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7 DAY TOUR (Unguided) ex SANTIAGO
Private groups only | 2 Night, 3 Days

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Self-Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
Ability: Beginner to Expert
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This incredible tour is one of extreme contrasts with half of the week spent exploring the Atacama desert and the other half skiing at Santiago's largest ski resort; Valle Nevado. Do it now or add it to your bucket list!
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Explora Atacama & Valle Nevado

If you are looking for something beyond your average ski holiday, combine a few days exploring Atacama, the driest desert on earth staying in the small desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Then after a few days experiencing this natural wonder of the world you will transfer to the Tres Valles where you will be based in a deluxe ski-in/ski-out at Valle Nevado. You will have 2 and a half days to explore this huge ski area and soak up the Chilean ski scene.


The small desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama springs up out of nowhere after a drive through part of the driest desert in the world. The looming presence of the 5,920 meter-high Lincancabur Volcano provide the perfect backdrop to this experience, and visits to the expansive salt flats are rich in wildlife as many types of birds, including three species of flamingos come to feed on tiny brine shrimp. Couple these experiences with long magenta and orange sunsets over the jagged horizon and some of the clearest skies in the world and you can understand why many people consider this part of the world to be one of its natural wonders.

During your time at San Pedro de Atacama you will be hosted by Explora Atacama who will treat you like royalty and offer you the experience of a lifetime. Explora Atacama offer more than 40 explorations that can be completed hiking, by bike, by van, horseback riding or in their observatory, you’ll be able to discover the deepest mysteries of the desert: its contrasts, geography, the sky, wildlife and culture!

Valle Nevado

By contrast, Valle Nevado ski area is located less than 25 miles from Santiago, Chiles capital city and offer some of the world's best skiing. From here you have access to not only the huge Valle Nevado ski area but also the ski areas of El Colorado & La Parva.

You'll be staying in one of the ski resort's best hotels (either Hotel Valle Nevado or Hotel Puerta Del Sol) where you can ski right to the door, relax in the incredible outdoor pool and partake on great food, wine & other activities the resort has to offer.

Itinerary Snapshot

 Day Activity Overnight 
 1 Transfer-in/drop-off & Explora Atacama  San Pedro de Atacama
 2 Experiences with Explora Atacama  San Pedro de Atacama
 3 Experiences with Explora Atacama  San Pedro de Atacama
 4 Transfer to Calama Airport / Transfer to Valle Vevado  Valle Nevado
 5 Ski day at Valle Nevado  Valle Nevado
 6 Ski day at Vale Nevado  Valle Nevado
 7 Half-day ski at Valle Nevado / transfer out to Santiago / Airport  


For the first 3 nights you will saty at San Pedro de Atacama and then the last 3 nights you have a choice of the 2 Valle Nevado hotels (the cost is the same in each case) however may be subject to availability at the time of booking plus the Hotel Valle Nevado has some timing restrictions at various times during the season.

San Pedro de Atacama - 3 nights

Located on a 42-acre property in an area once inhabited by a native Atacameno community, the hotel has worked to maintain the culture of the space, restoring and maintaining many of the original buildings and pathways. From the hotel's terraces there are beautiful views of the many volcanic mountains lining the Atacama Desert and of the clear skies at night. The Explora Atacama is a top of the line experience, made obvious through its four interconnected, outdoor pools (two are heated by solar panels); fine dining option; and on-site observatory. The hotel is the only in Atacama with its own horses, which are housed in a stable at the front of the hotel.

Option 1 - Hotel Valle Nevado - 3 nights

With 53 comfortable rooms, all with a terrace and direct access to the slopes, Hotel Valle Nevado is the most exclusive luxury accommodation in the Valle Nevado ski resort. All rooms were renovated in 2011 and all have spectacular views of the Andes and the ski slopes. A number of bars and restaurants are within a few minutes' walk, and the best one - Restaurant La Fourchette (French-Mediterranean fare) - that serves Mediterranean cuisine is located within the hotel. The hotel also has an outdoor heated pool.

Notes for Hotel Valle Nevado: Regular season is the two periods from June 28 to July 11, 2019 and from July 26 to August 22, 2019. During this period, bookings must be made on a weekly basis (7 nights from Friday to Friday) or by mini-week (4 nights from Friday to Tuesday or 3 nights from Tuesday to Friday), except for the week June 28 to July 4 which does not require a minimum of nights.

Option 2 - Hotel Puerta del Sol - 3 nights

Hotel Puerta del Sol is a middle-of-the-road lodging option aimed toward families. Some rooms have balconies, and all have incredible views. Half-board includes breakfast and dinner, and guests have access to all of the main hotel's services, including the gym, Kids Care (additional costs apply), cinema, heated outdoor pool, day spa (additional costs apply), and restaurants. The hotel is very kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible.Note: Hotel Puerta del Sol is Half-board only

About Equipment Rental

Ski/snowboard equipment (boots, poles, skis, snowboards) are not included in package price, and Upscape does not rent this equipment. Your driver from Santiago will be happy to take you to one of our recommended ski rental facilities on your way to the mountains. Please note that ski shops are not connected with Upscape and there is no way to guarantee the type or brand of equipment available. Most clients prefer to bring their own equipment.


As these packages are for private groups they are suitable to beginners up to experts skiers & boarders.


Day 1

Your driver will be waiting to meet you at the Calama airport to drive you approximately one hour to Hotel Explora through the flat, expansive Atacama Desert, rich in different colors of terracotta. Keep your eyes open for guanacos, the swift-

running brown furred cousin to the llama that munches on spiky desert plants. Take the morning to get settled and explore the town of San Pedro de Atacama. Don't miss the adobe church, which has details carved from the local giant cactus, similar to the SW United States' saguaro.

Take the evening at your leisure.

Meals: dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Explora Atacama

Day 2

Selection of outdoor experiences with Hotel Explora. Experiences include: Two half­ day explorations or one full-day exploration with Explora guides, horseback and bike riding gear, trekking poles, stargazing sessions from the hotel's observatory and tickets to the natural reserves, archaeological sites and Puritama Hot Springs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Explora Atacama

Day 3

Selection of outdoor experiences with Hotel Explora Atacama.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Explora Atacama

Day 4

After breakfast, transfer from Explora Atacama to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago. Then, you will be picked up at the Santiago airport by your Upscape representative and transferred to Valle Nevada. If you arrive at the Santiago airport in the morning, you could be skiing by the afternoon. Valle Nevada sits high above Santiago and is the closest resort to the capital city. Modeled after the style of European resorts, the Valle Nevada complex straddles the imposing peak El Plomo, includes luxury accommodations, and has the largest skiable domain in Chile.

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Valle Nevada or Hotel Puerta del Sol

Day 5

Ski and ride the slopes at Valle Nevada.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, apres ski, dinner
Accommodation: Valle Nevada or Hotel Puerta del Sol

Day 6

Ski and ride the slopes at Valle Nevada.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, apres ski, dinner
Accommodation: Valle Nevada or Hotel Puerta del Sol

Day 7

If you do check out by 10:00 AM you will receive your lift ticket, then leave for the Santiago airport in time for your departing flight (most of international flights leave in the evening)

Meals: breakfast

2019 Rates & Inclusions (2023 rates coming soon)

Group Size  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
Price Per Person  4146  2881  2789  2758  2748  2724  2720  2706

Price Information:

  • Prices are per person based on the size of your private group
  • Prices and invoice currency is in USD
  • Single supplement (subject to availability) US$989
  • All ground transportation
  • All overnight accommodations
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Lift tickets at Valle Nevado
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Explora Atacama activities
  • Private room upgrade USD 989 per person - min 2 guests
  • Domestic flights (Santiago - Calama Airport (CJC))
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