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San Pedro Atacama Expedition

San Pedro Atacama Expedition
Northern Chile Chile

The Atacama Desert of Chile is a sparsely populated virtually rainless plateau, running from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes Mountains. The landscape is so desolate it is sometimes described as "moon like". In the heart of this desert is the village of San Pedro, at an altitude of 7,000 feet and surrounded by a green oasis. Many years ago it was considered the center of a Paleolithic civilization that built impressive rock fortresses on steep mountains encircling the valley. With narrow streets and a church constructed in 1577, San Pedro is a step back into the Spanish colonial times and even earlier at the Father Le Paige Museum which chronicles man for 10,000 years.

You will discover the 11th century desert and be connected with an ancient culture and their spirits. The magic of Atacama, with the purest sky in the world, will leave an everlasting trail in your soul.

This is an expedition ride that covers the big salt flats, the desert, the mountains and valleys. The scenery is ever changing and breathtaking. Our trip is a two loop ride that starts and ends in San Pedro de Atacama. It leads us along the Vilama River to the Valley of Arenoso with its the Petroglyphs Corral, where some ancient figures  are drawn into the rock. We then ride via the 'Devils Throat' to Rio Salado. Then we follow a canyon to Coca Stone and back to San Pedro. Just enough time to rest and clean up before we head back out in a different direction towards Beter and Cejar befor we reach the Valley del Tiempo. Along the way we visit the archeological site of the Hamlet of Tulor. We ride through the big valley of Quebrada de Kari and arrive by surprise to the well known Moon Valley, with its original geological forms. We ride up a big dune to be able to have a general view on this Moon Valley. We then return to San Pedro by a big open plain in front of the Andes Mountains and by the main oasis of San Pedro concluding an adventure of a lifetime.

Camping Ride with vehicle support
Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation

Meeting: San Pedro de Atacama
Airport: Calama
Transfer: Airport Calama-San Pedro by shuttle
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 5 riders

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    San Pedro Atacama Expedition
    Tour Code: IT-CHRT19A
    10 days / 9 nights ~$3,000.00
    Dates : Mar to Dec

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2021 03/14 - 12/13 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /5 Reserve
    B 2021 03/14 - 12/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /5 Reserve
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    Tack: Chilean Saddles with English stirrups
    Horses: Criollos
    Pace: Moderate with 2-3 long trots and 2-3 c...

    Airport: Calama
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