Take to the skies of San Pedro de Atacama for a unique ballooning experience.

Atacama is the world’s driest non-polar desert. But you won’t find an arid wilderness here. From vast salt flats to flamingo flocked lakes, this extraordinary region is bursting with life. What better way to take it all in, than with a birds-eye view.

Atacama, the world's driest non-polar desert, views from a ballon
Image courtesy of Awasi Atacama

Hot air balloon with Viva Expeditions

Enjoy an unforgettable balloon experience across the Atacama Desert with Viva Expeditions. Before taking off on your luxury balloon flight, you can enter the semi-deflated balloon for a unique photo-op.

Once in the air, learn about the geological and anthropological significance of the area. Watch the sun rise behind the Linancabur Volcano, see the stone fortress of Pukará de Quitor and marvel at the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountains). After an hour floating across the desert, touch down and celebrate with a champagne breakfast (yes please).

Flights start at USD $295 per person (low season) and USD $345 person (peak season). For an exclusive experience, organise a private balloon.

Hot air balloon across the Atacama Desert
Image courtesy of Viva Expeditions

Explore

After landing and toasting to the flight with a glass of champagne, explore the region up close.

Visit the Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flats), one of the world’s largest salt lakes. The lagoons in the area flocked with everyone’s favourite pink bird, the flamingo. Venture to the incredible Valley of the Moon, known for its lunar-esk rock formations. And sandboard down the giant dunes of Death Valley. For magical stargazing, head to one of the famous astronomical observatories in the region.

If you’re a fan of water sports, don’t miss the northern coastal region. Its stunning sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are sheer perfection, waiting to be enjoyed.

Stay

The Relais & Chateaux, Awasi Atacama lodge is a luxurious desert oasis. There are 10 private suites available, each with a personal guide and 4WD.

The suites are designed to transport you back in time (with modern amenities, of course). Their pre-Incan inspired design, natural materials and spacious living spaces, make for a peaceful retreat.

You can create your own bespoke itinerary with the team at Awasi Atacama. Marvel at your surroundings, take photos and create lasting memories on a private day-trip of your design.

After a day of exploration, relax with a dip in the pool or on your private balcony, cocktail in hand.

Prices start at (high-season):

Rectangular Suite or Round room | Double room | 3-nights | USD $2,980

Superior Round Suite | Double Room | 3-nights | USD $3,700

The Relais & Chateaux, Awasi Atacama lodge is a luxurious desert oasis
Image courtesy of Awasi

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