Transfer from Calama's airport to Chiu Chiu. Overnight in Chiu Chiu.
Day 2 (6 hrs riding)
After breakfast we visit the oldest church of Chile, the church of San Lucas of Chiu Chiu, build in 1600. We leave the village behind us and head towards the lake Laguna Inka Coya. From there we follow the riverbed of Rio Salado until the old corrals.
Day 3 (7 hrs riding.)
We ride along the river Rio Salado and follow part of the pilgrim route of the Virgin Aiquina. The mighty volcanoes San Pedro, San Pablo and Paniri are watching us from nearby. We continue along the canyon where we probably come across herds of wild donkeys until we reach the vast plains of Turi (3,100mts).
Day 4 (6 hrs riding.)
An early bath in the natural mineral baths of Turi. We ride and visit the Pucara of Turi, the largest fortress built by the Atacameño people. We continue our expediton to Caspana and visit this typical village, surrounded by a fertile valley where we see its many terraced crops and fruit trees. The village has only 400 inhabitants and the houses are built in liparita clay.
Day 5 (9 hrs riding)
We leave the village of Caspana and climb following an Inca trail until we reach a high plateau. After four hours of riding we arrive at the Chita mountain. We follow our path to the top of the plateau where we ride for about four more hours with a breathtaking view of all the peaks and volcanoes surrounding us. At the end of our day we descend a long slope that leads us to the bottom of a huge and very rugged canyon with small salt flats. We visit one of the few locals who live in a natural cave and continue to ride in the canyon till we reach Turcapo.
Day 6 (8 hrs riding.)
We begin riding between the orchards of the local inhabitants, then ride up a beautiful slope reaching a plateau. We cross this plateau through the Inca Trail and descend towards the Rio Grande where we will appreciate an oasis in the valley.
Day 7 (7 hrs riding.)
We leave Rio Grande climbing up the hill with our horses till we reach the pampa. From here we follow the Inca Trail again and descend for a long time through small hills but with big views of the snow covered volcanoes and mountains. In the distance spotting the spars vegetation of San Pedro de Atacama. We continue the ride through San Bartolo to reach the place where the rivers Rio Salado and Rio Grande meet.
Day 8 (7 hrs riding.)
We follow the Rio Grande river till we reach the Valley of Death (Valle de la Muerte). Here we follow the path till Valle de la Luna. Sand dunes and fantastic surroundings is the ideal décor for our last gallop in the Atacama desert.
Overnight in San Pedro Atacama.
After breakfast your transfer will be waiting to take you back to the airport.