Bolivia: Altiplano highlights
6 jours, 5 nuits
San Pedro de Atacama / Valle de la Luna, Ruinas del Pukara de
Quitor, Lagunas Meniques & Miscanti, Salar de Atacama, Termas de
Puritama (hot springs), Lagunas Verde, Blanca & Colorada,
Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama / Moon Valley
Welcome at the Calama Airport. Rather at 2.250 M o.s.l. we will
drive higher and higher. We will drive one hour along the
Andean Mountain Range observing the changes of the andscape and
the diversity of colours.
The final point today will be the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama.
The adobe village offers an very singular ambience compared to
the modern world. After check-in at your selected hotel, you
will have the possibility for a first walk throughout the
In the afternoon you can walk across the Mars
Valley feeling as a mars-like people
and can observe the layers of earth and the shade plays of the
salt mountain range. Afterwards we will drive into the Moon
Valley and will climb up the sandy dune, where you can enjoy
the sunset and the reflecting of the sunbeams on the Andes.
With a glass of Pisco Sour, the most famous cocktail in Chile,
we discover the first stars, which appear on the southern sky.
The evening sounds out in relaxing resting and widens silence
in the middle of the moon valley and underneath the Milky
Day 2: Ruin fortress / Museum
In the morning we will walk about 3 km to the ruin fortress of
Quitor. We climb up the protection facility from IX-XII century
and enjoy a 360░ panorama: the Andes in the foreground, the salt
mountain range in the background and in the foot hill - the fruitful
valley of the river San Pedro.
Back in the village, where we will
visit the archaeological museum and will know the history of the
as well as the best pieces of find of the 300,000 copies collection.
The best cactus wood ceiling we can see in the church. Afternoon at
Day 3: Altiplano Lagoons Meniques & Miscanti
After breakfast we will drive to the Atacama Salt Flat and at the
Chaxa Lagoon we can observe flamingos, elegant birds at 2.305
m.p.s.l. living in their natural biotope. We will walk over salty ways.
From here we are only some kilometres away from the Tropic of Capricorn,
the imaginary line that separates the Tropics from the moderate climate
From the village Socaire, a pre-inka settlement with vegetable
gardens in terrace form on 3.300 m., only an hour later we will come
at the Altiplano Lagoons Meniques & Miscanti: twin lagoons from the ice
age, where you can see diving ducks, different altiplano birds and
the camel-like lamas.
During the lunch we will enjoy a nice view
to the two mountains of the same name Meniques and Miscanti. One hour
late we will see the Salt flat of Aguas Calientes, a Picasso
original picture and later on the emerald green lagoon Tuyaito.
The pink colored flamingos also flew here, in order to find their food.
Accompanied by the yellow Coiron meadows of the Altiplano we
begin the descent to Socaire. On the terrace of the Refugio Likan Antai
we rest with a cup of coffee and observe the Atacama salt lake. Return
to San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 4: Tatio Geysers / Puritama Hotsprings
In order to be able to see the steam columns of the El Tatio Geysers,
we wake up early this morning somewhat early and drive at 04:30
a.m. from 2.400 m. to 4.300 m.o.s.l.. From direct proximity we
observe the steaming sources and enjoy our open-air breakfast and
the warming sunbeams. A walk through the geysers field leads us by "cook
boilers" of the volcano El Tatio, which is the reason for these
fascinating nature play.
The sun discovers you another side of the
colored altiplano. Short walk to the mud pools and wide boiling pools
contributes to the extension of the knowledge about the earth secrets.
Slowly we begin our return trip, whereby we always pay attention to the
herds of vicu˝as. With much luck we see the ostrich something
similar birds, ˝andues, as well as Puna tinamou and vizcachas (andean
In the pond of the river Putana we observe Guallatas (large white-black
altiplano birds), as well as diver and cinnamon teal. Soon we reach
the cactus upper limit and here and there we see on the slopes some
broad planar Chuchambe cactus, as well as the large trunk
Echinopsis Atacamensis cactus. We take our lunch at the
luxurious hot springs of the Puritama river. The 31░-33░ C warm
water does its task to the physical well-being, as well as the glass of
Chilean late harvest. Return to San Pedro and rest of the afternoon at
Day 5: BOLIVIA: Green & White and Pink Lagoons
Today we dedicate to the Altiplano, the colored lagoons and the
flamingos. After a short border control between Chile and Bolivia
we cross on a height of 4.400 M. The first highlight offers the view
to the Green Lagoon and the reflection of the volcano Licancabur
In direct proximity we see the white surface of the White
Lagoon. Against noon we take our pic nic lunch with view to the Laguna
Colorada, where hundred of pink colored flamingos peacefully look for
their food. In the evening we return back to Chile.
In the morning we will drive back to Calama. The Andes Mountain Range
accompanies our travel and offer to you a great views. After nearly one
week you recognize without doubt the volcano Licancabur and Juriques
or also the smoke cloud from the crater of the volcano Lascar. A
parting view to the Atacama salt desert opens again and again the most
beautiful colour plays of this unbelievable desert landscape.
far away you see the smoke of the smelters of the world-wide-largest
open pit copper mine Chuquicamata, which can be seen like the China
wall also from the space. At the small airport in Calama your journey
goes into the large world away.