On this half-day tour of the Rainbow Valley and the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site, you’ll encounter the wild and stunning landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert — as well as the desert’s ancient inhabitants. Marvel at ancient petroglyphs carved into stone, and the white, green, and red rock layers in Rainbow Valley.
On this half-day tour of the Rainbow Valley and the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site, you’ll encounter the wild and stunning landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert — as well as the desert’s ancient inhabitants.
From the brilliant rock layers at Rainbow Valley, to the petroglyphs that tell stories of ancient people, you’ll marvel at the Atacama Desert’s outstanding natural landscapes and cultural value on one of the region’s most unique Atacama Desert day hikes.
Duration: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (approximately 3.5 hours)
Altitude: 11,500 feet (3500 meters) above sea level
You’ll begin your day with early morning pick-up at your hotel in San Pedro Atacama. From there, you’ll drive towards Calama, a small mining city known as the Gateway to the Atacama Desert.
When you arrive in Calama, you’ll continue your adventure on foot, and take a small trail from the city edge to the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site. Here, you’ll find petroglyphs carved into the rock and suspended in time. These carvings tell stories of an ancient peoples who once lived and thrived in this barren expanse. In the pictures on the walls, you’ll get to know their stories. Local lore says that if you listen carefully, you can still hear their voices in the north wind.
From the archaeological site, you’ll continue your hike towards Rainbow Valley. Here, the rocks tell a different history — one of millions of years of moving tectonic plates that bend the earth and make mountains. As you walk through the desert landscape, you’ll marvel at Rainbow Valley’s red, white, and green rock layers shaped and colored by minerals, movement, and time.
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