Atacama Desert Trek

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  • The Atacama desert is home to some of Chile’s most fascinating history and culture, left behind by the indigenous tribes who called this arid high desert home. Walk hidden trails, visit archeological and nature sites, and learn more about the natural and cultural heritage of the region on this enriching 5 day tour!
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Hidden desert trails
  • Sunset at Moon Valley
  • Ancient petroglyphs and various other archaeological sites
  • Tatio Geysers

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Trek Duration

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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Atacama, Chile.
Upon arrival at Calama Airport we are driven straight to San Pedro de Atacama, past the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains). Once in San Pedro we check in to our hotel, have lunch and then it’s time for the first excursion, in the vast desert ripples of Moon valley! A fifteen minute drive takes us to a viewpoint looking out over the majestic Cordillera de la Sal. From here we begin our moderate hike (3.5km, approx 1 hour 45 mins) along a narrow trail over a gully before walking down across a small sand dune to cross into the Kari canyon (at 2,600 m.a.s.l) an old dried riverbed with beautiful rocks, grottos and caverns.
From here we witness one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, over Moon Valley, intensified by the warm colours of the sand dunes stretching out in the horizon. This evening we will have a welcome dinner – this is a great opportunity to get to know your guides and travelling companions.
Overnight Hotel Altiplanico Superior room 4*, San Pedro de Atacama

Atacama, Chile.
Today we visit the archaeological site of Yerbas Buenas, home to ancient petroglyphs which date back approximately 10,000 years. The petroglyphs, there are over one thousand of these ancient drawings, are an amazing relic of the Atacameno people. We will leave San Pedro at 08:30 and drive for about an hour until we reach Yerbas Buenas – here we will walk around the site for around an hour before heading to Valle del Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley). Rainbow valley is aptly named, as the mineral-rich rocks create shades of green, blue and red across the valley’s cliffs and hills. We will hike around the valley for around an hour and a half before driving back to San Pedro for lunch at around 13:30. This afternoon will be at your leisure.
Overnight Superior room at the 4* Hotel Altiplanico, San Pedro de Atacama.

Atacama, Chile.
We leave the hotel on foot at 08:30 through the oasis of San Pedro until we reach the Tulor sector. En route to this ancient village dating back to 800BC, there are various other archaelogical artefacts which will help you to learn something of the Atacamenian lifestyle – in both its antiquity and present. This area is not frequented by tourists so you will be able to gain a more genuine insight into the culture, there is however a small museum of the village for which you can pay a small amount of money which goes to the village.Today lunch is included and you will be able to eat typical Chilean Atacama food in Aillu Coyo. After lunch we will return to San Pedro to rest, if necessary, before our afternoon activities.
At 16:00 (15:00 in winter), we depart to walk along the canyon of the Vilama river where you will be able to see the Cardon Cactus. This cactus is famous for its outrageously slow growth, forget about the tortoise and the hare, this cactus takes 300 years to grow just 3 meters! There is a wealth of other plant and wildlife to observe in this area.
Overnight Superior room at the 4* Hotel Altiplanico, San Pedro de Atacama.

Atacama, Chile.
We set off on the 100km drive to the celebrated 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.
PM: Las Cornizas – Valle de La Muerte..
After lunch, you will be picked up from your hotel and after a half-hour drive along the old road connecting San Pedro and Calama, we will reach a tunnel. There are stunning views of the region’s volcanoes and we will visit the archaeological sites of Quitor and Tambo Inca. From here we being the hike up to 2600m. Once we have reached the summit we descend down the biggest dunes in Death Valley, entering into a mysterious landscape which invokes contemplation in many guests.
Overnight Hotel Altiplanico Superior room 4*, San Pedro de Atacama.

Atacama, Chile.
We take the final day of the trip to relax and wander around the village, visit its handicraft shops, church and museum. In the afternoon we are driven to Calama’s Airport to take our flight back to the capital… Adiós Atacama!.


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What’s Included:

  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • 4 nights at hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Daily private excursions as specified in the itinerary.
  • 1 English speaking guide on excursions.
  • Entrance fees to museum, national parks and indigenous communities visited
  • Meals:
    day 1: D
    day 2: B
    day 3: B,L
    day 4: B
    day 5: B
    (B: breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

What’s Excluded:

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip).
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • 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...

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  • Duration
    5 Days
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  • Maximum Altitude
    4300 Meters
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