Atacama Independent – Northern Chile on a Round Trip by Motorhome in 2 Weeks

Atacama Independent

Overview

Discover the fascinating Atacama Desert on your own on a round trip by motorhome. First you visit the vibrant capital Santiago with its many faces, historic squares and breathtaking city panoramas. Next, you travel by motorhome through the big north of the country. At San Pedro de Atacama, you are surrounded by sandy lunar landscapes, salt lakes and bubbling geysers. Bathe in hot springs, marvel at the sunset behind wide sand dunes and gaze into a unique world of stars. Wide sandy beaches and archaeological sites characterize the region near Iquique and Arica. In the Atacama Altiplano you get impressed by a spectacular scenery with its volcanoes, lakes and mountains. You encounter vicuñas, llamas and alpacas and can get to know the unvarnished everyday life of the locals of the Altiplano of the Chilean Andes. Finally, in the port city of Valparaíso, colorful hills, historic elevators and outstanding street art are waiting for you. And during an entertaining cooking course you will immerse yourself in the world of Chilean gastronomy.



Highlights

Geysers, salt lakes and lunar landscapes

Wide sandy beaches along the Pacific coast

Cone-shaped volcanoes on the Altiplano


Andean fauna in the Lauca National Park

Street art in Valparaíso



Itinerary

Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile

Day 1-3: Santiago de Chile

Here in Santiago beats the heart of Chile. And at the same time, it feels a bit like what gave this country its name according to a legend: Chilli – where the world ends. You visit the historical center of the capital with the lively Plaza de Armas and the famous Government Palace La Moneda. And on the city hills of Santa Lucía and San Cristóbal you enjoy fantastic panoramas of the metropolis and the Andes.


San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

Day 3-7: San Pedro de Atacama

In the Atacama Desert you start your tour by motorhome. You marvel at blue lagoons at over 4.000 meters, gigantic volcanoes and endless salt lakes. The fascinating scenery of Valle de la Luna looks like the terrain of a foreign planet. The intensity of colors of Valle del Arcoíris seems like a rainbow in the middle of the desert. And you visit the craters of El Tatio. Steam rises from the bubbling geysers where you can bathe while vicuñas roam the mountains.


Iquique
Iquique

Day 7-9: Iquique

The desert city attracts its visitors with its superb beaches, the architecturally interesting city center and the huge dune at the gates of Iquique. Visit the abandoned mining town and UNESCO site of Humberstone. In the interior, you find imposing geoglyphs, which give you an insight into the origins of the region. And you can relax on the chic seaside promenade.


Putre
Putre

Day 9-11: Putre

You are riding on the Chilean Altiplano. On your way you pass the culturally rich Azapa Valley, mummy relics as well as ruins of the Incas and finally arrive at the small town of Putre. Admire the Lauca National Park with its volcanoes at over 6.000 meters, Lago Chungará as one of the highest lakes in the world and the Andean fauna with grazing llamas, vicuñas and alpacas.


Arica
Arica

Day 11-13: Arica

Continuing your journey, you reach the northernmost city of Chile. Under a cloudless sky you can explore the attractive city center and enjoy the first-class view of the desert town from the Morro Hill. Let your spirit unwind in Arica and take a break under the sun on one of the great beaches. The wide sea invites you to a refreshing bath or to surf.


Valparaíso
Valparaíso

Day 13-15: Valparaíso

Back to central Chile, you stay in Valparaíso. The port city is famous for its sheet metal covered houses on colorful hills, its historic elevators and the outstanding street art full of political and ironic messages. Get to know the many faces of Valparaíso and stroll through the alleys of the UNESCO awarded hills of Alegre and Concepción. Furthermore, you get an impression of Chilean food culture during an entertaining cooking class.



What our Travel Packages Include

Travel service:

Basic package Full package
  • Individual travel planning, organization and advice

Accommodation:

Basic package Full package
  • 4 nights in standard, comfort or premium accommodation (hotels during journey by motorhome are not provided)
  • Double room usually with private bathroom and breakfast

Local transport:

Basic package Full package

 

  • 3 national flights
  • 8 transfer connections
  • Motorhome (see below)

Motorhome:

Basic package Full package
  • Rental motorhome for 10 days
  • Vehicle type: camper with cabin or similar
  • Pick up: Calama (Airport)
  • Drop off: Arica (Airport)
  • Kilometers: free
  • 2nd driver: incl.
  • Border crossing: excl.
  • Insurance: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) with basic protection against damage and theft without deductible (via refund)

Half and full day tours:

Basic package   Full package
  • City tour Santiago (private)
  • Cooking class in Valparaíso (shared)
  • City tour Valparaíso (private)

Additional travel services:

Basic package   Full package
  • Intercontinental flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Language course
  • Other travel services


Our Prices for your Journey through Chile

Basic Package
Basic Package

Included:

  • Travel service
  • Accommodation
  • Local transport
  • Motorhome

Total price per person:

From 2.028,00 €

 

Excluded:

Arrival and departure, half and full day tours, entrance fees, travel insurance, short rides, meals

Full Package
Full Package

Included:

  • Travel service
  • Accommodation
  • Local transport
  • Motorhome
  • Half and full day tours

Total price per person:

From 2.217,00 €

 

Excluded:

Arrival and departure, entrance fees, travel insurance, short rides, meals

Additional Travel Services
Additional Travel Services

Add individual travel services to your journey. For example:

  • Intercontinental flights from 977,00 € per person
  • Car hire for Santiago / Valparaíso from 45,00 € per day
  • Free adjustment of destinations and order of your journey through Chile

Solidarity tourism

Chile Central promotes sustainable and solidarity tourism. By booking your trip, you support CO₂ offset as well as a social project for disadvantaged children in Santiago.


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