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Atacama Holidays

After Antarctica, the Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth. It stretches over 40,000 square miles from southern Peru into Chile and extends for almost a third of the length of the country. It includes some of the most spectacular desert landscape and geological phenomena in Latin America.
 
The desert is among the top three tourist destinations in Chile, with most visitors choosing San Pedro de Atacama to the north as their Atacama holiday base. The town is reached overland from the airport at Calama, 60 miles away. There is a superb choice of guided tours from the town to suit everyone’s taste and timescale. These include world-class astrology projects, based here because of the extraordinarily clear, dry atmosphere. There is even special accommodation for visiting astrology enthusiasts.
 
For advice on tailor-made Atacama holidays, ring our friendly South America team on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning a trip.
 
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One of the main attractions is the Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, located only eight miles from San Pedro. It’s named after the arid appearance of our moon and is one of the most barren but stunning sights on earth. There are huge structures of clay and salt, shaped over millennia by the wind, and salt caverns that you can explore. Don’t miss the excursions to catch the world famous sunsets, when the magnificent evening sky turns from pink to purple to deep black.
 
The Atacama Salt Lake is unique. It is only 60 miles from San Pedro and covers 3000 square miles, where highly saline water evaporates to leave a vast crust of salt. This skin of salt has opened up to leave water that is frequented by aquatic birds like flamingos, taguas and gullatas, as well as a fascinating range of reptiles and insects. This breathtaking terrain is not as empty as it looks!   
 
Nearby the Antiplanic Lagoons are found, including famous Chaxa. These lagoons are home to the ubiquitous flamingo, caito, parina chica, juarjual duck and many more local bird species. This is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve and surrounded by stunning volcanic and Andean Peaks. The area is also the ancient centre of the Atacamenan culture and local crafts abound, as well alpaca wool – and it wouldn’t be the Andes without the llama.
 
On any holiday in Atacama, you must not miss the Tatio Geysers. Again within easy driving time from San Pedro, these fantastic fumaroles, or steam vents, plus the molten mud craters are a great attraction. You can take a hot thermal, mineral rich swim, so take your costume and a towel. Don’t forget that these captivating and mysterious Atacama sites can reach over 4000 metres in altitude so you may also need warm clothes and perhaps a hot drink too.
 
Wonders of Chile tour
CYA5S
5 NIGHTS
FROM £995
International flights quoted separately
This great value tour of Chile starts in the capital of Santiago, surrounded by snow-capped Andes Mountains, before flying to San Pedro de Atacama to view the amazing desert landscapes of Moon & Death Valley. Also visit the impressive El Tatio geyer field, the largest in the southern hemisphere. All specified sightseeing, transfers & English guides included. One departure per month, with min 2/max 30.
Photo Chile Tour Atacama Desert Santiago Moon Valley El Tatio Geysers
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Santiago
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Plaza de Armas
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City Tour
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Valparaiso option
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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Death Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Volcanoes
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Santiago
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Plaza de Armas
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City Tour
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Valparaiso option
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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Death Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Volcanoes
Essential Chile: Santiago + Atacama + Valparaiso
CRA7S
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,295
International flights quoted separately
Visit Santiago & the amazing Atacama Desert, with its astonishing salt flats, geysers and moon valley landscapes. Enjoy the dramatic desert landscapes and star gazing in spectacularly clear night skies. Explore Santiago with its delicious food & wine, and end your holiday relaxing in the historic port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified excursions included.
Atacama Desert Chile Photo Santiago Valparaiso Salt Flats Geysers
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Santiago
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City Tour
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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Star Gazing
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Valparaiso
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Chilean Wine
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Santiago
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City Tour
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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Star Gazing
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Valparaiso
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Chilean Wine
Highlights of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay
CRK12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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This holiday combines 3 countries - Chile, Argentina & Uruguay. Explore Santiago & its winelands, then experience the Atacama with its amazing desert landscapes, geysers, salt flats and clear night skies. Fly to exciting Buenos Aires to enjoy its gaucho and tango culture, then take the ferry to Montevideo in Uruguay to complete your holiday relaxing on its wonderful beaches. All transfers included.
Photo Atacama Santiago Montevideo Uruguay Buenos Aires
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Santiago
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Chilean Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Uruguay
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Montevideo Beaches
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Santiago
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Chilean Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Uruguay
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Montevideo Beaches
Atacama + Easter Island + Valparaiso
CRE12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
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Combine a visit to Chile with remote Easter Island in the Pacific, where you can marvel at nearly 900 ancient gigantic Moai statues. Also explore Santiago & the spectacular Atacama Desert with its shimmering salt flats, geysers & moon landscapes. Complete your holiday relaxing at the histopric port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sighseeing included.
Easter Island Photo Moai Statues Chile Atacama Santiago Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
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Bird Man Cult
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
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Bird Man Cult
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Valparaiso
Classic Chile: Atacama + Patagonia + Valparaiso
CRB11S
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
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Explore the stunning landscapes of Chile on this holiday, which combines the glaciers, ice blue lakes and mountains of Chilean Patagonia with the geysers and salt flats of the Atacama Desert. Spend time walking in Torres del Paine National Park, take a boat to see the Balmaceda Glacier & explore historic Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Chile Patagonia Photo Atacama Salt Flats Torres del Paine Valparaiso
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Santiago
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Valparaiso
Diverse Chile: Atacama in depth + Valparaiso
CRD10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
International flights quoted separately
Explore the Atacama with your own driver/guide, including the "Giant of the Atacama" and other amazing Inca geoglyphs (large artworks sketched into the landscape). Visit stunning Chungara Lake & Lauca National Park, with its breathtaking desert & volcano scenery, as well as the salt flats of Chaxa Lagoon. End your holiday relaxing in historic Valparaiso. English guides, all transfers & sighttseeing included.
Giant of the Atacama Geoglyphs Chungara Lake Lauca Valparaiso Photo
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Santiago
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
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Valparaiso
Wonders of Chile & Patagonia tour + Valparaiso
CYC11S
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights quoted separately
This exciting tour of Chile combines Santiago with the amazing desert landscapes of Atacama, the icefields of Patagonia & historic Valparaiso. Visit Moon Valley & Death Valley; see the El Tatio geysers & fly to Torres Del Paine National Park, with its spectacular granite peaks & glacial lakes. Complete your holiday relaxing in Valparaiso. One English departure per month, with min 2/max 30 (Sept - April).
Torres Del Paine Photo Tour Chile Patagonia Atacama Desert Valparaiso
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Santiago
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Patagonia
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Milodon Cave
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Patagonia
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Milodon Cave
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
Grand Chile - Self Drive
CCA16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Explore the amazing landscapes of Chile on this self drive holiday. Drive through the desert scenery of the Atacama, with its amazing geysers & salt flats; the rolling Chilean Winelands; the alpine scenery of the beautiful Lake District & spectacular Patagonia, with the glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. End your holiday relaxing in the historic port city of Valparaiso.
Photo Chile Self Drive Holidays Patagonia Photo Atacama Lake District Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
Grand Chile: Lakes, Mountains & Deserts
CRC16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,895
International flights quoted separately
See the best of Chile on this amazing holiday that starts by exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert, before visiting the Chilean Winelands, the beautiful Lake District & Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, with its mountains & glaciers. End your holiday relaxing in the port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Patagonia Photo Lake District Chile Atacama Torres Del Paine Winelands
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Geysers & Salt Flats
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Chilean Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Geysers & Salt Flats
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Chilean Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Valparaiso
Buenos Aires & Grand Chile, including Patagonia
ARI16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
Combine a few days in vibrant Buenos Aires, with its amazing cuisine & culture of tango, with the stunning landscapes of Chile. Visit Santiago, the moonscapes of the Atacama Desert, the beautiful Lake District & glaciers of Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia. End your holiday relaxing in picturesque Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Patagonia Lake District Photo Atacama Desert Chile Torres Del Paine Valparaiso
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats & Geysers
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Moon Landscapes
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Valparaiso
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats & Geysers
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Moon Landscapes
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Valparaiso
Argentina & Chile: Rainforests, Glaciers + Deserts
ARO17B
17 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
International flights quoted separately
Explore the jungles & waterways of the Iguazu Rainforest on this holiday, that combine the scenic highlights of Argentina & Chile with its wildlife. Visit the mighty Iguazu Falls, the lakes & icefields of Patagonia & walk in Los Glaciares National Park. Then fly to the Atacama Desert in Chile to wonder at its salt flats, moon landscapes & geyserss. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Photo: Iguazu Rainforest Patagonia Atacama El Calafate Santiago
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Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Rainforest
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El Calafate
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Patagonia Icefields
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Upsala Glacier
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Atacama Desert
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Saltflats & Geysers
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Santiago
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Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Rainforest
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El Calafate
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Patagonia Icefields
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Upsala Glacier
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Atacama Desert
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Saltflats & Geysers
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Santiago
Across Bolivia - from Chile to Peru
CPH15S
15 NIGHTS
FROM £4,295
International flights quoted separately
Combine the best of Chile, Bolivia & Peru - travelling with your own driver/guide across the spectacular landscapes of Atacama & Bolivia, to the famous Inca city of Cusco - the gateway to Machu Picchu. Stay in a hotel made of salt & view the magnificent Salar de Uyuni salt flats, before flying to La Paz and continuing overland via Lake Titicaca to Cusco. English guide & all sightseeing included.
Bolivia Atacama Chile Cusco Machu Picchu Peru Photo Salt Flats
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Atacama Desert
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Eduardo Avaroa Andean Reserve
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Polques & Sol de Mañana Springs
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Siloli Desert
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Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
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La Paz
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Lake Titicaca & Sun Island
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Uros & Taquile Islands
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Cusco & Inca Ruins
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Machu Picchu
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Atacama Desert
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Eduardo Avaroa Andean Reserve
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Polques & Sol de Mañana Springs
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Siloli Desert
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Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
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La Paz
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Lake Titicaca & Sun Island
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Uros & Taquile Islands
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Cusco & Inca Ruins
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Machu Picchu
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