With a delicious breakfast we enjoy the serene magic and beauty of the sunrise in the Salt Mountain Range. We visit the impressive landscapes of the Moon Valley. We explore two Ayllus of San Pedro and taste typical atacameñan food. We get to know the history, culture and challenges of San Pedro de Atacama.
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The days and hours of the excursions may vary depending on the season, climatic conditions and the groups that we form. The final itinerary will be confirmed upon arrival in San Pedro, but even during your stay it can vary depending on the mentioned conditions, we will be informing inmediatly about any change.
The Moon Valley, in the middle of the Salt Mountain Range, is an area of sculptural rock formations whose salinity abounds at the surface, covering the landscape in a white coating, as if it were the surface of the moon. Between dunes and rock formations of crystallized gypsum appear small hills and sharp ridges in which the erosion has created diverse figures whose forms change dramatically according to the angle of the sun. The valley forms part of the National Reserve Los Flamencos (CONAF) and is administrated by the indigenous communities of Coyo, San Pedro, Quitor, Séquitor, Larache and Yaye.
We will take advantage of the early hours around sunrise, when the silence makes it possible to hear the salt crack and the subtle morning light allows us to walk along empty trails – getting to know this magnificent place and observing its impressive formations in detail.
Salt Mountain Range, Ayllus
The tour takes us through the Salt Mountain Range where we observe a spectacular geological phenomenon. Being composed of huge deposits of salt, gypsum and reddish clay, this mountain range depicts a landscape full of natural sculptures. Here we can find magnificent grottos with stalactites, pointy ridges, a landscape of a unique morphology and an impressive view over the Atacama Salt Flat and the volcanoes of the region.
We continue our way towards the Ayllus, the name given to old social units of the Likan Antai or Atacameño culture where several families lived together in agro-pastoral communities created by lineage and descendants. Today, this kind of territorial organization represents rather a geographic delimitation, but the narrow and mazy labyrinth-like alleyways live on, surrounded by cultivatable lands with gardens, big native trees, irrigation canals and old adobe houses largely still inhabited by descendants of the Likan Antai culture, which now belong to the Atacameñan communities. We will savor some typical flavors of the desert and highlands with a tasting prepared by an atacameñan family, using fresh, organic ingredients from their vegetable garden.
6:00-6:30 Pickup from your hotel
Breakfast in the Salt Mountain Range
Tour through the Ayllus
- Vestimenta: ropa cómoda, zapatos para caminar.
- Ropa abrigada para la hora más helada al amanecer, especialmente en invierno (mayo-agosto).
- Artículos personales: bloqueador solar, sombrero, lentes.
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What to bring?
- Comfortable clothing, walking shoes.
- Warm clothing for the coolest hour around sunrise, especially in winter (May to August).
- Sunblock, hat, sunglasses, lip balm.
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