Just dry sand and starry nights? Perhaps on conventional tours, it may seem so. However, this is a place that can be literally described as having other-worldly landscapes. Add to this, its hypnotic sky; and we are not referring only to the starry nights. The changes in colors and hues of the sky as the sun sets down are alluring. And of course, being the driest place on earth under some of the planet’s clearest and radio-frequency-free skies, stargazing in the Atacama Desert is a no-brainer. No wonder, ESO’s telescopes were installed in Paranal.
It is a land of surreal landscapes. It is better experienced by immersing or, let’s say, fusing with it. Let’s review what best tours to the Atacama Desert mean. Trek through the dunes, cross notches and discover a field (or rather sea) of flowers that only bloom every 6 years in average. Or plunge into the crystalline altiplano lagoons, some of them so dense with salt water, that it is impossible to dive in; perfect for floating around in a laid back attitude with a cold pisco sour (debated with the Peruvians about its origin, by the way). After being energized, we can go on mountain biking to an archaeological site (such as Tulor). You won’t be able to picture how people lived in this inhospitable land centuries before. On your way back to the hotel, how about a traditional llama caravan ride? Dinner will be served a creative cuisine using local (and some endemic, in fact) ingredients, paired with, obviously, Chilean wine. Let’s call it a day, and sleep in hand-woven blankets made by the locals. Next day will be early. We will be dawning for the sunrise next to a geothermal geyser field – South America’s highest – will strike you with a powerful flow of energy. After this, let’s plunge once again! This time into hot springs nearby. You will be ver hungry by then, so we will set up some hearty breakfast on-site – tuck in! For the sunset, we can head to one of the many salt lakes of the area. The beautiful colors will gradually melt into the landscape and the lake’s reflection. Flamboyance of flamingos will fly above, painting the scene; almost as if nature itself is painting the land. This moment summarizes the majesty of this place; it will move you to tears for its beauty. If you are looking for a honeymoon trip to Atacama, you may find all these “scenarios” perfect for you and your loved one to blend in; it is simply magical, especially for your first journey together… And we haven’t even talked about the equally amazing hotels! Luxury holidays to the Atacama Desert with couples are as if “meant to be”.
Every single experience will compile into this, mosaic of inspirations. After your adventure, your appreciation and view of the world will change. Indeed, this place is an unforgettable destination. We at SURTREK won’t waste such a place with typical programs; we will take you further and beyond expectations to the Frontier of the Stars. Inquire now to one of our journey designers and discover what a unique tour to Atacama Desert is.
“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large”