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Chile Desert & Island Discovery

A unique safari through Chile's outstanding Atacama Desert, then onto the beautiful Easter Island before exploring the city of Santiago.

Duration 10 days
Price From $7,243
When Jan - Mar
Destination Chile

Safari Overview

Explore Chile over nine nights starting the bustling city of Santiago before moving on to the outstanding natural phenomenon that is the Atacama Desert. Here you will explore the Atacama Salt Flats and the Chaxa Lagoon, as well as dramatic geysers and natural hot pools. Moving on to Easter Island, experience relaxed island life and explore through a variety of different excursions, the perfect way to chill out.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Combines the impressive Atacama Desert with unique Easter Island.
  • Explore Valle de Luna (Moon Valley) and Valle de Muerte (Death Valley).
  • Witness amazing flamingo lined lakes and huge geysers.
  • Discover the mysterious cultures and legends that surround Easter Island.
  • Explore lava tunnels and snorkel in crystal clear waters.

An extraordinary safari taking you all the way from the unique Atacama Desert, to the remote Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Santiago

Arrive at Santiago Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure for you to settle-in gently after your long flight.

Overnight: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Day 2

Santiago - San Pedro de Atacama

This morning you take a flight from Santiago to Calama in Northern Chile where you will transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis town in the Atacama Desert. On route, you are presented with the stunning scenery of the Salt Mountain Range and the Licancabur Volcano in the background. In the afternoon, visit the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) so called because of its similarity to the moon's surface, and the Valley de la Muerte (Death Valley), another astonishing natural formation carved out by wind, rain, and the temperature changes of the desert. End the day with a spectacular sunset.

Overnight: Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa B, L, D

Day 3

San Pedro de Atacama

Travel to the awe-inspiring natural wonder of the Atacama Salt Flats, making a stop at Toconao, a colonial town built entirely from a volcanic rock called Liparita along the way. The Salt Flats are located in Los Flamencos National Reserve, and home to three types of flamingos among other migratory birds. A visit to Chaxa lagoon to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat makes for incredible photography with breath-taking backdrops.

Overnight: Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa B, L, D

Day 4

San Pedro de Atacama

After a very early start, travel to the dramatic Tatio Geysers. They are found at an altitude of 4300 metres (14,190 ft). There are more than 80 vents, that rise into pillars of steam that rise up to heights of 12 metres (40 ff), and dance in the golden rays of the early morning. Surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes and this remarkable geothermal show, breakfast is served whilst you watch. On the way back to the village, there is a brief stop in the hamlet of Machuca, and there is the opportunity to spot families of viscachas and if you are lucky, foxes and Andean ostrich.

Overnight: Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa B, L, D

Day 5

San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago

This morning is a relaxing morning as you head to the natural hot springs at Puritama. In a land where water is scarce, this is a truly enlightening experience. Hidden at the bottom of a steep-sided gorge, surrounded by vegetation, the River Puritama has eight natural pools, with water which has an average temperature of 33C at an altitude of 3500 metres (11,482 feet). Return to the hotel before transferring to Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Overnight: Lastarria Boutique Hotel B, L, D

Day 6

Santiago - Easter Island

Transfer to the airport for you morning flight to Easter Island. On arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport in traditional Rapa Nui style with flower necklaces and taken to your stunning hotel. The afternoon is free for you to relax after your journey or head out to explore the island.

Overnight: Explora Rapa Nui B, L, D

Days 7-8

Easter Island

Spend the next two days discovering this incredible and mysterious island through a wide range of activities included in your stay. Head along the Moai Route to admire the mystery of the famous statues, visit Ahu Akahanga, the burial site of the first king of the island, and the Rano Raraku Volcano. You may want to go trekking or bike riding in search of the beautiful natural landscapes that populate the island; explore the maze of lava tunnels or find secret white sand beaches and snorkel in crystal clear blue waters. Although Rapa Nui is a tiny island you will never be short of something to do.

Overnight: Explora Rapa Nui B, L, D

Day 9

Easter Island - Santiago

Today you head out for one last morning exploration before you are taken to the airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago. Met on arrival at the airport, you are taken to your hotel for one final night before your flight home the next day.

Overnight: Lastarria Boutique Hotel B

Day 10

Depart Santiago

This morning you will be met and transferred back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Overnight: Lastarria Boutique Hotel B

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This safari is tailor-made and can be redesigned to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget.

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