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San Pedro de Atacama is a charming town in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile, and is a popular destination for travelers seeking stunning landscapes, unique geological formations, and a taste of the local culture. Stargazing in the Atacama Desert is a truly magical experience, thanks to its high-altitude location, dry climate, and minimal light pollution. San Pedro de Atacama, the gateway to the Atacama Desert, is one of the best places in the world for observing the night sky. Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the cosmos in one of the best stargazing locations on Earth.
As you finish your daily excursion to Valparaiso, you will be transferred to tour hotel for an overnight in Santiago.
After breakfast, transfer from our hotel to Santiago Airport for our flight to Calama. Upon arrival, we will have a tour of the city. First we will visit the Plaza de Armas, the central square of the city. Explore the surroundings and take in the local atmosphere. We will drive to San Pedro de Atacama after our tour. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
ALMA is situated on the Chajnantor Plateau at an elevation of around 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea level. The high altitude and dry conditions of the Atacama Desert make it an ideal location for observing the universe in millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. ALMA is an international collaboration involving Europe, North America, East Asia, and the Republic of Chile. It is designed to observe and study the universe at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, providing insights into a wide range of astronomical phenomena. It consists of an array of 66 high-precision antennas that work together as a single telescope. The antennas are movable and can be arranged in different configurations, allowing scientists to achieve different levels of resolution for their observations. ALMA is used to study a variety of celestial objects and phenomena, including protoplanetary disks, star formation, galaxy evolution, and the cosmic microwave background. Its ability to observe at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths allows astronomers to investigate cold objects in space, such as dust and gas clouds, with unprecedented detail.
We will continue to Salar de Atacama, also known as the Atacama Salt Flat, is one of the largest salt flats in Chile and is located near the town of San Pedro de Atacama. It is situated in the Atacama Desert, which is considered one of the driest places on Earth. It covers an area of about 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 square miles).The salt flat contains various minerals, including lithium, potassium, and magnesium. It is a significant source of lithium, which is an important component in batteries.Within the salt flat, there are several lagoons, including Laguna Chaxa, which is known for its flamingo populations. These lagoons create a striking contrast with the white expanse of the salt.The unique landscape of Salar de Atacama, with its vast salt crust, lagoons, and surrounding mountains, provides excellent opportunities for photography. Sunset and sunrise are particularly popular times for capturing the beauty of the salt flat.
We will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Depart from San Pedro de Atacama very early in the morning (usually around 4 AM) to reach El Tatio Geysers before sunrise.
You will witness the impressive geothermal activity and geysers as they erupt in the cold morning air. You may take a dip in the natural hot springs. We will enjoy breakfast in the geothermal field, surrounded by the stunning Andean landscape.
We will return to our hotel for lunch and to rest afterwards. Then depart in the late afternoon for the Valle de la Luna.Explore the unique lunar-like landscapes, salt caves, and rock formations. Take a short hike to viewpoints for stunning panoramic views.
Valle de la Luna is known for its beautiful sunsets. Enjoy the breathtaking views as the sun sets over the desert.
We will return to San Pedro de Atacama for dinner and overnight.
You will be transferred to Calama Airport for a flight to Santiago to catch your flight back home.
San Pedro de Atacama: Hotel Cumbres (4*)
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Eclipse Traveler strives to collaborate with our astronomers, local meteorological offices, and local astronomers in the region to adhere to the planned itinerary. However, please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to local flight schedule alterations, weather, and other meteorological circumstances that may prevent the unique natural event from being perfectly visible. It is important to keep in mind that viewing a solar eclipse is naturally weather-dependent. In the event of untowardly weather conditions, Eclipse Traveler reserves the right to change the itinerary, re-route, or cancel the tour by providing other options to its guests in a timely manner. Therefore, we strongly advise all of our guests not to book or purchase their international flight tickets without consulting Eclipse Traveler staff.