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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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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

    Elevation Profile

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

    Elevation Profile

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

    Elevation Profile

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.

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).

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