Atacama Under the Stars


 
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Price

Group Expedition – $2400 ($200 single supplement)
Private Expedition – $2860 ($2400 for groups of 5 or more)
Student Discount – $2040 (15% discount) ($100 single supplement)

Trip Information

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This expedition includes 6 days of trekking in Northern Chile and 1 night accommodations in Santiago.

Day 1: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Upon your arrival to Santiago’s international airport, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located within walking distance from La Moneda, Chile’s Presidential Palace. Catch up on some much needed sleep and settle into Chile’s capital city.

Inclusions: Private transfer from airport; accommodations

Day 2: Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama (7,897ft/2407m). The adventure begins! Fly to Calama and then on to the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. Drop your gear at the lodge in town and head out to explore Valle de la Luna and its unique rock formations. Return to the lodge for dinner and a private star gazing trip with one of San Pedro’s astronomical experts.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transfer; domestic flight; accommodations

Approximately 3-4 hours of trekking

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama to Rio Grande (11,991ft/3655m). Depart San Pedro by foot, traveling through the desert river valleys towards the villages of San Bartolo and Rio Grande. Visit the archaeological ruins of Quitor and Katarpe. Camp under the stars in the walled courtyard of a centuries-old Catholic church.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 4: Rio Grande to Machuca (11,811ft/3600m). Continue your trek from Rio Grande toward the village of Machuca. Pass through desert valleys and red rock formations of this lunar landscape. Enjoy dinner and camping in Machuca.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 5: Machuca to El Tatio (14,108ft/4300m). Wake up early and begin the trek to the geysers of El Tatio. Ascend to the hot springs created by the region’s unique geothermic activity. Take a dip and settle into your tent for the night.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 6: El Tatio (14,108ft/4300m). Rise before the sun and begin the ascent of Cerro Soquete. At 17,684ft/5390m, this impressive summit is higher than Everest Base Camp! Take in the views of the Cordillera that marks the Chilean-Bolivian border. Return to camp and celebrate with a hearty dinner and a warm sleeping bag.

Not up for the big climb? No problem–enjoy a rest day as you soak in the hot springs!

Approximately 7-8 hours of optional trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 7: El Tatio to San Pedro de Atacama (7,897ft/2407m). Catch the sunrise on the boiling flats of El Tatio. Feel the heat from the geysers as the sun rises over the Andean horizon. Return by private transfer to San Pedro and enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow expedition members.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Depart San Pedro for the salt flats of Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos. Discover the hidden world of this desert environment full of flamingos, sea monkeys (yes!), and all varieties of flying creatures. Catch a flight back to Santiago International Airport and say your farewells! Airport hotel accommodations available but not included.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); domestic flights; airport transfers

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide.



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Preparation

What should I pack?

OneSeed will provide all group equipment. You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear. Below is a list of suggested items for your expedition…

What’s the right expedition for me?

We get lots of questions about picking the “right” expedition. This isn’t an easy question, but we’ve come up with a few pointers to consider when making this decision…

What’s the weather like?

San Pedro de Atacama is located in Northern Chile. At 7,900ft, it has a dry, high altitude climate. Because of its altitude, San Pedro de Atacama…

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Included:
medical/evacuation insurance (learn more)
1 night accommodation in Santiago
domestic flight (RT) to Calama
all accommodations on trek (camping + bed and breakfast)
breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
trekking permits and entry fees
farewell banquet
guide services
all ground transportation in Chile

Not Included:
personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
international airfare and meals during travel
snacks during trek

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

Refund Policy

If your adventure must be canceled due to circumstances outside of your own (e.g. weather or size of party), we will work with you to reschedule for no extra fees. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase, net a 20% administrative fee. All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are non-refundable.

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OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.  Travelex cancellation and interruption insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.

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Departure End Date Status
October 03, 2014 October 10, 2014 Open
October 17, 2014 October 24, 2014 Open
October 31, 2014 November 07, 2014 Open
November 14, 2014 November 21, 2014 Open