3 Days » From Mountain to Sea. Atacama Desert, Chile

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Dive into the world of science and mysticism of the Atacama Desert

We invite you to explore the driest desert on earth alongside a simplistic scientific essence focused on geology, where only your contemplation, observation and enjoyment are required.

A fascinating journey through the geological heritage of the Atacama. We designed for you, this tourist package that brings together the outstanding attractions of this magical corner. We will visit the high Andes, the Medanoso dune and the coast line.

Plan your adventure in Atacama and let the desert captivate you with its magic.

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Natural & Holistic Therapies

  • Mindfulness


3 / 3 days with instruction
Spanish Instruction language
English, Spanish Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Minimum age allowed is 12 years
  • The maximum participants in the group is 6 person
  • Seasonality


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    DAY 1


    7:00 am. Departure from Copiapó.
    8:00 am. Puquios Ruins and "Chaos" (1,248 m.a.s.l.): we begin our adventure in the Precordillera, visiting the ruins of Puquios, a mining town of yesteryear that housed nearly 5,000 inhabitants. Next to these ruins, there is one of the most striking geological expressions of the region, the "Puquios Chaos", made up by volcanic rocks associated to lava flows and intensely deformed marine materials. These rocks are chaotically mixed as a result of the internal forces of the Earth, which during millions of years has deformed and denuded the materials; this surprising mixture will be explained in the field and we will travel to the geological past to understand how our territory has changed.
    12:00 am. Santa Rosa Lagoon (3,762 m.a.s.l.) and flamingo sighting: Chile's tectonic, magmatic and climatic conditions have developed an important depression in this sector, the Salar de Maricunga basin, where a quiet lagoon currently rests, surrounded by numerous inactive volcanoes and majestic flamingos that adorn the landscape.
    2:00 pm. Salar de Maricunga (3,756 m.a.s.l.): this salt flat is connected to the Santa Rosa Lagoon, forming part of the same basin. We will visit an opening developed in the salt flat where water emerges, known as the "eye". Its intense color will not leave you indifferent.
    3:30 pm. Laguna Verde + hot springs (4,328 m.a.s.l.): in our last stop we will go to Laguna Verde, a hypersaline mountain water body that exceeds 4,000 m.a.s.l., its magical tones invite us to contemplate and relax. Next to the lagoon, cozy thermal waters emerge from the depths of the Earth.
    4:30. Return.

    DAY 2


    3:30 pm. Departure from Copiapó
    4:50 pm. Quebrada de Las Pinturas: This desert site has fractured intrusive rock walls, where it is possible to find about 30 pre-Hispanic manifestations, probably painted locally from iron oxides. They have an average height of 60 cm, although some reach 150 cm. Camelid and anthropomorphic designs are observed, the latter associated with the Middle Period of local prehistory (600-900 AD)
    6:30 pm. Medanoso Dune + Sanboard: why do dunes form, where does such a large amount of sand come from? This and other answers will be given on the spot! We will also enjoy an entertaining day of sanboarding in the most arid desert on the planet! Finally, we will do astrophotography and a walk under the cleanest night skies in the world.
    8:30 pm. Night sky walk:
    9:30 p.m. Return

    DAY 3


    8:00 am. Departure from Copiapó.
    9:00 am. Angostura sector, Copiapo river.
    10:30 am. Seasons.
    11:30 am. Geological risks.
    11:45 am. "False Meteorite" of Puerto Viejo.
    12:15 pm. Playa Blanca.
    1:30 pm. Lunch at Bahía Inglesa.
    3:30 pm. Sailing.
    5:30 pm. Return.

    You will visit an orchard in the desert; wonderful waterfalls of the Copiapó River inserted in the middle of rocky walls of 192 million years. Then, we will go to the coast to visit traces of an ancient telluric event recorded in sedimentary layers of a recognized geological formation. We will continue with the visit to a supposed... meteorite crater, a mystery that we will discover in the field along with geological evidence and chemical tools. The land route ends in a picturesque port, where we will learn more about geological hazards, and then embark on a sailing boat and begin a quiet navigation through the Pacific.

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    • No incluye (Realizamos recomendaciones)

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    Included Meals

    Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

    Food Types Supported

    Vegan, Vegetarian

    Additional Things to do Review Like

    Sports: Diving, Surfing and Climbing 

    What is included Review Like

    • Video of the experience (drone).
    • Specialized guide in geology.
    • Portable oxygen.
    • Food (snacks, tastings and lunches).
    • Transport.
    • Sanboard day.
    • Sailing in a sailboat.
    • Entrance to the P.N. Nevado Tres Cruces.

    What is not included Review Like

    • Hospedaje. Realizamos recomendaciones.
    • Material didáctico (mapas y guías geológicas).

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    *Tour for the over 12s

    Booking conditions.

    ▪ If you do not show up or cancel the tour after you have made your reservation, no money will be refunded. However, your reservation will remain valid and you will be able to reschedule the tour within a maximum period of 6 months.

    Main recommendations

    ✔ Sign the risk acceptance form at the beginning of the activity, which in the case of girls, boys
    and teenagers, must be signed by the parent or guardian.
    ✔ Ask for the activity sheet, risk management plan and emergency plan
    before the activity.
    ✔ Demand an instructive talk, in addition to the accompaniment and supervision of a guide.
    ✔ Inform yourself of the age limits and characteristics that you must have before carrying out an activity.
    ✔ Check if the company has accident insurance for participants.
    ✔ Check if the place where the activity will take place has equipment in good condition.
    ✔ Check that the published price for carrying out the contracted activity is respected and that
    adequately about what is included and what is not included in the service

    Personal suggestions

    ✔ For your luggage, you should preferably carry a light backpack (20 to 40 litres).
    ✔ Bring personal hygiene items; sunscreen +30, insect repellent, alcohol gel,
    personal medications, toilet paper.
    ✔ Use a wardrobe according to the destination to be visited (get information about the climate).
    ✔ Wear comfortable shoes (sports or trekking).
    ✔ Avoid wearing jewelry or valuables.
    ✔ Refrain from breaking into the flora, fauna and/or cultural heritage of the areas visited.
    ✔ Do not deviate from the route, try not to get separated from the group and stay accompanied by the guide to
    ✔ Before, during and after the trip always keep yourself hydrated.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Non Refundable

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    The rest of the payment should be made on arrival

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    • Hiking

    • Sailing

    • Dining area

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Free Drinkable Water

    • Tour Assistance

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      Highly recommended
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      Everything about this trip was just amazing, from a comfortable jeep, to great lunch and a really cool guide. The trip is long but worth it, since it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to and easly my favorite trip in Chile. I highly recommend this trip and Geo Adventure Tours.
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      We would really recommend it to everyone!
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      It was a wonderful experience. The nature is so beautiful you can't describe! It's a must to for everyone! Geoadventures did a very nice job. The guide on our tour was Viktor, he lives and works for 18 years in the area. So he knew a lot about it and was very kind and a good driver.

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