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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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