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Atacama Desert, Whale Watching

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Santiago, Chile

  • Activities

    Motorbike Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $3250 USD per person
  • Duration

    11 days

  • Avg Distance

    1570 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Jun 4, 2017 & Feb 05, 2018

  • Starting Location

    Santiago, Chile

  • Price Includes

    Hotels 3 or 4 stars •Welcome dinner • Guide on motorcycle • Breakfast and dinner • TKs to Tatio Geiser, highland lakes, Death Valley and Moon Valley • Support vehicle • Fuel for motorcycles.

  • Notes

    Not Included : 1 Fines 2 Medical Insurance 3 National and international flights. 4 Fuel for the bike. 5 Meals and beverages other than those indicated. 6 Personal expenses.

Highlights

  • Valle de Elqui
  • Atacama Desert
  • Valley of the Moon
  • Obs. astronomical
  • Whale Watching

Trip Info

Chile has the clearest skies on the planet and the Atacama Desert is considered among the most dry and arid of the planet. With places for more than 400 years they have not seen rainfall.

This is the land that invites you to know this route. A journey where the silence “shouts”; where landscapes and places us mount up past; a place where we will live astronomy as did the first peoples who inhabited the area, a trip that will show us the splendid Mountains of salt, and marvel with the Tatio Geysers. San Pedro de Atacama will be our focal point, the Atacama Salar on our return, well … a tour that harmoniously combines natural attractions with observation and sighting of blue whales, experimentation and local cuisine.

Moto Expeditions, aware of the intrinsic Chilean landscapes has developed the circuit “Atacama Desert, the route of the sun and silence” for all those people who like to look at the cosmos outdoors, enjoy the dryness of the desert, marvel with the dazzling desert colors, wishing to know and share the altiplano culture interacting directly with indigenous peoples, and at the end of day have a relaxing bath and fluffy mattress.

Important milestones:
• Astronomical Observatory
• Whale watching
• Atacama Desert
• Valley of the moon
• Geiser Tatio
• Mountains of Salt
• Atacama Salar

A tour on-road and off-road, which for just over 1,500 km we will know the Atacama Desert and through the Great Atacama Salar. Luminosity and silence overwhelm us continually. A silence that “shouts” to the soul of every traveler.

An exciting experience!

Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrival at the International Airport of Santiago de Chile, transfer to hotel, later retirement motorcycle. At dinner night Welcome to all motorcyclists and passengers.

Day 2: Santiago – La Serena
Earlier today we begin our journey to the Atacama Desert. The road will take us to the city of La Serena, capital of the Coquimbo Region; previously we will cross the Fray Jorge National Park, which is cold forest closer to the line of Ecuador on the planet, being in full arid zone. Free tour of La Serena, at night hotel and dinner.

Day 3: Chañaral de Aceituno – Whale Watching – Vallenar

After breakfast and early we will head towards the town of Chañaral de Aceituno. We’ll wait the shipping order of the Port Authority and have the ability to navigate in Chañaral Island Marine Reserve, with the option of spotting the beautiful blue whales, shoals of Chilean dolphins and birds that inhabit the area. Then we resume the route to the city of Vallenar. Hotel and dinner.

Day 4: Vallenar – English Bay – Chañaral.

Leaving from Vallenar we will go to the coast to keep track of the Pacific Ocean, to finally reach the town of Chañaral. Before that, we will have enjoyed the turquoise waters of English Bay area (do not forget the swimsuit). Night in hotel and dinner.

Day 5: Chañaral – Taltal – Antofagasta

Today is truly as we enter the Atacama Desert, dry, inhospitable and hot. Hito 1,000 Km north; Antofagasta subsequently receives us. In the afternoon break, tour of the famous cover of Antofagasta and rest day off to stroll around the waterfront.

Day 6: Tocopilla – Maria Elena – Calama

Leaving in the morning begin our journey to the heights of Calama (2,500 m.s.n.m. app), mining heart of Chile. On the journey we will see ancient saltpetre villages abandoned today … relics and silent witnesses of man’s effort to survive. Monument to the Tropic of Capricorn, Michilla, Tocopilla, the saltpetre Office Maria Elena, contemplate our way. Astronomical Observatory at night where integrate modern stargazing with the Andean worldview of the Atacama. Hotel. Dinner.

Day 7: Calama – San Pedro de Atacama – Moon Valley

Early we start our journey to the mythical San Pedro de Atacama, archeological capital of Chile, cross the Domeyko mountain (Salt Mountain) where we will stop in some of its many vantage points to admire the beauty of the Atacama Desert in its fullness. Where we can “hear” the silence. In the afternoon we will visit the Valley of Death or Mars, and then we concurs the Valley of the Moon to wait for the sunset in complete peace and quiet. The best photo shots will occur in these moments … At night hotel. Dinner.

Day 8: Tatio Geiser

The dawn will find us on the way to the Tatio Geiser, (minivans, for safety reasons). Arrival at Hotel and free walk through San Pedro de Atacama or a simple route to Pukara Quitor. At night, the hotel and dinner.

Day 9: Highlands

A clear, hot day awaits us on our visit to the Highland Lakes, Chaxa, Miscanti and Meñiques about 3,500 m.s.n.m., Cejar; the National park Los Flamencos and the Atacama Salar. Lunch with typical ingredients desert highland in the town of Socaire. Finally back to the hotel and dinner. A busy day, but do not forget to bring your swinwear.

Day 10: Town of Peine – Atacama Salar- Antofagasta

Today as we return, we will come to the town of Peine, located on the eastern side of the Atacama Salar; then we cross to the east and in full, the Atacama Salar, fifth in size worldwide and first lithium producer; and we end the day in the city of Antofagasta. At night, the hotel and dinner.

Day 11: Farewell

Today will deliver the bikes, and then transfer to the airport of the city.

End of tour

The accompanying vehicle, consider carrying general cargo and bags. Has first aid kit, spare parts and basic tools; water and snack for the long haul. It can be used by the passenger.

Motorcycle rent values: (for all the tour)
• BMW G650GS US $ 2.080.-
• BMW F800GS US $ 2.630.-
• BMW F1200GS US $ 3.070.-

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