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Atacama & North West Argentina - Walking Holiday

Region: Rest of World // Dates: 29 September–13 October 2018 (14 nights)
Atacama & North West Argentina Walking Holiday

Stretching 1000km from southern Peru to northern Chile, the Atacama is the driest desert on earth. Yet the Andean Altiplano will surprise you with a landscape of 6000m high volcanoes, salt flats and lagoons, thermal pools, geysers and marshes. Llamas, guanacos and vicunas graze the plains, while flamingos and a surprising variety of birds inhabit the lakes and salt flat areas. From the oasis of San Pedro, watch the colours change over bizarre formations in the Valleys of Mars and the Moon. To the south, the world’s second largest salt flat, Salar de Atacama contrasts with a backdrop of snow-capped Andean volcanoes. Your first week in Chile concludes with sunrise at El Tatio geysers, soaks in thermal hot springs and visits to small Altiplano villages, clifftop fortresses and petroglyphs. Across the Andes in north-west Argentina, the Diaguitas and Calchaquis people have long inhabited the desert regions. Trace ancient trade routes to the Humahuaca Valley, visit the Purmamarca handicrafts market and Pucara de Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic fortress. After a number of nights in the quiet mountain village of Iruya we continue to Salta, rich in Spanish folklore, music and handcrafts. South of Salta, we take several days to explore historical places such as Quilmes ruins and Cachi Anthropological museum. We walk in Las Conchas Gorge, the Red River Valley and search for cactus hummingbirds, guanacos and condors in Los Cardones National Park.

Overview

Stretching 1000km from southern Peru to northern Chile, the Atacama is the driest desert on earth. Yet the Andean Altiplano will surprise you with a landscape of 6000m high volcanoes, salt flats and lagoons, thermal pools, geysers and marshes. Llamas, guanacos and vicunas graze the plains, while flamingos and a surprising variety of birds inhabit the lakes and salt flat areas. From the oasis of San Pedro, watch the colours change over bizarre formations in the Valleys of Mars and the Moon. To the south, the world’s second largest salt flat, Salar de Atacama contrasts with a backdrop of snow-capped Andean volcanoes. Your first week in Chile concludes with sunrise at El Tatio geysers, soaks in thermal hot springs and visits to small Altiplano villages, clifftop fortresses and petroglyphs. Across the Andes in north-west Argentina, the Diaguitas and Calchaquis people have long inhabited the desert regions. Trace ancient trade routes to the Humahuaca Valley, visit the Purmamarca handicrafts market and Pucara de Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic fortress. After a number of nights in the quiet mountain village of Iruya we continue to Salta, rich in Spanish folklore, music and handcrafts. South of Salta, we take several days to explore historical places such as Quilmes ruins and Cachi Anthropological museum. We walk in Las Conchas Gorge, the Red River Valley and search for cactus hummingbirds, guanacos and condors in Los Cardones National Park.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Delight in the dramatic landscapes of the Andean Altiplano
  • Experience the bizarre salt landscape of Salar de Atacama
  • Watch the sunset over the Valley of the Moon and sunrise at El Tatio Geysers
  • Visit high altitude lagoons in National Flamingo Reserve
  • Trace ancient trade routes to the Humahuaca Valley
  • Visit Purmamarca handicrafts market & Pucará de Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic fortress
  • Walk in Los Conchas Gorge and Los Cardones National Park
  • Finish in Salta, rich in Spanish folklore & music

Details

Details:

29 September–13 October 2018 (14 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Santiago de Chile, ends Salta)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,450 until 23/02/2018
Early Bird: A$7,650 until 01/06/2018
Regular: A$7,950
Single Supplement: A$1,260
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 6 guests

Special Interest:
History, Geology, Culture

Walk Rating:
Moderate to Challenging: 2–15km per walking day (challenging due to altitude). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Daniel Feinstein

    Daniel Feinstein, recognized as a “Trusted Travel Expert” by South America travellers, was born into a family of naturalists and spent most of his childhood traveling and hiking in Patagonia and throughout South America. Daniel continued his travels around the world, working in Europe, hiking in Nepal and Sikkim, and climbing in Peru and Ecuador. Since becoming an official guide in 1981, he has escorted and designed hundreds of hiking and natural history tours throughout Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and other points in Argentina & Chile. His passion and knowledge of this area will ensure a memorable experience.

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