WHY THIS TRIP
The Atacama Desert Trek is one of the most exciting programs for trekkers around the world; explore the challenging highlands of Atacama, the Earth’s driest and oldest desert. Trekking in the stunning Atacama Desert region will take you off the beaten path, into areas not accessible by vehicle and trodden only by locals and their llama or goat herds.
You will encounter small villages, archaeological remains, Andean wildlife along with the most spectacular desert and mountain landscapes crowned by high dormant volcanoes. This program is also an excellent complement to any of the Patagonia treks in order to witness Chile’s dramatic contrasts.
- 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
LOCAL OPERATOR: CASCADA EXPEDICIONES
Since 1991 Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences — trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip — Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. Headquartered in Santiago, a trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.
More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy. Moreover, the money stays with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to help by standing by its philosophy.