known for its clay handicraft. Once concluded the tour through the village, return to Santiago.
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SANTIAGO Full-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Lunch on a menu basis at Restaurant El Estribo.

Depart to Valle de Casablanca. The excursion aims to get into the rooted countryside customs and tradition, highlighting the “rodeo”. On arriving to Lagunillas, a small rural village in the surroundings of Casablanca, the tour visits the Corraleros riding school of Puro Caballo, with its stables, and Huasos showing their horsemanship skills. Lunch at the El Estribo Restaurant, enjoying the Chilean typical cuisine with Empanadas (turnovers), Humitas, Pastel de Choclo, and Paila Marina, among others. Return to Santiago.
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SANTIAGO Full-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Spanish /English speaking guide.
  • Admission ticket to museums.

Depart from the hotel in Santiago, heading to the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Traveling across the valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca, the tour arrives in Valparaíso, declared World Heritage City by UNESCO. Enjoy a panoramic view of the port from the Mirador 21 de Mayo. Afterwards, visit the house-museum of the poet Pablo Neruda (Literature Nobel Prize), and continue to the Prat dock in the port. After the visit, the excursion continues to Viña del Mar. After having lunch (not included) facing the sea, the tour returns to Santiago.
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SANTIAGO Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round Minimum 3 passengers to operate
Travel Details

  • Spanish / English bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to museums.
  • Funicular Ticket.

Depart from the hotel toward the Pacific Ocean. When traveling across the valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca, the tour reaches Valparaíso, declared World Heritage City by UNESCO. The city climbs the hills through alleys, and long staircases. On arriving to the port, get on the elevator and go uphill Cerro Polanco, enjoying an a magnificent view to the city. This afternoon, a tour at the Outdoor Museum visiting the mural exhibitions, some of them painted by renowned Chilean artists, and then visit “La Sebastiana.”, house museum of the poet Pablo Neruda. Stroll downhill along narrow alleys, passing by the Plaza Sotomayor to the Prat dock. Lunch in front of the sea (not included) to enjoy excellent fish and seafood of the region. Return to Santiago in the evening.
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VIÑA DEL MAR Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to parks and museums.
  • Funicular ticket

Depart from the hotel in Viña del Mar touring along the major streets of this city. The city tour passes by the Quinta Vergara and the Fonck Museum and continues along the coastal road to the beach resort of Reñaca. At the sector of “Roca de los Lobos”, a sea lion colony may be observed. From this location, the ride returns to Viña del Mar, passing by Av. Perú and in front of the Casino Viña del Mar. Then, it proceeds to Valparaíso, declared World Heritage City by UNESCO. In Valparaíso, a tour along its picturesque streets and hills with their peculiar buildings, which have been source of inspiration for poets and artists. If they wish, passengers may have a ride on the funicular Artillería, built in the year 1898. This ride allows to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city. Afterwards, the tour continues along the crooked alleys of the city to visit La Sebastiana, house-museum of the poet Pablo Neruda. Return to the hotel.
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VIÑA DEL MAR Half-Day Departures:Friday, year-round
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Dinner on a menu basis at a typical restaurant.
  • Funicular ticket.

Leave from Viña del Mar to the port of Valparaíso. In Valparaíso, a navigation on motorboat starts, sailing through the harbor and enjoying a toast on board with view to the city at sunset. Return to the dock. The excursion continues with a tour along the main avenues of the city, until reaching the Ascensor Artillería. Take this unique transportation uphill for an unforgettable panoramic view of the illuminated city. The excursion arrives at a typical restaurant of this city for dinner. Return to the hotel.
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VIÑA DEL MAR Half-Day Departures:Tuesday, year-round, subject to weather conditions
Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.

The excursion begins in Viña del Mar in the morning, touring the coastal road from Viña del Mar to Con Cón. It passes by the beach resort of Reñaca and in front of Lilenes dunes, to “Caleta Higuerillas”. In this fishermen’s cove, go on board a motorboat sailing to Los Pájaros Islet and Roca de los Lobos, sites with a rich variety of marine fauna. It may be observed different species of Pelicans, Penguins, Cormorants and Sea Lions among others. The possibility of going ashore to take some photos depend on weather conditions. Return to the hotel.
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SANTIAGO Full-Day Departures: Daily, except Monday, year-round Minimum 2 passengers to operate
Travel Details

  • Spanish / English speaking bilingual guide.
  • Lunch on a menu basis.
  • Wine tasting in two wineries.
  • Admission tickets to museum.

This morning, depart from the hotel in Santiago to the south. En route, visit San Fernando. Arrival in Santa Cruz. Then, visit two selected wineries among the most important of the region with wine tasting. Lunch will be served in one of the wineries or at a typical restaurant. The excursion resumes with a visit to the Colchagua Museum, one of the best of the country, with a remarkable collection on history, anthropology and natural sciences. Return to Santiago in the evening.
Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Transportation on regular basis.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Lunch.
  • Admission ticket to national park or protected wilderness areas and archaeological sites.

ARICA Half-Day -- Departures: Daily, year-round

The excursion travels along the international road that connects Chile with Bolivia. The tour passes by Poconchile, a former Inca settlement with an outstanding church of the 17th century. A stop at the Pucara de Copaquilla, an ancient stronghold of the 12th century, perched in front of deep cliffs. The tour continues uphill to the Lauca National Park, declared World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, habitat for Llamas, Vicuñas, and Vizcachas. Nestled in this park are the beautiful Cotacotani green emerald lagoons and the lake Chungará at 4,600 meters above sea level. On the way back, a stop in the Spanish village of Parinacota, to buy some handicraft made by the Aymara community and admire the colonial church built with adobe in the 17th century. The tour continues to Putre. Lunch. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Private transportation (car or minibus).
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to museums.

ARICA Half-Day -- Departures: Daily, year-round

This tour through Iquique allows to enjoy the splendour past, produced by the wealth of the nitrate exploitation during the 19th century. The excursion begins with a tour along the beaches and avenues of the southern area of the city, arriving at the historical quarter. The Baquedano Avenue, noted for its wood Georgian style constructions at the turn of the 19th century, is visited. Highlights include the Astoreca Palace and the Casa de la Cultura with a small anthropological museum, which exhibits a comprehensive marine shell collection. The excursion proceeds to Plaza Prat, with the Clock Tower built in 1877, and the surrounding remarkable buildings such as the neoclassical Municipal Theater and the Centro Español of moorish style. The tour continues to the Unknown Sailor Monument, raised in honor of the deceased during the Guerra del Pacífico at the end of the 19th century. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites, museums and ruins

IQUIQUE Full-Day

The excursion leaves to visit the ruins of Humberstone, one of the most important saltpeter work ever built during the boom age of the nitrate, and declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The excursion proceeds northward to the small village of Huara, and continues through secondary roads, passing by ruins of many abandoned small saltpeter works such as the Oficina Valparaíso, Primitiva and Agua Santa. Then, the tour continues to Pisagua, a port of great importance during the nitrate age with its Victorian style constructions. Most of them have been declared National Monument for their heritage and architectonic value. On the way back, it may be observed the Tiliviche geoglyphs. Before arriving to Iquique, the excursion heads to visit the archaeological site of the Gigante de Atacama. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites and hot springs.

IQUIQUE Full-Day ------- Departures: Daily, year-round, subject to the weather conditions

The excursion departs to the abandoned saltpeter works of Humberstone and Santa Laura, dumb witnesses of the splendor and fall of the “Nitrate Golden Age”. The trip continues to the archaeological site in which lies the most important geoglyph of northern Chile: el Gigante de Atacama, an anthropomorphic shape measuring 86 meters high, made around 900 B.C. After the visit, the excursion proceeds to the Chilean high plateau, stopping en route at the rustic Chusmisa hot springs. Then, it continues to Colchane, a picturesque pre-Columbian village of the high plateau at 3.730 meters above sea level and quite close to the border with Bolivia. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Private transportation (car or minibus).
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites, museums and ruins.

IQUIQUE Full-Day ------- Departures: Daily, year-round

The tour leaves to visit the ghost town and ruins of Humberstone, declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Then, it continues across the desert to the archaeological site of the Pintados Geoglyphs, a spectacular pre-Columbian art expression scattered on the hillslope, depicting more than 400 representations of men, animals, birds, and abstract shapes. Afterwards, the trip continues to the oasis of Matilla. At this place, visit the colonial church, the “Lagar de Matilla”(a winery of the 18th century, now turned into a museum) and in Pica, the church.

After lunch, there is time for a bath in a thermal watershed. Return to Iquique passing by La Tirana, where a religious celebration with mixed elements of both the Catholic faith and the Andean tradition, is held every July. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites and museums.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day- Departures: Daily, year-round

The expedition starts touring along the narrow alleys of San Pedro de Atacama, cradle of the Atacameña culture. A highlight is the church of the 17th century. It visits the Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, world-famous for its interesting collections of mummies, pre-Columbian pottery sample, and a unique set of Rape Tablets probably used to inhale hallucinogenic substances. Then, the excursion continues to visit the Pucara de Quitor, a 12th century fortress nestled on a hill above the San Pedro river. Afterwards, it proceeds to Tulor, built in clay and buried by the sand of the desert. It has been estimated Tulor dates around 2,800 years ago. Return.
Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to protected wilderness areas.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day- Departures: Daily, year-round

The excursion leaves for the Valle de la Luna, one of the most attractive places in northern Chile. The salts and carbonates of the subsoil and the erosion caused by the wind have created an extraordinary and beautiful landscape and are responsible for the interesting formations found in the area. In the Valle de la Luna, sunset is an unforgettable experience. At dusk, the view to the eroded mountains and the Andes mountain range unfolds an exhibition of colors. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to national park or protected wilderness areas

 

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day- Departures: Daily, year-round

A moderate trekking through the Cordillera de la Sal allows the personal contact with the desert. The excursion begins in the area of Valle de la Muerte, starting a walk through surprising geological formations. Highlight is crossing an area of some salt caverns with crystallized or melted salt. The trekking goes through trails, finding different sedimentary layers, standing out the presence of crystallized gypsum due to the dryness of the site. Return.

 

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites and protected wilderness areas.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day- Departures: Daily, year-round

In the Atacama Salt Flat there are three lagoons, called Sejar. They are turquoise water lagoons of great scenic beauty with a high concentration of salts (between 6 and 7 times more than seawater), which enables to float easily. The crystal salts alongside the lagoon are hard. Therefore, it is necessary to wear sandals when dipping into water. It is not recommended to take a bath if one has a skin injury because of the irritation caused by the high salt concentration. Taking a bath in this kind of waters is an incredible experience.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to national parks and protected wilderness areas.
  • Breakfast.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Full-Day Departures:Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, year-round

Early depart to the high plateau. The tour goes uphill 4,500 meters above sea level, to the El Tatio geysers, an amazing geothermal field surrounded by volcanoes. Only at dawn and under the first rays of the sun, it is possible to enjoy the fumaroles. On this site, a guided walk is made to observe this natural phenomenon, and getting closer to the craters of the geysers. Breakfast on site. When returning, the stately view of the Tocorpuri and Sairecabur is unfolded. The typical landscape of the Chilean Altiplano, enables the observation of the native fauna found in the wetland 4,000 meters above sea level including foxes, Vizcachas, Llamas etc. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round

Depart to the south of San Pedro de Atacama to visit the so called “Ayllus” de Coyo and the village of Beter. Ayllu means oasis in Kunza, the ancient language of the atacameña culture. Since ancient times, the Ayllus gathered different atacameña communities, whose descendants still preserve the same systems of life, organizing their work around the land, inherited from their ancestors. After visiting Coyo, one of the most distant Ayllus from the town, the tour arrives to Beter, an old village founded by the spaniards.

The peculiarity of the ruins in Beter, is that they are partially buried by the sand. At this place, sunset is waited for enjoying the spectacular colors of the Andes mountain range. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites and protected wilderness areas.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day Departures:Daily, year-round

Depart from San Pedro de Atacama toward Cordillera de la Sal, starting a trekking to Valle de Marte, also known as the Valle de la Muerte. One of its major attractions are the odd rocky formations and the surrounding gorges. The excursion continues through the chasm produced by the San Pedro river, passing through a narrow sector with high cliffs, called Garganta del Diablo. It concludes going by the Ayllu de Tambillo, to Tambo de Catarpe, a place in which the ruins of an ancient Inca administrative center are found. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Full-Day Departures:Saturday, yearround

Morning departure to the Meñique and Miscanti lagoons on the Altiplano. These lagoons have been originated by underground water and are the shelter for a wide range of wild fauna. Highlights are the pink Andean flamingoes reflecting over the lagoons with their color that contrasts against the snowed surrounding hill slopes.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Full-Day Departures:Friday, year-round

Depart from San Pedro de Atacama, heading to the southeast to the Tara Salt Flat, one of the wildest and without question the most beautiful places found in the region. This ecosystem has remained untouched. The Centinelas de la Pakana corresponds to a set of impressive rocky structures, evidence of violent volcanic events occurred in the Tertiary period. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day Departures: Tuesday, year-round

The Verde lagoon is found in Bolivia, quite close to the border, and only 65 km away from San Pedro de Atacama. It is a beautiful Andean lake, of emerald green colour, due to the high magnesium concentration of its waters. The lagoon, with a surface of 17 km2, reflects the Licancabur volcano that rises more than 5,800 meters above sea level. This place, of magical beauty, was considered sacred by the pre-Columbian inhabitants. Return.

 

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Private transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Half-Day Departures: Daily, year-round

Depart from San Pedro de Atacama to the northeast. Crossing the Llano de la Paciencia goes uphill the Cordillera de Domeyko. A detour through a secondary road leads to the archaeological site to observe a large amount of petroglyphs, with zoomorphic and anthropomorphic representations of outstanding beauty. It is easy the recognition of human images and camels, out of which stand the “Yatiris”, primitive healers of great religious and social significance. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Admission tickets to archaeological sites, museums and ruins.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Full-Day Departures: Wednesday, year-round

The excursion leaves for Caspana, a village with white adobe and thatched roof houses in a fertile oasis at 2,900 meter above sea level. The inhabitants of the village, heirs of ancient traditions, still cultivate their flowers and vegetables using the ancient cropping terrace technique of the region. The tour continues to the village of Chiu Chiu, known for its imposing 17th century church, which is one of the oldest in the region. From there a walk through the Loa river gorge allows the observation of the rock art etching on the cliffs above the riverbank. Finally, it visits the Pucara de Lasana, pre-Columbian fortress that dates back to the 12th century. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to museums and ruins.

ANTOFAGASTA Half-Day Departures: Daily, year-round

The excursion starts touring the avenue along the ocean and the beaches. The tour proceeds to visit the Historical Quarter, including among other attractions, the ancient Nitrate Dock, the Maritime Authority Building, Customs, and the Railway Station. Most of them date back to the 19th century which were built during the booming age of the nitrate, and have been declared National Monument for their heritage and architectonic value. The excursion continues visiting the Regional Museum of Antofagasta, Paseo Colón, Plaza Sotomayor and the imposing Huanchaca Ruins, remains of an old silver foundry. The tour concludes with a visit to the Natural Jurasic Monument of La Portada, an outstanding beautiful natural arch nestled on the cliff area with direct exposure to the action of the sea. Return.

 

Excursions – Andes

Travel Details

  • Regular transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Admission tickets to museums and ruins.

ANTOFAGASTA Half-Day Departures: Daily, year-round

The excursion starts leaving toward the northeast of the city, to visit the landmark of Capricorn, signaling the geographical location which corresponds to the parallel of the Tropic of Capricorn. Traveling along this route, abandoned saltpeter works are observed in different stages of conservation. A stop at the Baquedano Railway Station, an old railway station that speaks of the splendor of the railway period in the desert. The trip proceeds with an interesting visit to the Nitrate Plant Chacabuco, which was declared National Monument, for its high historical and heritage value. Finally, a visit to the nitrate plant of Pampa Unión, which faithfully represents the past life in the heart of the desert during the “Epopeya del Salitre”. Return to Antofagasta