Wildlife Photo Safari Pacific-Andes tour from Arica

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS 

ABOUT TRIP

A short expedition to explore the wildlife of the Atacama Desert; starting and ending in the city of Arica, from the coast to the Andes and back!

DAY 1

ARICA – LLUTA – PUTRE

We start our tour from your hotel or from the airport and head to “Humedal del río Lluta” (Lluta’ river delta estuarine ecosystem) to watch for sea birds, migratory and non-migratory birds; Lluta river is the only permanent delta of this area of the Atacama Desert and a very delicate ecosystem.

After, we head east following the valley towards the desert; agricultural fields of corn, olives, vegetables and ancient geoglyphs on the empty slopes of the surrounding absolute desert create unique and dramatic views. We start to gain altitude passing from the desert to the foothills of the Andes; today’s route will bring you from a morning close to the Pacific Ocean to sleep on the base of the huge Taapaca volcano in Putre.

Food: Breakfast, Chilean food restaurant.

Accommodation: La Chakana lodge (or similar if not available) double room with private bathroom.

DAY 2

PUTRE – LAS VICUÑAS NATIONAL RESERVE – SURIRE SALT FLAT NATURAL MONUMENT – PUTRE

A good breakfast and off we go!  Let’s take the dirt road across Las Vicuñas National Reserve for a good chance to watch wild Vicuñas (bearers of the best animal fiber in the planet) grazing and running free on the vast plains of the altiplano. Suris (Southamerican ostridge) might also run waving their wings from side to side. Guayatas, Taguas and some other birds inhabit the “bofedales” (natural grazing areas) and we’ll hide close to them to watch them.

The dirt road takes us now to the stunning views of the Surire salt flat; flamingos should be feeding on this place! We’ll surround the west shore of the salt flat to end the day at the Polloquere natural hot springs (you can take a hot bath here if you want).

Back to the little town of Putre is time to rest.

Food: Breakfast, box lunch.

Accommodation: La Chakana lodge (or similar if not available) double room with private bathroom.

DAY 3

PUTRE – LAUCA NATIONAL PARK – PUTRE

About an hour away from Putre and on the base of huge spectacular volcanos, sits the Cotacotani lakes; a set of shallow ponds ideal for bird watching but also to watch some Vicuñas and the elusive Vizcachas, who will quickly detect our presence and move into safer positions on the rocks with unbelievable agility, if we have to describe a Vizcacha in a few words, we should say something like “it looks like a rabbit with a fox tail”.

We’ll hike around these lakes for some hours, the mountain backdrop makes for the best photos, and you won’t want to leave this place!

On the way down to Putre, we’ll stop in the little village of Parinacota to watch some Alpacas and Llamas grazing close to town, also a great place to watch more birds and specially to look for the “Yaca-Yaca” (“Andean flicker”); one of the few ground woodpeckers in the world and the only representative in the Andes.

As yesterday, our day ends at Putre. The possibility of ascending to the reservations of the altiplano (all in a plateau of 4,000 m approx.) and get back to rest at a lower level in Putre, makes the best available to a proper night rest and adaptation to the altitude.

Food: Breakfast, box lunch.

Accommodation: La Chakana lodge (or similar if not available) double room with private bathroom.

DAY 4

PUTRE – AZAPA VALLEY – ARICA

Our final day close to the Andes and is time to get back to the ocean level, on our way, the absolute desert needs to be crossed again and from that barren and inhospitable landscape… poof! The Lluta and Azapa fertile valleys appear again!, this time we’ll drive along the Azapa valley, nationally famous for the production of high quality olives and olive oil.

A local fish & seafood lunch is ready!; we’ll end the tour with a good lunch with ocean views.

Food: Breakfast, lunch.

Accommodation: Not included

PRICES

There are two people minimum of passengers for this excursion. There is a maximum of 6 passengers.

If you are traveling alone or more passengers are required, please contact us to design a non-binding custom proposal for you or you can join one tour with a programmed fix departure.

The Prices per person are:

  • 4 to 6 people USD 500 p/p
  • 3 people USD 600 p/p
  • 2 people USD 700 p/p

CONDITIONS

Cancellation Policy

If you decide to cancel your tour reservation, for any reason, the following are our terms:

Time frame / You receive:

  • 15 days before trip departure / 70& refund of what you have paid minus a US$20 fee for operational expenses.
  • 14  to 7 days before trip departure / 30% of your payments
  • 1 day before trip departure / 10% of your payments.

Transfer Policy

If you would like to change to a different tour or departure date after signing up, we will be happy to transfer you on a space available basis up until 10 days prior to your tour. Please provide your transfer request in writing – email is sufficient. Please note, a US$20 transfer fee will be deducted from your previous payments for each transfer, and if you later choose to cancel your tour, the cancellation deadlines will apply to the date of the originally scheduled tour.

Tour Confirmation

Místico Outdoors will confirm your trip in advance and will be done via e mail.

The reasons to cancel a booked tour will be due to bad weather conditions, government prohibitions or security reasons of any kind. If this is the case you will get 100% of your deposit refunded and will be happy to offer you another options.

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+569-9541-7762

contact@chileresponsibleadventure.com

Eleuterio Ramirez 1535, Iquique, Chile

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WILDLIFE PHOTO SAFARI TOUR FROM ARICA

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS