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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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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.

    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.

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

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

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Cordillera de la Sal

Cuenca del salar
Overland
Easy
Half-day

We take a van to the Salt Mountain Range to see typical desert landscapes: open reddish clay grounds, sand dunes...

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Cordillera de la Sal
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Salt Mountain Range to see typical desert landscapes: open reddish clay grounds, sand dunes, and sedimentary rock formations. We walk up to the highest point of this mountain range to see the panoramic views. We will take a 30 minute walk through one the least known mountainsides of the Salt Ridge.

Gran Salar

Cuenca del salar
Overland
Easy
Half-day

We leave in a van to Toconao, located to the south of San Pedro de Atacama. We walk to the village square and then through an area...

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Gran Salar
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We leave in a van to Toconao, located to the south of San Pedro de Atacama. We walk to the village square and then through an area of vegetable gardens. We finally take a van to the Chaxa Lagoon, located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, an ideal place for bird watching within Atacama’s Salt Flat.

Tebenquinche

Cuenca del salar
Overland
Easy
Half-day

Departure from Explora by van to the northern part of the Salar de Atacama arriving at the Tebenquinche lagoon, habitat for various birds...

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Tebenquinche
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Departure from Explora by van to the northern part of the Salar de Atacama arriving at the Tebenquinche lagoon, habitat for various birds in the area. We can walk along the lagoons to learn more about these special formations with views of the Andes. We will continue by van to Céjar, the salty lagoon where we can bathe and float.

Kunza

Cuenca del salar
Overland
Easy
Half-day

In this exploration we learn about the Atacameño history and culture. We start with a guided tour of an archaeological deposit...

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Kunza
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    In this exploration we learn about the Atacameño history and culture. We start with a guided tour of an archaeological deposit where we can see ceramic pieces and other historical artifacts fit for a museum. Later on, we move on to the village of Tulor, one of the first settlements. We end the exploration at the mythical desert bookstore.

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

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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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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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