SAN PEDRO’s HIGHLIGHTS Horse riding.
6 DAYS – ATACAMA DESERT.
Horseback riding in the most memorable attractions of the town of San Pedro de Atacama.
San Pedro de Atacama, between the desert and the altiplano, is one of the destinations that involves mystery and wonder. Let yourself be surprised by the different and impressive landscapes, surrealistic and almost taken from a science fiction book. Immerse yourself in the impressive silence of the endless desert pampas.
Be amazed by the wild nature and wildlife. Guide your horse through spectacular sand dunes, hills and impressive salt lakes, wonderful canyons along the San Pedro River. Gallop until sunset. Get a touch of culture by visiting the vestiges and local villages of the Atacameños where time stood still. Enjoy the local cuisine, relax and share the stories with our guides. And last but not least: enjoy a well-deserved rest under the overwhelming beauty of the most starry sky you have ever seen.
On this equestrian vacation we will take you to one of the most memorable destinations in South America, San Pedro in the Atacama Desert. The Atacama Desert is a plateau in northern Chile, covering a thousand
kilometres of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes. It’s the most non-polar desert dry world. It’s still home to the descendants of the Incas, the Atacama people. Its picturesque villages of the desert, will surprise you with their wild west appearance, with their atmosphere in which “time has stopped” and for its impressive surroundings. Here you will find yourself galloping through one of the most spectacular and dramatic landscapes on earth! The adventure begins in the south of San Pedro de Atacama, in the Ayllu (indigenous community) of Séquitor, which will be our base camp to visit the most emblematic.
After a first night at the Lodge and a visit to the center of town, it’s time to ride your Chilean Criollo horse and prepare for a week of riding with our guides to great adventure. On average, you will be in the saddle 6 to 8 hours per day and during the expedition it will be possible to see Flamingos, Llamas, Vicuñas and Condors. You will ride to the town that gave birth to the Atacameña culture, take a well-deserved bath in a high plateau lagoon, visit the Valley of the Moon, the Valley of Death and the Valley of Catarpe and tour the town of San Pedro de Atacama, characterized by its beautiful adobe buildings. After each ride you will return to the Lodge and the exciting stories of what happened during the day will be accompanied by Chilean wine or pisco on the table during dinner, and who knows maybe later around a campfire. It will be a week you will never forget. Prepare yourself so that from now on, Chile and the Atacama will be a living memory of a flame that will never be extinguished.
6 DAYS, 5 NIGHTS and 5 DAYS ON HORSE.
DAY 1 Calama Airport – San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour ride).
TRANSFER IN CJC – SPA
The first meeting will be with our guide, who will wait for you at the airport with the transfer to take you to the Lodge in the Ayllu de Séquitor. After checking in and you have settled into your room it will be time for a welcome cocktail to get to know us, then we will go on a short exploratory ride in the Ayllu to get in tune with our horses and get acquainted with this great oasis.
We will return to the Lodge and then head to the center of the town of San Pedro and walk its magical streets before going to the restaurant for dinner.
DAY 2: San Pedro – Beter Village and Tulor Ruins (6 hours riding – 20 km)
After a hearty breakfast, the ride will begin with an archaeological tour on horseback to the ruins of Beter, the first colonial town built by the Spanish. We will have a beautiful perspective of that old town that is partially covered by sand dunes. Its constructions were preserved thanks to those same dunes, which also contributed to their destruction. There you can still find ancient ceramics hidden in the sand.
We continue our ride to the ruins of Tulor, buried by sand and wind. That ancient Atacamenian village, dating back more than 3000 years and inhabited in its time by about 200 inhabitants.
Today, thanks to a research project, it can be visited as a real museum. They have reproduced the original houses built with the same materials as centuries ago (with adobe and wooden ceilings). You will also be able to enjoy the viewpoint in height and the museum of the site.
In the afternoon, return to the lodge and enjoy the swimming pool and dinner.
DAY 3: San Pedro – Laguna Cejar (6 hours of horseback riding – 30 KM.)
After breakfast, we ride and cross the Ayllu (oasis) of Sequitor towards the South and the Salar de Atacama. This salt flat is the largest in Chile, with a surface area of over 3,000 km2. Under the salt flat there are lakes hidden by a thick crust of white salt equal to snow. This crust, in some places, has opened up to let small lakes appear that are favorite habitat for water birds, particularly flamingos, ducks and Andean gulls. The salt in the salt flats comes from the dissolution of the salts from the ground by rainwater, snowmelt and rivers that are dragged into the salt flats then the water evaporates and the salts added to it accumulate.
We will reach one of these lakes, called Cejar and located about 30 kilometers from San Pedro and at an altitude of 2300 m. The Cejar lakes are an intense turquoise colour with edges crystallised by the salt. After crossing sandy roads and a completely deserted landscape, these Turquoise lagoons appear as miracles. Time to rest and to take a little snacks and baths according to the season and your taste. The water has a 40% salt concentration, which is superior to that of the dead sea and allows them to literally float, producing great relaxation.
After that moment of rest spent by the side of the lagoons, we quietly return to horse to the Lodge.
DAY 4: San Pedro – Valle de la Luna (8 hours of horse riding 35 km)
Breakfast at the Lodge and then we head to the horses to begin our adventure to the Valley of the Moon, one of the unmissable attractions with its rare stone and salt formations. You will find hidden in the middle of the Salt Mountain Range, 15 km southwest of San Pedro de Atacama. We left the ranch and we crossed a beautiful part of the desert to reach the Salt Range. We climbed a large dune to enter a path that can only be passed by horse or on foot. We passed in total tranquillity – or a little faster if you like – the impressive nature, formed by wind and water erosion, which makes you feel on another planet: the moon. In the centre of the valley comes the time to rest for a moment and to take pictures of this impressive place. On the way back you pass through a spectacular canyon and return to the Lodge for dinner.
Day 5: San Pedro – Catarpe (8 hours riding – 35 km.)
Last day of riding, this is one of the most spectacular rides that can be made through the variety of landscapes. In which you can see rivers, vegetation, large dunes, streams and a complete panorama of all that is the valley of San Pedro de Atacama (Andean depression) and its surroundings. After having crossed the Catarpe valley, we will enter the mysterious gorge of Diablo and we will go up to the cornice by the passage of the bulls, old road that communicated San Pedro with Calama. On the way back we will go down the valley of Death and its immense dunes to return to Lodge.
Dinner at Restaurant in San Pedro.
DAY 6: San Pedro – Calama Airport.
Transfer out SPA – CJC.
– Transport to and from Calama airport. (City:Calama / Airport name: El Loa / Airport code:C J C).
– Professional bilingual guide certified in first aid in remote areas.
– Accommodation: 5 nights in comfortable rooms in Lodge in San Pedro.
*All accommodations are quoted per person based on sharing a double room.
(For single room there is an additional charge).
– Meals: full board and welcome cocktail.
(From box lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day).
Lunch is a boxlunch en route.
-Satellite phone in case of emergency.
-Horses with saddlebags.
– Flight: international and local flights are not included. The gateway is Calama (CJC).
– Alcoholic or soft drinks and/or special meals (* when not included in the menu), laundry, extras at the lodge, other items of a personal nature, additional expenses for the ride due to weather, illness, failure of transportation or other causes beyond our reasonable control.
– Insurance; We ask that you take out travel insurance. Ask your local insurance company or your travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate in the trail ride without personal travel insurance.
– Personal clothing and equipment.
– Tips and gratuities.
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PRICE (Based on a minimum of 6 passengers)
The group can be confirmed with 4 passengers by applying an additional supplement of USD $283 per person.
This trip is classified as intermediate to advanced level of riding. It is not necessary to be an expert rider, but it is essential to have a good taste for the outdoors and a good dressage skill (to be confident in walking, jogging and galloping). However, group members should be aware that the weather is changing with the occasional summer storm and small snowstorms are quite common in these high mountains.
-Rider level: Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. You must have confidence in a horse at all steps. The pace is varied and includes walking, trot and canter.
-Equitation: Walk on the trail, 5 days on horseback, an average of 6 hours per day in the saddle.
-Weight: Rider’s weight limit: 100 kg.
-Age: minimum age is 12 years old, only allowed if accompanied by an adult.
-Group size: groups are formed by a minimum of 6 riders and a maximum of 10 riders.
-Horses: Chilean Creole.
-Saddles: comfortable Huaso saddles.
-Guides: professional and bilingual guides.
-Comfort: Comfortable in the guest houses.
-International Passport: Required for most foreigners.
-Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD at the airport)
-A warm sweater.
-A warm jacket.
-4 or 5 T-shirts and a minimum of 2 long-sleeved shirts.
-Leather pants or riding jeans.
-Shoes or riding boots / riding shoes with mini long jackets.
-Second pair of evening shoes.
-Comfortable clothes + a hat.
* we have saddle bags available for you.