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Best of Northern Chile & Argentina

Highlights of this Tour: Santiago • Valparaiso • San Pedro de Atacama • Salt Flat • Altiplanic Lagoons • Tatio Geysers • Salta • Quebrada de Humahuaca • Purmamarca • Cafayate • Buenos Aires

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Days of Departure: Daily, On Request (Private)

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Sample Itinerary

santiagoDay 1 | Arrive in Santiago
On arrival in Santiago, transfer to your hotel.  An afternoon city tour of Santiago  takes you to the city’s historical and architectural landmarks such as the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral.  A walking tour leads you to the Palacio de la Moneda. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to Cerro San Cristobal, where you have a panoramic view of Santiago.

Day 2 |  Full day Valparaiso & Casablanca Valley
Today we visit the Casablanca Valley (45 minutes from Santiago), which is one of Chile’s top white wine regions. Continue to the colorful city of Valparaiso, declared by the UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.  Return to Santiago. (B) 

moon valleyDay 3 | Santiago – San Pedro de Atacama
Transfer to the Santiago airport to board your flight to Calama.  On arrival at Calama Airport, transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (approx. 1hour and 15 minutes away). Afternoon tour to Moon Valley & Death Valley.  At the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley), you’ll find salt formations that seem to be sculptures and works of art. Continue to the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), where the landscape resembles the moon.  We conclude the tour by watching the sunset on top La Gran Duna (The Great Dune) with a majestic display of colors.  Return to San Pedro de Atacama. (B) 

Day 4 | Salt Flat and Altiplanic Lagoons
This morning we visit the Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile, a protected flamingo breeding sanctuary that has been declared a National Reserve.  Continue Miñique and Miscanti lagoons, where we will find fantastic scenery.  On the way back to San Pedro, we’ll have lunch at Socaire and stop at Toconao to visit the San Lucas Church, which was constructed with mud and straw in 1641.  (B)

tatio geysersDay 5 | Tatio Geysers and Machuca
Early morning departure to witness the impressive spectacle of the Tatio Geysers at sunrise. Breakfast at the site.  Before returning to San Pedro, we’ll stop in Machuca, a small village where local families dedicate their lives to agriculture.  There is a good chance to find flock of flamingos, ducks and gulls.  Return to San Pedro in the early afternoon. (B) 

Day 6 | San Pedro – Salta
Morning transfer to the Argentina border at Paso de Jama, where the Argentina operator will meet you and take you to your hotel in Salta. (B)

Day 7 | Full day Quebrada de Humahuaca
seven colours mountainThis area along the gorge has been declared a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO because of the colorful landscapes and cultures that make up this one-of-the-kind destination.  Today we’ll visit Purmamarca, Tilcara, Uquia, San Salvador de Jujuy.   (B)

Day 8 | Salta - Cafayate
Departure for a tour around the Calcaqui Valleys.  Visit the historic towns of Seclantas, Molinos and Angastaco before arriving in Cafayate to spend the night. (B)

Day 9 | Cafayate - Salta
This morning you will visit some vineyards and local wineries, either family owned or industrials.  After lunch return to Salta via the Las Conchas Gorge and the Lerma Valley. (B)

buenos airesDay 10 | Salta – Buenos Aires
Transfer to the Salta airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.  Remainder of the day at leisure.  (B)  

Day 11 | Buenos Aires
A half day tour of the city will introduce you to Buenos Aires, its history, its contrasts, its contradictions and the characteristic psychology of the “porteños”, the city's inhabitants. You will visit the important buildings and neighbourhoods. In the evening enjoy a glamorous tango show in one of the prestigious houses in Buenos Aires. (B,D) 

Day 12 | Depart Buenos Aires
At the set time you will be transferred to Buenos Aires for your international flight.

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