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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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Séquitor

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Easy
Half-day

We horseback ride to the ayllus located in Séquitor, Yaye, and Checar, Atacameño social and farming communities that are also...

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Séquitor
Horseback Ride
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We horseback ride to the ayllus located in Séquitor, Yaye, and Checar, Atacameño social and farming communities that are also considered small oasis in the middle of the desert. Here, vegetable gardens still prevail and the Atacama construction technique using adobe and straw roofs is still seen.

    42 m 137,4 ft
    -42 m -137 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft
    2.410 m 7.905 ft

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Solor

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Easy
Half-day

We travel to the ayllu in Solor, located to the south of San Pedro. Here we can see one of the oasis’s most developed farming areas...

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Solor
Horseback Ride
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We travel to the ayllu in Solor, located to the south of San Pedro. Here we can see one of the oasis’s most developed farming areas. On our way, we can see typical desert constructions –using adobe and straw roofs– and we go across a small irrigation canal. Before we return, we visit the mythical Librería del desierto.

    64 m 211 ft
    -64 m -211 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 ft
    2.400 m 7.872 ft

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Dunas de la Chula

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Easy
Half-day

We horseback ride to the Salt Mountain Range. We go across the San Pedro River and sand dunes, from where we have panoramic views...

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Dunas de la Chula
Horseback Ride
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We horseback ride to the Salt Mountain Range. We go across the San Pedro River and sand dunes, from where we have panoramic views of the Andes Mountain Range and the oasis. Afterwards, we follow through a dry riverbed and comeback to Explora through the pampa.

    114 m 374 ft
    -114 m -374 ft
    2.481 m 8.138 ft
    2.410 m 7.905 ft

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Valle de Marte

Cuenca del salar
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day

We leave the hotel to go to the Mars Valley, where we horseback ride among typical desert landscapes: dunes...

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Valle de Marte
Horseback Ride
Advanced
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We leave the hotel to go to the Mars Valley, where we horseback ride among typical desert landscapes: dunes, reddish sedimentary rock formations and clay grounds. This exploration is perfect to get an idea of the geography and origin of the Salt Ridge.

    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.

    241 m 790 ft
    -241 m -790 ft
    2.556 m 8.384 ft
    2.428 m 7.964 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.

    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.

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

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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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

    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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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.

    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.

    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.

    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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