Join us on this thrilling exploration of Chile’s famed Atacama Desert. We’ll discover a land built from violent geologic processes that have left a landscape of volcanic and geothermal features, great salt flats, and salty lakes, where indigenous people carve out a living in this unforgiving environment. Nature has provided a vast playground where we will explore the high altiplano together with our expert local guide. On foot, by bicycle, or by car we will find some amazing rock formations, scenic vistas, lunar landscapes, and the unique communities and wildlife that call this place home. Focusing on the lesser-known B Sides of the Atacama catalog, we will venture deep into the heart of the desert in our own tented camp, to experience the silence and incredible night skies that can be found far from civilization. We’ll conclude our trip on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, exploring ghost saltpeter mining towns and ancient geoglyphs.
The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1410. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
You should plan to arrive in Calama before 5:00 p.m. on Day 1. Airlines offer multiple flight options daily between Santiago and Calama. An arrival transfer to San Pedro de Atacama will be arranged by Hotel Desertica to meet your arriving flight. Our tour concludes on Day 8 with a transfer to the Iquique airport for your departure flight.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and walking on uneven terrain. The Atacama Desert sits at an elevation of 7900 feet and some optional excursions take place at high elevations (e.g. Tatio geyser field is over 14,000 feet). Our daily program is flexible to be revised depending on the health and energy of the group.
On this journey, we will be staying in comfortable hotels and a well-equipped luxury tented camp. At Extraordinary Atacama, tents are furnished with real beds and the camp is set up with fully-equipped bathrooms - one for every three tents - with hot water.
Your participation in this trip provides significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Chile, but this may vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Argentina and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
The CDC recommends all travelers be up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Please check these recommendations and discuss them with your doctor.