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SAVAGE ATACAMA (9D/8N)
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  • 4-5 riders USD$ 3.750
  • 6-7 riders USD$ 3.200
  • 8-14 riders USD$ 2.950
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TRIP LEVEL
Challenging
TRIP LENGTH
9 Days
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Calama (CJC), Chile 
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Day 1: Calama Airport - Chiu Chiu Transfer from airport to Chiu Chiu. Welcome dinner in local restaurant.
(30 minutes private transfer) (D) Night at Sol Atacama Hotel Chiu Chiu

Day 2: Chiu Chiu - Puente del Diablo After breakfast we visit the oldest church of Chile, the church of San Lucas of Chiu Chiu, build in 1600. We leave the village behind us and head towards the lake Laguna Inka Coya. From there we follow the riverbed of Rio Salado, climbing all the will till Puente del Diablo (devils bridge), a natural bridge over the narrowest point of the canyon of the river Salado. It is here in the plains next to the river bed that we will set up our camp.
(6 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in camp

Day 3 Puente del Diablo - Turi We ride along the river Rio Salado and follow part of the pilgrim route of the Virgin Aiquina. The mighty volcanoes San Pedro, San Pablo and Paniri are watching us from nearby. We continue along the canyon where we probably come across herds of lamas and goats until we reach the vast plains of Turi (3,100mts). We arrive at the foot of pucará Turi where we set up camp.
(3.000 mts. altitude) (7 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in camp

Day 4: Turi–Caspana An early bath in the natural mineral baths of Turi who offer a comfortable swim. We ride and visit the Pucara of Turi, the largest fortress built by the Atacameño people. We continue our expediton to Caspana and visit this typical village. This village is surrounded by a fertile valley where we see its many terraced crops and fruit trees. The village has only 400 inhabitants and the houses are built in liparita clay (400 inhabitants), we can visit the Church built in 1641 which is declared a national monument.
(3.600mts altitude) (6 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in camp

Day 5: Caspana – Turcapo We leave the village of Caspana and climb the dizzying rocky landscape following an Inca trail until we reach a high plateau. We continue our ride in a southeasterly direction passing at the foot of the mountains of Cablor. After four hours of riding we arrive at the Chita mountain. We follow our path to the top of the plateau where we ride for about four more hours with a breathtaking view of all the peaks and volcanoes surrounding us. At the end of our day we descend a long slope that leads us to the bottom of a huge and very rugged canyon with small salt flats. We visit one of the few locals who live in a natural cave and continue to ride in the canyon till we reach Turcapo. We set up camp in a corral of local villagers.
(9 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in camp

Day 6 Turcapo – Rio Grande We begin riding between the orchards of the local inhabitants, then ride up a beautiful slope reaching a plateau full of wild donkeys. We continue through dramatic landscapes and come to a ravine where we find large pools which is the ideal stop place for a refreshing bath. We cross this plateau through the Inca Trail and descend towards the Rio Grande where we will appreciate an oasis in the valley. It is here that camp is set.
(8 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in camp

Day 7: Río Grande-Catarpe We leave Rio Grande climbing up the hill with our horses till we reach the pampa. From here we follow the Inca Trail again and descend for a long time through small hills but with big views of the snow covered volcanoes and mountains. In the distance spotting the spars vegetation of San Pedro de Atacama. We continue the ride through San Bartolo to reach the place where the rivers Rio Salado and Rio Grande meet. Descending the ride we reach our camp place on the grounds of Catarpe.
(7 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in camp

Day 8: Catarpe – San Pedro de Atacama We follow the Rio Grande river till we reach the Valley of Death (Valle de la Muerte). Here we follow the path till Valle de la Luna. Sand dunes and fantastic surroundings is the ideal décor for our last gallop in the Atacama desert. Overnight in San Pedro Atacama.
(2.450 mts. altitude) (7 hours riding) (B-BL-D) Overnight in Hotel Terraluna in San Pedro or similar

Day 9: Transfer out Hotel – Airport After breakfast your transfer will be waiting to take you back to the airport.
(B) - End of our services.

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

 
INCLUDED
- Food and drinks
- camping gear
- bilingual guide
- full gear for horses, tents, transfers
- back up vehicle

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NOT INCLUDED
- domestic flights
- tips
- other services not mentioned in the itinerary

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