Category Archives: Explorations

Ayllus

Duration: 2 hours (half-day). Distance: 8 km (5 miles). Itinerary: Departure from Hotel de Larache toward the Ayllus de Larache, Yaye and Séquitor. Staying close to the perimeter of San Pedro, we pass by the Rio San Pedro, were you can see a variety of vegetation and local agrarian fields. Excellent introduction to riding in […]

Beter / Tulor

Duration: 3.5 hours on horseback (half-day). Distance: 17.8 km (11.1 miles). Itinerary: Departure from Hotel de Larache to the southern ayllus. Walk around the oasis and the desert. Galloping in the dunes and nearby Beter’s ruins. Level: Moderate.

Quitor Valley

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours on horseback (half-day). Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles). Itinerary: Departure covering the northern part of the oasis and from there on up to the viewing of the Pukará de Quitor and the surround farmlands and Rio San Pedro. . Upon returning we pass nearby Cordillera de la Sal. Level: Easy. […]

Catarpe / Vilama

Duration: 3.5 hours on horseback (half-day). Distance: 25 km (10.6 miles). Itinerary: Departure from Hotel de Larache into the Valley of Quitor and Cartarp surrounded by the Cordillera de la Sal. Visit of the Catarpe church. Spectacular view of the Cordillera de los Andes. There are descents and ascents and crossing small rivers. Return along […]

Quebrada del Diablo

Duration: 3 hours on horseback (half-day). Distance: 16 km (10 miles). Itinerary: Departure from Hotel de Larache to Quebrada del Diablo. This is a narrow and uneven road, with ascents and descents, leaps and curves which requires trotting and countering. Overview of Cordillera de los Andes, the Salar (salt flat) and the oasis during the […]

The Cornices

Duration: 3 hours on horseback (half-day). Distance: 20 km (12.5) miles. Itinerary: Departure from Hotel de Larache on horseback toward Valle de Catarpe, trotting and galloping before climbing to cornices of Cordillera de la Sal. Panoramic view. Return by descent across dunes toward Valle de la Muerte. Level: Moderate to difficult Acclimatization: starting from Day […]

Piedra de la Coca

Duration 2 to 3 hours Distance: 35km Itinerary: Start from Hotel de Larache by bicycle toward the Quitor Valley, just before entering Catarpe Valley detour on the old road that goes up to the tunnel and the salt range. Pass through the historic tunnel before starting a descent, zig zag through dry river beds until […]

Valleys Circuit

Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours. On bicycle 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Distance: 28 km (17.4 mi). Itinerary: Departure Hotel de Larache by van on the road that connects Calama to San Pedro. (20 minutes). We start off from the Llano de Paciencia toward the Moon valley on mixture of packed gravel and paved roads. […]

Cejar Lagoon

Duration: 4 to 4.5hours. On bicycle 1.5 to 2.5 hours (half-day). Distance: 18 km (11mi). Itinerary: Departure Hotel de larache by bicycle toward the south, crossing the ayllus until reaching the entrance to the Salar de Atacama area, with its low vegetation adapted to the salty ground. The dirt road is flat, going over some […]

Toco Mountain (5,604 mts / 18,381 ft)

Duration: 5 to 6 hours (half day), approximately 2.5 hours trekking on the mountain (with normal conditions and no snow) Slope: Approximately 300 mts (1000 ft). Itinerary: Departure from Hotel de Larache by van (1.5 hrs) reaching an old sulfur plant and ACT (Atacama Cosmology Telescope Station, 5300 mts). The ascent begins from this point, […]