Hotel Terrantai, Atacama Desert
Terrantai, located on the main square of San Pedro de Atacama,
has been built by a renowned architect using the traditions
of the region and local materials. The walls and walkways
are made of lacustrine rocks that were specially selected
to restore an old dwelling into the Hotel Terrantai. The
intimate hotel lends an air of familiarity and comfort.
Winding passages have views of the old adobe white washed
church and look upon the vast blue sky.
Large windows in the rooms allow you
to see small terraces for growing vegetables, a legacy from
the old Andean traditions. Rooms have modern conveniences
such as atelephone and hot water. The seeds of Algarrobo,
Chañar and Tamarugo Trees embellish Hotel Terrantai's
outdoor restaurant. Ideal for sharing stories of the day's
excursions with new friends or a romantic dinner for two,
the outside dining area is a hidden gem.
Daily excursions depart to the various areas
of the desert and allow for a variety of activity levels.
The archeology and natural history Museum is a short walk
away. All meals and daily excursions are included.
While at Terrantai, you can choose daily
guided excursions from the following menu:
Early morning departure for an excursion to El Tatio Geysers,
a geothermal field flanked by soaring Andean peaks. At just
under 14,000', this is the highest geyser field in the world.
At dawn, powerful spurts of steam erupt out of the ground
through various blowholes, and the vision of the steaming
geysers against the deep blue desert sky may be one of your
most enduring memories of your visit here. Short hikes through
the geothermal field. Full-day tour.
MISCANTI AND MEÑIQUES LAGOONS
Located at over 14,600', these lagoons are surrounded by
impressive volcanoes originated from the rising of the Andes
in ancient geological times. They get their underground
waters from snowmelt. You will also visit Cocaire, town
of Atacama peasants. Full-day tour.
Located approximately 80 miles from San Pedro, Pakana is
a group of rocks structured in columns that have remained
since geological times, As a result of volcanic activity
during the Tertiary era, it is a wonderful landscape whose
background is the extraordinary ecosystem of the Tara salt
flat located at an altitude of 4500 m. Full-day tour.
SALT LAKE OF ATACAMA/TOCONAO
Today you will visit Toconao, a village devoted to the manufacture
of white volcanic stone sculptures. You will also visit
the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea dating back millions
of years. After a short hike through the Jeri Valley, you
will visit Chaxa Lagoon in the middle of the salt flat,
a habitat for pink flamingoes. The flatness and emptiness
of this region are truly overwhelming and for the rest of
the day you will journey with your group and local guide
through this region along the often bumpy road that leads
towards to border with Argentina. Half-day tour.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR AND MUSEUM
Guided tour of the San Pedro Archaeological Museum, where
there is an important anthropological collection of the
Atacama culture. You will also visit the local markets for
a sample of national and international crafts, the municipal
large house, the church and the house of Pedro de Valdivia.
Also know as "Death Valley" it is located in the
salt mountain range, whose most important attractions are
the strange rock shapes and the unusual atmosphere. Going
along the San Pedro river, we could see an archaeological
site that belongs to the Inca Period.
This natural environment with its marvelous beauty and turquoise
waters is surrounded by salt crystals in various shapes.
Their geomorphological constitution is a very particular
case in the Atacama Salt Flat, since it is due to the dissolution
of karstic structures. Pink flamingoes are often spotted
here. Half-day tour.
HIERBAS BUENAS PETROGLYPHS
Going back to the main road to Calama, we take a detour
to get to the Hierbas Buenas gorge. Impressive collection
of carved rock designs that let us know about the former
social groups in the Atacama. Full day tour.
Located in the salt mountain range, 90% salt and 10% other
minerals, unusual landscapes are treasured at the bottom.
Made up by attractive and impressive geological formations
of diverse shapes and colors, the Moon Valley has been attracting
the attention not only of frequent travelers but also from
scientists. Giant dunes and beautiful salt crystal on the
crouching ground make you feel like in another planet or
the moon itself and it turns more attractive during sunset.
Half day tour.
QUEBRADA DE GUATIN & PURITAMA HOT SPRINGS
You will begin this long walk in the Gorge of Guatin, where
it is possible to see the amazing flora and fauna. Located
on the bottom of a small canyon, the volcanic hot springs
of Puritama are known for their healing properties. The
temperature of the waters is about 33 degrees C. Full day
TREKKING CORDILLERA DE LA SAL
It is a moderate walk by the Cordillera de la Sal that will
allow us to feel the direct bonding with the dessert, like
a personal experience. The place is of a total calm and
solitude to the dusk. Half day tour.
Visit to the Ayllus (Atacama's villages) and the archeological
village of Tulor, that is made up of connected, circular
rooms. The village has been covered by the sand, without
signs of its inhabitants until today. You will also visit
the indigenous Pukara of Quitor. Half day tour.
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