Cultural, archeological, and hiking trip in the high plains
Man has always relied on his feet as a means of transportation, even over great distances. In this program, we will travel through canyons, valleys, plains, and towns, following in the footsteps of ancient peoples who left the record of their lives stamped on the desert.
We will hike at an average altitude of 2,600 m. We will have water enough to bathe. We will be able to appreciate and photograph the rich plant and animal life unique to this region. We will be in direct contact with the descendants of ancient cultures, who still live in the solitary confines of these high plains, mute witnesses to an extraordinary past.
This program is the regular option for trekking lovers in one of the most beautiful Chilean places to be: the Atacama Desert. Discover San Pedro de Atacama region from a different sight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1 CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - MOON VALLEY (4 hours)
Arrival at the Calama airport. Reception and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Lunch. In the afternoon we will hike along the Salt Mountains towards the Moon Valley, with its impressive geologic formations and extensive sand dunes, and its lovely panorama at sunset. Camp in the nearby of San Pedro. (L,D)
Day 2 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SAN BARTOLO (4 hours)
In the morning guided visit of the archaeological Museum and, the archaeological-sites of Quitor and Catarpe. Trekking along a beautiful canyon, which leads us to San Bartolo. Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 3 SAN BARTOLO - RIO GRANDE (8 hours)
Trekking to Rio Grande, we follow a stream along an ancient Indian route over terraced fields until we reach the town of Rio Grande, home of farmers and shepherds who still retain their ancestral customs. We put up the camp. (B,L,D)
Day 4 RIO GRANDE - MACHUCA (6 to 8 hours)
After breakfast, we continue our journey on foot through the canyon of the Peñaliri River. Along the way we will see examples of terrace agriculture, carried out today just as it was in ancient times. Climbing from 2700m. up to an altitude of 3400m., we come to the village of Machuca, This village was a regular stopover for ancient llama caravans traveling the Inca Highway. Despite the lovely surroundings, rich in flora and fauna, only a few shepherds now live in this lonely spot where we spend the night. Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 5 MACHUCA-BAÑOS DE PURITAMA-GEYSERS DEL TATIO
Meet the support vehicle and drive to the hot springs of Puritama (3400m.). Short hiking to reach the hot springs and time to enjoy a relaxing bath before continue to the Geysers del Tatio. Here we set up our camp. Walk in the day's last sunlight until dusk. (B,L,D)
Day 6 GEYSERS DEL TATIO - CASPANA (6 hours) - CALAMA
Early departure to visit the Geysers del Tatio (4,300m). Breakfast and visit to the geological relief. Hiking through Tatio geysers towards to the village of Caspana. Late drive to Calama and transfer to the airport (or hotel but not included) (B,L)
 
B= breakfast; L= picnic lunch and D= dinner
 
2006-2007 COST PER PERSON
Min. 2 people
US$ 1.370
Single supplement
US$ 70
 
Note: This program is also available as private trip from min. 2 people for unscheduled departures at request.
July
8
August
5
September
23
October
21
November
18
December
2
January
6
February
17
March
3
April
14
May
19
June
18

Note: Other departures available upon request and cost will be acording to final number of passengers.
*Please ask for promotional departures for April, May and June 2006.

INCLUDED :

  • Support transportation during the whole itinerary at the point we need
  • All accommodations quoted per person based on sharing double tents
  • All meals in camp
  • Park entrance fees
  • Bilingual speaking guide and camp staff
  • Full camping gear.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Any type of insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Tips and extra expenses as laundry, meals and drinks out of program and other items not mentioned
  • Sleeping bag and air mattress
  • Air local flights.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Moderate to strenuous. Members are expected to be in good physical and psychological condition.
 
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING:
Parka and wind breaker. Wool socks, cap, and gloves. T-shirts, shorts, bathing suit. Comfortable hiking boots, sneakers and sandals. Part of the journey will be along the small river walking on the water, therefore is important to bring 2 pairs of shoes. Jeans or the like. Sweater or fleece. Personal bath articles and towel. Headlamp, camera with extra batteries, personal medicaments. Small backpack sun glasses, sun cap, protector cream.

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