8 Days Chile The Highlands & The Driest Desert Tour Package from $1040/- (Posted on Jun 30 2011)

8 Days Chile The Highlands & The Driest Desert Tour Package from $1040/-

CHILE – ALTIPLANO – SELFDRIVE FROM THE HIGHLANDS TO THE DRIEST DESERT
8 days / 7 nights – $1040/-

Day 1: Arica – Azapa Valley (25 km/16 mi)
Pick up your car at the airport or the downtown rental office. You can begin your tour exploring the city of Arica and their highlights including notable buildings such as the San Marcos Church or the former Customs Building – now a House of Art- both of them built by the French architect Eiffel or the historical Morro, which was the scene of one of the greatest victories of the Chilean Army during the Pacific War (1879-1883). The Azapa valley is a fertile valley where olives, tomatoes, and tropical fruits are grown. It is famous for its archaeological sites and for the archaeological museum San Miguel de Azapa. The museum collection includes sand-preserved mummies and pre-incan relics dating back to 10.000 BC. Overnight in Arica.

Azapa Valley in Chile

Azapa Valley in Chile

Day 2: Arica – Putre (149 km/92 mi)
Drive up towards the highland village of Putre, located at an altitude of 3500 m/11,483 ft. Entering the Lluta Valley we will see many geoglyphs marking the old Inca Trail from the coast to the highland. In Poconchile you will be able to visit the Church of San Gerónimo, built in 1580 and its immense cemetery. You will continue to Putre, which is dating back to pre-Hispanic times; here you will have time to see the traditional colonial style houses, most of them built with carved stone portals and window frames made in the XVII century. The town is backdropped by Tarapaca volcanic complex (Nevados de Putre). Overnight in Putre. (B)

Day 3: Lauca National Park – Arica (225 km/141 mi)
Discover the captivating beauty of the Lauca National Park with its impressive variety of exotic flora and wildlife such as vicuñas, alpacas, Andean flamingos, as well as other species. In the park you will be able to visit Lake Chungará, the highest lake in the world, and the village of Parinacota with its beautiful church. In The afternoon you will return to Arica. Overnight in Arica. (B)

Day 4: Arica – Iquique (318 km/198 mi)
Drive through the “Pampa“, a dry desert. Various deep canyons intersect this high and dry plain. You will then enter the region around Iquique where the XIX century saltpetre boom left its marks. Overnight in Iquique. (B)

Day 5: Iquique – San Pedro de Atacama (550 km/342 mi)
You will be heading south through the Pampa del Tamarugal before turning east to the famous Atacama Desert. During the whole trip roads will be paved. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (B)

Day 6: Surroundings of San Pedro de Atacama
The museum Padre Le Paige in the centre of town has a collection of over 380,000 exhibits, including mummies discovered in the area. We recommend visiting the Atacama salt lake, the largest of the Chilean salt lakes in the morning or early afternoon (100 km/62 mi) from San Pedro de Atacama, then drive to the Moon Valley. The scenery of the Moon Valley at sunset is impressive and should not be missed. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (B)

Day 7: El Tatio geysers – Puritama hot springs (94 km/58 mi)
After an early start (about 4:00 hs) you will be able to visit the El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field at an altitude of 4,321 m/14,177 ft. At dawn, powerful spurts of steam shoot out of various blowholes. After your visit to the geysers, you will drive back to San Pedro de Atacama; on your way you can visit the hot springs of Puritama to relax and warm up in the beautiful thermal baths. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (B)

Important information: We recommend to follow one of several tour vehicles to get to the geysers due to darkness and very complicated road conditions

tatio geysers chile

tatio geysers chile

Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama (100 km/62 mi)
After breakfast, you will return your car in Calama airport. (B)

DATES & PRICES

ALTERNATIVE 1
Accommodation Locality H Single Double Validity
Hotel Diego de Almagro

Hotel Q´antati

Hotel Holiday Inn Express

Hotel La Casa de Don Tomás

Arica

Putre

Iquique

San Pedro de Atacama

W / G 1960 1040 01.04.11 – 31.08.11
2085 1115 01.09.11 – 31.12.11
Y 2318 1219 01.04.11 – 31.08.11
2498 1322 01.09.11 – 31.12.11
ALTERNATIVE 2
Accommodation Locality H Single Double Validity
Hotel Arica

Hotel Q´antati

Hotel Terrado Suites

Hotel Altiplánico

Arica

Putre

Iquique

San Pedro de Atacama

W / G 2219 1213 01.04.11 – 31.08.11
2365 1290 01.09.11 – 31.12.11
Y 2577 1392 01.04.11 – 31.08.11
2779 1497 01.09.11 – 31.12.11

Rates are valid for non-resident foreign tourists in Chile.

Rates are per person/per program, in American dollars, subject to change without prior notice.

Both alternatives include: 2 overnights in Arica. 1 overnight in Putre. 1 overnight in Iquique. 3 overnights in San Pedro de Atacama. Meals according itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, LB=Lunch Box). 8 days Hertz car rental. Drop off charge Arica – Calama. Unlimited free mileage. Full CDW coverage (collision damage waiver). A deductible of 30 UF plus tax (USD 1.500 appr.) in case of robbery or theft/burglary of the car will be applied. The same deductible will apply if the misuse of the car leads to the loss the car itself. When a 4×4 car or pick up turns over, without being involved in an accident with a third party, the deductible of UF 20 plus tax (USD 1.000 appr.) will be charged.

Rooms category:
Arica: Hotel Diego de Almagro: ocean view room. Hotel Arica: superior room.
Putre: Hotel Q´antati: standard room.
Iquique: Hotel Holiday Inn Express: executive room, ocean view. Hotel Terrado Suites: executive suite.
San Pedro de Atacama: Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas, standard room. Hotel Altiplanico: standard room.

Not included: In Chile, car rental companies charge additional airport service fee (Hertz rate: appr. USD 7,00 per day) at the time of vehicle pickup at the airport. This service charge is not included in the rates, it has to be paid upon returning the car.

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Posted by on Jun 30 2011. Filed under Arica, Chile, Iquique, San Pedro de Atacama, South America.

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8 Days Chile The Highlands & The Driest Desert Tour Package from $1040/-

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