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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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Ronque

Quebradas Intermedias
Ronque
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

The hike begins in the upper part of Quebrada Jorquencal, a sector with large cacti and archaeological ruins. From there we descend to the Puritama hot springs. We will enjoy lunch there, before continuing our hike along the Puritama River, in a beautiful canyon of native vegetation home to dozens of birds. Our hike ends in the town of Guatín, where the Puritama and Purifica Rivers converge and give life to the Vilama River.

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Ronque
Ronque
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Hike
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Moderate
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    The hike begins in the upper part of Quebrada Jorquencal, a sector with large cacti and archaeological ruins. From there we descend to the Puritama hot springs. We will enjoy lunch there, before continuing our hike along the Puritama River, in a beautiful canyon of native vegetation home to dozens of birds. Our hike ends in the town of Guatín, where the Puritama and Purifica Rivers converge and give life to the Vilama River.

    elevation gain icon
    161 m 528 ft
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    -545 m -1788 ft
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    3732 m 12241 ft
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    3269 m 10722 ft

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Agua vieja

Quebradas Intermedias
Agua vieja
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

A hike to get lost in the absolute desert and amid the great walls and canyons of the Domeyko range. We depart by van to a little-explored sector of the Domeyko range, from which we will begin our hike in the middle of a solitary plain overlooking the Andes and the Salt mountains, before going into canyons with unique shapes and colors. We will descend some challenging steps product of the erosion caused by ancient seasonal rivers, and where we will have to use our hands. *Exploration not recommended for people with vertigo or fear of heights.

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Agua vieja
Agua vieja
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Hike
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Moderate
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    A hike to get lost in the absolute desert and amid the great walls and canyons of the Domeyko range. We depart by van to a little-explored sector of the Domeyko range, from which we will begin our hike in the middle of a solitary plain overlooking the Andes and the Salt mountains, before going into canyons with unique shapes and colors. We will descend some challenging steps product of the erosion caused by ancient seasonal rivers, and where we will have to use our hands. *Exploration not recommended for people with vertigo or fear of heights.

    elevation gain icon
    121 m 397 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -665 m -2181 ft
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    3260 m 10693 ft
    min altitude icon
    2715 m 8905 ft

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Domeyko

Quebradas Intermedias
Domeyko
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Half-day

This hike takes place in the Domeyko range, amid great canyons and colors created by the different minerals that make up this mountain range. After getting lost among huge clay walls, we will descend some challenging steps product of the erosion caused by ancient seasonal rivers, and where we will have to use our hands. *Exploration not recommended for people with vertigo or fear of heights.

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Domeyko
Domeyko
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Hike
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Moderate
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    This hike takes place in the Domeyko range, amid great canyons and colors created by the different minerals that make up this mountain range. After getting lost among huge clay walls, we will descend some challenging steps product of the erosion caused by ancient seasonal rivers, and where we will have to use our hands.
    *Exploration not recommended for people with vertigo or fear of heights.

    elevation gain icon
    73 m 239 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -292 m -958 ft
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    2934 m 9624 ft
    min altitude icon
    2715 m 8905 ft

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Tambores

Quebradas Intermedias
Tambores
Hike icon Hike
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Half-day

This hike explores the center of the Puritama Conservation Reserve, an area characterized by its great variety of cacti. Along the way we will have a view of the beautiful Quebrada Jorquenal from above, a canyon full of contrasts, vegetation, life and archaeological remains. We descend along a rocky terrain until reaching the Puritama hot springs.

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Tambores
Tambores
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Hike
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Easy
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    This hike explores the center of the Puritama Conservation Reserve, an area characterized by its great variety of cacti. Along the way we will have a view of the beautiful Quebrada Jorquenal from above, a canyon full of contrasts, vegetation, life and archaeological remains. We descend along a rocky terrain until reaching the Puritama hot springs.

    elevation gain icon
    118 m 387 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -233 m -764 ft
    max altitude icon
    3732 m 12241 ft
    min altitude icon
    3537 m 11601 ft

    Elevation Profile

Kezar

Quebradas Intermedias
Kezar
Hike icon Hike
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Half-day

We start our exploration at the Puritama River creek. We descend to walk along the creek following the river bed between large rock walls...

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Kezar
Kezar
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Hike
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Easy
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We start our exploration at the Puritama River creek. We descend to walk along the creek following the river bed between large rock walls, shrubs and cacti over an irregular terrain. At the end, we arrive at the Puritama Hot Springs to enjoy the amazing properties of these thermal waters.

    elevation gain icon
    231 m 758 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -60 m -198 ft
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    3.538 m 11.605 ft
    min altitude icon
    3.365 m 11.037 ft

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Punta del Inca

Quebradas Intermedias
Punta del Inca
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Half-day

We take a van to Guatín, a grazing area and junction point of the Puritama and Purifica rivers, and source of the Vilama River...

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Punta del Inca
Punta del Inca
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Hike
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Moderate
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Guatín, a grazing area and junction point of the Puritama and Purifica rivers, and source of the Vilama River. There, we walk along a canyon known as the Valley of the Cacti due to the existence of giant cacti. We cut cross the canyon crossing the river several times and descending along different waterfalls.

    elevation gain icon
    84 m 275 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -223 m -731 ft
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    3.205 m 10.512 ft
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    3.066 m 10.056 ft

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Puritama

Quebradas Intermedias
Puritama
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Half-day

We take a van to Guatín where we begin an ascending walk. We walk for almost 30 minutes along giant cacti up to the Puritama River creek...

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Puritama
Puritama
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Hike
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Moderate
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Guatín where we begin an ascending walk. We walk for almost 30 minutes along giant cacti up to the Puritama River creek. There, we descend to walk along the river, through rock walls and vegetation. We arrive to the Puritama Hot Springs were we will have some time to relax.

    elevation gain icon
    327 m 1073 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -58 m -192 ft
    max altitude icon
    3.538 m 11.605 ft
    min altitude icon
    3.269 m 10.722 ft

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Wanaku

Quebradas Intermedias
Wanaku
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

We take a van to the Domeyko Mountain Range, where we walk through trails that were formerly used as transit and bartering routes...

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Wanaku
Wanaku
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Hike
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Moderate
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Domeyko Mountain Range, where we walk through trails that were formerly used as transit and bartering routes and where we can still see remains of the Atacameño culture. We continue to the Rainbow Valley, a place with huge multicolored walls that explain the geological shaping of the Atacama region.

    elevation gain icon
    410 m 1345 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -336 m -1102 ft
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    3.292 m 10.798 ft
    min altitude icon
    3.198 m 10.489 ft

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Incahuasi

Quebradas Intermedias
Incahuasi
Hike icon Hike
Advanced icon Advanced
missing duration icon Full-day

We start walking in an old farmhouse at the foot of the volcanoes of the Andes mountain range. We will enter the Jorquencal gorge...

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Incahuasi
Incahuasi
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Hike
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Advanced
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We start walking in an old farmhouse at the foot of the volcanoes of the Andes mountain range. We will enter the Jorquencal gorge where we will explore the varied vegetation, history and study of the Andean cat in the Puritama reserve. After crossing a varied landscape we will arrive at the Puritama hot springs, to rest there. Return by van to Explora.

    elevation gain icon
    181 m 594 ft
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    -832 m -2729 ft
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    4.195 m 13.760 ft
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    3.537 m 11.601 ft

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Peñaliri

Quebradas Intermedias
Peñaliri
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

We take a van to Machuca, an Andean Plateau village. We begin exploring a wetland and then walk along a creek to the Grande River...

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Peñaliri
Peñaliri
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Hike
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Moderate
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Machuca, an Andean Plateau village. We begin exploring a wetland and then walk along a creek to the Grande River. In this exploration we can see fauna and typical Andean farming terraces. We have lunch at Peñaliri, an abandoned village.

    *Temporarily unavailable. Consult other exploration options with your Explora guide at the destination.

    elevation gain icon
    273 m 895 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -1056 m -3464 ft
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    4.012 m 13.159 ft
    min altitude icon
    3.218 m 10.555 ft

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Guatin

Quebradas Intermedias
Guatin
Horseback Ride icon Horseback Ride
Expert icon Expert
missing duration icon 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
Guatin
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Horseback Ride
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Expert
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  • 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.

    For experienced and advanced riders only. This exploration is only available for advanced riders who have mastered rising trot and canter over uneven terrain in open spaces and on all types of horses. A test in the hotel is required before going out into the desert.

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    850 m 2788 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -70 m -231 ft
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    3.211 m 10.532 ft
    min altitude icon
    2.743 m 8.997 ft

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Arcoiris

Quebradas Intermedias
Arcoiris
Bike icon Bike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Half-day

We take a van to the Domeyko Mountain Range (one hour travel), where we will pedal through a path to the valley creek between multicolored...

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Arcoiris
Arcoiris
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Bike
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Moderate
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Domeyko Mountain Range (one hour travel), where we will pedal through a path to the valley creek between multicolored walls. Guanacos, other typical fauna and the varied flora of the area can be seen during this exploration. We return by van.

    elevation gain icon
    249 m 816,7 ft
    elevation loss icon
    -396 m -1299 ft
    max altitude icon
    3.269 m 10.722 ft
    min altitude icon
    3.067 m 10.060 ft

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Cardones

Quebradas Intermedias
Cardones
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Half-day

We go by van to the town of Guatin, where we will walk through the beginning of the Vilama canyon, with various species of cactaceae...

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Cardones
Cardones
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Overland
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Easy
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We go by van to the town of Guatin, where we will walk through the beginning of the Vilama canyon, with various species of cactaceae, flora and fauna of this area. We continue by van to the Puritama Reserve.

Quebradas

Quebradas Intermedias
Quebradas
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Half-day

We take a van to the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site located in the Domeyko Mountain Range. Here we can see...

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Quebradas
Quebradas
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Overland
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Easy
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site located in the Domeyko Mountain Range. Here we can see different styles of petroglyphs.
    We continue to the Rainbow Valley, where a special formation with varied shades of colors welcomes us to walk through the valley.