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Tour Highlights:
  • Santiago City Tour
  • Valparaiso & Viña del Mar Tour
  • San Pedro de Atacama & Valle de Luna Tour
  • Tatio Geysers Tour
  • Toconao Village, Atacama Salt Flats & Chaxa Lagoon Tour
Trip Style:
  • Culture/ History
  • Nature
  • Family
Physical Difficulty:
  • 1-Easy
Included Meals:
  • All Breakfasts
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Chile Packages: Urban Discovery & Natural Wonders

Tour to Santiago and San Pedro de Atacama (6 days/5 nights)
From $1,909 €1,674 £1,340
Santiago & San Pedro de Atacama Tour, Chile Travel, Chile For Less

Escape to the small village of San Pedro de Atacama surrounded by impressive desert landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Wake up at dawn to observe the fumaroles of the Tatio Geysers, walk through some of the world’s largest salt flats, and admire the beautiful sunset view of the barren Valle de la Luna with its magical display of colors. In the evenings, explore the narrow streets of San Pedro de Atacama, a former center of the Atacameño culture, and gaze at the star-filled sky in the serene atmosphere of the desert.

Before traveling to this spectacular, rural landscape, you will immerse yourself in Chile’s dynamic culture, meet its warm and hospitable people, and learn about the country’s fascinating past in Santiago. You will be quickly seduced by this city with six million inhabitants and charmed by the bustling avenues, and countless museums, parks, shops, and restaurants. Stroll down the streets and soak up the energy of one of Latin America’s most exciting capitals.

Only a short ride from Santiago, tucked into the hills above the Pacific coast lie the charming cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.  A favorite weekend and holiday destination for locals, you will also enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of Santiago. Relax while you bask in the sun on the beautiful beaches, and wander through the lovely streets of Valparaiso, with their colorful architecture and bohemian atmosphere.

The exciting city life, seemingly endless stretch of coastline, and astonishing natural wonders of Chile attract thousands of eager travelers each year. Three of the most inspiring attractions in this beautiful and inviting country are the vibrant capital of Santiago, the lovely beaches, and the isolated yet magical landscapes surrounding San Pedro de Atacama. Explore all three with this exciting Chile travel package.

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Itinerary and Prices

Day 1: Arrival to Santiago & City Tour

You will be met at the Santiago Airport by a Chile For Less representative and transferred to your comfortable hotel in Santiago. Check out our selection of great value Santiago Hotels.

Today, you will head out on a half day historical tour of Santiago to visit some of the most interesting sites in Santiago and learn about the fascinating history of Chile and its capital.

You will start the tour driving up the Santa Lucia hill where Santiago was founded. You will then continue on to the historic downtown, Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where stand some of Santiago’s historic buildings. You will see the Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office, and National Historical Museum.

You will then drive to the civic area to see the Moneda Presidential Palace, current seat of the Chilean government. The tour will continue through charming streets lined with 19th century buildings, passing the statue of Typical Zone, the Cousiño Palace, and the Basilica de los Sacramentinos (inspired by the Montmartre church in Paris).

The tour will end on the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, Santiago’s main avenue where you will visit the San Francisco church and its beautiful colonial museum and monastery. The church boasts a peaceful garden and an important religious art collection.

You will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to explore Santiago at your leisure. Try some delicious traditional Chilean cuisine in one of the many restaurants, discover some of its exciting barrios, and take advantage of the lively nightlife!

Day 2: Valparaiso & Viña del Mar Tour

After a delicious breakfast at your Santiago hotel, you will head out on a tour of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two charming coastal cities located only an hour from Santiago. Look around as you travel across the beautiful valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca on your way to Valparaiso.

With its bohemian atmosphere, chaotic and colorful architecture, and lovely port, Valparaiso is one of the most attractive cities in Chile and unlike any other. You will start your tour at the Mirador 21 de Mayo from where you will enjoy spectacular views of the entire city and bay.

Next you will visit the fascinating house-museum of the poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda. Easily one of the most important figures of Chilean culture, it was in Valparaiso that Pablo Neruda, tired of the tumultuous life of Santiago, decided to retire and establish himself in a house on Mount Florida. Learn all about the writer’s eccentric tastes as well as his most glorious and absurd moments as you wander through the charming rooms that inspired the artist.

Descend to Valparaiso’s Prat Dock, where sailors embark and men scramble across the docks loading the enormous cargo ships. Filled with swarms of people and fervent activity, there is no better place to get a sense of the lively port life in Santiago. Don’t miss the handicraft markets displaying local products from all around Chile.

After lunch, you will head out to Viña del Mar where you will enjoy a relaxing stroll down the quiet streets and picturesque beaches of this lovely coastal town.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Santiago and have the evening free to explore more of the city’s exciting spots.

Day 3: Arrival to San Pedro de Atacama & Valle de la Luna Tour

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the Santiago Airport for your journey to San Pedro de Atacama. You will be met by a Chile For Less representative at the Calama Airport and transferred 60 miles (98km) to San Pedro de Atacama where you will check into your comfortable hotel. See our recommended best value San Pedro de Atacama Hotels.

After resting and getting acclimated to the desert atmosphere, you will set out on a tour of the wind-swept Valle de la Luna. Situated about 7.5 miles (12km) from San Pedro, this valley boasts spectacular moon-like landscapes full of strange formations created by the wind’s erosion of the salt mountains. Sunset in Valle de la Luna is a truly magical and unforgettable experience as the eroded mountain views unfold and reflect a striking range of colors against the Andes in the distance. Climb up one of the dunes to get an even better view of the darkening valley and watch the stars appear.

After sunset, you will return to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and have the remainder of the evening free to explore the charming village and its many delicious restaurants, appealing artisan workshops, and more. Be sure to step outside and admire the star-studded sky, one of the most spectacular on the planet.

Day 4: Tatio Geyser Tour

Rise before dawn and head out on a full day tour to the astonishing Tatio Geysers, to witness an amazing natural phenomenon in the arid desert of Atacama. Located at 14,760 feet (4,500m) above sea level, this incredible geothermal field is surrounded by volcanoes and filled will geysers whose steaming fumaroles can be seen at dawn under the first rays of sun. You will get the chance to walk close to the geysers and their craters with a guide who will answer all your questions about this striking phenomenon.

After a well-deserved breakfast next to the Tatio Geysers, you will explore the surrounding high plateau and its amazing fauna and flora. Unobstructed views of the impressive Tocorpuri and Sairecabur Volcanoes will unfold before you, and you will be able to observe the native wildlife found in the wetlands. Keep your eyes open and try to spot the foxes, Vizcachas, and llamas that inhabit this wild landscape.

In the afternoon, you will return to San Pedro de Atacama where you will be free to explore the village and its surroundings or rest at your hotel for the remainder of the day.

Day 5: Tour to Toconao Village, Atacama Salt Flats & Chaxa Lagoon

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will head south of San Pedro toward the oasis of Toconao, a verdant Andean village that manages to thrive in the middle of the barren Atacama Desert.  The small colonial style houses are made of white volcanic stone, and the town boasts a beautiful church with striking bell towers and myriad narrow alleys filled with small artisan workshops.

You will continue on toward the fertile lands of the nearby Quebrada de Jere, a beautiful gorge where the orchards filled with fruit trees and grazing cattle creates a striking contrast with the dryness of the surrounding desert.

Later on you will reach the impressive Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile.  Unlike most salt flats which are smooth, the earth’s crust here is jagged like puzzle pieces which is striking and unusual. The flat is home to many lagoons where pink and white flamingoes are perfectly mirrored in the still salt water, and many other bird species including the Andean gull and Andean avocet can be observed. You will have the chance to visit the sparkling Chaxa Lagoon, a beautiful protected area, where you can observe the birds from up close.

Back in San Pedro, the evening will be free for you to rest in your comfortable hotel, explore the village, or try some delicious local cuisine.

Day 6: Departure from San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the Airport for journey home or on to your next destination on your Chile vacation. Browse our range of Chile tours and explore additional options for your vacations plans.

Occupancy 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Double/Triple $ 1,909
€ 1,674
£ 1,340
$ 2,209
€ 1,937
£ 1,551
$ 2,799
€ 2,455
£ 1,965
Single $ 3,479
€ 3,051
£ 2,442
$ 4,209
€ 3,691
£ 2,955
$ 4,979
€ 4,367
£ 3,495

Prices may vary according to the season, availability and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.

  • 2 hotel nights in Santiago & 3 hotel nights in San Pedro de Atacama in hotels based on US standards
  • Guided visits with English-speaking tour guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
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