Welcome to the Atacama Desert, a landscape like no other! We are delighted to offer this spectacular adventure, organised by an experienced and dedicated local team of horsemen and guides. Registered and certified with SERNATUR, the national tourism service, this outfitter offers high standards of safety and quality, whilst still bringing you a serious adventure - this is one for those with a true spirit for the outdoors, riders who are unafraid to cross wild and harsh terrain, to camp in remote regions and spend long hours in the saddle. Your guides are trained Wilderness First Responders and have been riding and hiking in the Andes Mountains since the early 90s.
The Atacama desert is a plateau in northern Chile which covers a thousand kilometers of land on the Pacific Coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is the driest non-polar desert in the world and is still home to descendants of the Incas - the Atacamenos. The picturesque desert villages which lie along the Inca trail have a Wild West appearance as if time has stood still, and the surroundings are breathtaking. The snow-covered volcanoes of San Pedro (6,145m) and San Pablo (6,092m) watch over you as you journey across this high altiplano, crossing sand dunes, rocky mountains, canyons, rivers, salt lakes and even geysers. During the trail you may encounter flamingoes, llamas, vicunas and condors as well as donkeys and mules tethered outside shops in the local villages.
Each night you camp under star-lit skies - your chef prepares meals and the huasos take care of the horses whilst you enjoy a Pisco Sour around the campfire. The logistics team supports the ride with a truck, transporting all the tents, equipment and meals to each stop. You do need to be ready to put up your own tent - all part of this epic adventure!