Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Tocopilla
Stop At: Church of San Pedro de Atacama, Central Square, San Pedro de Atacama Chile
Early start of roadtrip towards the coast:
Quick visit of the Valle Arcoiris and Hierbas Buenas Petroglyphs. Then another 50km to Calama with stop at the copper mines mirador and then the Chug Chug geoglyphs. Straight towards west, we reach the desert sea coast until Tocopilla where we will stop for lunch around 2pm. In the afternoon, we go north on the coast towards Iquique with panoramic stops on the road and arrival for check-in Hotel and sunset on the top of the huge dunes above the city.
Duration: 16 hours
Accommodation included: Hotel NH in Iquique
Day 2: Iquique – Pica
Stop At: Regional Museum of Iquique, Baquedano 951, Iquique 1113088 Chile
Sightseeing starting by visiting the Gruta de Lourdes Church and the Thematic Park in the Cavancha beach. We will walk through the Baquedano Street, with its Georgian-style houses. Optional visits to the Palacio Astoreca museum and/or the Regional museum. Then, reaching the Prat square, we will see the Clock Tower and the Municipal Theater. We will also visit the Cathedral, the Rimac Palace (ex customs) and the Prat Dock. Either we lunch in Iquique, or we drive first to Pica (depends on pace of morning visit). Drive to Matilla and Pica early afternoon and arrival in 1.5 – 2 hours. Matilla is an ancient oasis with wine production and national monuments such as the S.Antonio church. Then Pica, a pre-columbian settlement, is located at the source of pure freshwater spring. This oasis is a grove of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, mangos and guayaba. It also counts on spring water rustic pools for visitors. Arrival to the cabañas and overnight in Pica.
Duration: 1 day
No accommodation included on this day.