Atacama Desert Trek

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  • Join us on a weeklong trip with adventures galore, including marveling at the otherworldly rock formations of Moon Valley, witnessing the eruptions of the Tatio Geysers, and being entranced by the sleek vastness of the salt plains.
  • Explore the World’s Driest Desert
  • Puritama Hot Springs
  • Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons
  • Visit Local Indigenous Villages
  • Enjoy Starry Skies
  • Pre-Columbian Ruins and Geoglyphs
  • Atacama Salt Flat
  • Superb Off the Beaten Path Trekking

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Trek Duration

More Than Five days

Tour Languages


Trek Difficulty



Cascade Expediciones

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method



Atacama Desert

Cascada Expediciones

Cascada Expediciones was founded in 1991 by university friends Javier Lopez, Yerko Ivelic, and Nani Astorga, who studied tourism and engineering, and wanted to create a unique company that showed off the best of Chile through thrilling and immersive adventures for its clients. The mission has been a resounding success, and in 2016, Cascada proudly celebrated 25 years of helping create wonderful, lifelong memories. Cascada’s pride and joy is the EcoCamp Patagonia, an award-winning and critically and publicly lauded sustainable hotel located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. First opened in 2001 and composed of eco-friendly and completely sustainable geodesic domes, EcoCamp was the first hotel of its kind in the world, and since then, has become an industry leader in sustainable lodging, inspiring the opening of eight other similar hotels worldwide. EcoCamp not only provides a comfortable oasis in the park where visitors can connect with nature while still enjoying modern amenities and delicious meals, but also has exciting and diverse excursion options for everyone!

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Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
We arrive at Calama Airport and go straight to San Pedro de Atacama, driving past the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt mountains). Once in San Pedro we receive a briefing over lunch about the upcoming days and in the afternoon we do our first hike in the vast amazing Valle de la Luna. We walk over sand dunes until we reach the viewpoint from where we will witness one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, intensified by the warm colours throughout the Valley. We come back to town and stay overnight in San Pedro.
For more details about trek distance and walking time, click here to check out our Trekking Chart.
Overnight Hotel Poblado Kimal 3*, San Pedro de Atacama.

Atacama Desert, Chile.
After breakfast we drive to the Fortress of Quitor and set off on a walk to the mouth of the San Pedro river, exploring its small canyons along the way. The path crosses the river at various points and there are strange geological formations. We camp under the starry Atacama sky.
Overnight Camping.

Atacama Desert, Chile.
We start the day with a demanding trek, climbing up to a higher altitude as we leave the river bed and move towards the plateau. We have a great view of the abandoned mines, home to many legends.
The trail continues through the river canyon and giant cacti emerge, in the midst of the arid barren desert. There are some areas of the valley that are so dry that scientists have not found life, or even bacteria. After crossing a section of the canyon we finally arrive at Río Grande Village, one of the few remaining indigenous communities of the Atacameño people, where we set up camp on the river banks.
Overnight Camping Rio Grande.

Atacama Desert, Chile.
Today is the most physically challenging day of the trek, as we walk towards Machuca Village. The trail continues alongside small streams in narrow, beautiful valleys inhabited by indigenous locals and their llama herds. We continue climbing up steep desert canyons, gaining altitude, until we reach the wetlands of Machuca, full of local wildlife. From here we have an amazing view of Licancabur Volcano, the sacred mountain of the Atacameño people. At this point we are at 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level, and we spend the evening relaxing and acclimatizing in our campsite next to a big ‘bofedal’ – wetlands where llamas graze.
Overnight Camping Machuca.

Atacama, Chile.
After a hearty breakfast we leave Machuca to the Tatio Gesyers, arriving just after the vast sunrise crowds have dispersed and the Gesyers can be appreciated in sunlight at a more relaxed pace and pleasant temperature (4,500 m.a.b.l before sunrise is a very chilly experience!). The geothermic field is truly incredible, from almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 meters over the surface of the earth.
From the geysers we begin our walk, lasting approximately 3 hours, towards a high Andean plateau with the same name as the trail – Copa Coya. The puna played an important historical role centred around the llareta plant which was used traditionally for combustion, although nowadays its slow growth means it’s not a feasible fuel option. While we walk we see Andean vegetation and maybe viscachas (similar to chinchillas) and stop to enjoy lunch with a view. At the end of the walk there’s a steep uphill climb leading to a wonderful view of the Alto Loa villages, showing a different view of Atacama than normally experienced. After we descend from the Copa Coya we can enjoy the Tatio Thermal Pool for a restauring bath. We end the day back at our hotel.
Overnight Hotel Poblado Kimal 3*, San Pedro de Atacama.

Atacama, Chile.
We get up feeling refreshed and with the satisfaction of having crossed the heart of Atacama with the same explorer spirit of its first inhabitants. Today we drive to the amazing Salar de Atacama, home to astonishing birds like the Chilean Pink Flamingos. Then we continue driving towards the marvelous Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, full of turquoise waters that beautifully contrast with the autumnal colours of the Altiplanic lands. A truly incredible landscape! We spend our final night in San Pedro.
Overnight Hotel Poblado Kimal 3*, San Pedro de Atacama.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
We take the final day of the trip to relax and wander around the village, visiting its handicraft shops, church and museum.
In the afternoon we go to Calama’s Airport to take our flight back to Santiago… Adiós Atacama!


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What’s Included:

  • One expert English-speaking guide
  • All ground private transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 nights in 3 star hotel in San Pedro
  • 3 nights camping
  • sleeping mat
  • Meals:
    day 1: L, D
    day 2: B, BL, D
    day 3: B, BL, D
    day 4: B, BL, D
    day 5: B, BL, D
    day 6: B, BL, D
    day 7: B
    B: breakfast, L: lunch, BL: box lunch, D: dinner.

What’s Excluded:

  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip).
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Sleeping bags
  • Items of personal nature

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Company Information

Cascada Expediciones was founded in 1991 by university friends Javier Lopez, Yerko Ivelic, and Nani Astorga, who studied tourism and engineering, and wanted to create a unique company that showed off the best of Chile through thrilling and immersive...

Tour Details

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  • Booking Type
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  • Duration
    7 Days
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  • Maximum Altitude
    2407 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty

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