We start the afternoon getting to know two culturally and geologically important sites northwest of San Pedro de Atacama. On a stroll through alleyways of the picturesque village Río Grande that seems to be from a different time we learn about the culture, traditional architecture and agriculture of the members of the area´s indigenous community. Later, the Rainbow Valley is our geological laboratory and shows us one of the oldest places in the surroundings of San Pedro de Atacama where we can observe millions of years old rocks that surface in differently colored layers – giving the Rainbow Valley its name. At the end of the day we will gather on the rim of the Salt Mountain Range, above the Mars Valley (as well known as Death Valley), where we can contemplate the capricious morphology of this range as well as the gorgeousness of the Andes in the distance.
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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 immediately about any change.
Río Grande, situated 98 kms east of Calama in the bed of a canyon, is a village of narrow alleyways and constructions made of stone. The church in front of the small square has a bell tower in traditional colonial style made of stone and clay, with beams of chañar wood and doors made of cactus wood. On the 24th of July the village celebrates its patron, San Santiago – event to which come many persons from the nearby villages and family members that moved away from Río Grande. The agricultural land of Río Grande extends along the river – which carries the same name – and today exists an important production of garlic and quinoa that are being sold in Calama.
Once subterranean, nearly 100 million years old rock formations are now exposed, reflecting the stunning geology of the Rainbow Valley. They allow us to travel to the times when these landscapes began their cycle.
The valley which, through which we will walk for about 30 minutes, offers us layers of many colors, dry cascades and a stunning wideness of views.
14:15-14:45 Pickup from your hotel
Sunset at Cornisas (Rim of the Salt Mountain Range)
What to bring?
- Comfortable clothing, walking shoes. Several layers.
- Warm clothing for the coolest hour around sunset. Please be aware that there often is very strong wind around sunset.
- Swimming suit.
- Sunblock, hat, sunglasses, lip balm.
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