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There are two options to choose from - the Chilean Altiplano and Kingdom of Copiapoa expeditions. Both have set dates for November and December 2019 which run back to back, so you can choose to go on either or both with a one day break in-between. Private tours of the same or unique itineraries are also offered on request. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with planning - our contact details at the bottom of this form. All tours have a maximum of four people and are focused on discovering Chile’s cacti and other flora in habitat, and of course, we also visit the best nature parks and attractions in the Atacama Desert! But most importantly, we take our time on the journey, with in depth discussions about the plants and ecology

  • The Chilean Altiplano Overview

    [vc_row el_class="tour-section"][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text el_class="tour-content"]An incredible 9 day/8 night journey with otherworldly plants, animals and landscapes!

    Group Tour dates to be announced. Contact me directly for expressions of interest. Private tours offered from May - December.

    Featured plants:

    Browningia candelaris, Echinopsis formosa, Echinopsis atacamensis ssp. atacamensis, Lobivia ferox, Oreocereus leucotrichus, varicolor and hempelianus, Neowerdermannia chilensis, Haageocereus chilensis, Cumulopuntia boliviana (various subspecies), Corryocactus brevistylus (all Cactaceae), Azorella compacta AKA llareta (Apiaceae), Tillandsia marconae and landbeckii (Bromeliaceae), Cistanthe (various species - Montiaceae), Prosopis tamarugo (Chilean mesquite - Fabaceae) - famous desert tree from the pea family endemic to the Atacama + more!

    National Parks and Places:

    Arica, Putre, Lauca National Park, Las Vicuñas Natural Reserve, Salar de Surire Natural Monument, Volcán Isluga National Park, Puchuldiza Geysers, Laguna Roja (Red Lagoon), Iquique (Chilean Miami), Humberstone Ghost Town, Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve, Salar de Pintados (painted salt flats) San Pedro de Atacama, Death Valley, Moon Valley, Guatín Valley, Puritama Thermal Springs and Laguna Cejar - the floating lake!

    Tour summary -

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="tour-accordion"][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion spacing="2" active_section="" collapsible_all="true"][vc_tta_section title="Day-1:" tab_id="1577703845821-d1193f34-a6fd"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This tour starts in Arica, the northernmost city in Chile just 18 km (11 mi) south of the Peruvian border. We will meet you at the Arica Airport (Chacalluta International Airport (ARI). Today is an orientation with an outline and discussion about the plants and habitats we will visit in the following days. We will also explore the best landmarks and attractions in Arica and discover why it’s called the city of eternal spring! O/N Arica.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="293,294" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-2:" tab_id="1577704487675-1bf6c805-8327"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This morning we travel inland and encounter incredible terrestrial populations of Tillandsia marconae and landbeckii. We continue east to find Browningiacandelaris, arguably one of the most impressive of all columnar cacti! Haageocereus chilensis also grows in this extremely barren location, known as the pre-cordillera. We will then climb in altitude, officially arriving to the Chilean Altiplano. Here we find Oreocereus leucotrichus, hempelianus and Neowerdermannia chilensis while exploring the enchanting surroundings of Putre, nestled at 3,500 mamsl in the Andes. We will stay here for the next two nights and dine out in the evenings enjoying classic Andean cuisine. O/N Putre.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="755,300,299,762" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-3:" tab_id="1577704485557-3d932d36-c7d6"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we explore Parque Nacional Lauca to find huge populations of llareta (Azorella compacta) one of the oldest living plants on earth, with many aged over 3000 years! This is a truly otherworldly plant living in picturesque landscapes. You’re also going to love the vast Chungará lake and snow-capped Pomerape and Parinacota volcanoes. We will also see many Vicuñas, llamas and with some luck, the unique Chilean flamingos, the mountain Viscacha and Darwin’s rhea (Rhea pennata ssp. tarapacensis). O/N Putre. [/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="302,303,521,305" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-4:" tab_id="1577705002798-bd2f5360-0962"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we make the enchanting high altitude drive from Putre to Colchane. Wetraversethrough Reserva Natural Las Vicuñas, Monumento Natural Salar de Surire and Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga. The scenery through these parks is truly epic and a photographers paradise. If you are game, there are hot springs where you can take a dip! We will spend tonight in the small pueblo of Colchane. Stargazing here is also a real treat! O/N Colchane. [/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="308,309" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-5:" tab_id="1577705001740-ac36b7b7-2915"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today will begin with a worthwhile early rise to see the Puchuldiza Geysers flare up at sunrise (4300 mamsl). We continue on to explore the stunning altiplano scenery and more habitats of Llareta, Oreocereus, Cumulopuntia and Lobivia ferox. We finish the day by visiting an impressive and incredibly dense forest of Echinopsis atacamensis ssp. atacamensis - many are over seven meters tall! O/N Colchane. [/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="310,311" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-6:" tab_id="1577705000894-36128433-8cca"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This is a special day where we travel to one of the country’s most amazing, hidden and isolated geothermal locations, Laguna Roja. The ‘Red Lagoon’ is of course the feature here, but curiously there is also an orange, green and yellow lagoon surrounding it. We will learn why this is through in depth discussions and demonstrations about the ecology and microbiology of this ancient place. While driving today, we will stop to see Oreocereus leucotrichus in some variable and interesting forms as the cold nights and harsh UV rays accentuate this plants defining features. We also get to see Browningia candelaris one more time on the descent to the coastal city of Iquique (The Chilean Miami), where we will take a rest from the altitude and enjoy the refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean. O/N Iquique.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="524,519" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-7:" tab_id="1577704999764-bebe8c5e-a79e"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This morning we will visit another large population of Tillandsia landbeckii, before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humberstone. This place was once a booming nitrate extraction site, but is now an eerie abandoned ghost town that was used by miners back in the 1880’s. From here we will pass through the Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve to observe more Chilean endemic flora such as Prosopis tamarugo (Chilean mesquite - Fabaceae). We then cross and explore the fascinating Salar de Pintados (painted salt flats) and ancient geoglyphs. We continue on to San Pedro de Atacama and visit the spectacular Moon Valley before relaxing in the pueblo for the evening. O/N San Pedro de Atacama.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="314,315,316,317" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-8:" tab_id="1577704998282-a420d7a2-1760"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we visit the Guatín Valley & Puritama Thermal Springs. This area is renowned also for showcasing Echinopsis atacamensis ssp. atacamensis, Oreocereus leucotrichus and Echinopsis formosa. The Puritama Thermal Springs are a great way to relax after exploring! We then visit Laguna Cejar, the Floating Lake, and Death Valley, before returning to enjoy the sights, sounds and food of San Pedro in the evening. Stargazing is amazing here too! O/N San Pedro de Atacama. *Optional extra for the El Tatio geyser field offered the following morning of day 9. [/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="669,668,686,692" img_size="medium" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-9:" tab_id="1577706994498-2b802f7f-6b3d"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This is our final day and farewell which includes a transfer to your next accommodation in San Pedro or the following transit points:
    • The bus terminal in San Pedro
    • The Calama Airport (El Loa Airport - CJC/SCCF) or bus terminal
    • The Antofagasta Airport (Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport - ANF) or bus terminal.
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    Health Recommendations

    Please consult your travel doctor before the commencement of this tour, ensuring you are fit for a low to moderate degree of physical exertion walking uphill in short bursts while experiencing altitudes of up to 4500 meters above sea level/15000 feet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

    What’s Included?

    All private transportation, transfers and excursions. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide. Admission fees to all nature reserves. Accommodation on a twin/double basis. All breakfasts, box-lunches, dinners. Drinkable water in the vehicle. Emergency supplies are also carried. Tour inclusions will begin from lunch on day one to breakfast on day nine. Your full time tour leader will be your primary contact, accompanying you from your arrival to departure.

    What’s Not Included?

    International/domestic airfares, airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurant staff etc. Drinks with meals in restaurants. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What’s included?” *NOTE - If you are connecting the Kingdom of Copiapoa and Eriosyce tour after the Altiplano, there will be two nights in Antofagasta before the commencement of the next tour. In this instance, lunch, dinner and the private transfer between San Pedro and Antofagasta will be included. Accommodation for these two nights will cost extra unless you choose to book privately in Antofagasta.

    Arrival and Departure

    Arica International Airport - ARI, Calama Airport - CJC. It is recommended that you arrive at least one day before your tour begins, however we accommodate any travel arrangements you have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our tours or need assistance with planning.

    Deposits

    To secure your booking, please transfer 30% of the overall price as your deposit to the bank details provided to you. I am happy to split any bank transfer costs 50/50 with you. The remaining payment is the tour price minus the deposit, required no later than 60 days before your tour departure when we will also send specifications of what you need to bring for your trip. We look forward to seeing you in Chile![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="524,521,519,466,528" img_size="large"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Objectives
    • Ecology
    • Education
    • Photography
    • Adventure
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  • The Cacti of Chile – Cross Country Explorer Overview

    [vc_row el_class="tour-section"][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text el_class="tour-content"]A comprehensive tour for the cactus obsessed, this 13 day/12 night journey begins in Santiago and ends in Calama, Chile.

    *Group Tour dates for 2021:

    November 10th - 22nd. Price $4,320 All inclusive. See payment options below.

    Featured plants:

    More than 65 different Chilean cacti species! Including; Copiapoa: cinerea, columna-alba, solaris, kranziana, scopulina, haseltoniana, montana, tenuissima, atacamensis, laui, dealbata, longistaminea, calderana, griseoviolacea, echinoides and more! Eriyosyce: aurata, esmeraldana, napina (+ various subspecies), odieri (+ various subspecies), subgibbosa (+ various subspecies), curvispina (+ various subspecies), senilis, villosa, chilensis, taltalensis + many more! Eulychnia: acida, breviflora, iquiquensis and castanea. Trichocereus: deserticola, coquimbanus and chiloensis. Echinopsis (various species). Miqueliopuntia miquelii. Oreocereus leucotrichus. Euphorbia lactiflua (Euphorbiaceae), Deuterocohnia chrysantha and various Puya species (Bromeliaceae), various bulbs from Amaryllidaceae, Bomarea (Leontochir) Ovallei (Alstroemeriaceae), Jubaea chilensis (Arecaceae) + more![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="tour-accordion"][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion spacing="2" active_section="" collapsible_all="true"][vc_tta_section title="Day-1:" tab_id="1577703845821-d1193f34-a6fd"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This morning we meet at your hotel in Santiago and venture into La Campana National Park. This is a diverse area where we find Eriosyce curvispina var. robusta, Echinopsis chiloensis, Puya berteroniana and alpestris subsp. zoellneri plus the spectacular Chilean Wine Palm - Jubaea chilensis! We trek through the park to a stunning lookout, finding refreshing waterfalls and an incredible vista of the park and Cerro La Campana (Bell Mountain), which Charles Darwin climbed in 1834. We then take a drive delving deep into the Andes to find beautiful golden Eriosyce aurata and curvispina variations in some dramatic settings! O/N Los Andes. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-2:" tab_id="1577704487675-1bf6c805-8327"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we take the coastal route to to Los Vilos. Expect to see lots of Echinopsis and Eriosyce species! You’re going to love seeing the showy Eriosyce chilensis and subgibbosa thrive on the coastal rocks! Not to mention more Puya and coastal succulents such as Cistanthe grandiflora. O/N Los Vilos. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-3:" tab_id="1577704485557-3d932d36-c7d6"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we explore Valle del Encanto Natural Monument and various other locations on our way to La Serena. Valle del Encanto not only features ancient forests of Eulychnia and Echinopsis, but also has great examples of pre-Columbian petroglyphs! Trichocereus chiloensis ssp. skottsbergii, Eriosyce aurata, Puya berteroniana (Bromeliaceae) and various forms of Eriosyce curvispina and subgibbosa make appearances throughout the day. O/N La Serena. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-4:" tab_id="1577705002798-bd2f5360-0962"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This morning we set out to explore the Chanaral Valley and Huasco Valley to see over fourteen unique species of Copiapoa and Eriosyce! Some highlights being Eriosyce napina and the newly described Copiapoa corralensis and griseoviolacea. O/N Huasco. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-5:" tab_id="1577705001740-ac36b7b7-2915"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we travel into to Llanos de Challe National Park, seeing everything from huge clumps of Copiapoa dealbata to the smallest subspecies of Eriosyce napina! We continue north to find more geophytic Eriosyce in some of the most barren areas of the Atacama Desert and interesting forms of Copiapoa before arriving in the coastal oasis of Bahia Inglesa. This area also showcases some of the most spectacular beaches (and cacti) in the country! O/N Bahia Inglesa. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-6:" tab_id="1577705000894-36128433-8cca"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we take the coastal route to Chañaral. On the way we explore a nearby monolith to find the biggest Copiapoa marginata you've seen in your life, to the small geophytic wonder which is Eriosyce oderi. We continue into to nearby valleys to see several forms of Copiapoa and then hunt again for another geophyte, Eriosyce oderi subs. krausii on our way north. We finish off the day by seeing Copiapoa hypogea and the southern form of C. cinerascens, plus a spectacular view of the Atacama coastline! O/N Chañaral [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-7:" tab_id="1577704999764-bebe8c5e-a79e"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today is one of our personal favourites and includes the picturesque locations including Pan de Azucar National Park and Cifuncho. We see classic Chilean cacti including Copiapoa cinerea subs. columna-alba, longistaminea, cinerascens, grandiflora, serpentisulcata and laui among many others. Eriosyce esmeraldana and odieri ssp. malleolata are special finds on the way too! O/N Taltal. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-8:" tab_id="1577704998282-a420d7a2-1760"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we will explore one of the most famous places in the world for cactus lovers - Taltal! We start of with a morning hike into a nearby valley to find Copiapoa kranziana, montana, cinerea, haseltoniana and of course more forms of Eriosyce! We will also find some other botanical gems in this area such as Euphorbia lactiflua (Euphorbiaceae) and Deuterocohnia chrysantha (Bromeliaceae). O/N Taltal. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-9:" tab_id="1577706994498-2b802f7f-6b3d"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Continuing north, we visit some more classic and enchanting places along the Atacama coast where cacti literally grow up to the oceans edge. We thoroughly explore the northern Taltal and Paposo areas to see various Copiapoa, including: solaris, ahremephiana, tenuissima, humilis, and cinerea ‘Albispina’. Eriosyce and Eulychnia species also make an appearance of course, as well as more incredibly large and thriving populations of Copiapoa haseltoniana/gigantea! O/N Antofagasta. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-10:" tab_id="1577709320209-8b9cbd3e-0362"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]We begin today by driving along a spectacular peninsula north of Antofagasta. Here we will trek to see an incredibly intact but delicate ecosystem that relies on the formation of dense, stratocumulus cloud banks known locally as camanchaca. These places encompasses large populations of Copiapoa atacamensis together with Eriosyce recondita, Eulychnia iquiquensis and many other botanical wonders. This day trek has spectacular views the entire way! On our return to the city we visit La Portada, which is a spectacular coastal sedimentary rock formation and wildlife conservation area. We relax in Antofagasta afterwards to enjoy a well-deserved meal and drink! O/N Antofagasta. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-11:" tab_id="1577709319112-24860365-b3e3"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we make the drive to San Pedro de Atacama and visit the spectacular Death valley and Moon Valley. We then visit Laguna Cejar, the Floating Lake, which is famous for its high salt content and is a great way to relax as you effortlessly float along the lagoons surface! We then make our way into the charming pueblo where we relax for the evening. Stargazing at night is also amazing here too! O/N San Pedro de Atacama. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-12:" tab_id="1577709401031-213b70d2-b773"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This morning we have a worthwhile early rise to visit the El Tatio geyser field! We then explore some nearby valleys, showcasing Oreocereus leucotrichus, Echinopsis formosa and the impressive Echinopsis atacamensis which stand over 7 metres tall! We then make our way to the Puritama Thermal Springs which are also a great way to relax after exploring! This evening we celebrate the end of our journey together while enjoying the sights, sounds and traditional Andean food in San Pedro. O/N San Pedro de Atacama. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-13:" tab_id="1577709400190-8c0910fb-b055"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This is our final day and farewell which includes a transfer to the Calama Airport (CJC), Antofagasta Airport (ANF) or bus terminal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

    What’s Included?

    All private transportation, transfers and excursions. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide. Admission fees to all nature reserves. Accommodation on a twin/double basis. All breakfasts, box-lunches, dinners. Fresh water in the vehicle. Emergency supplies. All tour inclusions will begin from lunch on day one to breakfast on day thirteen. Your full time tour leader will be your primary contact, accompanying you from your arrival to departure.

    What’s Not Included?

    International/domestic airfares, airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurant staff etc. Drinks with meals in restaurants. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What’s included?”

    Arrival and Departure

    Santiago International Airport - SCL, Calama Airport - CJC. It is recommended that you arrive at least one day before your tour begins, however we accommodate any travel arrangements you have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our tours or need assistance with planning.

    Deposits

    To secure your group tour booking, please transfer 30% of the overall price via the Plugin Service Payment link below. Full payment options also available. Contact us directly for private tours. Bank transfer options also available. I am happy to split any transfer costs 50/50 with you. Complete payments required no later than 60 days before your tour departure when we will also send specifications of what you need to bring for your trip. We look forward to seeing you in Chile![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="638,670,593,633,674,668,637,640,647,648,669,595" img_size="medium"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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    I am happy to share any fees charged to you 50/50. Please transfer with the 'Family and friends option'.

    Payment via bank transfer is also possible. Please contact us directly for details. 

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    Objectives
    • Adventure
    • Photography
    • Ecology
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  • Kingdom of Copiapoa and Eriosyce Overview

    [vc_row el_class="tour-section"][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text el_class="tour-content"]A specialist tour of the two most loved Chilean cacti genera, this 8 day/7 night journey begins in La Serena and ends in Antofagasta, Chile.

    *Small Group Tour dates and prices for 2021 (max 6 people):

    December 1st - 8th. $2,250 USD per person all inclusive. Payment options below.

    Featured plants:

    Copiapoa: cinerea, columna-alba, solaris, kranziana, haseltoniana/gigantea, montana, tenuissima, cinerascens, atacamensis, laui, dealbata, longistaminea, calderana, echinoides, corralensis, griseoviolacea and more! Eriyosyce: aurata, occulta, esmeraldana, napina (+ various subspecies), odieri (+ various subspecies), rodentiophila, villosa, taltalensis, paucicostata + many more! Eulychnia: breviflora and iquiquensis. Trichocereus deserticola and coquimbanus. Miqueliopuntia miquelii. Euphorbia lactiflua (Euphorbiaceae), Deuterocohnia chrysantha and various Puya species (Bromeliaceae), Tillandsia landbeckii and geissei (also Bromeliaceae), various bulbs from Amaryllidaceae, Bomarea (Leontochir) Ovallei (Alstroemeriaceae) + more![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="tour-accordion"][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion spacing="2" active_section="" collapsible_all="true"][vc_tta_section title="Day-1:" tab_id="1577703845821-d1193f34-a6fd"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This morning we meet at your hotel in La Serena and spend a full day exploring various hidden valleys to see over fourteen unique forms of Copiapoa and Eriosyce! Some highlights being various subspecies of Eriosyce napina and the newly described Copiapoa corralensis and griseoviolacea.  O/N Huasco. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-2:" tab_id="1577704487675-1bf6c805-8327"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we travel into to Llanos de Challe National Park, seeing everything from huge clumps of Copiapoa dealbata to the smallest forms of Eriosyce napina! We continue north to find more geophytic Eriosyce in some of the most arid areas of the Atacama Desert. This evening we arrive in the coastal oasis of Bahia Inglesa. This area also showcases some of the most spectacular beaches (and cacti) in the country! O/N Bahia Inglesa. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-3:" tab_id="1577704485557-3d932d36-c7d6"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we take the coastal route to Chañaral. On the way we explore grand coastal monoliths to find the biggest Copiapoa marginata you've seen in your life, to the small geophytic wonder which is Eriosyce oderi. We continue into to a nearby valley to see several more species of Copiapoa and then search again for another geophyte, Eriosyce oderi subs. krausii on our way north. We finish off the day by seeing Copiapoa hypogea and the southern form of C. cinerascens, plus a spectacular view of the Atacama coastline! O/N Chañaral [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-4:" tab_id="1577705002798-bd2f5360-0962"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today is one of our personal favourites and includes the picturesque locations of Pan de Azucar National Park and Cifuncho. These places are home to Copiapoa cinerea subs. columna-alba, longistaminea, cinerascens, grandiflora, serpentisulcata and laui among many others. Eriosyce esmeraldana and odieri ssp. malleolata are special finds in the area too! O/N Taltal. Eriosyce sp[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-5:" tab_id="1577705001740-ac36b7b7-2915"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we will explore one of the most famous places in the world for cacti lovers - Taltal! We begin with a morning hike into the San Ramon Valley and surrounds to find Copiapoa kranziana, montana, cinerea, haseltoniana and of course more forms of Eriosyce! We will also find some other botanical gems such as Euphorbia lactiflua (Euphorbiaceae) and Deuterocohnia chrysantha (Bromeliaceae). O/N Taltal. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-6:" tab_id="1577705000894-36128433-8cca"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Continuing north, we visit more enchanting places along the Atacama coast where cacti literally grow up to the oceans edge. We thoroughly explore the northern Taltal, Paposo and Bodija area to see various Copiapoa, including: solaris, ahremephiana, tenuissima,  humilis, and cinerea ‘Albispina’. Eriosyce and Eulychnia species also make an appearance, as well as more incredibly large and thriving populations of Copiapoa haseltoniana/gigantea! O/N Antofagasta. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-7:" tab_id="1577704999764-bebe8c5e-a79e"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]We begin our final day adventure in a place locally known as the Pearl of the North, the city of Antofagasta. We begin by driving along a spectacular peninsula to explore National Parks north of the city. Here we will see an incredibly intact but delicate ecosystem that relies on the formation of dense, stratocumulus cloud banks known locally as camanchaca. These parks encompases a large populations of Copiapoa atacamensis along with Eriosyce recondita and Eulychnia iquiquensis. This day trek has spectacular views the entire way! On our return to the city we visit La Portada, which is a spectacular coastal sedimentary rock formation and wildlife conservation area. We relax in Antofagasta afterwards to celebrate our journey together! O/N Antofagasta. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-8:" tab_id="1577704998282-a420d7a2-1760"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today is our final farewell and airport transfer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

    What’s Included?

    All private transportation, transfers and excursions. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide. Admission fees to all nature reserves. Accommodation on a twin/double basis. All breakfasts, box-lunches, dinners. Fresh water in the vehicle. Emergency supplies are also carried. Tour inclusions will begin from lunch on day one to breakfast on day eight. Your full time tour leader will be your primary contact, accompanying you from your arrival to departure.

    What’s Not Included?

    International/domestic airfares, airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurant staff etc. Drinks with meals in restaurants. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What’s included?”

    Arrival and Departure

    Airport details - La Serena International Airport - LSC, Antofagasta International Airport - ANF.  It is recommended that you arrive at least one day before your tour begins, however we accommodate any travel arrangements you have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our tours or need assistance with planning.

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