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Atacama

Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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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.

3 Cordilleras

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day

We horseback ride to the Catarpe Valley through a road immersed in the oasis, where we will be able to trot and gallop before climbing up...

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3 Cordilleras
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We horseback ride to the Catarpe Valley through a road immersed in the oasis, where we will be able to trot and gallop before climbing up a ledge in the Salt Mountain Range. On our return to Explora, we ride around the ledge with panoramic views of the three mountain ranges and descend through dunes to the Mars Valley.

    424 m 1391 ft
    -424 m -1391 ft
    2.709 m 8.886 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft

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Beter

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day

In this exploration, we visit the two ayllus, ancient Atacameño farm communities, where we can see the local lifestyle...

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Beter
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    In this exploration, we visit the two ayllus, ancient Atacameño farm communities, where we can see the local lifestyle, vegetable gardens and archeological remains. To begin, we will go to the ayllu in Solor. Next we continue to the ayllu dunes of Beter, one of the first Atacameño settlement.

    106 m 348 ft
    -106 m -348 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft
    2.388 m 7.833 ft

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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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Valle de la Luna

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day

We travel to the Salt Mountain Range, going through different dunes and rock formations. As we go along, among trots and gallops...

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Valle de la Luna
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We travel to the Salt Mountain Range, going through different dunes and rock formations. As we go along, among trots and gallops, we ride into the Moon Valley, a site whose lunar landscapes have given Atacama its worldwide fame. During this ride, we explore pristine and solitary landscapes.

    380 m 1246 ft
    -379 m -1243 ft
    2.555 m 8.380 ft
    2.408 m 7.898 ft

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Rio Salado

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Full-day

We gallop to the Catarpe Valley through the San Pedro de Atacama oasis, towards the Salt Mountain Range...

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Rio Salado
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We gallop to the Catarpe Valley through the San Pedro de Atacama oasis, towards the Salt Mountain Range. We go through an archeological site of great value and, after lunch, we go down to the Salado River following its course till its confluence with the Grande River. On our way there, we can see petroglyphs. Afterwards we return to Explora.

    422 m 1384 ft
    -422 m -1384 ft
    2.686 m 8.810 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft

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Guatin

Quebradas Intermedias
Horseback Ride
Expert
Full-day

We go to the Catarpe Valley and continue to go through a place known as Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). We horseback ride through...

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Guatin
Horseback Ride
Expert
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We go to the Catarpe Valley and continue to go through a place known as Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). We horseback ride through water courses and different creeks. Finally, we ride up a hill until we reach ancient cattlemen roads. Lunch at Puritame Reserve.

    850 m 2788 ft
    -70 m -231 ft
    3.211 m 10.532 ft
    2.743 m 8.997 ft

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Ayllus

Cuenca del salar
Bike
Easy
Half-day

We bike ride to the archaeological site of Beter, one of the first Atacameño settlements. We get off the bicycle to visit the site and learn about...

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Ayllus
Bike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We bike ride to the archaeological site of Beter, one of the first Atacameño settlements. We get off the bicycle to visit the site and learn about the local history. Next, we continue to the ayllu in Solor to visit the Librería del desierto, the first rural book store in Chile. We return to the hotel by bicycle.

    119 m 390 ft
    -119 m -390 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft
    2.385 m 7.823 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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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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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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