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Tour: SANTIAGO AND SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Tour to Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geyser


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Duration : 8 days / 7 nights
Type / activities : Nature, archaeological and cultural
Price from : US$ 870
Reservation : Minimum 1 month in advance
Tour Season : Every day of the year
Places Visited : Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geyser.

Tour Description

DAY 01: ARRIVAL SANTIAGO
Reception at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, transfer to your Choice hotel.
Lodging.

DAY 02: SANTIAGO: Visit to the city
Justice of Tribunal Breakfast. . We begin our tour through the city’s colonial sector, where the O’Higgins Park and the Club Hipico (Racetrack), through the Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue we will reach the Presidential Palace La Moneda, nearby is the Justice Palace, the Main Square (Plaza de Armas), the old building Post Office, and alongside Mapocho River is the Cultural Center Estacion Mapocho and the Fine Arts Palace Museum at the side of Forest Park. We will leave the city center behind visiting Santa Lucia hill, the foundation site of Santiago city and the picturesque neighborhoods of Paris and Londres, to then access the modern business centers in the neighborhoods of Providencia and El Bosque and the elegant residential and commercial neighborhoods of Vitacura and Las Condes.
Afternoon off.
Lodging.

DAY 03: SANTIAGO- VIÑA DEL MAR AND VALPARAISO - SANTIAGO
Traditional Lift Breakfast. In the morning we will initiate our visit to the City of Valparaiso, picturesque locality rich with an autochthonous architecture, inspiration to artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural patrimony of humanity by UNESCO; this city is located 120 km away from Santiago and in front of the Pacific Ocean.
During the trip we will be able to appreciate the impacting view of the wine-producing Valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca. The tour around the City of Valparaiso begins at the Prat Port, where we can watch the ceaseless activity in the port, standing at the side of the steep mountains through which streets and funiculars climb. The tour continues visiting the city’s most important squares, the Senate Building and lastly a stop at the Vantage Point 21 de Mayo allowing us a view of the city and Valparaiso bay.

Beach of Viña del Mar After that we will visit the neighboring City of Viña del Mar, known as the “Garden City”; on our tour through this traditional beach resort we will be able to appreciate the beautiful residential neighborhoods from the early XX century, the monumental flowers clock, the Presidential Palace and Quinta Vergara with its beautiful gardens and amphitheater, where the popular Viña del Mar´s Song Festival takes place. Following the coastline we will reach the modern beach resort of Reñaca and the rather more traditional Con Con. We will stop on the way for lunch.
After that return to Santiago.
Lodging in Santiago.

DAY 04: SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visit to the Valle de la Luna (Moon valley)
Valley of the Moon Breakfast. Transfer to airport to take flight to Calama.
Arrival in Calama, reception and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, small town located at 98 km from Calama, at the foot of the Andean Mountain range and at the side of the great Atacama Salt Deposit.
In the afternoon we will visit the mythical Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a scenery of curious geological formations dyed in white by the salt, which gives them a moonlike look. On the way we will stop to take pictures of the Salt Mountain range.. In Valle de la Luna we take a hike through different sectors, we visit the salt statues called “Las Tres Marias”, the mine and the cavers of salt, concluding at the huge Central Dune, where we watch the sunset and a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains surrounding San Pedro. Return to your hotel.
Lodging.

DAY 05: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Archaeological tour and Salt Deposit of Atacama
Pukara de Quitor Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the Padre Le Paige Museum and the archaeological ruins located in the surroundings of San Pedro, through which we can appreciate the genesis and development of the Atacama Culture. We will visit the Pucara de Quitor, a fortress built in the XII century of our time, where the local culture stood to face the Spanish conquest. We will visit the ruins of the Village of Tulor, the first cultural remains in the zone dating back 2.800 years. Return to San Pedro through the Ayllu (Incan social and administrative center) of Sequitor.
In the afternoon we will visit Atacama Salt deposit, which is the largest salt deposit in Chile and the second largest in South America, after that of Uyuni (Bolivia).
Church of Toconao On the way we will stop in the Town of Toconao, a traditional town built of liparite rocks, of volcanic origins. On the streets we can appreciate typical handicraft from the zone of Atacama (made of llama wool, alpaca wood, cactus and volcanic rock), besides San Lucas tower (National Monument and symbol of the town). Later we will visit the quarries of liparite rock and Jerez Valley. We continue towards salt deposit, at 2,305 meters above sea level; an endless white, rough mantle of salt, stained by the fine dust of the desert, under which there is a large lake that emerges to the surface in the form of small lagoons that contain an interesting variety of wildlife, with pink flamingoes, one of the three species of these birds who have their habitat in the high mountain range. We will watch the sunset at the side of Chaxa Lagoon to then return to San Pedro de Atacama.
Lodging.

DAY 06: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visit Geysers of Tatio
Geysers del Tatio At dawn (04:00 AM) we will travel towards Tatio Geysers, a spectacular geothermic field located at 4,320 meters above sea level, with cracks that expel thick columns of steam with temperatures reaching up to 85° C. At daybreak, when temperatures drop below zero, the landscape becomes even more amazing and the spurts can reach 7 m of height. The phenomenon is produced by the contact between the cold subterranean river and the magma of Tatio Volcano. Breakfast in the place and the opportunity to take a bath in the thermal Waters pool. After that we will visit Machuca town, located 50 kilometers northeast of San Pedro de Atacama and at a height of 4.000 meters. Its houses made with adobe, as well as its church, which is built with the same traditional material, have been refurbished. This settlement in Atacama bases its economy on pasturing and traditional farming. Return to San Pedro de Atacama at noon.
Afternoon off for optional excursions.
Lodging.

DAY 07: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. At according time transfer to Calama airport to take your returning flight to Santiago City. Reception at Santiago airport and transfer to your hotel.
Lodging.

DAY 08: SANTIAGO: Returning flight
Breakfast. At according time transfer to airport to take your departure fligh.


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Tour Rates

Price per person in US dollars
Prices not valid for residents of Chile


Referential Prices 2008

SERVICES ON REGULAR BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
  Superior Tourist Superior Tourist
Single room 1 932 1 426 1 145
Double room 1 262 1 001 870
Triple room 1 166 - 758

* With the Hotel Atton you have to apply a price supplement from 01/10/08 to 15/12/08 of SGL (USD79) / DBL (USD37) (Please consult)


SERVICES ON PRIVATE BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
  Superior Tourist Superior Tourist
Single room 3 208 2 703 2 421
Double room 1 842 1 575 1 443
Triple room 1 605 - 1 197

* With the Hotel Atton you have to apply a price supplement from 01/10/08 to 15/12/08 of SGL (USD79) / DBL (USD37) (Please consult)



Referential Prices Only. May be modified without previous notice depending on US Dollar exchange rate with local currency.

Note 1: Prices valid until December 15th, 2008
Note 2: These Prices subject to change without previous advice, as in the case of Easter Week, May 1st, Christmas, New Years etc.
Note 3: Prices in Regular Tours based on a minimum of 2 persons, inclusive for the prices based on single supplements.
Note 4: Ask for special rates for groups from 4 persons up that travel together and for a single person travelling alone in a regular tour.


Domestic local flight are not included




Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

City Deluxe Superior Tourist Tourist
Santiago Marriott Santiago 5*
Standard Room
Atton Las Condes 4*
Standard Room
Rio Bidasoa 4*
Standard Room
San Pedro de Atacama La Aldea 3*
Standard Room
Tulor 3*
Standard Room
La Casa de Don Tomas 3*
Standard Room





Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 3 lodging nights in San Pedro de Atacama at chosen hotel with breakfast
  • 4 lodging nights in Santiago at chosen hotel with breakfast
  • Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Santiago and San Pedro
  • Half day regular tour Valle de la Luna, tickets. For Private Tour you visit the Valley of the Moon and Valley of the death.
  • Half day regular archaeological tour San Pedro, tickets
  • Half day regular tour Salt Deposit of Atacama, tickets
  • Regular tour Geysers of Tatio and Machuca, tickets and breakfast. For Private Regular tour Geysers of Tatio and Thermal Waters of Puritama.
  • Tour with bilingual guide Spanish / English
  • Bilingual assistance at your arrival in each destination

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Air tickets.
  • Tips and extras at hotels.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Others not specified in the itinerary.




Additional Tours

Departing Place Tour Name Duration Prices from
 
Santiago Wine Route of Colchagua 1 day
 
Santiago Night Tour with Dinner Show Half a day
 
Santiago Isla Negra and Pomaire 1 day
 
San Pedro Lagoons on the Altiplano 1 day
 
San Pedro Tatio and Towns of the Altiplano 1 day
 
San Pedro Thermal Waters of Puritama Half a day
 




Useful Information

WEATHER
Santiago has a mild weather with Mediterranean hints. In the summer – December through March – the thermometers can reach up to 30º C, while there are intense though short downpours in the winter – June through August –. The annual average is of 14° C. The City of Valparaiso has a subtropical weather, with an average temperature of 20° C.
Temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama present characteristics of a high desert; in the summer (December through February) the temperature during the day is an average of 27° C, reaching peaks of 30° C, while it drops up to 16°C in the night.

WHAT TO PACK
It is necessary to pack all kinds of clothes, since it is very cold in winter mornings in the capital and temperatures can reach highs of 30º C in the summer.
For San Pedro de Atacama you need to pack light clothes, coat, windbreaker, parka, shades and sunscreen.
It is recommendable to bring light cotton clothes, t-shirts, short pants, bathing suit, shades, sunscreen and caps for the scorching hours and jackets, sweaters, gloves, thick socks and other warming items of clothing that will allow you to resist the low temperatures found on the night and high-altitude excursions.

WATER
There is fresh water in almost the entire territory, although it is advisable to drink bottled water in rural areas; more though if you are not used to tap water.
San Pedro de Atacama has a water treatment plant recently inaugurated. However, if you wish to avoid any inconvenience it is recommendable to drink bottled water, especially when visiting places rather afar.

HEALTH
Santiago has an important network of hospitals, clinics and medic posts, most of which have an emergency service.
San Pedro de Atacama has neither hospitals nor clinics, there is just a medic post located in the plaza, which is equipped to deal with basic needs only. Therefore, in case of an emergency you would need to go to the City of Calama, to the Dr. Carlos Cisternas Hospital, located on the avenue with the same name.

CHILEAN GASTRONOMY
Chilean cuisine is very diverse. Among its typical dishes we have: Empanada de Pino (dough stuffed with onion, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (made mainly of corn with meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender potatoes cooked with gourd and corn), Cazuela de Ave o Vacuno (clear soup of chicken or beef with boiled vegetables), besides those typical of each region. Lastly, you can not fail to taste the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert elaborated from a boiled fruit and mote wheat.

Restaurants recommended during your trip:

Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Restaurants in San Pedro de Atacama


IMPORTANT: Enjoy Corporation keeps the right to make changes in the order of the excursions or trips without previous notice due to weather conditions, level of the rivers, arriving and departing hours of planes or buses, or for any other relevant reason, which will ensure and guarantee a better outcome for your trip.







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