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Secrets of the Atacama Desert (Pre)


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Spring (Apr - May)

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6 travellers
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Join a five-day tour of discovery as you experience the incredible highlights of the Atacama Desert.
  • Enjoy three nights at a luxurious hotel Cumbres in San Pedro de Atacama

  • Experience a cultural oasis and learn about star constellations in the beautiful Atacama Desert

  • Join incredible excursions visiting salt flats, geysers and archaeological sites

Planned Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago de Chile 

You'll enjoy a relaxing night in a comfortable hotel in Chile’s fascinating capital. 

Day 2: Travel to San Pedro de Atacama 

Begin the day with a flight to Calama and get your first close look at the dramatic Atacama Desert on the way to San Pedro de Atacama – Chile’s archaeological capital. We’ll then take you to Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, or a similar hotel, built in the indigenous Ayllus architectural style. You'll spend the next three nights here where relaxation, luxury and exploration go hand in hand. Before dinner, you can join a guided astronomy tour in the desert and learn how to recognise the main star constellations. 

Day 3-4: Exploring San Pedro de Atacama 

Enjoy two full days exploring the desert’s geological and archaeological wonders, from geysers and saltpans to the High Andean lagoons. You can relax in the pool, explore at your leisure, or choose from an exciting range of full and half-day excursions offered by your hotel. 

Climb the Duna Mayor in Moon Valley and watch the sun set over the Cordillera de la Sal. Explore the Tatio Geysers and geothermal fields. Spot vicuñas and flamingos in Machuca or take a trip to the archaeological sites in Tulor, the oldest settlement on the salt flats. 

After a day filled with wonderful experiences, it's time to relax back at your hotel. 

Day 5: Embark in Valparaíso 

After breakfast, it's time to fly back to Santiago de Chile. On arrival, we’ll take you from the airport directly to the pier in Valparaíso, where you'll join your expedition cruise. 

Please note that we may visit sites in a different order.

Practical information


  • 1 hotel night in Santiago de Chile with breakfast 

  • 3 nights at Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama (or similar), with full board and open bar for house beverages from 11am to 11pm 

  • Use of spa, heated swimming pool and hot tubs 

  • Return flight from Santiago de Chile to Calama, including current taxes 

  • Airport transfers in Santiago and Calama/San Pedro 

  • 1 full-day and 2 half-day excursions with an English-speaking guide 

Not included 

  • Meals on Day 1 in Santiago de Chile and gratuities 

Remarks and requirements 

  • This tour is available as a Pre-Programme in combination with expedition cruises starting in Valparaíso. 

  • This tour requires good physical fitness and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. The tour takes place at high altitude. 

  • The excursions included in this tour are operated by the hotel and might not be exclusive to Hurtigruten Expedition guests. 

  • Excursions are subject to weather conditions. 

  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to 6 weeks before departure.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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