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Excursions

Travel Details

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

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

The excursion starts with a tour through the Costanera along the beaches, and continues inland to the Azapa Valley. Travelling across olives and tropical fruit plantations, the excursion arrives to the Geoglyphs of Cerro Sombrero and Cerro Sagrado.

Then, the tour proceeds to visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum, with a well preserved pottery and basketry collection, highlighting – above all – the 10,000 year old mummies of the Chinchorro culture. The excursion continues uphill the Morro de Arica, scenery of one of the most important battles during the Guerra del Pacífico (1879-84), with a spectacular view to the city. Finally, the tour goes through the downtown area passing by important buildings such as the Arica – La Paz Railway Station and two works of Gustave Eiffel et Cie.: The Customs and the San Marcos Cathedral, entirely built in metal. Return.

 

Excursions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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