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Atacama Tours

With myriad colours and forms the high altitude landscapes of the Atacama Desert are some of the most spectacular in South America.

Our Atacama tours explore the incredible snow-capped volcanoes, dramatic wind sculpted mountains and gorges, vast lagoons and salt flats, and steaming geysers of this remarkable environment. In Chile this breathtaking scenery is easily experienced from the quaint village of San Pedro which is close to a stunning chain of Andean volcanoes, the Moon Valley and the famous Atacama salt flats, one of the largest in the world.

There are a wide range of activities to experience in this stunning location. With your guide you can hike, horseride or mountain bike through mountains and gorges, tour the famous Tatio geysers, dip in mineral springs, visit pre-Columbian sites, and watch incredible sunsets over the Atacama salt flats and lagoons. Also explore San Pedro village with its market and historic church built by the Spanish in 1577.

The Atacama’s dry, sunny climate makes it wonderful to visit any time of year but high altitude trekking is best in the warmer months of September to April.

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Chile Atacama Featured Accommodation

Explora Atacama

There is no better way to experience the amazing landscapes of the Atacama Desert than from Explora’s elegant lodge style hotel. Explora is a Chilean company offering unique wilderness experiences, stylish accommodation, great food and excellent guiding in spectacular and remote locations. The hotel offers 50 comfortable, air-conditioned, television-free rooms, 4 luxury suites, a fine-dining restaurant, lounges, a bar, 4 outdoor pools, a sauna, jacuzzi, massage room, stables and an observatory with a telescope for stargazing.

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Awasi

This exclusive and intimate Relais & Chateax hotel is situated inside an ancient site surrounded by a historic wall, which for years housed shepherds and herders. Made from stone, adobe and wood with thatched roofs Awasi’s 8 rooms are spacious and comfortable and come complete with private bathroom, patio and indoor/outdoor showers. The hotel has a breakfast room, stylish bar, charming outdoor lounge and swimming pool. Awasi’s restaurant offers a sophisticated fusion menu which combines Altiplano and international dishes using local ingredients.

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Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

Combining outdoor adventure with indoor comfort this stylish eco-retreat features ultra chic adobe architecture, sleek modern interiors, unique hand-made textiles and fine local art. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, living room, library and 32 guest rooms with private terraces and views of Licancabur volcano. Guests can relax by the pool or in the spa, and choose from a range of local excursions organised by experienced guides.

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Alto Atacama

Alto Atacama features 42 spacious rooms, each with a large comfortable bed and decorated with local crafts. Each room boasts a private terrace with views of the surrounding Cordillera de la Sal. Other features include 6 swimming pools, bar, living room with fireplace, library, and Puri Spa with Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, Scottish showers and hot tubs. Guided excursions offered include cultural trips, trekking and mountain biking.

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Chile Overview

Why Chile: When it comes to awesome scenery and untouched wilderness, Chile is hard to beat. From dry deserts to lush forests, gentle lakes and glimmering icefields, this country has it all.

Culture: Chile’s rich, diverse culture is influenced as much by its indigenous and European peoples, as the varied landscape. Art, literature, folk music, dance and festivals are all central to Chilean society.

When to Go: Chile’s climate varies with latitude. The Atacama is dry and sunny, hot in summer and cold at night in winter. Central Chile has a pleasing Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and wet, mild winters. Southern Patagonia receives plenty or rain, with cool, windy summers and cold winters.

Combine With: Neighbouring Argentina, particularly when visiting the Patagonia region. Chile also combines well with Peru, where you can visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu or experience the Amazon rainforest at a secluded eco-lodge.

Getting There: Qantas and LAN fly from Australia via New Zealand to Santiago.

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