The Salt of the Earth - 13 Days

The Salt of the Earth
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From the Atacama desert to the Bolivian plateau towards the Great North of the Chile

Beautiful Road trip that takes you in the vastness of Chile. An adventure in 4×4 extreme lands. Strong contrast between the different altitudes and thermo-environmental levels. Flight from the capital of Chile to the north of the country. And then in jeep entry and exit from Bolivia, through high-altitude border crossings. The journey is often done within Natural Reserves considered national monuments. On the path you can improvise walks on paths that allow you to deepen the discovery of primeval territories. And then the final dive: 4500 meters panoramic routedown to the sea, to dinner with sea lions on the pier.

Day 1
Arrival in Santiago and visit of the city

SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (MORNING FLIGHT)

Welcome to the airport by the guide and private transfer to the Hotel Zañartu, in the heart of historic Santiago. Break during check-in orimmediate departure to discover the city on foot: the streets and historic buildings, Plaza deArmas, "La Moneda" and lunch in the central fish market or aperitif in the barrio Bellavista. Visit the Neruda House "La Chascona" and in the evening, go up the funicular up to Cerro San Cristobal for the sunset. On the way back we stop for dinner at the picturesque "Rincon Nerudiano".

Hotel Zañartu (3 stars)

At least 4 hours walking throughout the day, some transfers by car.

Day 2
Flight to Calama and scenic route Valle Arcoiris, Valle de la Luna and San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer to the airport and flight to Calama, reception of the guide. In SUV, travel to San Pedro de Atacama, picnic at Valle del Arcoiris and visit to the archaeological site of Hierbas Buenas. Arrival in San Pedro with a visit to the Moon Valley for the sunset.

Hotel QUECHUA in San Pedro. (Dinner not included)

Distance 200km by car and some light walks

Day 3
The Salt of the Earth tour

Visit to the heart of the Atacama Salar. The altiplanic lagoons, PiedrasRojas, the salar de Tuyasto and the pueblo of Peine and its thermal baths.

From 8.00am to 5pm - 6pm approx. Journey to the center of the salt, to the lagoon Chaxa with its flamingos. On the carreteraclimb up the Andes, on the beautiful altiplano route and take a small mountain road, to reach the lagoons Miscanti and Meñiques. We continue on the international road, towards Argentina, to the salar of Talar and its Piedras Rojas. Shortly after, we enter the Andes, still surrounded by Volcani, at our final point of the day: the Salar de Tuyasto. Back to the salt of Atacama, we stop to stay overnight in Peine, a village on the slopes of the Andes, with a wonderful view of the salt.

Lunch in a restaurant in Socaire and dinner in Peine.

Peine indigenous community hostel (Dinner included)

Private rooms with bathroom

Full Day with overnight stay. 230 km on the road and light walks without technical difficulties, even at high altitude.

Day 4
Thermal baths and trekking to the crater Monturaqui, sunset in the Salar of Atacama and return to San Pedro de Atacama

In the morning swim in the thermal waters of Peine and off-road excursion to the crater of the largest meteorological impact in Chile and the best preserved in South America.

Final approach with a short trek. Packed lunch included. Returning to San Pedro, we visit the "Ojos del Salar" and the Tebenquinche lagoon, for a spectacular sunset in the middle of the Salar de Atacama.

Hotel QUECHUA in San Pedro. (Dinner not included)

200km on road and dirt road. Light trekking of about an hour. Box lunch.

Day 5
Trekking to the giant cactus canyon, visit to the geothermal field and swim in the Puritama spa

Departure at 8am from San Pedro, go north on the plateau, at 3 thousand meters we find the entrance to the canyon of Guatin. Trek of about an hour, crossing several times, the stream and the falls of this canyon of rare beauty, oasis of the Cardones cactus. In jeep, we continue the ascent of the Andean plateau, up to the geysers of the Tatio (4300 meters). On the way back, we visit the Puritama spa. Descend on foot into the deep canyon, to reach the warm river of Puritama, and swim in the natural cascading pools of this heavenly oasis. Picnic lunch at the spa. Return to San Pedro around 5pm.

Hotel QUECHUA in San Pedro. (Dinner not included)

250km on mountain roads, sometimes dirt roads. Light trekking in Guatin one and a half hours and at the spa, 30 minutes.

Day 6
Bolivia tour toward the Salar de Uyuni

Departure at 7.30am towards the Hito Cajon border crossing. Trip on Bolivian dirt road and visits to: Laguna Blanca, Laguna Verde, Desierto Dali, Termas de Polques, Geysers Sol de Mañana, the famous Laguna Colorada and the stone tree, to arrive in the evening at the remote Hotel Tayka del Desierto, lost in the middle of the Desierto de Siloli.

Tayka del Desierto in the Desierto de Siloli

Full Stay. 250km on mountain roads, sometimes dirt roads, entrance in Bolivia and light walks without technical difficulties, even at high altitude.

Day 7
Road trip on the "Road of the Jewels" and arrival at the Salt Hotel

Today's journey is impressive. Always in the middle of the most limitless Andean altipliano, we follow the "Ruta de las Joyas": The five multi-colored altiplanic lagoons. We aim for the city of Uyuni for reach the Luna Salada, a sophisticated Salt hotel.

Salt hotel Luna Salada in Colchani

200km on dirt road and light walks at high altitude.

Day 8
Crossing the world's largest salt flat

We enter the salar de Uyuni and cross it from the far east to the far west.We stop for lunch on the island Incahuasi, a surreal rock covered by giant cacti in the center of the salt.We continue, towards the volcano Tunupa up to the pueblo of Coquesa, visit to the caves of mommie and short walk to the volcano lookout, for the views from the highest point of view on the salar. We stay overnight in the Tambo Coquesa hotel.

Hotel Tambo Coquesa in Coquesa 

200km on dirt and on salar. Short hikes at high altitude.

Day 9
Entry into Chile and crossing Nature Reserves of the the Great North of the Chile

Departure at 6 am on panoramic route on the Salar de Coipasa up to the Pisiga / Colchane border. Crossing of Isluga, Vicuñas and Lauca nature reserves, up to Putre (3,700 meters).

Hotel Vientos del Altiplano in Putre 

200km on dirt road, entry into Chile and short stops on natural panoramas sites.

Day 10
Excursion to the highest lake in the world

Excursion to the Volcan Parinacota and Lake Chungara (4,500 meters). Box lunch. Visit the quebrada of Allane and Monti Suriplaza. Return to Putre

Hotel Vientos del Altiplano (Dinner not include)

150km on dirt road. light walks at high altitude.

Day 11
From the Andes to the coast on the Pacific Ocean

Descent from Putre to the sea, to the city of Arica. Panoramic road that leads from 3,500 meters to sea, passing through the Valley-Oasis of Azapa, Picaflor sanctuary (here lunch). Arrival in Arica in the evening (dinner in the port on the pier overlooking the sea lions) Evening visit to the center of Arica and overnight.

Hotel Gavina Express in Arica. (Dinner not included)

200km of road. light walks

Day 12
Flight back to Santiago and the last surprises of Chile

Flight to Santiago in the morning. Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to the Hotel Zañartu. In the afternoon / evening, we invite you to an aperitif at the "Piojera", a rustic restaurant in Santiago, where the "earthquake" is served, a typical alcoholic drink. And we take you where you prefer, to celebrate your last evening in Chile. Suggested lunch and dinner, but not included.

Hotel Zañartu in Santiago 

Flight to Santiago, transfer and check-in at the hotel.

Day 13
Have a good trip back to your home

Return flight in your country or for a new destination. In the morning, a private transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Included in price:

  • The accompaniment of a guide / driver in (English, French, Spanish and Italian)
  • Domestic flights
  • Transfers and internal transport
  • Accommodation in a double room in the mentioned or standing hotels similar
  • Half Stay or Full Stay, where mentioned
  • The planned excursions
  • Admissions to the sites, entrance fees to the parks (about 100usd cad.)
  • A personalized road book and associated maps
  • 24/24 assistance
  • Online payment fees

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks during the included dinners
  • Options and extensions
  • Tips to guides and to the driver
  • Visa costs
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance

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Price From USD$2,700/person
Group Discount Available
Group Discount Guide
Cost Per Adult Traveler: $ 2700.00USD
Cost Per Child Traveler: $ 2700.00USD
2,700
Total $ 2,700 USD

Trip Facts

  • Reduced for couple, families and groups
  • 13 days
  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
  • SUV 4x4
  • Included
  • Included
  • Above 4,000 meters (13,123 ft.)
  • Altiplano, Atacama Desert, Salar de Atacama, Salar de Uyuni
  • James's flamingos, Andean flamingos, Vicunas