Cultural and active trip with daily tours
The Terrantai Lodge in San Pedro de Atacama was conceived to combine the spirit of traditional Atacamenian custom with the creature comforts modern day travelers expect, even in the world's driest desert. We offer an authentic experience in this spectacular desert so far from Europe and North America in a manner true to the native force of the desert oases, the hot springs, the surrounding mountains and altiplano that inspire it. Here you find adventure for the mind and body and relaxation for the soul in a hotel full of native traditions.
About the lodge: Terrantai means "Place of Calm", was built by the Chilean architect Matías Klotz on the ruins of an old house, which rose from ruins of a very old house and situated in the heart of the village of San Pedro de Atacama next to the village church, just steps from the craft market, and close by the small assortment of restaurants and shops that comprise San Pedro today. The inspiration of the lodge, from the breadth of its traditional stone and adobe walls to the meandering layout of its traditional stone passages and patios, will transport you to another world.
In an age of transcontinental flights, orthopedic foot beds, and waterproof breathable fabric, we are sure that you will find that adventure amidst tradition opens an inspiring doorway upon another world where discovery and comfort exist side by side in this friendly welcoming hotel.
About the meals: daily food, from the buffet breakfast with fresh fruits, natural juices, home-made bread and pastries, to meals of traditional Andean fare prepared with local ingredients like quinoa, maize and fresh vegetables, will give you a feeling of wellness that comes from food prepared with care.
Wines (available a la carte) are especially select from world-renowned Chilean vineyards will be offered to accompany your meals. Food and drink were considered sacred by the ancients, and thus they are considered by our chef and his small staff from San Pedro de Atacama.
While most guests prefer our traditional offerings, which remind the earth that we inhabit, we are always careful to offer alternatives more familiar to our guests from abroad. We are keen to look after your needs so that you can enjoy your time and activities to the full while in San Pedro de Atacama.
About accommodation: This is an invitation to experience the authentic Atacama Desert and the oases of San Pedro de Atacama in their entire cultural and natural splendor. The Terrantai Lodge was conceived to honor the spirit of traditional Atacamenian custom while providing the creature comforts modern travelers expect from hotel accommodation.
The lodge offers 21 rooms with private bathroom, heating and air ventilation system.
Here in this desert hotel you will find adventure for the mind and body but relaxation for the soul.
About programs: tours and trips - soft adventure - to the surrounding desert, salt lakes with flamingoes, altiplano, el Tatio geysers, volcanoes, sunset in valley of the moon (valle de la luna) have been designed for those who like to be in a comfortable hotel from where they may chose between daily different excursions to experience and share in small groups.
All the tours are available exclusively for clients staying at the lodge, which are thought for everyone, there are not limits in ages or physical conditions, only is important to wish know in depth traditional cultures of the local people in the Atacama Desert and its magic landscapes.
Arrival to Calama's aiport. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Welcome and accommodations at the Terrantai lodge or similar (check in after noon).
In the afternoon: Archaeological (walking tour). Special visit that overcomes to 12,000 years of prehistory time in which the first human groups inhabit the desert of Atacama developing a form of life fused in the respect and gratefulness to the Mother Earth (Pachamama) this visit will be guided the Archaeological Museum of San Pedro de Atacama, possessor of an important anthropological collection of the Atacameña culture, we will continue this visit towards the Markets of sample of local and international crafts, the municipal large house, Church, House of Pedro de Valdivia, among others. Dinner and lodge at the hotel. (D)
Day 2 SAN PEDRO ATACAMA (Full day tour)
Full day tour Tatio Geysers (overland 192 km. & hiking). Early morning at 5 a.m. departure towards the Tatio Geysers, where we will have a short hike around the geothermal field with boiling mud and stream columns that make a geological stage of enormous beauty. Breakfast. Return through the overwhelming landscape of the Andes. On the way, spectacular views of Tocorpuri and Sairecahur volcanoes. Meals and lodge at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (2 half day tours)
Toconao & Atacama Salt Flat (overland 79 km. & hike). Visit to Tocanao, the liparita stone craftsmen village. Impressive view of the Jeri Valley, hike along this landscape. Next, visit to the Chaxa lagoon, in the middle of the Salt flat, pink flamingos' habitat and nesting area. Return for lunch.
In the afternoon: The Moon Valley (41 km.) Located in the salt mountain range, 90% salt and 10% other minerals, an unusual landscape are treasured at the bottom. Made up by attractive and impressive geological formations of diverse shapes and colors, moon valley has attracting the attention not only of frequent travelers but also from scientists. Giant dunes and beautiful salt crystal on the crouching ground make you feel like in another planet or the moon itself. This stage turns more attractive during sunset. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodge at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (2 half day tour)
Breakfast. During the morning Atacamenian Ruins, Interesting visit to the most representative archeological places that show the development of the Atacamenian culture. Discover the origin of this culture; visit the archeological site of Tulor, 2800 years old. Relive the beginning of the sedentary life of the first inhabitants of the Atacama Desert. We finish our trip through history visiting the Tambo de Catarpe and Pukara de Quitor, administrative center built by the Incas, in order to collect taxes and spread the traditions of the Empire of the Sun in Atacama. Return to the hotel, lunch.
Afternoon is devoted for an active tour like a trekking as you prefer according to availability of the lodge. Dinner and lodge at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Breakfast. According to your flight's schedule another interesting tour can be done. At the agreed time transfers to the airport in Calama. (B)
Important: please keep in mind that this program is subject to be reconfirmed once you have decided your date trip. It will depend on what day you start to organize your final itinerary.
3 Days/2 Nights
4 Days/3 Nights
5 Days/ 4 Nights
6 Days/ 5 Nights
Valid through December 2006


  • All night accommodations with private bath according to the circuit selected.
  • All meals (soft drinks and wine not included), lunch and dinner, lunch box and mineral water in full day excursions
  • All transfer in/out airport Calama-San Pedro-Calama
  • Daily private collective tours with bilingual guide (Spanish-English)
  • Groups maximum 14 people
  • Museum and parks entrances fees.


  • Tips and extra expenses as laundry, meals and drinks out of program and other items not mentioned
  • Other languages like German or Italian speaking guides
  • Airfares or taxes
  • Any type of insurance.
Other Tours Descriptions available:
F/D Caspana - Ayquina (overland 220 km.): Caspana, a village known for its terrace farming system and its old Inca architecture that represents the wealth and heritage of the Andean cultures in the area. Ayquina, place where virgin of Guadalupe is worshipped at the Sanctuary, constant place of pilgrimage, located at 3000 mt. High.
F/D Miscanti & Meñiques lagoons (overland 270 km.): At 4500 Mt. These lagoons are surrounded by impressive volcanoes originated by the rising of the Andes in ancient geological times. They get their underground water from thaws. On the way, we will also visit Socaire, an Atacama basin village.
F/D Pakana's sentinels (overland 290 km.): At about 135 km. south east of San Pedro, Pakana is a group of rocky structures in columns that have remained since geological times, as the result of volcanic eruptions, which took place during the tertiary era. Wonderful landscape with the extraordinary ecosystem of the Tara salt flat as background, at 4500 Mt.
H/D Sejar Lagoon (overland 4WD): It is a environment of marvelous beauty, turquoise waters, surrounded by salt crystals od different shapes. The geomorphologic is a very particular case in the Atacama Salt Flat, due to the dissolution of karstic structure. It is also located on the flamingo's route.
Optional Outdoors: Trekking, Horse Riding and Bike will be coordinated at the time guests arrive; the excursions will be confirmed depending on the participant's number and their physical conditions.

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