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  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • All camping facilities and meals on trek
  • Main baggage transfers by vehicle when on trek
  • Local guides in Chile and Bolivia
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Bolivia and Cajon de Maipo, twin share, bed and breakfast basis.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Atacama Desert & Canyons Trek

Walking & Trekking

Bolivia, Chile | Walking & Trekking

Atacama Desert & Canyons Trek
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous

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Be surprised by the hidden canyons in the Atacama Desert


  • Trek some of the best trails in the Atacama Desert, with stunning multi-coloured canyons and a spectacular sunset at Valle de la Luna
  • Undertake a three day camping trek through canyons and gorges passing spectacular rock formations in Rainbow Valley and ancient rock carvings.
  • Experience the Tatio Geysers in Chile at sunrise and the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia
  • Climb Cerro Toco, an easy ascent to 5,604m/18,385ft for spectacular views


I was blown away by the beauty and variety of the Atacama Desert, its canyons, wildlife and plants. It really was not what I expected when I thought 'desert'. This trip explores many hidden gems together with an easy ascent of a 5,600m volcano with fabulous views.
Liz Noakes, Operations Manager

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The Atacama Desert is one of the oldest and driest places on earth, and on this varied holiday we explore the region’s weird and wonderful natural sights on a series of day walks and a fully-supported camping trek.

What better way to start our holiday than in the famous Chilean wineries of the Maipo Valley? After a bike tour and wine tasting, we fly to the somewhat drier environs of San Pedro de Atacama. Here, at a viewpoint for the majestic Cordillera de la Sal, we stretch our legs and take our first look at the active volcano Licancabur, 5,916m, which will loom above us in the days to come. Our three-day trek to Machuca follows a series of desert canyons. We pass through Rainbow Valley to Yerbas Buenas with its famous prehistoric rock carvings of llamas, camp beneath vast star-filled skies and follow the shepherds’ trail to the Indian village of Rio Grande. Our trek concludes in the one-street village of Machuca, with time for wildlife watching – there are usually significant numbers of llama, wild vicuna and flamingo here due to the nearby water.

A dramatic dawn visit to the third largest geyser site in the world, and a guided astronomical tour at one of the observatories near San Pedro is followed by three days in Bolivia exploring the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, and trying our hand at llama herding!

The holiday concludes with a fabulous full-day hike into the Andes to the El Morado Glacier.

At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Max. Altitude: 5,604m/18,385ft

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Santiago

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Itinerary overview
Fly to Santiago. Bike tour of Santa Rita Vineyard.
Fly to Calama & transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Hike and sunset in Moon Valley.
3 day supported camping trek through gorges and canyons to Machuca
Dawn visit to Tatio Geysers and Copa Coya hike.
Ascent of Cerro Toco. Astronomy Tour.
Drive to Bolivia. Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats, visit geysers, hot springs and lagoons. Llama herding with a local farmer.
Fly back to Santiago. Transfer to the Chilean Andes and hike to El Morado Glacier and Lagoon.
Transfer to Santiago airport and fly back to London.
Leader: Local Leader, Atacama Desert
Local Leader, Atacama Desert

You will have local guides for your Maipo Valley excursion and on your El Morado trek at the beginning and end of your tour. In the Atacama Desert in Chile and Bolivia you will have experienced qualified guides who live in the area and who have expert knowledge of the trekking routes, local environment, flora and fauna. As well as leading the treks they will be able to give you an insight into both the traditional way of life for the local inhabitants of the area and how modern life is now changing this.

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Santiago

    Fly overnight from London to Santiago.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Santiago and explore a Maipo valley winery by bike. Transfer to hotel in Santiago.

    Arrive in Santiago early in the morning. After passing through immigration you will be met by your guide and board the bus. Your luggage will go directly to your hotel whilst you enjoy an excursion into the famous Chilean wineries of the Maipo Valley. You will have the option to explore the Santa Rita winery by bike. This a great way to see the beautiful Maipo Valley and this renowned wine estate, at the same time as learning of its history and wine making practices. Of course you will get to sample some of the wines too!

    Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant during your tour. Returning to the bus you will be transferred to your hotel in Santiago in time for dinner.

    Note - If you do not wish to cycle this is not a problem.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Torre Mayor or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Transfer to airport and fly to Calama. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Kari Canyon & Moon Valley excursion - 1 -2 hours
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    After breakfast you will transfer back to the airport for the 2 hour flight to Calama. On arrival you will be met and transferred by bus though the stark desert landscape, past wind turbines and rocky outcrops to San Pedro de Atacama, 2,407m/7,897ft. This journey takes approximately 1 ½ hours and if you are lucky you may see some wild guanaco roaming, you will certainly start to appreciate the arid nature of this vast area.

    On arrival in the charming town of San Pedro you will check into your hotel and have time for a leg stretch and to grab some lunch in one of the many varied cafes or restaurants in the town. San Pedro is constructed entirely of adobe with the traditional interior yards and roofs made of clay and straw. Buildings can only be the natural colour of the earth or white and cannot be built higher than 6 metres. So combined with its dirt streets the whole place seems to merge into the landscape. Built in the river valley of the same name it is a veritable green oasis and is a popular place to visit and stay. The main street is called 'Caracoles' named because it was from here that the workers from the Caracoles Silver Mine departed. Today the street is a treasure trove of souvenir and craft shops, cafes, restaurants and tour agencies. There are many eating options here and most diets are well catered for with a selection of local and international dishes in relaxed and cosy settings.

    Later in the afternoon you will take a short bus transfer to a viewpoint where you can look over the majestic Cordillera de la Sal, or Salt Mountains. The name derives from the fact that its rocks possess a great quantity of calcium sulphate, which is what makes them look as if they have been splashed with salt. From here you will take a short hike of around 3 - 4km taking approximately 1 - 2 hours. The route starts with a short rocky descent into a gully and up onto a plateau. From here there are stunning views of the volcanoes lying to the east, most notably Licancabur (5,916m) which you will see most days marking the border with Bolivia. You will then descend on sand dunes, perhaps pausing to watch people 'sand boarding' down the steep sides, before descending down the soft sandy ridge to Kari Canyon. After emptying sand from your boots you will walk down the broad trail in the base of the canyon, admiring the beautiful rock formations and colours of the canyon walls which are a combination of salt and other minerals. You gradually descend deeper into the canyon until you arrive at the bottom where your bus is waiting to drive you to a viewpoint above "Valle de la Luna", or Moon Valley.

    Named after its lunar-like appearance it was formed 22 million years ago when volcanic activity deposited rock and ash onto the folded upper strata of the earths' crust which was subsequently eroded by eons of floods and winds producing an extraordinary environment of sculptured shapes. Here you will witness the sun setting, lighting up the sand and rock formations and distant volcanic peaks into wondrous colours. There will be 'sundowner' cocktails served by your guide whilst you linger and enjoy this wonderful spectacle. As darkness descends you will be driven back to your hotel to freshen up before setting out to discover the restaurants of San Pedro.

    This is a popular excursion and you will not be alone, but with something so spectacular you would not expect otherwise.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Kimal San Pedro or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Start 3 day trek. Hike to Yerbas Buenas - 4 – 6 hours. Explore the stone petroglyphs.

    Today is the first day of your 3 day trek into the canyons and valleys of the desert. Following a short transfer you will start by crossing rocky, scrubby ground on a wide jeep track very rarely actually used by vehicles. After climbing a small hill the effort is rewarded by the fantastic view down into Rainbow Valley. This is aptly named due to its spectacular rocks and cliffs eroded into spiky shapes and in all shades and colours, including beautiful greens, purples, browns and blues. A place to linger and enjoy the marvels of nature.

    Continuing on down a wide valley containing a small river you reach Yerbas Buenas with its' famous rock carvings. This place was used in pre-hispanic times by ancient caravan travellers as a rest place during their expeditions to trade goods. These Atacameños people left thousands of prehistoric petroglyphs which date back approximately 10,000 years and depict carved messages left for other travellers. The majority of the carving are of llamas showing their importance to the travellers in all aspects of their life.

    You will camp the night here in this remote spot, there are toilet facilities but otherwise it will be a remote and wonderfully quiet experience with just the stars for company - plus a few llamas perhaps.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Rio Grande village, 3,400m/ 11,155ft - 5–7 hours.

    Today you will start your trek by heading down to the Yerbas Buenas River to meet the trail leading to Rio Grande. The trail is well trodden as it is a route used by shepherds to graze their sheep and llamas. The day's climb begins from the river on an easy gradient to reach around 3,700m where you can rest whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the different canyons, the Andes and the surrounding volcanoes. From here it is downhill to this evening's camp. Having reached your camp, at the tiny Indian village of Rio Grande there should be time to relax and explore your surroundings. Situated at around 3,100m it has a population of less than 100 people living in houses constructed of quarried stone held together by clay mortar with clay and straw roofs laid on cactus and carob tree beams. The settlers here grow corn, alfalfa, lettuce, beans and potatoes as well as keeping sheep, llamas, goats and rabbits. Your camp tonight will be either in the village or in a field on the outskirts and you will have access to a toilet and shower.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Machuca village, 4,200m/13,780ft - 5–6 hours.

    The final day of your trek will start with breakfast and the breaking up of the camp, after which you will hike up the valley on a broad dirt track following the river whilst crossing and re-crossing it in a couple of places. You will pass fields of corn and beans before climbing steeply up out of the valley bottom on a wide track to cross the watershed between the Rio Grande and the Rio Penaliri, the latter of which you will follow as it leads to Machuca. High above the water you can see where the two rivers join and a small settlement can be found there (which the dirt track continues on to). You instead leave this dirt track and descend on a small path to the abandoned village of San Juan situated on the Rio Penaliri beneath high cliffs. A good place for a rest and look at the old houses and stone terraced fields previously used for crops and now empty save for cacti. The terraces are largely collapsing as is the old stone irrigation channel, the line of which can still be seen following high above the river. This channel connected higher up in the canyon with the river bringing much needed water to irrigate the fields.

    Continuing gently uphill you follow the river, sometimes on the old path and in places where the path has fallen away crossing the river and making your way through the reeds and vegetation to find the best route. Reaching another abandoned settlement at around 3,750m you might be lucky and see small bright green parakeets which live on the rocky canyon walls here. Another good place to pause and perhaps eat your lunch in the shade of the old buildings.

    Continuing gradually up, the canyon begins to open out and you might see llamas or vicunas often spotted in this area. After about an hour you come to an area of wet grassland where there is an old farmers dwelling. The path then climbs steeply for a short distance before crossing over the river and opening out into a large water meadow just before the village of Machuca. The llamas grazing here belong to the village. On reaching the paved road you turn left and enter the small settlement of Machuca itself.

    Due to the water here there are usually significant numbers of both llamas and vicunas to be seen and often flamingos also. A good place to linger and watch the wildlife. The one street village is built in stone and has a thatched roof church on a small hill above the village street. This is your final camp spot and you will have the opportunity to shower in the facilities built for visitors. There is also a communal room which is used as a café for passing buses travelling to and from the Tatio geyser fields during the day and used in the evenings by campers to prepare and eat food.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Visit Tatio Geysers for sunrise, 4,320m/14,173ft. Copa Coya hike - 4–5 hours. Return to San Pedro.
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    This morning you will be up early for the 1 hour drive to the Tatio Geysers. It will be cold there as it is situated at 4,320m and you will need as many warm layers as possible until the sun rises and starts to heat you up. This is the third largest geyser site in the world with over 80 active geysers and before the sun rises you will see steam boiling up from almost 900 metres below the earth. You can wander around admiring the bubbling pools of water and mud and marvelling at the colours and contrasts as the sun rises. A welcome picnic breakfast is then taken in the warming sunshine to prepare you for the days hike. You will even be offered hot chocolate milk - the cartons being heated in a hot spring close to your picnic spot!

    The hike is along a trail, called Copa Coya situated on this high Andean plateau. This is part of the Central Andean Dry Puna, a unique eco region with flora and fauna highly adapted to the extreme temperatures and altitudes. The puna played an important historical role centred around the llareta plant which was used traditionally for fires but is now protected as its slow growth means it's not a sustainable fuel option. Your guide will show you both the green plant growing on the rocks and the dried version which is the part that can be burnt.

    The path starts as an easy trail, with stunning views of the open plain and the huge volcanoes beyond, before descending gently into a small rocky canyon. While you walk you will see typical Andean vegetation and with luck vizcachas (similar to chinchillas) scurrying around on the rocky outcrops. Continuing up the canyon you can see a 'slot' ahead between rocks, this is where you are headed and it is a short steep climb up to exit the gorge before it opens out with great views. The route continues steadily up hill on a good path to a small 'col' with another wonderful view of the Alto Loa villages to the west, showing a different aspect of the Atacama than previously experienced. Turning your back on this you see the Tatio geyser site below you, looking far less impressive in bright sunshine. From here it is a quick descent to your bus followed by a brief transfer which will bring you to the Tatio Thermal Pool where you can take a refreshing dip before the drive back to San Pedro.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Kimal San Pedro or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Ascent of Cerro Toco, 5,604m/18,385ft - 3-4 hours. Afternoon at leisure in San Pedro. Evening astronomy tour.

    After a fairly early breakfast you will set off in the bus to the start point for your climb of one of the volcanoes you have been seeing in the distance all week. Cerro Toco stands to the south of Licancabur and although it is 320 meters lower and less spectacular to look at than its famous neighbour, Cerro Toco, at 5,604m, still provides a very rewarding and non technical hike. The views from the summit to the surrounding volcanoes and beyond, over the Bolivian border to Laguna Blanca, are breath-taking.

    Firstly you drive to the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Huan Tran Telescope which are located on the western side of the mountain at approximately 4,900 m. From here you start your hike up on easy rocky terrain steadily gaining height. Swinging to the right then more steeply up to the left, the highest point is hidden until you are virtually on it. Once here you can enjoy a huge sense of accomplishment and the 360 degree views the peak offers. It can be quite cold in the wind so you will probably need warm layers, a hat and a windproof jacket, to hand so you can linger and take in the views of the surrounding desert and volcanic peaks. The most dramatic and highest being Licancabur. Situated directly north of where you stand it straddles the border between Chile and Bolivia and to its' right you can see volcano Juriques and the vast Laguna Blanca.

    After enjoying time on the summit and no doubt taking numerous photos you will descend back to your vehicle, retracing your hard won steps. You then return to San Pedro in time for lunch in town and a well earned afternoon rest or to explore the town. There are a couple of good museums here, one exhibiting a large collection of meteorites found in the desert and the other explaining the history of settlement in the area.

    This evening you will be taken on a guided astronomical tour at one of the local observatories to view the stars and planets through one of the impressive telescopes. The tour starts with an introduction to the night sky by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide and you will then have the chance to gaze at the incredibly clear skies found here in the desert.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Kimal San Pedro or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Drive to Bolivia. Travel through Eduardo Avoroa National Park. Visit lagoons, stone village, cascade canyons and Sora Sora.

    This morning you will head out of Chile and cross the border at Hita Cajon into Bolivia. Here you will be greeted by your Bolivian guide who will look after you until you return back into Chile.

    You will drive through the Eduardo Avoroa National Park established in 1953 and located at an altitude of between 4,200 m /13,800ft and 5,400 m/17,700ft. It is named after Eduardo Avoroa (1838-1879), the Bolivian war hero of the 19th century. Your immediate views are of a scene dominated by the volcanoes and mountains you saw yesterday from Cerro Toco together with the great Lagunas -Blanca and Verde. Laguna Verde (green) is named for the incredible green colour of its waters which is due to a high concentration of lead, sulphur, arsenic and calcium carbonates. It is set at 4,400m and can be very cold due to its exposed position, with icy winds creating waves of green and white froth on the water. Due to the high mineral content and constant movement of the water it can remain unfrozen even with temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius.

    From here you will drive north through the desert landscape to Laguna Colorada (4,278m/14,035ft) which is a rusty red colour due to algae and plankton which thrive in the mineral rich waters. This is a central nesting ground for all three South American flamingos - the Chilean, Andean and James flamingos. Continuing on you visit Capina Villa Mirador del Mare Mine and the windswept Cascade Canyon which has been created into quite beautiful shapes by the erosion of wind and rain. You can walk along the ridge of the canyon and marvel at the shapes, some of the rock almost seems carved to resemble the faces of the Inca and pre-Inca people.

    After a picnic lunch you drive on to Boredal de Sora Sora where you will see numerous bird species and herds of llamas in the wild landscape. Finally you arrive at your evening's destination in San Pedro de Quemes where you will stay at the Stone hotel, one of the small network (of four) of Takya hotels in this area. It is built of stone and volcanic sand and is a unique feature of the town whose origins date back to pre-Columbian times.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tayka Stone Hotel or Similar
  10. Day 10 - Llama herding experience. Visit Burnt Village. Trek to Sinalco Canyon - 1–2 hours.
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    After breakfast you have the opportunity to herd llamas with a local farmer. Here is your chance to learn more about these intriguing animals and how they are farmed in such inhospitable climates. The llamas are kept in pens during the night adjacent to the hotel in order to prevent them from eating the crops and they are then taken out each day for grazing. Starting from the hotel you will have the experience of herding a number of llamas and understand the skills needed to handle them.

    Before leaving you will walk around the hotel grounds and visit Pueblo Quemado, which was burnt down in Bolivia's war with Chile in 1879 - hence the name 'Burnt Village'. One of the features of this area are the 'Chullpares' which are old Aymara funeral towers containing corpses which were placed in the foetal position within the stone constructions.

    The rest of the day will be spent exploring the great Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flats sitting at an altitude of 3,653m/11,985ft. When it is dry and clear the white expanse contrasting with the blue sky is truly amazing. You will stop in the abandoned hamlet of Cuye where you get your first views of these vast salt flats and where you can still see ancient architecture based on stone, clay and straw construction. You will continue on to the south west end of the Salar, to Sinalaco where you arrive at Komancha Canyon, a deep cleft carved in the rock. Here you will take a hike of 1 - 2 hours to explore the canyon and fully enjoy and photograph the amazing rock formations.

    Tonight you stay at the Salt Hotel in Tahua which is made entirely out of huge blocks of salt, except for the thatched roof and black stone bathrooms. It is another unique place to stay.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tayka Salt Hotel or Similar
  11. Day 11 - Visit Chiquini Cave. Hike to Pukara de Chiquini - 1–2 hours. Incahuasi Island. Visit lagoons.

    This morning starts with a drive on to the little known Salar Sensual, passing through the beautiful Ch'jini (or Chiquini) area. Here you will walk up to the 'cathedral' or fortress ruins, set on a 40m high mound, it is a good 'mirador' or viewpoint of the surrounding Salt Flats. The ruins are believed to date back to the period after the Tiwanacota era, an ancient pre-Hispanic civilization. You then continue on to the Ch'jini cave, which contains formations so fragile that only 5 people at a time are allowed to visit.

    Incahuasi Island is a hilly and rocky outcrop of land which was formerly an island situated in the middle of Salar de Uyuni. Now covered in giant cacti it is the top of the remains of an ancient volcano, which was submerged when the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, roughly 40,000 years ago. There is a small tourist centre here as it is a popular stopping place for all tours in the area and you can walk up to the top and enjoy views of the endless surrounding salt flats.

    After lunch you continue driving past many lagoons - Hedionda, Canapa, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas where many flamingos and other water birds will be seen. Beyond these lakes you enter the seemingly endless Siloli desert where wild Vicuñas roam. Tonight you will stay at the Tayka Desert Hotel set at 4,523m/14,840ft appearing like a mirage in the desert seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tayka Desert Hotel or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Drive back to San Pedro. Visit Valley of the Desert Ladies, Poloques hot springs and Sol de Manana geysers.

    On your final day in Bolivia you will head towards the border stopping at the large geyser field of Sol de Manana where you find bubbling mud pots, numerous fumaroles and an inevitable strong smell of sulphur! This is the highest point of your route in Bolivia at around 5,000m. From here the landscape is white and yellow and you visit the Termas de Polques where you can relax in the hot thermal waters and soak up the scenery. Before heading to the border you will pass the Valley of the Desert Ladies an area with more wind sculpted columns in beautiful colours. Arriving at the border with Chile at Hito Cajon you will say goodbye to your Bolivian guide and continue back down to San Pedro de Atacama for the night with your Chilean guide. This evening you will enjoy a group meal in a local restaurant as a final celebration of your time in the Atacama and Salar de Uyuni.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Kimal San Pedro or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Transfer to Calama airport. Fly to Santiago. Transfer to ‘Cajon del Maipo’.

    After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport at Calama and fly to Santiago. From here you will be taken on the short drive to Cascada de Las Animas Nature Sanctuary, situated approx. 60km southeast of the city. Nestled between high mountains and forests alongside the roaring rapids of the Maipo River, the sanctuary is located in the Andes Mountains in Cajón del Maipo (Maipo Canyon).

    Lunch will be taken in the restaurant and then in the afternoon you will be free to rest or explore the flower gardens and quiet forest trails of this beautiful natural environment.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cascada De Las Animas, Maipo Valley or Similar
  14. Day 14 - Day trek to El Morado Glacier - 4–5 hours.
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    Today you will trek into the Andes for a relatively easy hike and be rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery and amazing views of a glacier.

    After a short transfer to Los Valdes you will start the days hike up to the lagoon and base of the El Morado glacier. Picking you way through rocky slopes dotted with wildflowers you begin your ascent. As you follow an icy river up through mountainous paths you might, if lucky, see condors soaring overhead with wingspans of up to 3 meters. After approximately 2.5 hours of moderate trekking you arrive at the summit and are met with the spectacular sight of an enormous glacial lagoon. A great place to eat you picnic lunch while soaking up the view of the hanging glacier and lagoon full of floating ice. A truly breath-taking sight and a complete contrast to your desert hikes earlier in the tour. All too soon it will be time to turn your back and begin your descent back to your vehicle and back to your hotel.

    Tonight will be the final one of this tour and time to reflect on all you have seen and experienced. Dinner will be taken in the restaurant at Cascada de Las Animas and an opportunity to celebrate your achievements.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cascada De Las Animas, Maipo Valley or Similar
  15. Day 15 - Transfer to Santiago airport. Fly London.

    Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Santiago for you international flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  16. Day 16 - Arrive London.

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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What’s included

  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • All camping facilities and meals on trek
  • Main baggage transfers by vehicle when on trek
  • Local guides in Chile and Bolivia
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Bolivia and Cajon de Maipo, twin share, bed and breakfast basis.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

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  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Personal spending
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I was blown away by the beauty and variety of the Atacama Desert, its canyons, wildlife and plants. It really was not what I expected when I thought 'desert'. This trip explores many hidden gems together with an easy ascent of a 5,600m volcano with fabulous views.

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