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Travesias across Chile
The travesías are a unique kind of journey which, since 2005, we have offered especially for people who are well-travelled and enjoy new experiences.
Each of these nomadic journeys takes several days, as we travel through little-known, remote areas of remarkable beauty. Throughout the journey, we will cross country borders, explore diverse areas and stay in many different places all adapted by us to be simple yet comfortable. We will enjoy high quality meals, perfect for the energy we will need for the physical exertion of the journey, always together with good company and conversation.
We will travel in special well-equipped vehicles with satellite communication capabilities. Each group will have up to six people, accompanied by an expert guide, a chef and support personnel. All of these journeys leave from (or end at) one of our lodges in Atacama or Patagonia.
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From San Pedro de Atacama in Chile or from Salta in Argentina, we will cross the imposing Andes mountains, spending two days (three nights) in the Calchaquí valleys in Argentina, the birthplace of an ancient pre- Columbian culture. We will then stay for three days (two nights) in the high mountains and end the journey with three days (3 nights) in San Pedro de Atacama and the surrounding area. Cachi and the Calchaquí valleys, surrounded by mountains, are home to many natural and cultural treasures. It was here that an important agricultural culture developed. Later, during colonial times, it was a busy hub where many roads crossed, linking the vice royalties of Peru and Río de la Plata. For this reason, remnants of the Calchaquí indigenous culture coexist with traces of the Spanish colonial period, which can mainly be seen through the architecture. On the Chilean side, we will travel into the distinctive landscapes of Atacama. Its lakes, wetlands, volcanos, salt flats and oases make it an astonishing place to visit. Whether they are the starting or ending point of your journey, our Hotel de Larache in the San Pedro oasis and our Rancagua estancia in Argentina serve as bases for exploring the diverse ecosystems of these regions and centuries-old cultures, with some of their ancient traditions still in evidence today.
On this travesía, we will explore the landscapes of Patagonia at length, delving into its varied ecosystems and rich biodiversity. Whether leaving from Chile or from Argentina, on this travesía we will explore the untouched geography and nature of Patagonia. Traveling across its plains, forests, rivers, glaciers and mountainous formations, we will experience the diversity and uniqueness of the flora and fauna, which includes close to 500 animal species and thousands of plant species. On the Argentine side, the travesía will be based at El Chaltén, in Los Glaciares National Park. This area, surrounded by huge mountain massifs and dotted with glaciers, is home to more than 100 different bird species and many different mammals, some of which are native to the region; this is a place where the nature is exuberant and untouched. On the Chilean side, the travesía is based in Torres del Paine National Park. Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978, the park is characterized by its distinctive geological formations and by the diversity of the landscape, which is home to over 100 species of birds, 25 species of mammals and 2,500 plant species. Whether it is the start or end point of the journey, we will use Hotel Salto Chico, the only lodge located in the heart of the Torres del Paine Park, as a base for our explorations.
Our journey across the Altiplano begins in the mythical Bolivian city of Potosí, whose vast silver deposits sustained the Spanish Empire for centuries. Amid the vastness of this rough, deserted territory, is the Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest altitude salt flat in the world. Here we will make our home for several days and go on different treks around the area. The journey will take us through valleys in between mountains, passing by volcanos, geothermal plains, lakes and wetlands, where we will find a surprising range of wildlife, with many species endemic to the area. We will go deep into the Altiplano, following roads which pass through deserted towns, where it is possible to observe ancient ways of life. From the Chilean Altiplano, we will descend to the San Pedro oasis, where we will use our Hotel de Larache as a base to explore deep into Atacama’s natural and cultural wealth.
During this travesía, we will explore one of the most inhospitable and fascinating places on earth: the Bolivian Altiplano, home of the Salar de Uyuni. The three-day (four night) stay at Hotel de Larache will not only allow you to get to know the area of San Pedro, with its oases and trails, but also to prepare for the altitude of the Bolivian Altiplano. While in San Pedro, you can carefully and gradually acclimatize to heights of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) or 4,000 meters (13,123 feet). You will need to be able to deal with these altitudes on the travesía. We will follow routes rarely traveled as we go deep into the Bolivian Altiplano and explore its distinctive natural scenery. As we travel the valleys in between the mountains, we will journey to lakes, wetlands, geothermal plains and important historical and cultural sites. A diverse range of wildlife species inhabit this area, one of the most inhospitable on earth. On the seventh day of the journey, we will reach the Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest-altitude salt flat in the world. We will spend two nights there in order to explore the area. From the heights of the Altiplano, our travesía will end at sea level at the port of Iquique in Chile, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.