In one full day you’ll see and learn about; Mining history of Chile in a desert ghost town, a National reserve and its endemic flora, the largest group of geoglyphs in Southamerica, the largest salt flat on production in the country and a sea lions colony in the cold waters of the Pacific… pretty good, ah?
From your lodging at Iquique, we’ll drive for about 45min to Humberstone UNESCO World heritage site, now a ghost town, it used to be the most developed town during the nitrate extraction boom of Chile. A very interesting place to understand and learn about the history of Chile and the life of our grandfathers in the desert.
From here we’ll take the famous Panamerican road heading south down to Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve; this is the place where we get in contact with the few flora and fauna you’ll find on this dry desert. Taking advantage of the nice and fresh place, we’ll have a nice picnic lunch on site under the shade of Tamarugo trees (endemic tree).
Our journey continues as we drive to visit the interesting Cerro Pintados Geoglyphs; more than 400 images drawn on the slopes just in front of you, telling the ancient history of convoys of trading people and llamas traveling from the Andes to the coast. Don’t miss this place! you need extraordinary dry conditions to have geoglyphs and this is the best place to see them in Southamerica!.
We’ll drive across the desert down to Salar Grande; the source of most of the table salt in Chile! this huge curly salt flat (or salt pan) is an unsual but interesting place to visit and as we go down to the coast you’ll see many trucks transporting salt to the port of Patillos, completely dedicated to shipping salt to the rest of Chile and Northamerica.
Our last stop is to visit the Sea lions colony of Punta Patache, to hear, smell and see this typical marine mammal on its natural habitat. From here we start our driving back to the city of Iquique.
There is 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.
The Prices per person are;
2 people USD110 p/p
From 3 to 6 people USD90 p/p
We use Paypal, which allows you to use your local credit or debit cards from home. We accept bank deposits as well.
Reservations for this expedition must be made with at least 2 week days prior departure.
For Chilean citizens, we receive payments via online transfers or bank deposits too.
We don’t receive checks and pays with credit cards can only be done online (paypal) in advance.
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.
- 14 to 7 days before trip departure / 40% of your payments.
- 1 day before trip departure / 15% of your payments.
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.
Místico Outdoors will confirm your trip 20 days 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 80% of your deposit refunded and will be happy to offer you another options.