Trail the Atacama Desert
Biking, hiking, trekking, all this activities are part of this program.How not to enjoy the diving in the salt water after biking for 14 kilometers, this dive plus the marvelous landscape will welcome you to the driest desert in the world.
Hiking from the Guatin area, old Atacamenian Village, we will border the Puritama river and discover that this river bed of warm water gives marvelous fertility in the foothill. The water here is rich in minerals that gives medicinal properties and assure you an unforgettable experience.
Explore the Moon Valley and enjoy the sunset on the slopes ofthe Salt Mountain range. End this adventure hiking to the hiddentown of Machuca, where the time has stopped and the culture has remained during the centuries.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA AND VISIT TO CEJAR LAGOON
Reception at the airport in Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, accommodation at the selected hotel.
In the afternoon biking to Cejar Lagoon
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 36 k (round trip)
Average time: 2 hours
Average altitude: 2500 m.a.s.l
This excursion is just perfect for outdoor lovers. We leave San Pedro de Atacama biking 18 kilometers towards the Atacama Salt Flat, following a road that goes along Solor and Poconche Ayllus, We get into the flat with impressive 360° views. Cejar lagoon is a system of lagoons in the northern area of the Atacama Salt flat, where the existence of this particular ecosystem is due to the proximity of the underground rives with waters coming from the high peak of the Andes. Due the great amount of salt concentration, people can not only float in the water, but cannot sink. This turns this excursion an experience you will never forget. After enjoying the time in the lagoon we will head back to the hotel by car.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: explora Atacama
DAY 2 - AM: TREKKING TO GUATIN / PM: MOON VALLEY
After breakfast we will start the excursion to Guatin.
HikingGuatin- Punta del Inca.
Duration: 6 hours
Altitude: 4.000 m.a.s.l
Level of difficulty: Medium
Distance: 4.5 kms
This walk starts in the small location of Guatin, where the Vilama River begins. This last one comes from the Puritama hot springs bringing minerals and different substratum with it. At this point the Vilama River converges with the Puripica River; this last one brings cold water coming from the Andes range forming a unique ecosystem in this arid place. Along the walk we can find impressive Cardon cactus (EchinopsisAtacamensis) some of them are between 400 and 500 years old and 7 meters height. This River is an important part of the water resource of San Pedro de Atacama, not only for the human consumption but for the irrigation of the Ayllus. This hiking is one of those you cannot miss in San Pedro; it is perfect for the acclimation and observation of the foothill Fauna and Flora. At midday return to the Hotel. Lunch at the hotel
PM: Moon Valley
PM: 4x4 Moon Valley and Death Valley.
Duration: 3 hours
Altitude: 2.500 m.a.s.l
Distance average: 50 kms
We leave San Pedro heading towards the Salt Range, the place where the Death Valley and the Flamingoes National Reserve are located (the Moon Valley area). Within this geological formation we can see different attractions such as: The Salt Caves: they are in the strata deformation of the Salt Range, the Tres Marias: sculptures which are naturally formed because of the erosion and weathering of the salt rocks that composed them and, the Big Dune: eolic deposits of medium and smooth sand grains, it has an average height of 2.616 masl, however, it is estimated that its height has descended almost four meters because of the strong earthquake in 2007, added to the erosion produced by the hundreds of visitors who visit to the place.
Return to the hotel after sunset.
Dinner at the hotel
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