7 incredible natural wonders to explore in Chile’s Atacama desert

The Atacama desert is one of the world’s best places to see and photograph the night sky.

Atacama Desert Archaeological Excursion

REGION: Northern Chile
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 2 (Easy to Medium)
SUMMARY: Visit Padre Le Paige Museum in San Pedro de Atacama; see the fortress Pukara de Quitor, the site of one of the first conflicts between Spaniards and Indians; visit the 2,000 year old village of Tulor; and see the Church of San Pedro, a National Monument since 1951. Optional lunch.
DURATION: 4-5 hrs.

Tatio Geysers –– Machuca Village

REGION: Northern Chile
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4 (Medium – High)
SUMMARY: Early morning start to reach Geysers del Tatio; enjoy the beauty along with breakfast; visit Pozon Rustico and a swim; stop at Machuca village. Then see San Santiago Church and return to San Pedro.
DURATION: 7 hrs.

Tatio Geysers –— Machuca Village –— Archaelogical Tour

REGION: Northern Chile
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4 (Medium – High)
SUMMARY: Visit Geysers del Tatio with breakfast; take a swim in the thermal waters of Pozon Rustico; stop at the village of Machuca, an ancient settlement of llama herders. After lunch, visit archaeological sites, including Pukara de Quitor and the village of Tulor.
DURATION: 10 hrs.

Atacama — Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)

REGION: Northern Chile
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 1 (Easy)
SUMMARY: Visit the Valley of the Moon, in the middle of the arid salt mountain range, a landscape of salt and clay shaped by water and wind over millions of years.
DURATION: 5 hrs.

Santiago, Atacama Desert, Lakes Region

REGION: Northern, Central and South of Chile(North Patagonia).
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 1 (Easy) to 2 (Medium)
SUMMARY:
Central Valley: Santiago, Viña Undurraga, Casablanca Wine Valley,  Viña del Mar, Valparaiso.
Northern Chile: Calama , San Pedro de Atacama, Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) Atacama Salt Flat Lake , Altiplanic Lagoons, Toconao Village, Tatio Geysers, Machuca Village.
North Patagonia (South Chile): Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Petrohue Watefalls, Peulla village, Llanquihue Lake, Osorno Volcano, Ferry crossing to Chiloé Penguin Colony, Puerto Montt and Markets.
DURATION: 9 full days

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