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Salt Deserts and Easter Island Spirit 

Chile/Bolivia - Special couples – Self-guided tour – 14 days / 13 nights
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Highlights…:
• Visit the most spectacular sites in the Atacama Desert ;
• Discover the Bolivian Altiplano at your own pace, a private tour to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of the Andes: volcanoes, colourful lagoons and bright pink flamingos ;
• Be charmed by Easter Island and uncover its mysteries.

Our gift to you…:
• A bottle of champagne or a welcome cocktail ;
• An evening under the stars of the Atacama Desert (small astronomy course).

Starting from $ 3095 USD*

 

 
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  • Ice Trek - Glaciers de Patagonie

 

A fourteen-day honeymoon at the end of the world, with exceptional landscapes and breath-taking sceneries: the Atacama Desert, the Uyuni Salt flat and Easter Island, three of the most exclusive locations in South America. Feel adventurous on top of the world in Bolivia, be amazed by the Atacama Region, with steamy geysers and the breath-taking Moon Valley. End the journey on the mysterious Easter Island, in the heart of the Pacific. This remote island is known for its hundreds of gigantic Moaï statues scattered all over the island, sublimely beautiful works of art, a unique legacy of the Rapa Nui culture. This trip will provide you with lifelong happy memories.

 

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ITINERARY…

Day 1 – VALPARAISO
On your arrival to Santiago airport, our driver will take you to your hotel in Valparaiso. This city is a harbour open to the ocean and surrounded by twelve hills upon which many colourful houses have flourished. You will visit the Cerro Alegre area, acknowledged World Heritage Site (UNESCO). This open sky museum will take you to discover narrow streets filled with frescoes painted by the artists of the city. End the day in a typical bar-restaurant to sing tangos of the harbor.

ATACAMA DESERT
 
Day 2 – VALPARAISO / CALAMA / SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (2450 m alt.)
Flight Santiago de Chile  14h30 > Calama 16h40
Free morning in Valparaiso. At midday private transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Calama. On your arrival to Calama, you will be transferred by minivan to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama where you arrive in the late afternoon. Free evening in San Pedro, a picturesque village in the middle of the Atacama Desert at the foot of the Andes.
 
Day 3 – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA / MOON VALLEY (2450 m alt.)
The morning is yours to relax and explore the village of San Pedro de Atacama. You can visit the archaeological museum Le Paige, and gradually acclimatize to the altitude. In the afternoon head for the Valley of the Moon and admire some amazing natural salt and rock formations. This salt-cordillera is an exceptional geological formation resulting from the folding of the edges of the Salt flat, caused by the plate tectonic motions.
Hike through the Death Valley, to the salt caves"Las Tres Marias". An opportunity to admire this lunar-like landscape at sunset when the craggy rocks are set aflame. This salt-cordillera is an exceptional geological formation resulting from the folding of the edges of the Salt flat due to the plate tectonic motions.

UYUNI / LIPEZ
 
Day 4 – LAGUNA VERDE / GEYSER SOL MAÑANA / LAGUNA COLORADA (3950 m alt.)
Depart for the south of Bolivia to discover the South Lipez area with its vast territory of mountains and rock formations sculpted by the wind, with beautiful lakes, lagoons with improbable colours, volcanoes and multi-coloured deserts. Travel at an average elevation of 4000 m. Cross the border and you arrive at the foot of volcano Licancabur with white and green lagoons, then cross the Dali Desert (named after the scenery reminiscent of one of his paintings) and admire the geysers Sol de Mañana, geothermal field at an altitude of over 4300 m from which sulphurous fumes escape in the morning light. By mid-afternoon, you will reach the Laguna Colorada populated by flocks of flamingos that come to feed and breed, wrapped in solitude and silence.
Note : You will sleep at 3950m above sea level and reach 4600m during this tour. It is recommended to eat light and avoid alcohol the day before the departure. Hydrate yourself well and do not make too much effort on the first day.. 
THIS TOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN A PRIVATE VEHICLE

Day 5 – LAGUNA COLORADA / UYUNI SALT FLAT (3650 m alt.)
On the "Road of the Jewels” you will appreciate the beautiful valley of rocks sculpted by the wind. The dirty road follows on through the beautiful high altitude scenery of the Siloli desert with black, yellow and green lagoons, before reaching the village of San Juan, in the Salar of Chiguana. arriving at the stunning Salar de Uyuni. Tonight’s accommodation is unique: stay in a double room in the salt hotel in the village of San Juan. Experience sunset at the Salar de Uyuni, a unique moment alone on top of the world.
 
Day 6 – FISH ISLAND / INCA HUASI  (3600m alt)
A dramatic drive through the stunning scenery of the Salar de Uyuni, takes you to the heart of the Salar on Fish Island and Inca Huasi. Of volcanic origin, covered with stromatolites and giant cacti, the island was a refuge for Incas. On the way you will visit the salt exploitation of Colchani. Leaving the bright light of the salt flat behind you finally arrive at Uyuni where you will enjoy a two hour break before returning to San Pedro de Atacama. Night in Villa Mar refuge.
 
ATACAMA DESERT

Day 7 – UNDER THE STARS OFSAN PEDRO (2450 m alt.)
Early departure from Villa Mar heading towards the Bolivian border. Back to San Pedro de Atacama where you are expected to arrive early in the afternoon.
 
Day 8 – TATIO GEYSER (4320 m alt.)
Early departure to reach the Geysers de Tatio before sunrise. An impressive show will then gradually unfold, the temperature of the air will fall, and the water vapour will start spurting out several meters above the ground.
Return to San Pedro de Atacama and pass through the small village of Machuca where you will appreciate the traditional architecture of a high altitude village, together with its fauna and flora. Return to San Pedro de Atacama early in the afternoon. 
Our gift : In the evening a small astronomy courses to discover the constellations of the southern hemisphere.
 
Day 9 – SAN PEDRO / SANTIAGO DE CHILE
Flight Calama 12h25 > 14h35 Santiago de Chile
Morning departure to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago where you arrive by midday. Free afternoon to visit the city of Santiago.

EASTER ISLAND
 
Day 10 – HANGA ROA
Flight Santiago de Chile 10h15 > 14h10 Hanga Roa
Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanga Roa, the “capital” of the Island, where our driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
Free afternoon to explore the village and enjoy the beach.
 
Day 11 – EXPLORE THIS INTRIGUING ISLAND
Start exploring this treeless island dotted with volcanoes and fringed with sandy beaches. Follow the Moaï route, passing the Rano Raraku volcano and its spectacular crater, where former islanders carved the giant statues from the volcano’s quarry. There are more than 400 rock granite statues of different sizes to be appreciated. Towards the end of the day, relax at the beautiful beach of Anakena with white sand and coconut palm trees, guarded by an altar of Moaïs.
 
Day 12 – ORONGO, TAHAI CERIMONIAL COMPLEX
Departure for the archaeological site of Tahai, a ceremonial complex with 3 stone platforms, known as “Ahus”. From this vantage point you have some spectacular views of this dramatic landscape. Orongo is an ancient ceremonial village at the southern tip of the island situated on the brink of the Rano Kau volcano, the point where the sea cliff and inner crater wall of Rano Kau volcano converge. Orongo contains about fifty restored oval-shaped houses, but never served as a permanent residence. This site is known for the birdman ceremony which took place annually. A dream landscape overlooking the Pacific.
 
Day 13 – BACK TO SANTIAGO
Flight Hanga Roa 14h40 > 21h20 Santiago de Chile
Free morning to continue enjoying the village and the beach and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. In Santiago , a driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Day 14 – FINAL DAY IN CHILE
Three hours before your international flight, a transfer vehicle will pick you up at your hotel to take you to the airport.
 
End of your adventure in Chile…

This program is only given as an indication. Transhumans reserves the right, directly or through its local partners, to replace transportation, accommodation, itinerary, as well as dates and departure times, without the participants being able to claim any compensation.

Dates and Prices

PRICE 2016 (in $ per person) Starting from $ 3095 USD* 

 * Final price calculated based on the information currently in our possession and on 2 participants. 


The program can be modified according to your requirements. Please contact a member of our team.
Price does not includ the international flight(s).
TransHumans offers you the option of booking your international tickets; we will search and book for you the best deals. Price may vary depending on the time of purchase but cost normally between $1000 and $1,600 insurance included.

The price includes:

  • 4 national flights: Santiago de Chile > Calama > Santiago de Chile; Santiago de Chile > Easter Island > Santiago de Chile ;
  • 13 nights in comfortable accommodation, in hotels carefully selected by us ;
  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners ;
  • Ground transfers as mentioned in the program ;
  • 1 group excursion to the Moon Valley ;
  • 1 four day excursion in 4x4 through the Bolivian Altiplano to the Uyuni salt flat ;
  • 1 group excursion to the Tatio geysers ;
  • 3 private excursions on Easter Island ;
  • An English speaking member of our team accompanying on your first day in Valparaiso ;
  • A road book with all the information necessary for the smooth running of your stay(vouchers, details of you flights, local contacts, hotels, maps,…) ;
  • A mobile phone to contact us 24/7.

The price does not include:

  • International flights ;
  • Entrance to the national reserve and park in Bolivia (about $28 p.p.) ;
  • Drinks and personal expenses ;
  • Services not mentioned in the program  ;
  • The comprehensive insurance and repatriation assistance.

Practical Information

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Day 1 –VALPARAISO
Transport : private transfer - 1h30
English speaking member of our team accompanying you
Day 2 – VALPARAISO / SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (2450 m alt.) 
Flight Santiago de Chile  14h30 > Calama 16h40
Transport: private transfer - 1h30 + 2h10 flight + 2h00 minivan.
Included meals : Breakfast
Day 3 – MOON VALLEY (2450 m alt.)
Transport: van - 2h30.
Included meals : Breakfast
Day 4 – LAGUNA VERDE / GEYSER SOL MAÑANA / LAGUNA COLORADA (3950 m alt.)
Transport: private 4x4 - 6h00
Included meals : Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Entrance to the park not included (about $28/p.p.)
Day 5 – LAGUNA COLORADA / SALAR DE UYUNI (3650 m alt.)
Transport: private 4x4 - 6h00
Included meals : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 – FISH ISLAND / INCA HUASI  (3600m alt)
Transport: private 4X4 - 6h00
Included meals : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 – UNDER THE STARS OF SAN PEDRO (2450 m alt.)
Transport: private 4x4 - 6h00
Included meals : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 – TATIO GEYSERS (4320 m alt.)
Transport: van - 3h30.
Included meals : Breakfast
Day 9 – SAN PEDRO / SANTIAGO DE CHILE       
Flight Calama 12h25 > 14h35 Santiago de Chile
Transport: 2h00 van + 2h10 flight + private transfer - 45 min.
Included meals : Breakfast
Day 10 – HANGA ROA, EASTER ISLAND                
Flight Santiago de Chile 10h15 > 14h10 Hanga Roa
Transport: private transfer - 45 min + 05h55 flight.
Included meals : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 11 – EXPLORE THIS INTRIGUING ISLAND
Transport: private transfer
Included meals : Breakfast and dinner
Day 12 – ORONGO
Transport: private trsansfer
Included meals : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 13 –  BACK TO SANTIAGO   
Flight Hanga Roa 14h40 > 21h20 Santiago de Chile
Transport: 05h55 flight + private transfer - 45 min
Included meals : Breakfast 
Day 14 – FINAL DAY IN CHILE 
Transport : private transfer - 45 min

SELECTED ACCOMMODATION

LOCATION
Valparaiso
San Pedro de Atacama
Bolivia
Santiago de Chile
Easter Island

Option 1: BUDGET HOTELS 

(Starting from $ 3095 USD/p.p)

La maison du Filoulamaisondufilou.over-blog.com
Hostal Campo Basewww.hostalcampobase.cl/en
Family run hotels
Appart Hôtelwww.aparthotelcambiaso.cl
Christophewww.cabanaschristophe.com/

Option 2: LUXURY HOTELS 

(Starting from  $ 4975 UDS/p.p)

La Puerta Esconidawww.puertaescondida.cl
Lodge Terrantaiwww.terrantai.com
Hôtels Taykawww.taykahoteles.com/es
Hôtel Le Rêvehttp://lerevehotel.cl
Hôtel spa Hare NOIwww.noihotels.com/hotel/hare-noi/

La Cantera

www.hotellacanteraiguazu.com

Formalities
PASSPORT & VISA: A valid passport is sufficient for most European and US citizens; a tourist visa will be issued at entry to the territory. If the stay exceeds the three months, it will be necessary to apply for a visa at the Embassy in your country. Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

PASSPORT : REMINDER: Make copies of all your important documents (passport, flight tickets, insurance, and credit card). Leave one copy of each at home and pack one with you.


GEAR
GOOD GEAR WILL ALLOW YOU TO BETTER ENJOY YOUR TRIP……….

Clothing : 
Given the great variation in temperature between day and night in the Northwest it is necessary to pack both light and warm clothes. Wearing layers of clothes can be a good idea to easily adapt to the weather conditions. Typical layers include: t-shirt, sweater, fleece, wind/water proof layer. We highly recommend lightweight, quick-drying technical clothing.
Remember to take good insect repellent, hat, cap and sunglasses (minimum lens category 3)!

Miscellaneous
-Toiletry bag (biodegradable products are preferred) 
-Small quick-drying towel 
-Sunscreen lotion
-Insect repellent DEET (+ 40% for good protection). Also useful against fleas which can be a nuisance for people with sensitive skin.
-Head torch (with spare batteries and bulbs) 
-Bottle and/or camel bag  
-Pocket knife (checked luggage) 
-Money belt or pouch to safely store your passport, currency, credit cards, personal papers, insurance papers. 
-A copy of your passport. 
-Power Power sockets in Argentina are type C and I; Voltage: 220 V.
Medical Kit : 
-Antidiarrheal medication (i.e.smecta and imodium)
-Antihistamine 
-Plasters, sterile dressings and antiseptics 
-Medicine for pain or fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen) 
-Elastic adhesive bandage 
-Anti-inflammatory ointment or cream
-Water purification tablets 
NOTE : Most of these products are also available in local pharmacies.

Luggage : Please arrange your belongings in two bags : 
-Small backpack (capacity 25/40 litres).This is your hand luggage you will take with you on the plane as well as every day during hikes, excursions and transfers. 
-Large waterproof backpack to check-in (capacity 60 to 90 litres). 
-Large plastic bag to protect from moisture your belongings in your backpacks.


HEALTH
Vaccines
The country does not present any health risks, and the water is potable almost everywhere. No vaccine is mandatory for Chile, but some are recommended:
-Tetanus-diphtheria
-Polio
-Pertussis
-Hepatitis B
For children and those born before 1980: measles, mumps - rubella.

Other risks

Try to avoid contact with insects. Fleas tend to be a nuisance for sensitive skin. Regular insect repellent is also effective against fleas.
Altitude sickness 
Altitude sickness is due to a rapid ascent to higher altitudes and the decreasing level of oxygen available at those altitudes. The symptoms include shortness of breath, irritating dry cough, severe headache, nausea and exhaustion. The first solution is to descend to a lower altitude (at least 500 m).
Proper acclimatization of the body to increasing altitudes is the best way to prevent altitude sickness. Once above 3000 meters it is wise not to increase the altitude at which you sleep by more than 500 meters. Stop a day if the altitude increases by 1000 meters in a day, keep hydrated and avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
The best way to acclimatize to the altitude is to climb gradually. Given enough time, your body will adapt to the decrease in oxygen at a specific altitude.

Medical Assistance
Medical care is excellent in most tourist areas in Chile. For more remote areas, in case of urgent medical assistance, contact your Embassy in Santiago, Chile. We highly recommend you to contact your insurance as soon as possible.

 

Responsible Tourism

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Our Vision & Commitment

Cultural awareness is very important to us. Sensible to the local cultural traditions and beliefs, the beauty of the landscapes and the biodiversity of the ecosystems, we choose to limit the negative impact of our activities on the local environment. In addition to designing trips that aim at preserving the natural, cultural and social resources of the territories in the long term, we also include the concept of “Territorial Compensation”. The idea of Territorial Compensation is to help local people protect and conserve their ecosystem, enhance their cultural heritage and develop sustainable projects for their territory.

Based on this concept of Territorial Compensation, TransHumans donates 3% of the total price of each trip to this cause. The money goes directly into a solidarity fund that finances our ERECA program (Education Relative à l'Environnement et aux Cultures Aborigènes), an environmental and cultural program. Since 2007, we have supported various projects aimed at training and awareness-raising for the local communities.

If you want to know more about this+ : http://www.transhumans.fr/en/solidarity-project-transhumans