Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour

Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour

Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour

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From $1,195USD

Difficulty

Guided

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Highlights

Explore the natural and cultural highlights of Northern Chile on the Atacameno Tour

Visit and explore the impressive Moon Valley one of the most notable highlights of the Atacama desert.

Uncover the wondrous landscapes of the Atacama Salt Flats as you learn about the areas unique properties.

Stand in awe of Chile’s Salt Mountains, consisting of folded sedimentary rocks with salt deposits.

Learn about Chile’s Atacameño People as you spend time in a local village taking in their unique way of life.

The 4-Day Guided Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour captures one of Chile’s most spectacular natural landscapes, the Atacama Desert, and blends unique culture experiences along the way.

Starting this Atacameño adventure in Chile’s most northern city, Arica, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of its highlights, taking in plazas, cathedrals and more. Then, it’s off to the Atacama Desert’s famous Moon Valley and the Atacama Salt Flats for a day of majestic adventures. Day 3 whisks you away to the small village of Belén, home to just 140 inhabitants where you’ll get a glimpse into local life in this remote village in Northern Chile.

Experience the natural wonders of Chile and get to know one of its unique populations on this short, but sweet guided Atacameño tour!

Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama

Your cultural experience in Atacameño starts in Arica, Chile’s northernmost city where you’ll be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel in Arica.

Check in and get settled, then enjoy a bite for lunch. In the afternoon, discover the most important sights of the city on a guided tour, including highlights such as Plaza Colon, the Cathedral of San Marcos, the Cultural House and the Fishermen’s Mole. End with an ascent to Mount El Morro, which offers a spectacular panoramic view over the city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Explore Moon Valley and the Atacama Salt Flats

The second day of your Atacameño tour starts with a visit to the impressive Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna). This wondrous valley is located about 18 kilometers west of San Pedro de Atacama and is part of the nature reserve Los Flamencos, which is co-administered by the Atacameño communities.

This dream-like place, one of the most spectacular in the Atacama Desert, owes its name to the unique geological formations that resemble a lunar landscape. Stand in awe as you explore the area and examine the strange sculptures that nature has created from salt and clay.

Following lunch, the tour continues to the northern part of the Atacama Salt Flat. It is the largest salt flat in Chile, created millions of years ago by the upheaval of the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera Domeyko. The octagonal salt crusts in the middle of the world’s driest desert are truly an impressive sight. It is possible to observe three different species of flamingo, which feed on the lakes´ salt brine here.

To finish off this memorable day you’ll visit Laguna Cejar. Here, visitors can float on the water without moving, due to its high salt concentration.

Overnight Location
Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Traditions and Customs of the Atacameño People

Today your time Atacameño tour is dedicated to the traditions of the Atacameño people. The Lama Caravan (walking with llamas) is a truly unique experience that allows reliving this centuries-old way of transport in the desert, while the guide explains about this symbolic Andean animal.

Afterwards you’ll head to the Salt Mountains, the Cordillera de la Sal, an impressive mountain range consisting of folded sedimentary rocks with salt deposits. Here we visit the community of Ayllu Vilama, whose water mill has been used by the villagers for a century. You have the opportunity to help with some community’s daily activities.

A unique cosmic experience awaits you this evening, where community members will introduce you to the world of Andean astronomy. The traditional systems of the Likan Antai use the stars for orientation and the cosmic energies for the regulation of their life energy.

Overnight Location
Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 4 Depart

Today, your Atacameño tour in Chile comes to an end. Following your final breakfast, Chilean style, a transfer will take you back to the airport in Calama to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Meals
Breakfast

Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour Price and Dates

This guided hiking tour in Chile is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price per person depends on the type of rooms chosen.

The prices below are per person:

  • Guided Solo Traveller: $2,725USD per person
  • Guided Group of 2: $1,550USD per person
  • Guided Group of 3: $1,195USD per person
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Accommodation on the Atacameño Tour

This tour is based in family houses or hostels.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Standard rooms are of double occupancy and those willing to have single rooms will need to pay a supplement (on request).

Night 1-2

Atacameño Family House

Find yourself welcomed into the home of Atacameño locals where you’ll witness their way of life and be treated like one of their own.

Hotel Altiplanico in San Pedro de Atacama

Surrounded by surreal landscapes, this upscale hote is the perfect base for exploring San Pedro de Atacama.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Atacameño Tour?

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 3 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all transfers and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary, including airport transfers. Flights are not included.

Also Included

  • Local Spanish-speaking guide and English or German speaking translator
  • All taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • Traditional ceremonies and cultural activities as mentioned in the program

Not included

  • Meals not noted as included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Flights

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour

How hard is the Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are no strenuous activities during the tour, however, you’ll spend numerous hours walking while sightseeing.

Do I need a visa to travel to Chile?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour?

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Calama to start this tour?

Fly into Calama International Airport (CJC). This airport can be reached via direct flight from Santiago.

Is the Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour in English?

Although the guide is Spanish-speaking, you will be accompanied by either an English or German-speaking translator for this tour. Alternatively, you can book this tour with a local Spanish-speaking Aymara guide only.

Where does the Atacameño Cultural Experience Tour end?

The tour ends where it starts, in Calama.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Chile?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Chile?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $1,195USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this Atacameño tour as a 2 / 5. There are no strenuous activities during the tour, however, you’ll spend numerous hours walking while sightseeing.


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