From Valley to Valley
4 days/3 nights (2 - 6 participants) Season: October - April
An active and challenging experience !!!
During this program you get to know and sense the sunny Andean foothills of Huasco Province – a completely rural area that keeps a lot of secrets.
We start in the city of Vallenar and travel first through the Tránsito Valley which is also known as “Indian Valley“ as it has been a place of refuge for the indigenous inhabitants since the Spanish coloization of the zone.
In the village of El Tránsito we share a delicious barbecue in the pleasant familiar atmosphere of a rural hostel where we also stay overnight.
The following day at dawn we drive to Pinte – the starting point of our demanding trekking of two complete days of duration.
We cross by foot the Tatul mountain range that divides the “Indian Valley” from the “Spaniards Valley” (Carmen Valley) which owes its nickname to the settlement of Spanish colonizers in the 17th century.
The route takes us along the footpath of the ancient indigenous inhabitants of the place such as the “Molle”, the “Animas”, the “Diaguitas” and also the Incas who arrived in this area in the 15th century.
Until today, the trail is used by transhumant goat herders - the only human beings that inhabit these solitary mountainous landscapes.
During our crossing, we reach a máximum height of 3000 masl and we spend the night in a field camp.
In the evening of our 2nd day of walk we arrive –tired and satisfied- to the main village of the Carmen Valley: San Félix
We enjoy the well-deserved rest in a rural hostel in the middle of vines and fruit trees.
The next day after breakfast we head back to Vallenar travelling through the Carmen Valley and visiting the small town of Alto del Carmen.
On our way there’s the option to visit an artisanal pisquera (Horcón Quemado or Bou Barroeta).