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Atacama & Uyuni

Chile - Bolivia

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Atacama & Uyuni

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INTI

Lodge Uyuni
Overland
Easy
Half-day

We drive to the Uyuni Salt Flat to watch the sunrise (“inti” in Quechua language). The amazing changes in the light cover the immensity...

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INTI
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We drive to the Uyuni Salt Flat to watch the sunrise (“inti” in Quechua language). The amazing changes in the light cover the immensity of the landscape, and gradually, the temperature rises with the sun, transforming it in a unique experience.

KILLA

Lodge Uyuni
Overland
Easy
Half-day

We drive to the Uyuni Salt Flat to see the sunset and then the moonrise (“killa” in Quechua language). The light changes in intensity...

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KILLA
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We drive to the Uyuni Salt Flat to see the sunset and then the moonrise (“killa” in Quechua language). The light changes in intensity through the white ocean under our feet, and the sky lightens up in reddish tones. During full moon, the sunset can be seen to the west while the moon rises to the east.

KINUA

Lodge Uyuni
Overland
Easy
Full-day

We tour the south area of the Tunupa Volcano, featuring extensive kinua plantations, an essential food staple for Andean peoples...

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KINUA
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We tour the south area of the Tunupa Volcano, featuring extensive kinua plantations, an essential food staple for Andean peoples. This area barters with other places in Bolivia and Chile. We will visit crops and learn from the area’s agrarian history and culture.

ASTRONOMÍA ANDINA

Lodge Uyuni
Sky
Easy
Half-day

For all travelers interested in the cosmos and the stars, Andean skies have unparalleled conditions Stars and constellations appear...

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ASTRONOMÍA ANDINA
Sky
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    For all travelers interested in the cosmos and the stars, Andean skies have unparalleled conditions. Stars and constellations appear with unusual clearness due to minimal light and air pollution. Depending on the season, main visible features are the Southern Cross and Orion. In addition, the Milky Way and its shadows are closely related to the history of Andean people.

FIESTAS ANDINAS

Lodge Uyuni
Overland
Easy
Half-day

The Andean area features a strong religious syncretism, with several festivities and celebrations throughout the year. The traveler...

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FIESTAS ANDINAS
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    The Andean area features a strong religious syncretism, with several festivities and celebrations throughout the year. The traveler can take part in activities related to the occasion, depending on the season of the year.

    Some festivities include: Chantani, Santo Patrono Virgen de la Candelaria (February 2); Chiltaico, Santa Veracruz (May 3); Año Nuevo Aymara, (June 21); Inti Raimi, Fiesta del Sol (June 22); Carnival, Santa Rosa de Lima (June 25); Tahua, Santo Patrono San Juan Tata (June 26); in addition to the flowering and the anniversary of nearby people.

TRAYECTO ATACAMA – RAMADITAS

Ramaditas
Overland
Easy
Full-day

The trip from Atacama to the Ramaditas Mountain Home will cross the Altiplano through an active Andes Mountain Range. We leave the lodge...

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TRAYECTO ATACAMA – RAMADITAS
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    The trip from Atacama to the Ramaditas Mountain Home will cross the Altiplano through an active Andes Mountain Range. We leave the lodge and cross towards Bolivia, stopping first at the White Lagoon. We walk along the south border of the lagoon to enjoy the altitude landscape and bird watching.
    We then go to the Green Lagoon, from where we walk to the Apachetas viewpoint, where we get a view of the Licancabur and Sairecabur volcanoes. We continue towards the Sol de Mañana Geysers, where the smell of sulfur alerts us of mineral-rich underground currents.
    We walk to the lagoons to see amazing flocks of flamingos and other birds. We have lunch enjoying this landscape, the Altiplano, and the Red Lagoon, to then continue with our trip.

CHILTAICO

Lodge Uyuni
Hike
Easy
Full-day

We visit the Pukará, a rock stronghold that used to serve as protection for Andean villages. We then descend through the community trail...

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CHILTAICO
Hike
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We visit the Pukará, a rock stronghold that used to serve as protection for Andean villages. We then descend through the community trail with views to the salt flat and cross crop and grazing lands. During the crop season, we can see crops of quinoa, fava beans, carrots, onions, and potatoes.

PASTORES

Lodge Uyuni
Hike
Easy
Half-day

This exploration borders the salt flat to reach a shepherds’ area and watch herds of llamas, sheep, and goats. We get to watch estancias...

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PASTORES
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    This exploration borders the salt flat to reach a shepherds’ area and watch herds of llamas, sheep, and goats. We get to watch estancias and rest areas, some of which are old and others in use at present. A contemplative walk that gazes the rural lifestyles of Andean area’s locals.

TRAYECTO CHITUCA – UYUNI

Chituca - Lodge Uyuni
Hike
Easy
Full-day

Before heading to Uyuni, we hike up the hills to get a broader view of the surroundings, of the vegetation and of quinoa crops...

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TRAYECTO CHITUCA – UYUNI
Hike
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    Before heading to Uyuni, we hike up the hills to get a broader view of the surroundings, of the vegetation and of quinoa crops.
    We make a stop at San Pedro de Quemes, a village with a marked division between rundown rock buildings and a new area. We then head to Las Galaxias, a grotto with peculiar formations resulting from the emptying of the Uyuni Salt Flat.
    We have lunch in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flat. We walk along one of the islands in the salt flat, the Pescado Island, a formation with typical Altiplano vegetation which we climb in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flat to admire its immensity.

ASTRONOMÍA ANDINA

Chituca
Sky
Easy
Full-day

For all travelers attracted to the cosmos and the stars, Andean skies have unparalleled conditions. Stars and constellations appear...

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ASTRONOMÍA ANDINA
Sky
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    For all travelers attracted to the cosmos and the stars, Andean skies have unparalleled conditions. Stars and constellations appear with unusual clearness due to minimal light and air pollution. Depending on the season, main visible features are the Southern Cross and Orion. In addition, the Milky Way and its shadows are closely related to the history of Andean people.

VOLCÁN IRRUPUTUNKU

Chituca
High Mountain Ascent
Advanced
Full-day

We climb the south face of the volcano through a marked trail that surrounds the crater and reaches the north side of the rock...

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VOLCÁN IRRUPUTUNKU
High Mountain Ascent
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We climb the south face of the volcano through a marked trail that surrounds the crater and reaches the north side of the rock. We get a panoramic view of the Altiplano and observe the strong yellow fumarole due to high sulfur concentrations. Along the way, we find a forest of queñoas, a tree that grows at high altitudes.
    * Exploration exclusive for programs of 10 nights or more.

JAWINCHA

Chituca
Hike
Advanced
Full-day

We walk from the hidden village of Ikala to the Jawincha Valley. Along the way we cross ancient shepherds’ settlements and refuges...

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JAWINCHA
Hike
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We walk from the hidden village of Ikala to the Jawincha Valley. Along the way we cross ancient shepherds’ settlements and refuges, as well as quinoa crops. We will also visit a site with petroglyphs and pictographs, vestiges of ancient Andean peoples.
    * Exploration exclusive for programs of 10 nights or more.