Atacama Horseback Expedition, Chile
South America’s Wild West “The Atacama Horseback Expedition” Northern Chile.
On this equestrian expedition, we take you to the Wild West of South America which is the Atacama desert in Chile! The Atacama desert is a plateau in Northern Chile, covering a thousand kilometers of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is the driest non-polar desert in the world.
Still today it is home to the Inca descendants, the Atacameños. Their picturesque desert villages, lying on the Inca Trail, will surprise you by their Wild West appearance, by a “time has stood still” atmosphere and by its breathtaking surroundings. As here you will find yourself galloping in one of the most spectacular and dramatic landscapes on earth!
You will be 6 to 8 hours in the saddle per day and make your way across the high altitude part of the Atacama called the Altiplano. Leading your strong horse trough huge sand dunes, rocky mountains, canyons, rivers, salt lakes and along with geysers, no one but the snow-covered Volcanos San Pedro (6145m) and San Pablo (6092m) will be witnessing this equestrian caravan.
During the expedition, you will encounter Flamingos, Lamas, Vicuñas, and Condors.
You will take baths in naturally warm water springs and ride through Atacama villages where donkeys and mules are parked in front of the local barber and supply shop.
You will have a refreshing beer with the locals of the village and continue the ride in the oldest desert of the world, spending cool nights under clear skies.