In this expedition we will penetrate the arid corners of the Atacama desert, in a unique adventure in which you will experience the most arid non-polar desert in the world, where the Atacameños, descendents from the Inca culture, still live. We will visit small villages where the Inca Trail passed, and we will ride through wonderful landscapes that will make you feel as if time has stopped.

Horseback ride in San Pedro de Atacama / Antofagasta / CAN0201 Code

Information

Starting Point

Calama Airport

Daily Riding Time

6 - 8 hours

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Group Size

Minimum 6, maximum 14 People

Difficulty level

Moderate - Advanced

Confirmation within 48 hours

Includes

  • Guide (Spanish - English)
  • Horses, saddles, packhorses
  • Transports indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (D: breakfast, PN: picnic, BL: box lunch, A: lunch, T: tea, C: food)
  • Accommodation: first and last night in comfortable rooms in a pleasant guest house. Based on double rooms. The rest of the nights we will camp in the desert, where the group will sleep in igloo tents for two people. In addition to this we will have a tent dome for meetings and meals.
  • Vehicle for logistic support

Does not include

  • Medical expenses or insurance (it is mandatory to bring your own travel insurance)
  • Personal expenses
  • Internal or international flights
  • Alcoholic beverages or fancy drinks
  • Gratifications for the guide and baqueano

Prices

USD 5.300 per person

Itinerary

1. 1 DAY - Transfer Calama - Chiu Chiu (Altitude 2.525 mts)

1 TIME IN TRANSFER

NIGHT AT THE GUEST HOUSE (C)

At 14: 00 we will meet with the group leader at the Calama airport. From there we will take a transfer to Chiu Chiu. Upon arrival we will check in the guest house and then we will get to visit the town. We will have dinner at a local restaurant and then go to sleep.

2. 2 DAY - Chiu Chiu - Devil's Bridge

6 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

After breakfast and before riding, we will meet one of the oldest churches in Chile, that of San Lucas de Chiu Chiu, built in 1600. We will later start our ride trotting towards the Inka Coya lagoon. From there we will follow the bed of the Salado River, ascending towards the Devil's Bridge, a natural structure on the narrowest point of the Salado River. In these plains we will install our camp. Some will prefer to sleep outside to enjoy the wonderful night sky, with the Milky Way above us in all its splendor.

3. 3 DAY - Devil's Bridge - Turi

7 HOURS RIDING (Altitude 3100 mts)

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

There is nothing more special than waking up in the desert. After a nice breakfast we will ride our Creole horses to continue with our expedition. We will ride along the Salado River bed, following part of the pilgrimage route of the Virgin Aiquina. We can enjoy wonderful views of the imposing volcanoes San Pedro, San Pablo and Paniri. We will continue through the canyon where we will probably find groups of goats or llamas until we find the vast plains of Turi (3.100 mts). We will install our camp at the foot of Pucará Turi.

4. 4 DAY - Turi - Caspana

6 HOURS RIDING (Altitude 3.600 mts)

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

We will wake up with the possibility of taking a nice bath in the mineral waters of Turi, where we can swim to cool off and then start our day. We will ride and visit the Pucará de Turi, the largest fortress built by the Atacameño people. We will continue our expedition to Caspana and visit this typical villa, which is surrounded by a fertile valley with fruits and terraced crops. The villa has only 400 inhabitants and its houses are built with liparite clay. We can visit the church built in 1641, declared a national monument.

5. 5 DAY - Caspana - Turcapo

9 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

We will wake up early to start this long day of riding. We will leave the town of Caspana behind, ascending through a winding rocky road that follows the Inca road until we reach a high plain. We will continue south-east through the foot of the mountains of Cablor. After 4 riding hours we will reach the Chita mountain. We will continue our way to the top of the plain, riding for 4 hours with wonderful views of the mountains and the volcanoes around. At the end of our day we will descend a long slope that will take us to the low point of a great canyon with parts of salt. We will visit one of the few inhabitants who live in natural caves and continue following the canyon to Turcapo. We will set up camp in a stable belonging to local inhabitants.

6. 6 DAY - Turcapo - Río Grande

8 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

We will start riding through the orchards of local inhabitants and then continue along a beautiful slope that reaches a plain. We will continue through dramatic landscapes to reach a cliff where we will find pools where we can enjoy a nice bath. We will cross this plain following the Inca Trail and descend to the Rio Grande where we can appreciate an oasis in the valley. Here we will install our camp.

7. 7 DAY - Rio Grande - Catarpe

7 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

We will leave the Rio Grande through a slope until we reach the pampas. From here we will continue following the Inca trail and descend for a long time through the hills, with beautiful views of the mountains and snow-covered volcanoes. We will continue through San Bartolo to reach the place where the Grande and Salado rivers meet. We will descend to install our camp on the floors of Catarpe.

8. 8 DAY - Catarpe - San Pedro de Atacama

7 HOURS RIDING (Altitude 2.450 mts)

NIGHT IN CAMP (DAC)

After our last breakfast in camp we will ride our horses and take them to the river. We will follow the Rio Grande until we reach the Death Valley. From here we continue our walk to enter the impressive Valley of the Moon. Its sand dunes and wonderful surroundings are ideal for our last stretch in the Atacama desert. With the appearance of outlaws we arrive during the afternoon to San Pedro de Atacama. In our guest house we can take a nice shower and then enjoy our last dinner together.

9. 9 DAY - Transfer San Pedro - Calama

2 HOURS BY TRANSFER

After breakfast, a transfer will take you to Calama airport. The end of the trip.

10. NOTE ON THE ITINERARY

Although we will do our best to follow the itinerary explained above, it is subject to change due to weather or other unexpected events beyond our control.

Prior notice of any type of health condition or food restriction

11. WHAT TO BRING

  • Valid passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Cash
  • Warm vest
  • Warm jacket
  • 4-5 t-shirts, minimum 2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • Jodhpur or riding pants
  • Riding shoes or boots
  • Second pair of evening shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Toiletries / toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle / canteen
  • Sleeping bag adapted to temperatures between -5 and -10 ° C
  • Sleeping mat (thermarest is the best option)
  • Camera

* We have saddle bags available
* It is recommended that you carry your luggage in a bag and not in a hard suitcase. It will make its transport in the accompanying vehicle more comfortable

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