Atacama Desert 7 Day Trek Infographic


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Explore the challenging highlands of Atacama, the Earth’s driest and oldest desert, in one of the world's most exciting, off-the-beaten-track trekking adventures.

Explore the World’s Oldest Desert
Puritama Hot Springs
Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons
Visit Local Indigenous Villages
Enjoy Starry Skies
Pre-Columbian Ruins and Geoglyphs
Atacama Salt Flat
Superb Off the Beaten Path Trekking

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Calama, Valle de la Luna, San Pedro
Day 2: Visit Quitor, trek to San Bartolo, camp
Day 3: Full day desert trek Rio Grande, camp
Day 4: Full day desert trek to Machuca, camp
Day 5: Full day trek to Tatio Geysers & Copa Coya, San Pedro
Day 6: Drive to Salt Flat, lagoons, San Pedro
Day 7: Transfer to Calama Airport.

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Atacama Desert 7 Day Trek Infographic

  1. 1. Machuca Copa CoyaCopa Coya Machuca San Bartolo Tatio Geyser San Pedro de Atacama Moon Valley Calama Airport Atacama Salt Flat Miscanti Lagoon Miscanti Lagoon Day 7 Adios Atacama Legend Day 1 Arrival Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Departure Did you know? Atacama Desert is the most arid place in the World, there have been periods of over 400 years recorded without rain. Arrival - Day 1 Travel from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama Trek Elevation Elevation(m) Distance in kmkm Distance in milesmi San Bartolo Río Grande Town Machuca Tatio Geysers San Pedro Min altitude in the whole Atacama Desert 7 Day is 2300 m.a.s.l (8,858 ft)! Did you know? The name "Cordillera de la Sal" derives from the fact that its rocks possess a great quantity of calcium sulphate, what gives them the aspect of being splashed with salt. 56 33 68 40 70 43 200 124 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 For booking information visit and Cascada Expediciones - EcoCamp Patagonia Tel: +56 (2) 2923-5963 | Email Atacama Desert 7 Day Trek Explore the challenging highlands of Atacama, the Earth’s driest and oldest desert, in one of the world's most exciting, off-the-beaten-track trekking adventures. 19 11 39 23 0 0 Río Grande Machuca Río Grande San Pedro de Atacama Atacama Salt Flat Río Grande San Pedro de Atacama Day 3 San Bartolo to Rio Grande Day 2 San Pedro to San Bartolo Day 4 Rio Grande to Machuca Day 5 Machuca to Tatio Geysers & Copa Coya Day 6 Atacama Salt Flat & Lagoons San Pedro de Atacama Calama Airport Santiago (SCL) CHILE Calama (CJC) Moon Valley Cordillera de la sal (Salt Mountains) Poblado Kimal Hotel Fortress of Quitor Small canyons Small canyons river Río Grande village Atacameña community MachucaLlamas herds Tatio Geysers Copa Coya Miscanti lagoon Atacama salt flat San Pedro river Flora & fauna Distance walked: 19km / 11mi (6 - 7 hrs) Distance walked: 20km / 12mi (6 - 8 hrs) Distance walked: 12km / 7mi (5 - 6 hrs) Distance walked: 17km / 10mi (6 - 7 hrs) Did you know? Entering Quitor, a fort built in the XII century lies on the summit of a hill over the river San Pedro. Pukará de Quitor is an ancient indian fortress, which dates from more than 700 years. Did you know? Atacama people speak a language known as Kunza. The most ancient people of the Atacama desert were nomadic hunters that followed herds of wild camelids. Did you know? Llamas migrated to South America about three million years ago. Camelids were extinct in North America. As of 2007, there were over seven million llamas and alpacas in South America alone Did you know? The Geysers’s geothermic field is truly incredible, from almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 meters over the surface of the earth. Did you know? Salar de Atacama is the world's largest and purest active source of lithium, containing 27% of the world's lithium reserve base, and as of 2008 provided almost 30% of the world's lithium carbonate supply. Overnight in San Bartolo Overnight in Río Grande Overnight in Machuca Overnight in Poblado Kimal Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama Tatio Geyser 1300km/807mi, 2 hours From Santiago to Calama San Pedro Altiplanic Lagoons 100km/62mi, 1 hours (Inc. Lunch in San Pedro de Ataca- ma & visit to Moon Valley) From Calama to San Pedro de Atacama