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Deserts of Argentina and Chile

Experience an unforgettable tour in the desert of Argentina and Chile : Salta, Purmamarca, Salinas Grandes, Humahuaca, Tilcara, San Pedro de Atacama, Geysers du Tatio, Santiago. Discover many wonderful landscapes.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 3: Buenos Aires - Salta - Buenos Aires - Salta - City Tour Salta - Salta
  • Day 4: Salta - Cachi
  • Day 5: Cachi - Cafayate
  • Day 6: Cafayate - Salta
  • Day 7: Salta - Purmamarca
  • Day 8: Purmamarca - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 9: Pukara de Quitor - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 10: Atacama Salar - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 11: El Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago de Chile
  • Day 12: Santiago de Chile
  • Day 13: Santiago de Chile - The wine-making valleys - Emiliana Winery - Valparaiso & Viña del mar
  • Day 14: Valparaiso & Viña del mar - Santiago de Chile

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Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.
Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour).

Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions ... The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor.
You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral.

You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers.
Return to your hotel after the visit.
An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.
Night at the Sileo Hotel ***
Included : transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Visit Buenos Aires (half day and private tour).
Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theatres, traditions ... The variety satisfies even the most demanding visitor.

Guided tour of Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, often old houses of historical figures, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. You enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center, characterized by its French architecture of 1889, with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is one of the favourite places in Argentina.

Later you visit Recoleta Cemetery, where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The best known and most revered, even today is the tomb of Evita Peron, the legendary wife of President Peron.

You continue your visit to Palermo neighbourhood, with a stroll in the park Tres de Febrero, inaugurated in 1875, representing the largest green area of the city.
Return to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.

Night at the Sileo Hotel ***
Included : english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 3: Buenos Aires - Salta - City Tour Salta - Salta

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle
Welcoming at Salta's Airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle.

Transportation with an Engish-speaking guide.


Half day (morning or afternoon) dedicated to the visit of the city with an english speaking guide in a private vehicle.

Salta is the capital city of the province of the same name and it is located at 1,187 masl, at the foot of Mount San Bernardo. The city was founded on April 16th 1582 by Hernando de Lerma. Both colonial-style houses and modern buildings coexist harmoniously.
Out of all the historical buildings, you visit the cathedral, built in the nineteenth century, the San Bernardo convent and the Cabildo, which houses the picturesque historical museum of the northern region of Argentina.

Visit to the very recent and interesting MAAM museum (Museo Archeologia de Alta Montaña or High Mountain Archaeological Museum) which exhibits several mummies discovered at an altitude of over 6,000 meters.

Note: MAAM closed on mondays.

Night at Antiguo Convento hotel ***.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 4: Salta - Cachi


Departure to Cachi, located at 2200masl, at 157km from Salta.

We drive through spectacular landscapes such as those offered by the Piedra del Molino mountain pass at 3,600 meters, the Quebrada de Escoipe, a deep gorge where the green of the woods contrasts with the ochre of the soil on the bare mountains of “Cuesta del Obispo” and Los Cardones National Park composed of stark expanses scattered with candelabrum-shaped cacti…

Cachi is a tranquil Andean native village featuring low-whitewashed houses and the San José Church with its sculpted roof of cactus-wood dating back to the eighteenth century. We visit the small archaeological museum which has a wonderful collection of pre-Inca and Inca ceramics, especially those pertaining to the Santa María culture.

We head to La Paya Ruins. It is an important site, with many ring walls, circular stone tombs and the place known as the Casa Morada del Inca, a separate building from the rest, apparently built as a transit station in the Inca Trail.

We return to Cachi

Night at El Cortijo hotel ***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 5: Cachi - Cafayate


Departure by private vehicle to reach the small town of Molinos, dating from 1659; there is a church, probably erected in the late eighteenth century, by the last royal governor of Salta, Don Nicolás Severo of Isasmendi, buried there. Around this chapel, the town of Molinos grew.

You cross the majestic "Quebrada de las Flechas" surrounded by a mysterious moonscape.

White dunes announce the nearness of Cafayate, the largest city in the valley of Calchaquies, whose economy relies on the wine industry. Wine tasting in the evening.

Night at Killa hotel ***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 6: Cafayate - Salta


This morning, we travel to Salta through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” which undoubtedly offers the visitor one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest of Argentina, with its imposing semi-desert mountains featuring multi-colored rock formations sculpted by erosion.

A century-old sight conceived by nature for our benefit!

Night at Antiguo Convento hotel ***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 7: Salta - Purmamarca


An early start for a grand tour of the Humahuaca Valley.

We leave Salta and after 180km we reach Purmamarca, “the Holy Land” in Aymara language. This little town is renowned for its seven-colored mountain, “Cerro de los Siete Colores”, a mineral rainbow of sorts.

Then we hit the Andean road, and arrive after twenty kilometres to Pucará Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic Omaguaca village founded over 900 years ago. We visit the village and the remarkable collection housed in its museum including mummies, funeral vases, jewellery and other objects found in archaeological sites in the Northwest of Argentina.

We continue north to Humahuaca, located at 2940masl, one of the most important trade centres in times of the Vice Regency of Peru.
Return to Purmamarca.

Night at Los Colorados Cabins ***.
Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 8: Purmamarca - San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer from the hotel to the bus station in Purmamarca in a private vehicle.
Departure by bus from Purmamarca to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile).
450km -8 hours
Included : transfer arrival, lunch (no drinks), bus ticket

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Day 3: Buenos Aires - Salta


Domestic flight Buenos Aires - Salta.

Included : domestic flight, airport tax

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Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama


Transfer in a private vehicle to your hotel.

Night at Hotel Poblado Kimal *** .
Included : transfer arrival, breakfast buffet , room

Day 9: Pukara de Quitor - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama

Leave to the archaeological site of Aldea de Tulor, which houses, well-preserved in the sand, were built in around 2800 BC. Then, head to the pre-inca fortress of Quitor, passing by the Devil's Throats. This fortress has been the theater of violent confrontations during the Spanish conquest: that is where all the local leaders were decapitated. Drive up San Pedro river until the Inca site of Catarpe, before going back to San Pedro for lunch.

In the middle of the afternoon, leave San Pedro and drive to the Salt Cordillera and the Moon Valley. Once there, you can take a walk in a magnificent landscape made of sand dunes and sculpted calcareous mountains. Enjoy the sunset while having a drink before going back to San Pedro.

At nightfall, you will join an astronomer at San Pedro observatory, for a tour of the southern sky. After 2 hours of observation with the naked eye and through 10 different telescopes, the guide will complete the explanation around a hot beverage, before you head back to San Pedro.

Note: The excursion is open to other tourists. The excursion will be canceled if the moon is full, and is subject to weather conditions. Do not forget your jackets and coats (the temperature can go down to - 15ºC in the winter).

Night at Hotel Poblado Kimal *** .
Included : guide expenses, private transport, english speaking guide, entrance fees, drinks, excursion (shared), breakfast buffet , room

Day 10: Atacama Salar - San Pedro de Atacama

Departure from your hotel in the morning. Day fully dedicated to the discovery of the Atacama salt flat and its surrounding attractions. The Toconao and Socaire villages, la quebrada de Jerez, Chaxa, Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons with their volcanoes, are the “must” of this visit. Lunch in a restaurant at Socaire. Return to San Pedro at the end of the afternoon.

Night at Hotel Poblado Kimal *** .
Included : lunch (no drinks), guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, breakfast buffet , room

Day 11: El Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago de Chile


Private transfer from your hotel to Calama airport.

Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.


Night at the Galerias hotel ***.

Included : guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, breakfast, excursion (private), english speaking guide, transfer departure, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 12: Santiago de Chile

Visit of Chile's capital, nestled at the foot of the Andes. Although Santiago has become over the years a modern and bustling city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved their atmosphere and a romantic charm.
You will visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, Cerro San Cristobal, etc.

Night at the Galerias hotel ***.

Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 13: Santiago de Chile - The wine-making valleys - Emiliana Winery - Valparaiso & Viña del mar

Departure from your hotel. Arrival in the Casablanca valley and visit of the Emiliana vineyard, well-known for its organic wine and bio-dynamic technology. The Casablanca Valley is the main production area of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Drive to Valparaiso and afternoon at leisure.
On the way, visit and tasting at the Emiliana Winery in the Casablanca Valley. Emiliana Vineyards is a privately owned initiative dedicated to producing wines made from organic grapes. However, it is a vineyard only: no wine is produced at this site.
Half day tour of Valparaiso and its old neighbourhoods, Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This town is made of many hills crowned with picturesque houses and warehouses, steep narrow streets, lifts and street singers. You will discover this special atmosphere this place has. Seize the opportunity to have lunch in a typical seafood restaurant. Visit of La Sebastiana, one of Pablo Neruda's houses.
By foot and in public transport.
La Sebastiana is closed on Mondays.


Night at Hotel Manoir Aktinson ***.

Upgraded room with view over the Ocean.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, local guide, room & breakfast, breakfast

Day 14: Valparaiso & Viña del mar - Santiago de Chile

Private transfer from Valparaiso to Santiago airport.
Included : private transport

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Day 11: Calama - Santiago de Chile


Domestic flight from Calama to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).
Included : domestic flight, airport tax

Hotel Sileo   Buenos Aires

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Sileo Hotel Boutique Cultural is a comfortable and warm space, placed in the very heart of the most luxurious and selective Buenos Aires neighborhood. From our delights to our spa every single detail was planned thinking of the most demanding host. Come to enjoy an exceptional time in an exclusive cultural complex as Sileo Hotel is. Get immersed in the Argentinean culture by discovering detail by detail the new concept we are betting on: personalized attention, exclusive cultural furnishings, comfort, framing in an space dotted by art, books, conferences, films, music and more… Everything for you..

Hotel Antiguo Convento   Salta

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Old Convent Hotel is located in the Historic Corridor in street Caseros, minutes from Plaza 9 de Julio. Among the attractions of the colonial architecture that our city presents we can see the Cathedral, the Cabildo Historico, San Francisco Church and Convent of San Bernardo. There is no doubt that walking around the center of our city will be an experience you will never forget.

Hotel El Cortijo   Cachi

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Enjoy a warm atmosphere, an exclusive Andean stile kitchen, an ideal site to contemplate art and nature and our personalized and kind service. The traditional family Bergesi´s villa became what today is a charming hotel, adding comfort and modern installations to the original building. The restaurant Catalino “chef author, wines and conserved food” is where the cook exhibits his style, adding to the regional kitchen his gourmet touch. The hotel rooms maintain the original architecture and materials like adobe, natural stones, wood and cane with old furnishing combined with regional paintings.

Hotel Killa   Cafayate

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Killa Cafayate is a hotel de charme located in the heart of town. Developed after an old colonial house it is today a hotel with own character and a very particular style. It is a place to rest and encounter with ample guestrooms, fresh galleries and colorful gardens. Decorated with exclusive artisan designs, invites to enjoy its history and present with unique hospitality style.

Hotel Los Colorados   Purmamarca

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Cabañas Los Colorados is a complex of bungalows, which are located in northwestern Argentina, in Jujuy Province. The Cabañas el Colorado are located in the "Quebrada de Humahuaca" declared "World Heritage" UNESCO 2003. Located at the foot of the seven color hills (western) within the magnificent tour of the "Paseo de los Colorados." At 500 meters of Purmamarca's main square.

Hotel Poblado Kimal STD   San Pedro de Atacama

Level : 3*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Hotel Poblado Kimal is situated in the historical centre of the ancient oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the corner of the main street, Caracoles. The 21 charming wood and adobe cabin-like rooms with terraces are distributed amidst the calm of a fruit orchard in an arrangement reminiscent of an ancient settlement– “poblado”. Honouring a tradition of respect for the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and Inti (Father Sun) , solar energy has been used for lighting, every tree has been left in place and wooden pathways allow for the traditional flood irrigation of the land.
Note: San Pedro is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, and the water available can be limited. Thank you for understanding this peculiar situation and acting accordingly.

Night Hotel Galerias STD.   Santiago de Chile

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Galerias is located in the heart of downtown Santiago. Strategically placed steps away from the main commercial and cultural activities of the country, this traditional hotel, completely restored on the year 2002, invites you to live a unique experience, in which Chile, its people, origin and cultural richness are present on every corner.

Hotel Manoir Aktinson STD   Valparaiso & Viña del mar

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Manoir Atkinson, one of the most renowned Boutique hotels in Valparaiso Chile, is all about warm hospitality and dedicated service. Strategically located on Valparaiso's renowned Cerro Concepcion, in an old patrimonial home, it was completely restored in a manner that is respectful of the neighborhood's singular traits. Hotel Manoir Atkinson counts seven rooms, one of which a Suite. Each of these rooms offers a distinct seal and awesome views of the Bay of Valparaiso and the city’s surrounding hills. Come discover the magical enchantment of Valparaiso at Hotel Manoir Atkinson!

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