Huasco Valley - from the Pacific to the Andes
4 days/3 nights (2 - 8 participants) Season: possible during the whole year (Mo – Sa)
A program full of surprises that takes you to know a corner of the Atacama Region whose diversity and contrasts astonish: The Huasco Valley
Desert flora and fauna including many endemic species inhabit the Llanos de Challe National Park in the coastal area, where you can further enjoy a great scenic beauty.
Walk around below the most ancient olive trees of the valley that reach an age of almost 500 years in the “Olivos Centenarios” where you also can taste olives and the already famous olive oil of Huasco Valley which received the recognition of designation of origin.
In the sunny Andean foothills – a place marked by agriculture and the elaboration of typical products such as “pisco” and “pajarete” (also with designation of origin), goat cheese, syrups, marmalades among many others; you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of rural life.
We visit El Rosario vineyard where the recognized artisanal pisco Bou Barroeta is produced, “Raíces” – Agrotourism where we also have a delicious country lunch, and the “Pinte” ravine – a remote and magic place full of history and colours and with a great paleontological richness of which you can contemplate samples in the small museum of the tiny little village with the same name.
On a hill close to the town of Vallenar we get to know the artisanal workshop “Mehuén” where precious candles were elaborated with coloured earth of Atacama. In the same place a buffet prepared with homemade local products awaits us.
To finish our tour we focus on this special sky of Atacama Region while some enthusiastic amateur astronomers through their knowledge and their telescopes bring us closer to the stars as well as to the indigenous worldview which is strongly linked to the celestial bodies.
1st day: Trf. in apt. or hotel Copiapó – hotel Vallenar on Ruta 5 (200 km approx.)
2nd day: Vallenar start 09.00 am – Freirina, town square – Huasco Bajo, Olivos Centenarios – Huasco port - Llanos de Challe National Park - Vallenar arrival 07.00 pm approx. (164 km approx.)
3rd day: Vallenar start 09.30 am – Santa Juana Reservoir – El Rosario vineyard, pisquera Bou Barroeta (Carmen Valley) – La Vega, Agroturismo Raíces (Carmen Valley) – Alto del Carmen, town square – Pinte, ravine and village (Tránsito Valley) – El Tránsito, town square – Las Porotas, workshop Mehuén – Vallenar arrival 09.30 pm approx. (206 km approx.)
4th day: Trf. out hotel Vallenar – apt. or hotel Copiapó on coastal route (246 km approx.)
Private transport during the whole program, driver during trf. in/out (day 1 and 4), Spanish speaking driverguide (day 2 and 3), 3 nights of accommodation Hotel Orígenes or Hotel Puerto de Vega, Vallenar with breakfast (based on dbl. std. room), 2 lunches (starter, main course, dessert + juice or soft drink or a glass of wine), 1 buffet with homemade and local products, 1 snack and mineral water per person each day, entrance fee Llanos de Challe National Park,toast with pajarete and dried fruits (Llanos de Challe NP), tour Olivos Centenarios with tasting guided by a member of the owner's family, tour artisanal pisquera Bou Barroeta with tasting guided by a member of the owner's family, tour grange “Raíces” guided by a member of the owner's family, visit paleontological museum Pinte, visit and introduction workshop “Velas Mehuén”, introduction speech and astronomic observation with specialists using different telescopes
Optional (additional cost): English or German speaking guide
Doesn’t include: insurance, other food than mentioned, sun protection
You should bring:
- sun protection (sunhat, sunglasses, sunblocker)
- comfortable and suitable walking shoes and clothes
Value per person including tax:
2 participants: 806000 CLP
3 participants: 635000 CLP
4 or 5 participants: 549000 CLP
6 to 8 participants: 464000 CLP
Services are subject to availability in the moment of booking !!!