Travel Module Altiplano

Wide sandy beaches, gigantic volcanoes and Andean fauna – experience the breathtaking Altiplano of Chile and the beautiful coastal cities of Iquique and Arica on an Atacama round trip.


The desert town of Iquique combines scenic elegance, Chilean history and modernity like few other places in the country. Examine the interesting architecture of the city center and switch off at the beach promenade flanked by palm trees. From Iquique starts your private multi-day excursion on the Altiplano to Arica. You pass the abandoned mining town of Humberstone, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a reminder of the blessings and curses of natural resources. Sublime volcanoes and the Surire Salt Lake, grazing llamas and alpacas encircle you in Isluga National Park. At the hot springs of Polloquere, you can take a revitalizing bath and spot flamingos in the hiddenness of the Altiplano. You cross the National Reserve Las Vicuñas and enter the renowned Lauca National Park. Authoritarian volcanic cones at over 6,000 meters and Lago Chungará, one of the highest lakes in the world, create a stunning portrait. Finally, you return to the coast at Arica. This is where your tour ends. The Atacama metropolis is encircled by the Pacific Ocean, the Andean Plateau and the border with neighboring Peru. Take a stroll along the enticing beach of Arica or marvel at the first-class panorama of the desert town from the city hill Morro, while the warm sunlight tingles on your skin. The steady crash of the Pacific Ocean sets the pace for slowing down, and the vast sea invites you to take a refreshing swim or ride the waves.


Kilometers of sandy beaches

Volcanoes and Andean lagoons on the Altiplano

Grazing llamas, vicuñas and alpacas



  • 2 nights in Iquique (1) and Arica (1) in standard, comfort or premium accommodation with breakfast
  • Private-guided 5-day tour across the Altiplano and through the Atacama Desert with overnight stay in simple mountain huts and tent, transport and meals (with exceptions)
  • Transfer Iquique Airport – Iquique accommodation (private)
  • Transfer Arica accommodation – Arica Airport (private)


  • Arrival and departure
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Short rides
  • Meals not mentioned


  • Organization of arrival and departure
  • Reduction or extension of your stay
  • Alternative private 7-day tour from Arica to Iquique
  • Additional half and full day tours – for example: bicycle tour on sand dunes near Iquique; city tour Arica
  • Combination with other travel modules


Please consider that the visit of the listed places can be physically demanding due to the altitude and requires intact health.

Our price

Per person for 7 days / 6 nights

(with 2 travelers):

From €1,770.00

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