Atacama desert stargazing and camping adventure

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Duration (in days): 5

From: Copiapo

To: Copiapo

From

£2,580

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Get back to nature with this Atacama Desert stargazing and camping adventure. Spend an active four days exploring the deserts and national parks of Northern Chile with guided treks, kayaking expeditions and nights spent camping under a blanket of stars. With a team to erect your tents and cook dinner, you’ll have the maximum amount of time in each day to explore. The included treks are easy, so no special training or prep is needed. Get ready to spend a few days, off-grid enjoying the great outdoors in Chile!

This Chile itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Enjoy camping in the Atacama with tents erected and all meals cooked!
  • Admire the Santa Rosa Lagoon with its migratory flamingos
  • Visit the dazzling white salt flats at Maricunga and Pedernales
  • Kayak in the Pacific Ocean and visit the islands of Pan de Azucar
  • Spend four nights sleeping under the clear night skies of the Atacama
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 4 nights camping

 

Day 1: Arrive in Copiapo, Chile  

On arrival at Copiapo airport, you will be met and driven for 1.5 hours to the private campsite at La Puerta, a small oasis located 70km away from Nevado Tres Cruces National Park.

On arrival, you’ll have lunch and your English-speaking guide will brief you about the activities of the upcoming days. These will consist of four nights of camping, moderate treks, kayaking expeditions and wildlife encounters. In the afternoon, there is an easy 1.5-hour acclimatisation trek, followed by a traditional welcome dinner in the evening. Tonight, you’ll spend your first night under the starry skies of the Atacama!         


Day 2: Nevado Tres Cruces National Park    

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Santa Rosa Lagoon, located at 3,762m which is home to migratory flamingos. From here, you’ll take a 1.5-hour trek to a stunning lookout point from where you will be able to see the lagoon as well as the Maricunga Salt Lake.

After exploring, you will arrive at the campsite in time for lunch and have some time to rest. In the late afternoon, you can choose to go on another walk in the desert, or you can relax before dinner is served under the starry skies of the desert.


Day 3: Pan de Azucar National Park    

Your day will start early this morning when, after breakfast, you will be driven to the Pan the Azucar National Park, nestled along the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

The drive will be around 4 hours, but you’ll make several stops along the way to visit the Maricunga and Pedernales salt lakes, the mining city of El Salvador and to eat your packed lunch. Tonight’s dreamy campsite location is right beside the ocean and several islands. The national park is home to wildlife from guanacos in the desert to penguins in the islands. This afternoon there’s a 2.5-hour walk to explore this extraordinary place before dinner this evening.                


Day 4: Pan de Azucar National Park    

A new day full of adventures! First up is a kayaking expedition in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, exploring the park’s coastline and its nearby islands. If you’re lucky, you may spot some of the Humboldt penguins that inhabit the area. From here, you will continue kayaking to the small fishing settlement of Caleta Pan de Azucar where you will stop for lunch.

Back at the campsite, you’ll have some time to relax before going on a 3-hour trek to a lookout point. From your vantage point, you can appreciate the contrast of landscapes in the park; the blue ocean waters on one side and desert on the other. Tonight you’ll have dinner and make the most of your last night camping.


Day 5: Depart Copiapo       

Today it’s time to bid farewell to your guide and the team who have helped to create lasting memories on this adventure. You will be taken to Copiapo airport by private transfer to connect with your onward travel plans.      

Info

This itinerary can be enjoyed all year round. Programs and activities depend on weather conditions throughout the year, especially during January, February, June, July and August (Altiplanic winter).           

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 4 nights camping in a tent
  • All private transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Activity insurance

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Any excursions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Sleeping bags
Accommodation

Four nights camping. Tents will be provided, but passengers should bring their sleeping bag. Pads can be added at an additional cost. 

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