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Atacama, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, is the driest desert in the world. This virtually rainless plateau stretches along the Atacama, Chile, the driest desert in the worldPacific Coast of South America from Northern Peru to south of Antofagasta, Chile. Atacama Desert in blue(photo courtesy NASA)A coastal inversion layer created by the cold Humboldt Current and the anticyclone of the Pacific is essential to keeping the climate of the Atacama dry. The average rainfall in the Chilean region of Antofagasta is just 1 millimetre (0.04 in) per year. And some weather stations in the Atacama have never received measurable rain! In spite of that fact however, this desert teems with life at numerous, rich oases that are fed by the great fluvial watershed of the Andes. Flamingos at one of the many oases in the Atacama Desert, ChileThis was the cradle of civilization in South America, and while the Incas were still an obscure tribe of cave dwellers in the Andes, rich and highly advanced civilizations flourished at these abundant oases. Luckily, due to the almost total lack of humidity, the remnants of their past are preserved landmarks in the area in the form of tombs, mummies, beautiful textiles, and huge ground drawings. The maintenance of their traditions gives life to small towns today. "Cordilleras" as the mountains are called, volcanoes, salt petreses, geysers, and hot springs all add splendor to this wonderous landscape.

Tierra Atacama - All Inclusive - Daily Departures
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Swimming Pool, Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama, ChileAll-inclusive packages include:
• Transfers between the hotel and Calama airport
• Accommodation at Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
• American breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Open bar – soft drinks, mineral water, juices, house wines, beers and national liquors
• Two half-day or one full-day excursions per day in small groups with other guests, accompanied by English, Spanish and French speaking guides.
• Full use of all the hotel facilities, including gardens, pools, saunas and Jacuzzi.

Not included:
• Spa treatments
• Drinks and wines from the premium liquor and wine list
• Telephone calls, laundry and other personal expenditures.

Child
rates apply to children 4-11 years old
Youngster rates apply to children 12-17 years old
Infants under 4 years old are free

Note: Check in time is 3 p.m., check out time is 11 a.m.
Rates subject to change without notice.


Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa - All Inclusive - Daily Departures

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & SpaAll-inclusive packages include:
• Reception inside the Arrivals Hall at Calama airport
• Arrival and departure transfers between Calama airport (CJC) and the hotel
• Accommodation
• American Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
• Lunch and dinner at the hotel
• Open bar
• Daily excursions (2 half-day or 1 full-day)
• Free use of mountain bikes
• Access to the spa (sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, etc.) Access to swimming pools and outdoor jacuzzi
• Complimentary transfer service between the hotel and the village of San Pedro (9.00am to 11.30pm)

Not Included:
• The following services entail an additional charge for all guests at the hotel regardless of the program or room category. These charges will appear on the final bill to be settled on the day of departure
• Spa treatments; massages, reflexology, Reiki, etc.
• Laundry.
• Telephone calls.
• Premium wines and spirits.


Awasi Atacama - All Inclusive - Daily Departures

Awasi Atacama HotelAll-inclusive packages include:
•Round trip private transfer to connect between Calama Airport (CJC) & Awasi Excellence in lodging in exclusive rooms.

•A complete culinary experience at the hotel's Relais & Chateaux Restaurant headed by chef Juan Pablo Mardones, featuring the best local ingredients. Awasi prides itself on customizing the culinary experience for each guest based on their preferences.

•Open bar of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including an exquisite selection of Chilean wines.

•A 4x4 vehicle and a private guide to design the excursions that best suit a guest's preferences and interests. Visitors may choose between full-day excursions with lunch included (from 4 to 6 hrs.) Or two half-day excursions (between 2 and 5 hrs.) returning to have lunch at Awasi between both excursions..