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The Atacama Desert awaits you! Spend 7 days trekking in the one of the driest places on earth. The Atacama Desert is now notorious as the site of the copper mine collapse in 2010, when 33 trapped miners were eventually freed after two months underground. This is a vast and unforgiving landscape, but, with the help of a guide and all meals and accommodation sorted for you, all you have to do is concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other...
Why is the Sahara the only desert ever talked about? Cross the Atlantic and find yourself in the Atacama: the driest and oldest desert in the world. It covers an area of over 40,000 square miles. It's 50 times drier than California’s Death Valley. Some areas are thought to have received no rainfall for hundreds of years. In this 600-mile sliver of land only the spiny giant cacti flourish. Few other living beings can tolerate the incessant drought-like climate. However, those who can are rewarded with a landscape like no other. Salt dunes, silent river beds, jagged rocks and rusty coloured skies all conspire to give an impression of an alien land.
Aside from the wonderful views you’ll be granted while you're on this Atacama trekking expedition, the highlight of this walk may just lie in the sense of achievement you will feel when you finally reach day seven. The real gem is to be found on the fifth day: The Puritama Hot Springs. Plunge into waters of 30°C temperatures and relax your muscles while gazing out across desert mountains. You might just never want to leave.
Trekking in the Atacama Desert requires more physical preparation than for most other vacations. On this trip you will be trekking between five to seven hours a day for 4 continuous days in high altitudes, mostly on dry sandy terrain. On the fourth day the trail will run into the high lands (average 4,100mt / 10,500ft). Guides will always have oxygen tanks on hand if someone feels sick.
Bear in mind is that the temperatures in Atacama change dramatically from day to night following a typical desert pattern of hot day/cool night (check When Is Best). Altogether these conditions might affect both the body and the morale so it is important to come in good physical condition in order to get the most out of this stunning trek through the Atacama Desert.
There is one guide to every four trekkers. Maximum group size is ten people.
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