Wildlife Photo Safari Pacific-Andes tour from Iquique * 4 DAYS * From USD$680
A short expedition to explore the wildlife of the Atacama Desert; starting and ending in the city of Iquique, from the coast to the Andes and back!
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 a tour with a programmed fix departure.
4 to 6 people USD$680 p/p | 3 people USD$775 p/p | 2 people USD$950 p/p.
2 to 6 people.
Any date upon reservation.
Pick Up from Accomodation
Transportation on a private 4×4 vehicle, filtered water all the way, food and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and specialized bilingual guide.
Travel insurance, accommodation at Iquique (available on request), everything not mentioned in the itinerary.
Route (Referential Map)
IQUIQUE – PISAGUA – CHUSMIZA
First morning of this quest for the main flora and fauna of the Atacama Desert and we are hitting the Pan-American road towards the little coastal town of Pisagua, it’s a long drive crossing the desert so we’ll make some stops along the way. Once in Pisagua, the dramatic landscape hides a natural jewel; “Punta Pichalo” is home for many species of marine birds, some mammals and lots of marine life in general, to get there, we’ll take a boat and sail for some minutes on quiet waters, lots of young and playful sea lions will welcome you!
A nice seafood lunch with local people and off we go again… back to the desert and towards the Andes foothills; our journey today will literally take you from the ocean level up to 3,400 meters above sea level at the little village of Chusmiza, where we’ll spend the night (rustic hot springs are available in town).
Food: Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Double room in cabin at Chusmiza.
CHUSMIZA – PASIJIRO – ISLUGA NATIONAL PARK – CARIQUIMA
Another completely different landscape and ecosystems await for us today, from the foothills to the highlands or “altiplano” the flora and fauna totally changes; wild Vicuñas, Suris (Southamerican ostridge), Vizcachas and donkeys (yes, wild donkeys!) should be expected to see. Llamas and Alpacas are also present and vast numbers!
As we leave the Isluga National Park, the backdrop of volcanos and llamas keeps with us, the town of Cariquima is next and we’ll dine and rest here.
Food: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Double room with private bathroom in rural hostal at Cariquima.
CARIQUIMA – GIANT CACTUS FOREST – COIPASA SALT FLAT – VILLABLANCA LAKE – CHULLUNCANE
The morning light is good to appreciate the magnificent views of the Panavinto’s giant cacti forest, where hundreds of 7m tall cacti sit on the slopes facing the Coipasa salt flat… on the other side is Bolivia.
Next are the narrow passes to the small Villablanca lake and its surrounding grazing areas, many species of birds, some of them migratory, sometimes flamingos and Suris might be present, Andean coots and Puna teals and other ducks are always present, it’s a gorgeous landscape.
The final stop of today is the remote village of Chulluncane and a family of llama and alpaca shepherds is waiting for us, we’ll dine, talk, hear their stories and learn from the traditional Andean way of life. Nights inside a cozy adobe house are just better.
Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Shared room in traditional Andean adobe cabin.
CHULLUNCANE – TAMARUGAL NATIONAL RESERVE – TILANDSIALES – CHAUCA BEACH – IQUIQUE
The sun goes up again and warms up the chill morning very soon, a good breakfast with our local hosts and let’s say good bye to them, it’s time to continue the journey; on our final day, we’ll drive down the desert level to visit the Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve, who’s main objective is the conservation of the native desert trees “Tamarugos”, an excellent example of adaptation to the harsh environment. We’ll walk on their shade and meet the “grama salada” as well, another super desert-adapted flora species able to grow directly on the salt crust.
On our way back to the ocean, the absolute desert needs to be crossed again and this time we’ll meet a plant that grows where no one else can: the Tillandsia landbeckii ; this awesome air-rooted plant forms cushion-like formation in the middle of nowhere, creating a very unique landscape.
The port of Patillos exports the salt from Salar Grande to the world and it will be our first sight once we reach the Pacific, now that we are here, let’s take a final and short detour to see the seabirds getting together at Playa Chauca. With the sun going down, this is a great way to end our journey to meet the Atacama Desert wildlife!
Everyone gets transported back to its lodging at Iquique.
Food: Breakfast, box lunch.
Accommodation: Not included.
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.
The reasons to cancel a booked tour will be due to bad weather conditions, closed roads, government prohibitions or security reasons of any kind. If this is the case you will get a refund of 80% of what we received (please, remember that intermediates, banks, credit cards and transfers might apply commissions to what you’ve originally paid) and will be happy to offer you another options.
Refunds are done exclusively to Chilean bank accounts or to your PayPal/Payoneer account if you’ve paid using one of those methods.
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 7 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.
Místico Outdoors will confirm your trip 7 days in advance and will be done via email.
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