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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 10 day / 9 night journey with otherworldly plants, animals and landscapes!

    Group Tour dates for 2021 - TBA

    Price: $3,250 USD pp.

    Private tours offered all year - Contact us directly for a quote.

    Featured plants:

    Browningia candelaris, Echinopsis formosa, Trichocereus/Leucostele atacamensis, Lobivia ferox, Oreocereus leucotrichus, varicolor and hempelianus, Neowerdermannia chilensis, Haageocereus chilensis, Cumulopuntia boliviana (various subspecies), Corryocactus brevistylus (all Cactaceae), Azorella compacta AKA Yareta (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), Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve, Salar de Pintados (painted salt flats) San Pedro de Atacama, Death Valley, Moon Valley, Guatín Valley, Puritama Thermal Springs, Laguna Cejar - the floating lake + more!

    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 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 Browningia candelaris - arguably one of the most impressive of all columnar cacti! Haageocereus chilensis also grows nearby. We 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 plants 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, 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. We traverse through 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 begins 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 Trichocereus/Leucostele 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. We also get to see Browningia candelaris one more time on the descent to the coastal city of Iquique (The Chilean Miami), where we 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]Today we enjoy the most touristic coastal city in the north - Iquique. If you like seafood, here you can taste some delicious ceviche, and other seafood dishes, but make sure to keep some leftovers when you visit the enormous sea lions waiting at the Caleta Riquelme’s wharf edge! Today you have the option to take a tour of the historic city centre, go sand boarding down Cerro Dragon or purely relax at the most popular beach in town - Playa Cavancha. O/N Iquique.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="955,959" 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]This morning we will visit another large population of Tillandsia landbeckii, before traversing across the Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve to observe more Chilean endemic flora such as Prosopis tamarugo (Chilean mesquite - Fabaceae). We then explore the fascinating Salar de Pintados (painted salt flats) and ancient geoglyphs. We then arrive in San Pedro de Atacama and relax in the pueblo. 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-9:" tab_id="1577706994498-2b802f7f-6b3d"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we visit the El Tatio geyser field, a hidden valley showcasing Trichocereus atacamensis, Oreocereus leucotrichus and Echinopsis formosa. The Puritama Thermal Springs or Laguna Ceja are a great way to relax after exploring! We return to San Pedro to enjoy the sights, sounds and food in the evening. Stargazing is amazing here too! O/N San Pedro de Atacama.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="669,668,686,692" img_size="medium"][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-10:" tab_id="1602636045986-fa8887a9-8d57"][vc_column_text]This is our final day and farewell which includes a transfer to your next accommodation in San Pedro or the Calama Airport (El Loa Airport - CJC/SCCF).[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

    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 on short, uphill walks 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 from the beginning and end points of your tour. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide. Domestic flights from Santiago to Arica and Calama to Santiago if required. 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 ten. Your full time tour leader will be your primary contact, accompanying you from your arrival to departure.

    What’s Not Included?

    International airfares, airport taxes and visas. 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

    Arrival: Arica International Airport - ARI, Departure: Calama Airport - CJC. It is recommended that you arrive at least one day before your tour begins. Please 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 – 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 USD All inclusive. See details and 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/Leucostele: atacamensis, deserticola, coquimbanus, and chiloensis. Echinopsis formosa. Miqueliopuntia miquelii. Oreocereus leucotrichus. Maihueniopsis glomerata. Euphorbia lactiflua (Euphorbiaceae), Deuterocohnia chrysantha and various Puya species (Bromeliaceae), various bulbs from Amaryllidaceae, Bomarea (Leontochir) Ovallei (Alstroemeriaceae), Jubaea chilensis The Chilean Wine Palm (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 a nearby national reserve. This is a diverse area where we find Eriosyce curvispina var. robusta, Trichocereus chiloensis, Puya berteroniana and alpestris subsp. zoellneri plus the spectacular Chilean Wine Palm - Jubaea chilensis! 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. Some highlights are Eriosyce chilensis and subgibbosa thriving on coastal rocks. Todays habitats are highly diverse and include Puya species 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 more diverse habitats on our way to La Serena. We also see some 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 explore various hidden valleys to discover a diversity of Copiapoa and Eriosyce! Some highlights being various forms 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-5:" tab_id="1577705001740-ac36b7b7-2915"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we continue north, seeing everything from huge clumps of Copiapoa dealbata to the smallest form of Eriosyce napina. We continue north to find more geophytic cacti in some of the most barren areas of the coastal desert before arriving in the 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 discoveranother geophyte, Eriosyce oderi subs. krausii on our way north. We finish off the day by seeing Copiapoa hypogea and 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 numerous picturesque locations. 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 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 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 beverage. 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 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 Trichocereus/Leucostele atacamensis which stand over 7 metres tall! We then have the option to visit thermal springs or continue seeing more plants and geological wonders in the area. 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).[/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 from the beginning to end points of your tour. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide. Domestic flight from Calama to Santiago if required. 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 airfares, airport and visa 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. Please 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 receiving 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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    Payment via bank transfer is also possible. I am happy to share any fees charged to you 50/50. Please contact us directly for transfer 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 9 day/8 night journey begins in La Serena and ends in Antofagasta, Chile.

    Tours run on request all year - Contact us direct to book!

    Featured plants:

    Copiapoa: cinerea, columna-alba, solaris, kranziana, haseltoniana/gigantea, montana, tenuissima, cinerascens, atacamensis, laui, dealbata, longistaminea, calderana, echinoides, corralensis, fusca, 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 & 2:" 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 the next two days exploring various hidden valleys to see over fourteen unique forms of Copiapoa and Eriosyce. Some highlights are various subspecies of Eriosyce napina and the recently described Copiapoa corralensis and griseoviolacea.  O/N Huasco x 2. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Day-3:" tab_id="1577704487675-1bf6c805-8327"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today we travel into local national parks, seeing everything from huge clumps of Copiapoa dealbata to the smallest forms of Eriosyce napina. We continue north to find even more geophytic Eriosyce in some of the most arid areas of the coastal fog 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-4:" 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 exploring the coastal range to find Eriosyce krausii and Copiapoa hypogaea and 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-5:" tab_id="1577705002798-bd2f5360-0962"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Today is one of our personal favourites and includes numerous picturesque locations. 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-6:" 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 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-7:" 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 explore the northern Taltal area to see various Copiapoa, including: solaris, ahremephiana, tenuissima, humilis, and cinerea ‘Albispina’. Some 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-8:" 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 coastal mountains north of the city. Here we will see incredibly intact but delicate ecosystems that rely on the formation of dense, stratocumulus cloud banks known locally as camanchaca. We visit 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-9:" 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 overland transportation, transfers and excursions from the starting and finishing points of your tour. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide. Domestic flights from Santiago to La Serena and Antofagasta to Santiago, corresponding with the beginning and end of your tour. 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 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. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our tours or need assistance with planning.

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