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Atacama

Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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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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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.

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

    422 m 1384 ft
    -422 m -1384 ft
    2.686 m 8.810 ft
    2.431 m 7.974 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.

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

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