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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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Kezar

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Easy
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
Hike
Easy
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.

    231 m 758 ft
    -60 m -198 ft
    3.538 m 11.605 ft
    3.365 m 11.037 ft

    Elevation Profile

Punta del Inca

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
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
Hike
Moderate
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.

    84 m 275 ft
    -223 m -731 ft
    3.205 m 10.512 ft
    3.066 m 10.056 ft

    Elevation Profile

Puritama

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
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
Hike
Moderate
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.

    327 m 1073 ft
    -58 m -192 ft
    3.538 m 11.605 ft
    3.269 m 10.722 ft

    Elevation Profile

Matancilla

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Easy
Half-day

We take a van to the Domeyko Mountain Range where we walk following a creek that used to be a route for gathering and bartering caravans...

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Matancilla
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Domeyko Mountain Range where we walk following a creek that used to be a route for gathering and bartering caravans. The walk ends at the Rainbow Valley formed by huge multicolored walls of mineral-rich soils. We return by van.

    204 m 669 ft
    -263 m -863 ft
    3.231 m 10.598 ft
    3.134 m 10.280 ft

    Elevation Profile

Wanaku

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
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
Hike
Moderate
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.

    410 m 1345 ft
    -336 m -1102 ft
    3.292 m 10.798 ft
    3.198 m 10.489 ft

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Incahuasi

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Advanced
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
Hike
Advanced
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.

    181 m 594 ft
    -832 m -2729 ft
    4.195 m 13.760 ft
    3.537 m 11.601 ft

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Peñaliri

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
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
Hike
Moderate
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.

    273 m 895 ft
    -1056 m -3464 ft
    4.012 m 13.159 ft
    3.218 m 10.555 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.

    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.

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

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Arcoiris

Quebradas Intermedias
Bike
Moderate
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
Bike
Moderate
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.

    249 m 816,7 ft
    -396 m -1299 ft
    3.269 m 10.722 ft
    3.067 m 10.060 ft

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Cardones

Quebradas Intermedias
Overland
Easy
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
Overland
Easy
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
Overland
Easy
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
Overland
Easy
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.