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Experience the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama and reach new altitudes under the crystal-clear, star-filled sky.

 

Price: Starting from $2,040

Duration: 8 days (October - November)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $2400

Student (15% discount): $2040
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $2860
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $2400

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Santiago
Day 2: Fly to Calama
Day 3: Hike to Rio Grande
Day 4: Hike to Machuca
Day 5: Hike to El Tatio
Day 6: Hike up Cerro Soquete
Day 7: Hike to San Pedro de Atacama
Day 8: Fly back to Santiago

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Chile. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
September 29, 2017October 6, 2017Open
October 13, 2017October 20, 2017Open
October 27, 2017November 3, 2017Open
November 10, 2017November 17, 2017Open
September 28, 2018October 5, 2018Open
October 12, 2018October 19, 2018Open
October 26, 2018November 2, 2018Open
November 9, 2018November 16, 2018Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 1 nights accommodation in Santiago
  • domestic flight (RT) to Calama
  • all accommodations on trek (camping and B&B)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell dinner
  • guide services
  • all ground transportation in Chile

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

ITINERARY

Day 1: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Upon your arrival to Santiago’s international airport, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located within walking distance from La Moneda, Chile’s Presidential Palace. Catch up on some much needed sleep and settle into Chile’s capital city.

Inclusions: Private transfer from airport; accommodations

Day 2: Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama (7,897ft/2407m). The adventure begins! Fly to Calama and then on to the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. Drop your gear at the lodge in town and head out to explore Valle de la Luna and its unique rock formations. Return to the lodge for dinner and a private star gazing trip with one of San Pedro’s astronomical experts.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transfer; domestic flight; accommodations

Total distance: 9 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama to Rio Grande (11,991ft/3655m). Depart San Pedro by foot, traveling through the desert river valleys towards the villages of San Bartolo and Rio Grande. Visit the archaeological ruins of Quitor and Katarpe. Camp under the stars in the walled courtyard of a centuries-old Catholic church.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Total distance: 15 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 4: Rio Grande to Machuca (11,811ft/3600m). Continue your trek from Rio Grande toward the village of Machuca. Pass through desert valleys and red rock formations of this lunar landscape. Enjoy dinner and camping in Machuca.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Total distance: 8 miles. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking

Day 5: Machuca to El Tatio (14,108ft/4300m). Wake up early and begin the trek to the geysers of El Tatio. Ascend to the hot springs created by the region’s unique geothermic activity. Take a dip and settle into your tent for the night.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Total distance: 14 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 6: El Tatio (14,108ft/4300m). Rise before the sun and begin the ascent of Cerro Soquete. At 17,684ft/5390m, this impressive summit is higher than Everest Base Camp! Take in the views of the Cordillera that marks the Chilean-Bolivian border. Return to camp and celebrate with a hearty dinner and a warm sleeping bag.

Not up for the big climb? No problem–enjoy a rest day as you soak in the hot springs!

Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of optional trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 7: El Tatio to San Pedro de Atacama (7,897ft/2407m). Catch the sunrise on the boiling flats of El Tatio. Feel the heat from the geysers as the sun rises over the Andean horizon. Return by private transfer to San Pedro and enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow expedition members.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Depart San Pedro for the salt flats of Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos. Discover the hidden world of this desert environment full of flamingos, sea monkeys (yes!), and all varieties of flying creatures. Catch a flight back to Santiago International Airport and say your farewells! Airport hotel accommodations available but not included.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); domestic flights; airport transfers

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions for the El Tatio here.

See current weather conditions in Santiago here. 

Packing System: This expedition includes bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack each day. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Carried bag weight limit: 22lbs/10kg

Rentals Available: 

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Santiago
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Light gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 30°F rating
  • Pack cover
  • Bathing suit
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
  • Synthetic shorts
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
  • Outlet adapter
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

San Pedro de Atacama is located in Northern Chile. At 7,900ft, it has a dry, high altitude climate. It is essential to stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness upon arrival. Because of its altitude, San Pedro de Atacama stays warm and mild during the day. Summer months stay in the low 70s and winter months typically stay above 60°F during the day. Like all dry, high altitude climates, temperature drop at night. However, in San Pedro de Atacama the winter nights usually stay above 50°F and the summer nights around 60°F. Because San Pedro de Atacama is part of the driest desert in the world, rainfall is seldom. Typically the days are filled with blue skies and sunshine and the nights are clear and ideal for stargazing.

San Pedro de Atacama Weather

Elevation


Atacama Under the Stars Reviews

I would recommend OneSeed because it was a unique experience and off the beaten path.
Love it!! Cant wait to come back to Chile !! :)
Extremly well organized, good accomodations, makes an impact in local communities.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

INSURE YOUR TRIP

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.