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3 Day Horseback Riding and Camping Trip in the Atacama Desert

This is a one of a kind trip to go horse riding in the Atacama Desert. As the driest desert on Earth it is home to magnificent geological formations and a diverse history told through the unique engraved petroglyphs. Become a part of the desert’s history as you canter through.

USD $790.00

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3 Day Horseback Riding and Camping Trip in the Atacama Desert

This is a one of a kind trip to go horse riding in the Atacama Desert. As the driest desert on Earth it is home to magnificent geological formations and a diverse history told through the unique engraved petroglyphs. Become a part of the desert’s history as you canter through.

Itinerary

Day 1: Moon Valley and Death Valley

Start time: 9:00am

Starting location: San Pedro de Atacama

Hopping onto your individual horse for this 3 day trip, you will immediately be immersed in the iconic Moon Valley. You will soon realise as you canter across this valley, that it was named Moon Valley for a reason. You will be enveloped in geological formations and colors synonymous with the Moon; the valley will speak to you if you listen carefully, as the rumble of rocks creak with temperature change. Trot through the impressive tunnels, natural caves and holes that this valley is home to. Moving on from Moon Valley, you will next encounter Death Valley. You will reach the ledge of the Salt Cordillera, a pre-cordillera that further East transforms into the immense Andean Cordillera. From this overhang you will have a breathtaking view of the entire Death Valley. You may even spot some people practising their sand dune surfing skills in the majestic sand dunes that reside here.

Your campsite, after 7-8 hours of horseback riding, will be situated at the petroglyphs next to ‘La Piedra de la Coca’. This vast rock was an ancient meeting place for atacameños who spat cocoa leaves for good luck for their journey ahead. Chewed cocoa leaves remain here, but the archaic petroglyphs provide a better detailed history of the communities who used to pass through this area. Observe these engravings and images to learn about their culture and way of life.

Day 2: Rio Salado and La Quebrada del Diablo

Following the ancient habits of nomad tribes and their animals, you will cross the Rio Salado (Salt River) and fall upon further petroglyphs, some more than 2000 years old, depicting llamas, foxes and Shamans. After a quick lunch break, you will reach the narrow ravine inside the Salt Mountain Range ‘La Quebrada del Diabo’ (The Devil’s Ravine). This natural labyrinth looks anything but real and for those Western Film fans among you, immerse yourself in this unique setting and engross yourself in what would be a picture-perfect location for a Cowboy/Indian shoot-out.

To conclude your second day, you will camp in the Catarpe Valley; wonder at the luxuriously green vegetation that encompasses you as the River San Pedro nourishes this land, making it stand out from the rest of the arid desert. Before you sleep below the stars for a second night, you will have the chance to bathe in the cooling waters of the river to refresh after 6-7 hours of being on horseback.

Day 3: Return to San Pedro

To wind down after a couple of intense days, this will be a relaxing final day. You will follow the River San Pedro for a little while before entering into a second part of the Devil’s Ravine. This further part of the natural labyrinth is even more extraordinary so take some time to admire the magnificent rock formations that surround you. You will pass through a small village before reaching San Pedro. The village of Quitor is home to the 12th Century stronghold ‘Pukara de Quitor’. This fortress dominated the whole area, including the river from its strategic placement atop a hill. It was used as a defensive gate by the natives against the Incas and then later against the Spanish in 1540.

What’s Included

  • Entrance to the national parks
  • Guide (possible languages are Spanish, English, or French)
  • All camping equipment – including tent, sleeping bag, blankets
  • All food
  • Water
  • Helmet
  • Riding chaps

Important Information

  • Please note that in order to reserve this tour, the local guide requires payment up front, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at info@keteka.com.
  • There is a weight limit for the horses of 95 kg (210 lbs) – if you weigh more than this but are interested in the tour, please email us at info@keteka.com and we will see if the tour operator can make it happen!

 

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