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HIKING ATACAMA 6D TOUR – FIXED DATES

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Ecotours Chile has developed this new Hiking tour in Atacama Desert for people that loves walking on the day and rest comfortable at nights in an hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama. You’ll hike among astonishing landscapes surrounded by Volcanoes and secret paths in valleys and salt flats, learning about Atacama history, culture, archeology, flora and fauna. A trip not be missed, so we encourage you to check out our fixed departure dates and join Ecotours Chile on this adventure.
Contact us for private departures - info@ecotours.cl

DATES Tour dates 2015-16 – You can set your own date with a minimum of 2 persons
14/19 JUN 2015 – OPEN DATE
21/26 JUN 2015 – OPEN DATE
05/10 JUL 2015 – OPEN DATE
12/17 JUL 2015 – OPEN DATE
09/14 AGO 2015 - OPEN DATE
05/10 SEPT 2015 - OPEN DATE
26/30 SEPT 2015 - OPEN DATE
11/16 OCT 2015 - OPEN DATE
19/23 OCT 2015 - OPEN DATE
01/06 NOV 2015 - PRIVATE DEPARTURE
08/13 NOV 2015 - OPEN DATE
15/20 NOV 2015 - OPEN DATE
05/11 NOV 2015 - OPEN DATE
13/19 DIC 2015 - OPEN DATE

Highlights:
- Chaxa, Miscanti, Meniques lagoons
- Tatio Geysers and wetlands
- Moon Valley and beautifull gorges
- Ancient Inca villages, history, culture and people
- Atacama Salt Flat and archeological sites
- 5 nights lodging at comfortable Hotel  in San Pedro de Atacama
- Local english speaking guides
- Small groups up to 8 people maximum
- Support vehicle

Day 1: KARI GEORGE – VALLE DE LA LUNA/MOON VALLEY
Once you arrive to Calama Airport, you’ll take a 90 minutes transfer to San Pedro de Atacama and check in at your hotel. At 4 Pm you’ll meet our guide and the rest of the group to start the first day of hiking in San Pedro de Atacama surroundings.
After lunch we’ll head toward the Salt Mountain Range, which forms a natural barrier between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Salt Flat. The hike starts at the Coyote rock, a strange rock formation and getting deep into the mountain range and it geologic forms. We’ll hike 2 hours by the Cari George, admiring beautiful views of Atacama. Once we reach the end of Kari George we head to Moon Valley, a valley of statuesque, rocky formations. Salt emerges to the surface, covering the surface with a dry, whitish layer that gives the place a lunar aspect. We’ll visit the statues of salt called “Las Tres Marias“ , the salt mine, the salt caves and we will walk up by the sand dunes of the area until we reach the summit of the Big Dune. Here, you will see the whole valley at the sunset, while a spectacular change of colors happens in front of your eyes. Afterwards we return to San Pedro de Atacama and lodge at your Hotel.
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Day 2: ATACAMA SALT FLAT – CHAXA – QUEBRADA DE QUESALA – TUMBRES
We'll depart on vehicle towards Salar de Atacama (salt lake) and enter the National Flamingo Reserve. This National Reserve is formed by a gigantic depression of more than 3.500km2, located 2.300 m.a.s.l. The Salar is the biggest salt field in Chile and its large quantities of salt make the surface white and rough. The dryness and altitude of the salt field allow an excellent panoramic view of the area. The bottom of the salt field is composed of an enormous lake, which receives water from mountain rivers and melting snow. As it has no runoff, several small lagoons have formed, where we can observe the three types of flamingos living in the area, the English, the Andean and the Chilean. Once on the Van, we'll reach Quesala George, where we'll hike for 3 hours among diverse flora and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Old inhabitants use this road to as an ancestral path to pass with their animals as well as lodging place for muleters on their trips to Argentina. You'll see rock art possible made between the Formative Period and Middle Period (ca. 1.000 a.C.-900 d.C.). Once we end the hike, we'll jump in the van and head back to San pedro de Atacama where you can take a hot shower at your hotel. Ask our guides about restaurant reccomendations and enjoy a dinner on your own.
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Day 3: MINIQUES – MISCANTI – QUEBRADA DE NACIMIENTO
At morning, we'll depart towards another area of the National Reserve Los Flamencos. We will stop at Socaire village at 3.300 m.a.s.l. to acclimatize and photograph the small church of San Bartolomé. It is the last village of Lican Antai or Atacameño culture for the travelers on their way to Salta in Argentina, along the Sico Pass international road. We continue our trip to Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons of crystalline water and intense blue color at 4.350 and 4.100 m.a.s.l. Surrounded by numerous volcanoes and mountains, they are a habitat for a variety of species, such as the Chilean flamingo, the small parina, the playero de Bird and the horned crane , among others. In the surrounding scenery, the hills of Miscanti and Meñiques can be seen, and the area is part of the Flamingo National Reserve. Afterwards we'll hike 4 hours on the Quebrada de Nacimiento, used for rock climbing, and see beautifull rock formations eroded by time, due to ancient lave flows. Once we end the hike, we'll jump in the van and head back to San Pedro de Atacama where you can take a hot shower at your hotel. Ask our guides about restaurant reccomendations and enjoy a dinner on your own.
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Day 4: GEYSERS – NATURAL HOT SPRING – WETLANDS
Today we'll set off very early and drive in the van towards Tatio geysers. We’ll reach the 4.350 mts and enjoy breakfast. They are shaped by a series of fumaroles that erupts water and steam of volcanic origin. We will walk this spectacle at dawn in its entire splendor and enjoy a bath on a natural pool. Then, we’ll hike for 5 hours surrounded by the mountain range and the typical landscape dominated by fauna as Vicuñas, Llamas, Suris and Vegas that are visible on this area. Once the hike ends, we’ll head on vehicles to your Hotel in San Pedro, dinner on your own.
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Day 5: MACHUCA – RIO GRANDE
After setting off the camp, we'll trek from Machuca village, located at 4000 masl, to Rio Grande village, famous for its terrace cultivation. It's location was strategic, as it was the forced passageway for caravans traveling between San Pedro de Atacama and Chiu-Chiu. Proofs of this are the surrounding archeological sites that show petroglyphs of the guanaco hunters during the pre-Hispanic period. We'll walk along the valleys formed by Peñaril River and with the possibility to see the typical flora and fauna of the Altiplano, framed by breathtaking colors that emerge from rocky formations. Once we end the hike, we'll jump in the van and go to San Pedro de Atacama, where we'll enjoy a goodbye dinner along group and guide.
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Day 6: TRF OUT
After breakfast, you will take a regular transfer to Calama airport, in time to take your flight.
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What is included?
- Professional English speaking guide
- Private transportation 4X4 vehicles or mini vans
- 5 night lodging at Hotel in San Pedro
- Communication and security equipment
- Meals as mentioned on itinerary; TF= Trekking food
- Entrance fee to National Reserves and attractions

What’s not included
- International and local flights (we can help you buy local flights)
- Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
- Laundry
- Alcoholic drinks at dinners
- Tips for guide and driver

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