Epic Atacama Multisport Adventure

Atacama Desert

Trip Length: 6 Days
Group Size: 1-10
Difficulty
From: 5350
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The rough and tumble world of the Atacama is no match for your daredevil spirit! Join us for a 6-day experience, packed with sports and incredible adventure.

Hike, bike, and horseback ride your way through the driest desert on Earth, home to geysers, craggy mountains, lunar valleys, and shimmering high-altitude lakes.

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Participate in a superb multi-sport Atacama experience.
  • Hike through the Moon Valley.
  • Visit the Puritama Hot Springs and Tatio Geysers.
  • Horseback ride in Death Valley.
  • E-Biking to Cejar Lagoon.
  • Ascend to the summit of the Soquete Mountain (or similar).

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to San Pedro

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

We’ll arrive at Calama Airport and drive straight to San Pedro de Atacama, passing the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains). Once in San Pedro, we’ll receive a briefing over lunch about the upcoming days of adventure. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Kimal (3 star accommodation) , San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 2: Death Valley and Moon Valley (Horseback riding and hiking)

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

In the morning, we will depart on foot until we reach and mount our horses! We will ride along the trails towards Death Valley, part of Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) with astounding views of the ancient rock formations, we will ride for approximately 3 hours. Closer to mid-day, we'll return to the starting point and dismount the horses to have lunch at San Pedro (lunch is not included).

Following lunch, we will head back to our hotel where we will be picked up to embark on an awe-inspiring hike at the Moon Valley in the afternoon. This remarkable hike will last approximately 2 hours, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery. Finally, we will be dropped off back at the hotel, concluding our unforgettable adventure.

Overnight at Hotel Kimal (3 star accommodation) , San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 3: Hiking from Machuca to Puritama Hot Springs

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Embark on a captivating journey from the town of Machuca to the Puritama hot springs, a walk that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Starting at an elevation of 4,100 meters, you'll gradually descend to 3,500 meters, where the hot springs await. This scenic route offers breathtaking views of the Salar de Atacama and the majestic Andes Mountains. Along the way, you'll encounter remnants of the area's ancient shepherds, such as corrals, rucas, and apachetas, which bear witness to the age-old grazing paths. Discover the rich history and natural beauty of this remarkable trail.

Note: There will be snacks available during the hike and a box lunch that you can enjoy at the hot springs or where it suits you the most.

Overnight at Hotel Kimal (3 star accommodation) , San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4: Full Day with E-Bikes: Cejar Lagoon AM and Salt Mountains PM

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Morning Biking to Laguna Cejar (18 km.)

Embark on a delightful journey through the northern part of the Salar de Atacama, a picturesque tourist trail with no significant obstacles. Along the way, we'll take a refreshing break under the shade of a tree before reaching the captivating Cejar Lagoon, renowned for its remarkable buoyancy due to its high salinity. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, and water bottle for a truly unforgettable experience.

Included: Entrance to Cejar Lagoon, Hassle-free transfer to/from your hotel, Knowledgeable bilingual guide, Top-quality equipment, Refreshing water, and Nutritious dried fruits.

Afterward, you will be dropped off at your hotel to then have lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is not included), please ask your guide for recommendations.

Afternoon Biking to Cordillera de la Sal (32 km.)

Embark on an exhilarating 32 km biking adventure with the help of a powerful 350W central motor! We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to our base where you can try on helmets and gloves. Before we start our cycling journey, there will be a brief instruction and safety talk. Pedal through the beautiful oases as we make our way to the breathtaking Cordillera de la Sal and its stunning landscapes. Each bike is equipped with saddlebags, allowing you to comfortably enjoy the experience while carrying your personal belongings. Please note that the minimum age for this activity is 16 years old.

Overnight at Hotel Kimal (3 star accommodation) , San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 5: Tatio-Soquete Hiking

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

We will depart San Pedro at 4 am -- but don’t worry, this experience is well worth the early start! We’ll drive straight towards the world’s highest geothermal field, the El Tatio Geysers - at 4,300 m.a.s.l. The combination of spouting geysers and the bright morning sun is a very special experience.

Afterward, we will be driven to the base of Soquete Mountain, here, we’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast before hiking up to the summit, from which we have another incredible view of the geysers from above, a delicious box lunch is included with this hike also.

The day includes approximately 7 hours of hiking before we head back to the comfort of the hotel for a farewell dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Kimal (3 star accommodation) , San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 6: Goodbye Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

On the final day, we will relax and wander around the village, visiting the handicraft shops, church, and museum.

In the afternoon* we will drive to the Calama Airport to catch a flight back to Santiago... Adiós Atacama!

*Departing in the morning is an option too with previous coordination with your Travel Specialist (additional costs may apply).

Accommodation

Hotel Kimal

Our first option for accommodation during your stay in San Pedro de Atacama is the 3-star Hotel Kimal.

Nestled in the heart of the town, this charming hotel offers a comfortable and convenient retreat for travelers. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, Hotel Kimal provides a perfect base for exploring the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Atacama Desert.

Featuring well-appointed rooms, the hotel ensures a restful night's sleep after a day of adventure. Each room is thoughtfully designed with modern amenities and cozy furnishings, creating a tranquil oasis for guests. The attentive staff at Hotel Kimal are dedicated to providing exceptional service, ensuring that your stay is as enjoyable as possible.

At Hotel Kimal, you will have access to a range of amenities including a delightful dining area where you can savor a delicious breakfast and dinner. The hotel's central location also means that you are just steps away from the vibrant streets of San Pedro de Atacama, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in the region's culinary delights.

If, for any reason, Hotel Kimal is not available during your chosen dates, we will offer you a similar alternative that guarantees the same level of comfort and quality. Rest assured, we pride ourselves in selecting accommodations that meet our high standards and cater to the needs of our valued guests.

Included

Included

  • 5 nights of accommodation at a 3-star hotel.
  • Transportation and activities as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish guide.
  • Meals:
    • Day 1: Lunch.
    • Day 2: Breakfast.
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Box Lunch.
    • Day 4: Breakfast.
    • Day 5: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.
    • Day 6: Breakfast.

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Meals, drinks, and snacks not mentioned in the program.
  • Insurance. (it's mandatory that you purchase appropriate
    insurance for this trip)
  • Personal items.
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and hotel staff.

Facts

Excursions are subject to availability and the opening of the indigenous communities to carry them out. Alternatives will be informed in case the activities described in the itinerary are not available.

Departures

Private.

Regular departures are an option but previous consulting is necessary in order to add up to a previously formed group.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts in the morning at Calama Airport. Please book any flight arriving before midday. The trip finishes at Calama Airport.

Physical demands

This trip is a multi-activity sports trip and therefore requires a moderate to high level of fitness. Those used to hiking on weekends or doing regular cycling or jogging etc should have no problem. However, some warm-up hikes prior to the trip is recommended in any case. Horseback riding and mountain biking do not require advanced abilities. Participants should be 15 years of age or older. Ask to customize your multi-sport adventure for your family.

Group Size

Minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people.

Transport

All transport is by van, jeep, and 4x4 vehicles.

Weather

In the Atacama region, there are hot days and cold nights. The Atacama Desert is considered to be the driest place on earth and rain is rare most times of the year- However, it should be noted that between December and March, Bolivia's wet winter weather can sometimes cause unexpected rainfall in the Atacama.

  • Spring-Summer (October to March): Daytime temperatures usually range between 20 - 24°C (68-77°F). Night time temperatures will most likely range from 5 - 0°C (41 - 32°F)
  • Autumn-Winter (April to September): Daytime temperatures range from 15 -20°C (59-68°F). Night time temperatures will most likely be -10- 0°C (14 - 32°F)

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

What you need to bring

  • Daypack. (3-10lt)
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Windbreaker.
  • Parka.
  • Comfortable walking shorts and athletic wear.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Camera (optional).
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hat/bandana.

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of days in any itinerary at the discretion of the tour guide and based on operational considerations. The tour guide may modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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