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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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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.

Reserva Tatio

Altiplano
Overland
Easy
Half-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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Reserva Tatio
Overland
Easy
Half-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 activities of the land with views to the Andes Mountain Range and the hot water springs from where steam rises. We return by van.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Altiplano

Altiplano
Overland
Easy
Full-day

We leave in a van and travel to the borderline with Argentina to appreciate multicolored landscapes and the Andean Plateau Salt Flats....

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Altiplano
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We leave in a van and travel to the borderline with Argentina to appreciate multicolored landscapes and the Andean Plateau Salt Flats. We explore different ecological floors, which allow us to see the diversity in flora and fauna. We come down from the van to feel what is like to walk over 4,000 m.a.s.l (13,123 f.a.s.l).

Nómade

Altiplano
Overland
Easy
Full-day

We take a van to Talabre, where we visit the archaeological site of Kezala with petroglyphs as old as 800 - 400 B.C. We continue our journey...

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Nómade
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Talabre, where we visit the archaeological site of Kezala with petroglyphs as old as 800 - 400 B.C. We continue our journey through solitary pathways into the heart of the mountain range in the Andes Plateau. We have lunch in the middle of a natural environment and then come back to Explora.

Lagunas

Altiplano
Overland
Easy
Full-day

Departure of Explora by van to the central area of ​​the Atacama Saltflat reaching the Laguna Chaxa, habitat for various birds in the area....

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Lagunas
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    Departure of Explora by van to the central area of ​​the Atacama Saltflat reaching the Laguna Chaxa, habitat for various birds in the area. We can walk along a path immersed in the Salar de Atacama. We will continue by van towards the altiplano, visiting lagoons and natural scenes of the Altiplano on the Andes, where a special habitat is generated for different species of birds and fauna. We will have lunch and then return to Explora.