3 Days Horse Riding

3 DAYS NORTH : Adventure in gorges

DAY 1: SAN PEDRO – CALAR (+/- 15 KM 5 H)

  

We go from San Pedro at about 9:00 to go to the foot of the Salt Chain and we take the Time Valley canyon. Then we pass on the foot of Quitor pukará, pre Inca fortress. We go on to join our pique-nique (cold lunch) place, Rio Vilama. We take the horses again and go along the Gatchi hills to join the small deep canyon of Calar during the afternoon. You will have the possibility to have a bath in the river.

DAY 2: CALAR – RIO SALADO (+/- 18 KM, 6H)

  

We will join a shepherd track which leads us to Vilama canyon by the Gatchi hills and then to an archeological corral where you can see rock art. After the cold lunch in that corral, we will disappear into Devil’s throat, a deep small canyon into clay, salt and gypsum. We will arrive to the Rio San Pedro, near Catarpe Oasis. We ride up the river, pass by Cuchaorache Oasis. We go away from the valley to arrive to Rio Salado, very important rock art place in the region. We camp in the surroundings.

DAY 3: RIO SALADO – SAN PEDRO (+/- 21 KM, 7 H )

  

It’s by a wide plateau and then a canyon that we will join Piedra de la Coca (Coca Stone), Atacamenian Indians ceremonial stone during their trip in caravan between Pacific Ocean and Andes Mountains. Cold lunch. Then we take a ancient cattle track which crossed the region at the beginning of the 19th century. We arrive at the top of the cliff which dominates the river valley and all the landscape and take the cliff track. Spectacular view on the valley, Atacama oasis, Salt Flat, Mountains and wonderful view from above to the Salt Chain crests. We go down to the San Pedro Plain by Death Valley dunes and canyon.

3 Days South : Desert Wonders

DAY 1: SAN PEDRO-LAGUNA CEJAR (+/- 20 KM 5H)

  

We will found ourselves in the wide desert plain, sprinkled with oasis. We will cover some of them (also named ayllus): Solor, Cúcuter, Poconche to move and enter in the Atacama Salt Flat. The ground is crunchier. Suddenly, a turquoise lagoon appears: Cejar. It is a very salted water, where, if you want to have a bath, you will float! Some flamingos sometimes eat there. The sunset is an amazing sight. Camping.

DAY 2: LAGUNA CEJAR- VALLE LUNÁTICO (+/- 25 km 7 HRS)

  

After we let the Salt Flat, we pass by the oasis of Béter and the ancient colonial village covered by dunes, cross to Coyo Oasis by a undulated landscape and have pique-nique under the trees. Then, we go direction to Salt Chain back Tulor Oasis and enter in an almost virgin, deeply beautiful and changing Valley: Lunatic Valley. We cross it and camp in an ancient salt mine, in a wonderful landscape.

DAY 3: VALLE LUNÁTICO – VALLE DE LA LUNA – SAN PEDRO (+/-25 KM 8 HRS)

  

After crossing the entire Valley to “Llano de la Paciencia” we go north by that plain and make for Salt Chain again by west side. Once on the foot of that chain, we enter in one of the most renowned sites: Moon Valley. But not a lot of people are there in the morning… We cross the most open part of the Moon Valley, see the Tres Marías natural sculptures, stop at the main big dune, take the wide esplanade at the front of big dune, go up a little dune and ride into a maze of canyons. We go out this labyrinth into a wide canyon: Kari, which will lead us to sand dunes by a series of tangled small valleys. Up and down dune to join San Pedro plain and village.