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Atacama Desert – Tierra Atacama Boutique Property – 5 Days / 4 Nights

Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and excellent service.

Tierra Atacama’s architecture, interior design and gardens were designed by some of Chile’s leading creative talent. Our objectives were to be as authentic as possible, using furniture and accessories handmade with local materials, while also creating a place that allows guests to relax, spoil themselves and enjoy the good-life in this magical part of the earth.

Our ambiance is casual and friendly; we want our guests to be comfortable in our common areas just as if they were in their own homes. Enjoy one of the welcoming private corners of the hotel such as a seat by one of the terrace fire pits, lounge next to the pool or relax on one of the shady outdoor decks. When night falls, take in the brilliant stars, bask in the peace and wonder that is the Atacama Desert.

In addition, we have guest computers available, WiFi throughout the hotel, a TV lounge, excursions area, board games, outdoor campfire and views of the Licancabur volcano throughout the hotel.

*The Spirit of Chile (7 nights)
Exclusive Benefit – Book 7 nights in any two Tierra properties, and receive AUD 1200 off per person and a free night at Hotel Le Rêve in Santiago with breakfast and transfers included.

Conditions & Restrictions
• Offer valid for travel until 31st May 2019.
• Minimum stay must be 7 nights all inclusive.
• Programme not valid for travel 20 December 2018 – 2 January 2019.
* For Australia and New Zealand residents only.

    Itinerary Summary

  • On 4 wheels
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Biking
On 4 wheels


Altiplanic Lagoons (Aguas Calientes & Tuyajto)

Length: 6 to 8 hours
Difficulty: Easy

At an altitude of approximately 13,000 feet (4,000 meters), visit the remote lagoons of Aguas Calientes and the surprising salt flats of Tuyajto with its amazing colours and contrasts. During this full-day excursion, we will also show you the area of Piedras Rojas (Red Rocks) with formations that seem to come from another world. Depending on the time of year, the ground salt may be dry and cracked, and we may spot foxes and flamingos. The colours of the altiplano stand out against the fierce blue skies and make for a spectacular panorama. Weather permitting, we will serve lunch at Tuyajto so you can fully enjoy the silence and spirituality of this remote place. If conditions are not clement, we will go to a simple restaurant in the small town of Socaire to learn more about their culture and to help support local small business.

Salar de Tara

Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Heading east from the hotel, we travel towards the Argentinian border and the Salar de Tara. As the terrain rises, enjoy marvellous views of the Licancabur volcano and spot bird life, salt lakes and areas of marshland. At a height of 4,200m. /13,860ft. approximately igneous rock plugs form the “monks” of Tara, a wonderful sight in the middle of an amazing plateau. Continue to Tara itself, where lunch is enjoyed.

The Tatio Geisers

Duration: 7 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy (with acclimatization)

The Tatio Geisers are located at an altitude of 4300m. /14,190ft. The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the zone and consists of huge steam columns which reach heights of 12m/almost 40ft. Breakfast is served as dawn breaks. On the way back to the village, there is the opportunity to spot families of vicuñas and if we are lucky, foxes, vizcachas and Andean ostrich. We stop in the hamlet of Machuca before returning to the hotel by vehicle.



Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

To the north of San Pedro and reached by van via a steep road, is the tiny village of Machuca Machuca at an altitude of 4,000m. /13,123ft. The village of Machuca has a privileged site surrounded by nature and in its only street we can see the roofs made of cactus and maybe taste barbecued llama, oered by the villagers. The church is of special interest for the cultural significance and birds and llamas can be seen in the area.


Puritama Hot Springs

Duration: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

This journey has established itself as a unique experience in an environment where water is an unexpected finding! Hidden at the bottom of a steep sided gorge, surrounded by vegetation, the River Puritama has 8 natural pools, with water which has an average temperature of 33 ºC /91ºF at an altitude of 3,500m. asl (11,482ft). Following a lovely bathe, we return to the hotel by vehicle.


Moon Valley

Duration: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

This journey allows participants to appreciate the surreal beauty of the landscape from many viewpoints in the Salt Mountain Range, such as the scenery of Death Valley, Moon Valley and the Andes mountain range. Includes short walks in areas with rocky outcrops, scenery formed by the wind the rain and the temperature changes of the desert. A must for photo buffs!


Atacama Salt Flat (Chaxa Lagoon & Flamingo Reserve)

Duration: 4 – 4,5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

The journey starts with a brief visit to Toconao village where the square and the historic church are the main attractions. Also visit a local family who lives o the sales of their handcrafts. Continue to the National Flamingo Reserve in the Atacama salt flat. There are three types of flamingo to be found here, living o the microscopic lagoon life. The views of the Andes as the sun sets are truly amazing.

Walking & Hiking


Duration: 2,5 to 3,5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

A fun excursion for the morning or afternoon. On arrival at the old road to Calama, the walk starts with a visit to some archeological sites and wonderful views of the volcanoes of the region. At a height of around 2,600m. /8580ft. descend via the huge dune to Death Valley an unforgettable experience!


Kari Gorge

Duration: 2 to 3 hours walk 40 mins by vehicle
Level of Difficulty: Easy

An amazing morning or afternoon hike through incredible scenery. We depart the hotel by vehicle towards the Mirador de Kari, located 2,550m. /8,370ft. above sea level. Here, you will appreciate a strange phenomenon where water, wind and temperature extremes have joined forces to produce this unique gorge in the Salt Mountain Range. We walk between dried-up clay riverbeds, calcium carbonate and lime rock formations and finish the walk in a labyrinth like area. Return to the hotel by van.


Devils Canyon & Vilama

Duration: 2,5 to 3,5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Medium

A morning or afternoon excursion. Depart the hotel by vehicle and head to Devil’s Canyon to start the walk. The altitude here is approx 2,450m. /8,038ft. We walk on flattish ground for about an hour, on the dry river bed through formations of lime which are part of the Salt Mountain Range. We continue along an ancient caravan route, passing by petroglyphs which show the former commercial activity in the area and finish at the old settlement known as Vilama. Return to the hotel by vehicle.


Guatin / Gatchi

Duration: 2 to 3 hours walk 1 hour by vehicle
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Depart the hotel in a vehicle towards Guatin Valley (2,800m. /9,186ft). The confluence of two rivers takes place here; one coming from the warm thermal springs of Puritama, and the other is the Purifica River, whose waters are from the Andes Mountains. This unique mix of warm thermal spring water and cold clear mountain snowmelt gives rise to the new river which supports the unique ecosystem of the Guatin Canyon. We walk here, alongside waterfalls and rocky climbs whilst marvelling at the amazing Candelaria cactus.

Guatin / Puritama

Duration: 2,5 to 3,5 hours hike 1 hour by vehicle
Level of Difficulty: Medium

This excursion is better done in the morning because of the temperature changes. Starting at an altitude of 2,800m. /9,186ft. to the northeast of San Pedro, the walk is a steady uphill climb through the valley which is scattered with igneous rocks from the volcanic explosions of the past. We eventually arrive at the Puritama Thermal Springs, 8 pools of limpid warm water where there is a chance to bathe and relax before returning to the hotel by vehicle.

Machuca / Río Grande

Duration: 7 to 9 hours (5 to 7 hours hiking)
Level of Difficulty: Medium

This walk takes place at around 4,000m. /13,200ft. and is a great way to acclimatize to the altitude for people who want to climb a volcano during their stay. The walk follows the river bed and on the way we can see llamas, alpacas and local birds. Stop for lunch in the abandoned mountain village of Peñaliri. Following this break, discover the deserted teraces of the gully and continue on to the village of Río Grande, where typical vegetables are grown. Return to the hotel by vehicle.


Ruta Purilaktis

Duration: 4 hrs walk 2 hrs by vehicle
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Depart the hotel by vehicle along the road heading to Calama. We continue through the Domeyko Mountain Range to the starting point of our hike (3,000m. /9,840ft. approx). We start along a small gully and then the hike opens up to large rock formations marked by petroglyphs. Following dry river beds flanked by mountains we admire spectacular views from various viewpoints. After a gentle climb-descent, we will finish at the Matancilla Valley, also known as Rainbow Valley. We will have lunch here before returning to the hotel by vehicle


Devils Canyon / Catarpe

Duration: 2,5 to 3,5 Hours
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Depart the hotel on bicycles heading north towards the Salt Mountain Range, and the beautiful Devil’s Canyon. The ride takes place at an average height of 2,400m. /8,000ft. After crossing the San Pedro River, we arrive at the Canyon, which is flanked by clay clis and has a sandy bottom in places. The ride is a constant gentle climb until we come out of the labyrinth on to the Catarpe plateau. The return journey follows the natural course of the San Pedro River until we reach the village and the hotel.


Windy Lookout Point / Moon Valley, the Dune

Duration: 2 to 3,5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

A morning or afternoon excursion. Depart from the hotel heading northeast then head north towards the Salt Mountain range enjoying marvellous views of the Andes and volcanoes.
Continue along the cornices viewing the formations of Death Valley from above, before descending via the old trails into the valley itself. Once at the bottom, continue on to Death Valley and cycle through the amazing scenery before returning to the hotel. The uphill and downhill parts are steep in places and this excursion gives a great workout!


Bike Ride through the Ayllus / Atacaman Communities

Duration: 1,5 to 2,5 Hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Depart the hotel in the morning or early afternoon. The nearby oases villages are typical of the local culture and in many ways their inhabitants still follow the same way of life as their distant ancestors. View the local agriculture and the unique irrigation system. This is a great great way to be introduced to the village and the climate of San Pedro

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Tierra Atacama Boutique Property Single Twin / Double  
5 Days / 4 Nights $4,305.00 $3,472.00 / person
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Transfer from and to the airport.

American Breakfast

Lunch and dinner

Open Bar (Premium wines and vintage liquors available for an additional cost),

2 HD excursions or 1 FD in small groups.


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