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Altiplanic Spirit, Chile: Tours, trips and trekking in and around the Atacama Desert and San Pedro de Atacama in Northern Chile

We are a family company and we want to show the legacy of our land and its magical places. Our main goal is to give a high quality service to fulfill the national and international requirements.

Altiplanic Spirit experience is not to follow the average way to do tourism but we want to increase the interaction with nature, culture and local traditions along with special activities which is a must if you are thinking about visiting The Atacama Desert and San Pedro de Atacama because the best way to do so is interacting directly with local people and it is for this reason that our staff such as guides and drivers are Likan Antai.

They will share with you myths and legends which belong to their ancestors and in that way you will be able to walk through places where humans have been living for thousands of years. Our goal and concern is to give a suitable service which fulfills the requirements and necessities of every traveler offering high quality explorations.

The best experience to feel the magic and spirit of the desert comes from us.

Services we provide:

  • Traditional Trips
    The best way to visit, the Atacama Desert and San Pedro de Atacama because is interacting directly with local people and it is for this reason that our staff such as guides and drivers are Likan Antai.
  • Trekking
    Altiplanic Spirit experience is not to follow the average way to do tourism but we want to increase the interaction with nature, culture and local traditions along with special activities which is a must if you are thinking about visiting The Atacama Desert and San Pedro de Atacama

Traditional trips in the Atacama desert and San Pedro de Atacama area

Salar de Atacama and Laguna Chaxa (Atacama Salt Flat and Chaxa Lagoon)

Our exploration will go towards South and after almost 30 minutes we will stop at the little village of Toconao where we will see its square, church and craftsmanship. Then we will go on our exploration to reach one of the areas of Los Flamencos National Reserve located in Atacama Salt Flat. Here we can gaze at different kinds of flamingos in their habitat.
This is a pm exploration because the sunset is amazing.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours. Difficulty: easy

Géiseres del Tatio (Tatio Geysers)

At 4.300 meters above sea level we can see Tatio Geysers which is an impressive geothermal field and it is linked to all the geothermal activity of this zone. In this place we can see 12 meters high steam columns which emerge from little pools of boiling water. Here we will have breakfast after sunrise.
On the way back we will be able to see vicunas and if we are lucky we might see foxes, ñandúes and vizcachas. We will also stop at the little village of Machuca which is a shepherds village and it is surrounded by a unique landscape where you can see llamas and birds as well as its traditional architecture made of stones and straw used in houses and church. Besides you will also see the area full of Cactaceas.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Difficulty: Easy, but there must be a previous altitude acclimatization.
Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Lagunas Altiplánicas (Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti and Meñiques)

We will set off from San Pedro de Atacama towards Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons which are located at 4.200 meters above sea level. The landscapes are perfect to stop for a while to watch how beautiful their mountains, colors and contrasts are. We will visit Chaxa Lagoon which is located in a national reserve called Los Flamencos.
Here you will be able to watch the different kinds of birds such as flamingos and others. This exploration includes lunch in a homely restaurant in the village of Socaire.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Difficulty: easy

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley)

Enjoy the surrealist landscape of Moon Valley at 2.500 meters above sea level located in The Salty Mountain chain South East of San Pedro de Atacama. Here you will be able to see beautiful and strange rocky formations which are the result of fluvial erosion, wind, rain and extreme temperatures.
We will walk through certain areas of this place watching unique landscapes and will be an unforgettable experience.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours. Difficulty: easy

Salar de Tara (Tara Salt Flats)

This route goes to the East and you will able to see interesting views of the volcanoes including the incredible Licancabur volcano and Tutelar mount. We will continue going up to the highest point of the route (4.700 meters above sea level). Here besides the colors and contrasts we will be able to see birds, salt flats and wetlands.
When the paved route finishes we will encounter the amazing rocky formations called Monjes de la Packana (Packana Monks). In this point the route which leads to Tara Salt Flat begins. Tara Salt Flat is a lonely and beautiful place where we will be able to enjoy an absolute silence and mystic atmosphere.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Difficulty: easy

Lagunas Altiplánicas: (Altiplanic Lagoons: )Aguas Calientes & Tuyajto

If you are one of those travelers who prefer to be in touch with nature and away from crowded cities then we have a new route for you to enjoy the beauty of Altiplanic Lagoons and their spiritual silence. At more than 4.000 meter above sea level we will take to the far Aguas Calientes (hot water) and Tuyajto Lagoons where you will be able to see the breathtaking landscapes.
It is a full day exploration which allows enjoying the peace of the desert as well as its salt flats, contrasts and colors. In this exploration you will also visit an area called Piedras Rojas (red stones) with impressive rocky formations which seem to be from other planet. If the weather is good we will have lunch in Tuyajto to watch its incredible landscape. After visiting this amazing place we will have lunch in a homely restaurant in the village of Socaire to taste its flavors.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Difficulty: easy

Termas de Puritama (Puritama hot springs)

Thought to be an experience of pleasure and relaxation where you will feel peace. It is located at the green bottom of a ravine and it is divided into 8 ponds of thermal water at 35 Celsius degrees and it is at 3.500 meters above sea level.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: easy

Trekking in the Atacama desert and San Pedro de Atacama area in Chile

Altos de Catarpe

Aguas Calientes, Salt Flats, Tuyayito Lagoon and buffet lunch.
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 5 kms / 3 miles
Max. altitude: 3,500 meters / 11.200 feet

Copacoya

Panoramic views of the volcanoes, wind eroded rocks, El Tatio Geothermal Fields, geysers, picnic lunch
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Full day
Duration: 4,5 to 5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 2
Distance: 7 kms / 4,3 miles
Max. altitude: 4,500 meters / 14,400 feet
Note! This is one of the acclimatization hikes required for high mountain ascents.

Cornisas

Panoramic views of the oasis, Atacama Salt Flat, Valle de la Muerte Dunes
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2 to 2,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 4,2 kms / 2,5 miles
Max. altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet
Note! Family recommended

Cuchabrache Heights

Cordillera de la Sal, panoramic views, volcanoes
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2,5 to 3,0 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 6,5 kms / 3,9 miles
Max. altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet

Guatín – Punta del Inca

Vilama River, local flora, waterfalls, birdwatching, panoramic views
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2 to 2,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 4,2 kms / 2,5 miles
Max. altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet
Note! Family recommended

Guatín – Puritama

Ancient cacti gardens, Puritama Hot Springs
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2 to 2,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 1
Distance: 5 kms / 3 miles
Max. altitude: 3,500 meters / 11,200 feet
Note! Family recommended

Kamur

Valle de la Luna, Cordillera de la Sal landscapes, panoramic views
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 3,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 9 kms / 5,4 miles
Max. altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet

Kari

Kari Ravine Canyon, salt walls
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2 to 2,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 5,5 kms / 3,3 miles
Max. altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet
Note! Family recommended

Kulamar

Salt flats, salar de Aguas Calientes, panoramic views, picnic lunch
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Full day
Duration: 4,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 2
Distance: 10 kms / 6 miles
Max. altitude: 4,200 meters / 13,440 feet

Machuca Río Grande

Machuca, riverbed hike, picnic lunch
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Full day
Duration: 4,5 to 5,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 2
Distance: 16 kms / 9,6 miles
Max. altitude: 4,000 meters / 12,800 feet

Salar de Atacama

Orchards of Toconao, laguna Chaxa, Salar de Atacama, bird watching, sunset
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 1 hour
Nights of acclimatization needed: 0
Distance: 2 kms / 1,2 miles
Max. altitude: 2,500 meters / 8,000 feet

Salar del Altiplano

Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, Tuyayito Lagoon, buffet lunch
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Full day
Duration: 1 hour
Nights of acclimatization needed: 2
Distance: 3 kms / 1,8 miles
Max. altitude: 4,500 meters / 14,400 feet
Note! Family recommended

Salar de Tara

Licancabur Volcano, Cerro Toco, Quipiaco Lagoon, salt flats, panoramic views, picnic lunch
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Full day
Duration: 1,5 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 2
Distance: 2,5 kms / 1,5 miles
Max. altitude: 4,500 meters / 14,400 feet

Yerbas Buenas – Valle del Arcoiris

Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs, colored rock walls
Pickup/Dropoff: Your hotel In San Pedro.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2 hours
Nights of acclimatization needed: 1
Distance: 2 kms / 1,2 miles
Max. altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet

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