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Atacama

Chile

Explorations in
Atacama

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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.

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.

Peñaliri

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

We take a van to Machuca, an Andean Plateau village. We begin exploring a wetland and then walk along a creek to the Grande River...

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Peñaliri
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Machuca, an Andean Plateau village. We begin exploring a wetland and then walk along a creek to the Grande River. In this exploration we can see fauna and typical Andean farming terraces. We have lunch at Peñaliri, an abandoned village.
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    273 m 895 ft
    -1056 m -3464 ft
    4.012 m 13.159 ft
    3.218 m 10.555 ft

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Kari

Cuenca del salar
Hike
Easy
Half-day

We take a van to the Salt Mountain Range. We begin our walk at a viewpoint with panoramic views to the Moon Valley...

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Kari
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Salt Mountain Range. We begin our walk at a viewpoint with panoramic views to the Moon Valley. We go down a dune and walk along Kari creek, a canyon carved by the erosion of water and surrounded by sedimentary walls of clay, plaster, and salt. We return by van.

    160 m 525 ft
    -339 m -1112 ft
    2.610 m 8.561 ft
    2.423 m 7.947 ft

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Puricamar

Cuenca del salar
Hike
Easy
Half-day

We take a van to the Moon Valley. Once there, we begin walking throughout this reserve, among moon-like landscapes with rock formations...

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Puricamar
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Moon Valley. Once there, we begin walking throughout this reserve, among moon-like landscapes with rock formations, natural sculptures and huge sand dunes. We end up with a 360° view of the desert. We return by van.

    99 m 325 ft
    -184 m -604 ft
    2.579 m 8.459 ft
    2.460 m 8.069 ft

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Kezar

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Easy
Half-day

We start our exploration at the Puritama River creek. We descend to walk along the creek following the river bed between large rock walls...

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Kezar
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We start our exploration at the Puritama River creek. We descend to walk along the creek following the river bed between large rock walls, shrubs and cacti over an irregular terrain. At the end, we arrive at the Puritama Hot Springs to enjoy the amazing properties of these thermal waters.

    231 m 758 ft
    -60 m -198 ft
    3.538 m 11.605 ft
    3.365 m 11.037 ft

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Punta del Inca

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
Half-day

We take a van to Guatín, a grazing area and junction point of the Puritama and Purifica rivers, and source of the Vilama River...

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Punta del Inca
Hike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Guatín, a grazing area and junction point of the Puritama and Purifica rivers, and source of the Vilama River. There, we walk along a canyon known as the Valley of the Cacti due to the existence of giant cacti. We cut cross the canyon crossing the river several times and descending along different waterfalls.

    84 m 275 ft
    -223 m -731 ft
    3.205 m 10.512 ft
    3.066 m 10.056 ft

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Puritama

Quebradas Intermedias
Hike
Moderate
Half-day

We take a van to Guatín where we begin an ascending walk. We walk for almost 30 minutes along giant cacti up to the Puritama River creek...

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Puritama
Hike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to Guatín where we begin an ascending walk. We walk for almost 30 minutes along giant cacti up to the Puritama River creek. There, we descend to walk along the river, through rock walls and vegetation. We arrive to the Puritama Hot Springs were we will have some time to relax.

    327 m 1073 ft
    -58 m -192 ft
    3.538 m 11.605 ft
    3.269 m 10.722 ft

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Huayra

Cuenca del salar
Hike
Easy
Half-day

We take a van to the Mars Valley in the Salt Mountain Range, where we begin a walk with views to the different mountain ranges...

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Huayra
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Mars Valley in the Salt Mountain Range, where we begin a walk with views to the different mountain ranges in the region and felling the wind of the area. We descend through sand dunes and continue walking across the valley, where the van will be waiting to take us back.

    145 m 476 ft
    -249 m -817 ft
    2.710 m 8.889 ft
    2.614 m 8.574 ft

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Cornisas

Cuenca del salar
Hike
Moderate
Half-day

We take a van to the Catarpe Valley, where we will walk along the edges of the Salt Mountain Range, with views to the oasis...

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Cornisas
Hike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We take a van to the Catarpe Valley, where we will walk along the edges of the Salt Mountain Range, with views to the oasis, the salt field and the mountain ranges that define the geography of this destination. We then cross different dunes of the Mars Valley and return by van.

    224 m 735 ft
    -279 m -915 ft
    2.710 m 8.889 ft
    2.514 m 8.246 ft

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