The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth. The Atacama is in the country of Chile in South America. In an average year, much of this desert gets less than 1 millimeter (0.04 inch) of rain! That makes it 50 times drier than Death Valley in California. It is hard to survive in the Atacama Desert. Few people, animals, plants, or even microbes live there. But the desert isn’t completely without life. Some people and other living creatures do get by in the Atacama. The Atacama is the driest hot desert in the world. There are some weather stations in the Atacama where there has never been in any rain! Not all deserts are hot.
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Arrival Day: San Pedro de Atacama
Arrival at Santiago´s airport, you will be taken to your selected hotel.
Overnight stay at the selected hotel
San Pedro de Atacama: Excursion Tours
Valle del Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley) and Petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas
Departures for a half-day visit include the petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas, one of the indigenous routes where the pre-Columbian explorers left the imprint of valuable rock information that even in our times, its meaning is still a mystery. This excursion allows appreciating the valuable art developed and discovered close to the cordillera de Domeyko.
The tour of the Valle del Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley) is named after hills of countless colors – red, green, blue, grey, yellow – which account in all its magnitude for the mineral wealth of the area. Return to San Pedro de Atacama. Afternoon free to explore the town and enjoy its gastronomy and handicrafts. Overnight.
Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village
Early in the morning departure from the hotel, to drive along a rough gravel road by which we began to ascend into the Tatio geysers area, located 97 km from San Pedro, at an altitude of 4,300 meters. Arrival at this spectacular sector of the Highlands at approximately 06:45 am. *Normally, at this hour the temperature is below zero. Breakfast and escorted walks by the geothermal field to observe the impressive columns of steam (geyser). Hundreds of pools of boiling water and high peaks are a spectacular view of nature at dawn. Proceed to an area of thermal swimming pools (approx. 40 c° ), for a refreshing bath. Return drive back to San Pedro, through the breathtaking scenery of the Andes mountain range, detouring in route to visit the village of Machuca, a living area of shepherds who still preserve their ancestral traditions.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to airport in Calama for departure flight
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