If you are thinking about experiencing the Altiplanic regions of the Andes, full of culture and nature, this is your excursion. The Tarapaca region, in the very north of Chile, mixes history, archaeological sites amidst amazing volcanoes, lagoons and the silent, wise company of the Aymara people.
Location: Departure from Iquique towards Colchane and Isluga National Park. The road will take us down to Mamiña and back to Iquique in the last days.
Activities: Trekking, hot springs, fauna and flora watching, visit to archaeological sites, community activities.
Group size: 4 – 5
Price: USD 670
Departure Dates: No specific date. Book in advance.
Day 1: We start in Iquique with a trip back in history, to the beginning of the XXth century, visiting the nitrate mines and cities of Humberstone and Santa Laura. Then, our journey up to the mountains will be guarded by the Giant of Atamaca, the biggest anthropomorphic geoglyph in the World. After lunch in Huara, we will go towards Colchane, deep in the colorful Altiplano.
Day 2: This day starts with a trekking through the marsh that is formed by the river Aravilla. There we will watch lots of fauna (birds and mammals) and shepherds with their herds of lamas. Lunch will take place in Enquelga and will be followed by a visit to Isluga, to see its impressive and beautiful church. Just before sunset, we will arrive at our final destination, Cariquima, where we will enjoy some recreational activities, along with a splendid dinner.
Day 3: We will go to Villablanca taking a scenic road and once there, trek to an ancient cemetery and caves. After lunch in Lirima, we will head back down towards the town and oasis of Mamiña.
Day 4: Mamiña is a town full of beautiful surprises, and one of the best is its thermal baths and muds, that we have the possibility of enjoying during the morning (not included in the price). But as every good thing has an end, after lunch, we will have to head back to Iquique.
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