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Atacama

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Astro-Fotografía en Terreno

Cielo
Sky
Easy
Half-day

You cannot miss a photography session under the clearest skies and with the special features of the desert. Travelers with a reflex camera...

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Astro-Fotografía en Terreno
Sky
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    You cannot miss a photography session under the clearest skies and with the special features of the desert. Travelers with a reflex camera and tripod can schedule an astrophotography session with a guide. The session takes place under the open sky without a telescope.
    *Ask our guides for availability. Spaces are limited, so please book in advance.

Astro-Fotografía en Observatorio

Cielo
Sky
Easy
Half-day

A photography session of the Atacama skies is a must. Travelers with a Nikon or Canon reflex camera and tripod can schedule a session...

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Astro-Fotografía en Observatorio
Sky
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    A photography session of the Atacama skies is a must. Travelers with a Nikon or Canon reflex camera and tripod can schedule a session with a guide. The session takes place under the open sky and/or from our observatory, starting at 00:00 hrs.
    * Ask our guides for availability. Spaces are limited, so please book in advance.

Calendario Astronómico

Cielo
Sky
Easy
Half-day

Under the world’s clearest skies and depending on the year’s astronomic calendar, we can gaze different planets, stars, nebulas, eclipses...

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Calendario Astronómico
Sky
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Under the world’s clearest skies and depending on the year’s astronomic calendar, we can gaze different planets, stars, nebulas, eclipses, comets, and other objects which can only been seen at specific times of the year. This exploration begins at 00:00 hrs in hour observatory, located within explora premises. Ask our guides for availability. Spaces are limited, so please book in advance.

Astronomia Andina

Cielo
Sky
Easy
Half-day

We begin with a briefing of basic concepts under the open sky. We then learn about orientation, distances, and local culture...

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Astronomia Andina
Sky
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    It takes place almost every day at Explora. We begin with a briefing of basic concepts under the open sky. We then learn about orientation, distances, and local culture under one the world’s clearest skies. In our own observatory, we get to watch stellar objects in the solar system and deep space. Ask our guides for availability. Spaces are limited, so please book in advance.

Ckausama

Altiplano
Overland
Easy
Full-day

We take a van to the Tatio Geysers. Along the way, an important part of the Andean Plateau fauna –including vicuñas, flamingos, foxes...

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Ckausama
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Tatio Geysers. Along the way, an important part of the Andean Plateau fauna –including vicuñas, flamingos, foxes, and others– can be appreciated. We walk across the reserve feeling the inner activity of the land with views to the Andes Mountain Range and the hot water springs from where steam rises. We return by van.

Tambo

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Expert
Half-day

We bike ride to the Catarpe Valley. We ride up to Cuchabrache, through an old road that crosses the Salt Mountain Range...

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Tambo
Bike
Expert
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We bike ride to the Catarpe Valley. We ride up to Cuchabrache, through an old road that crosses the Salt Mountain Range. We ride through plaster and crystallized salt creeks. This exploration includes seeing part of the local culture and petroglyphs, as well as the San Isidro church.

    568 m 1863 ft
    -568 m -1863 ft
    2.690 m 8.823 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft

    Elevation Profile

Cúcuter

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Full-day

We horseback ride to the Moon Valley, explore its clay grounds, and see landscapes that seem to be from another world...

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Cúcuter
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We horseback ride to the Moon Valley, explore its clay grounds, and see landscapes that seem to be from another world. Afterwards, we go for lunch to the ayllu in Cúcuter, an oasis whose colors contrast with the desert landscape and where the whitish colors of Atacama´s Salt Flat begin to appear.

    444 m 1456 ft
    -443 m -1453 ft
    2.555 m 8.380 ft
    2.376 m 7.793 ft

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San Isidro

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Moderate
Half-day

We ride our bicycles to the Catarpe Valley in the Salt Ridge. We pedal through switch paths between canyons...

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San Isidro
Bike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We ride our bicycles to the Catarpe Valley in the Salt Ridge. We pedal through switch paths between canyons made of reddish soil in a place known as Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). We visit the San Isidro church into a historic area.

    325 m 1066 ft
    -325 m -1066 ft
    2.584 m 8.476 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft

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Catarpe

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Easy
Half-day

We bike ride to the San Pedro River and follow its course to Catarpe. We go through the Quitor pukará...

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Catarpe
Bike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We bike ride to the San Pedro River and follow its course to Catarpe. We go through the Quitor pukará, an old fortress, and cross the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), a canyon inside the Salt Mountain Range with zigzagging paths between striking rock formations. We return through the same road.

    244 m 800 ft
    -244 m -800 ft
    2.546 m 8.351 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft

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Ckuta

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Moderate
Half-day

We take a van to the Salt Mountain Range and begin bike riding in the Paciencia plains. We travel to the Moon Valley through...

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Ckuta
Bike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Salt Mountain Range and begin bike riding in the Paciencia plains. We travel to the Moon Valley through sandy soil and beautiful landscapes. The return trip is an uneven path that includes different ascents and descents.

    251 m 823,3 ft
    -240 m -787 ft
    2.488 m 8.161 ft
    2.366 m 7.760 ft

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Piedra de la Coca

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Advanced
Half-day

We leave by bicycle to Catarpe through a road that goes up to the Salt Mountain Range. We go through an ancient tunnel...

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Piedra de la Coca
Bike
Advanced
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We leave by bicycle to Catarpe through a road that goes up to the Salt Mountain Range. We go through an ancient tunnel before starting a descent that will take us to the Piedra de la Coca, a site with petroglyphs. We continue our trip to the Paciencia plains through stony grounds and on our way back we pass through the Mars Valley.

    560 m 1836,8 ft
    -560 m -1837 ft
    2.642 m 8.666 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft

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Cejar

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Easy
Half-day

We leave by bike from Explora, we will cross different ayllus (old social and agricultural communities atacamañeñas) to enter...

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Cejar
Bike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We leave by bike from Explora, we will cross different ayllus (old social and agricultural communities atacamañeñas) to enter the northern part of the Atacama salt flat to one of its first lagoons, Laguna Cejar. We can bathe in one of its lagoons.

    42 m 137,1 ft
    -126 m -413 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft
    2.339 m 7.672 ft

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