After an early breakfast today, you will be met and transferred to the Santiago Airport for your flight to Calama, the gateway to the Atacama Desert, and continue on for a 90 minute scenic drive that will take you to your desert lodge Alto Atacama. On arrival to the lodge you will check in and join the resident guides for a briefing on the area and wide array of activities, over 30, available to you during your stay including carefully devised walks, hikes, biking routes, cultural and heritage tours created with the native population, and exploring the night sky and Solar system via the lodges open air observatory to name a few.
The sheer starkness of the Atacama Desert is one of awe-inspiring beauty. A landmark of the El Norte Grande, this region boasts an incredible landscape of ragged, rocky mountains, hills and ravines that are interspersed by a striking white salt pan and surrounded by towering volcanoes. It is a photographer’s dream destination. As the world’s driest desert, the Atacama lives up to its name, with not a single raindrop recorded in over 150 years. Sitting at an altitude of 3 500 m, the Atacama Desert boasts clear, unpolluted skies that allow for the most incredible, unforgettable stargazing. Amongst the desolate landscapes you will find the quaint town of San Pedro de Atacama, which serves as a gateway to the desert’s main attractions such as such as the Cejar Ponds (which contain more salt than the Dead Sea and will allow you to float with no effort), the Toconao Village, the Valley of the Moon and the Flamingos National Reserve.