ATACAMA EXTREME DESERT RIDE
9 DAYS | 8 NIGHTS
MARCH TO MAY, SEPT TO NOV
Chile, northern - the perfect desert ride
An awe-inspiring, in depth immersive desert experience across a part of the driest desert in the world. The little known 105,000 square kilometres (41,000 miles) of Atacama Desert, covers a plateau in northern Chile between the Pacific and the Andes. A challenging ride – with canyons to negotiate, and long days in the saddle – brings huge rewards from the up-close encounter with this phenomenal region.
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Nights are a mix of small lodges and wild camps, sitting around a campfire in idyllic locations, as we cross the ‘alti-plano’ over huge sand dunes, through canyons, across salt lakes… stopping to soak in natural thermal springs along the way and always watched over by the towering San Pedro and San Pablo Volcanoes.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1 : Meeting up and a typical Atacama village
DAY 2 : Out into the desert!
DAY 3 : Desert sunrise
DAY 4 : Fortress & terracing and a hotel!
DAY 5 :The long ride!
DAY 6: Pools to bathe in
DAY 7: Inca trail
DAY 8: Arriving at San Pedro de Atacama
DAY 9: Departure
DAY 1 | MEETING UP & A TIPICAL ATACAMA VILLAGE
An early afternoon meetup at Calama Airport, then a drive to a typical village to stay overnight at a small guesthouse. Riders can wander through the village including a visit to the oldest church in Chile – San Lucas de Chiu Chiu, built in 1600.
Dinner & Overnight at Guesthouse
D, (approx. 1 hour vehicle transfer)
FROM US$ 4,510
All accommodation (2 person rooms days 1 & 8, 2 & 4 person rooms day 4, camping days 2 & 3, 5 to 7) ; all meals and water (from day 1 dinner to day 9 breakfast); English speaking guide & 2nd local guide; 7 riding days; horses; saddlebags; all necessary transfers/transport as per itinerary – back up vehicle brings luggage; all neces-sary local taxes, private reserve & national park entrance fees.
Appropriate medical insurance (mandatory), visa (as necessary), international or national airport taxes, soft and alcoholic drinks (inexpensive), personal expenditure, tips, and all services not mentioned in the detailed de-scription.
“…Nothing was going to prepare me for what I was going to see and live and experience in the Atacama. That big sense of adventure, the immense otherworldly landscape, the staggering beauty and the extreme colours of this everchanging desert will never stop flashing in your memory…15 rides behind me, this one remains the best.”
Veronica S, October 2018