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).
1st day: Vallenar (start: 03.00 pm) – Santa Juana reservoir – El Tránsito, Tránsito Valley (73 km approx.)
2nd day: El Tránsito (start: 06.00 am) – Pinte – Sendero de Chile
3rd day: Sendero de Chile – San Félix, Carmen Valley (arrival 06.00 pm approx.)
4th day: San Félix – Alto del Carmen - Vallenar (arrival: 01.00 pm at the latest) (70 km approx.)
Private transport Vallenar – Pinte (1st day) and San Félix – Vallenar (4th day), Spanish speaking driverguide, 1 mineral water per person (1st + 4th day), shared barbecue (vegetarian option) (1st day), 2 nights of accommodation incl. breakfast with private bathroom in a rural hostel, during the trekking (2nd and 3rd day): inrtoduction speech, Spanish speaking guide, complete outdoor alimentation, trekking sticks, first aid kit, wireless set, GPS, tent for those who require
Optional (additional cost): English or German speaking guide,pack animal for the trekking,visit to an artisanal pisquera (4th day)
Doesn’t include: insurance, other food than mentioned, sleeping bag, sun protection, rescue costs
You should bring:
-comfortable and adequate clothes and shoes for trekking
-light tent and sleeping bag suitable for middle high mountains (it’s possible to borrow a tent)
-warm clothes for the night
-comfortable backpack adequate for trekking
-sun protection as sunhat, sunglasses and sunblocker
-Permited age range: 12 – 60 years
-Activity is not suitable for pregnant women, persons with limitations in their mobility, persons with fear of height, persons with cardiac and respiratory problems, persons who don’t tolerate the height of 3000 m.a.s.l.
-Any restriction in health of a participant has to be informed with anticipation
-Participants should have some experience in long lasting walks and be able to follow the instructions of the guide
-Every participant should fill out an inscription and acceptance of risk – form before initiating the activity
Value per person including tax:
2 participants: 258000 CLP
3 or 4 participants: 196000 CLP
5 or 6 participants: 150000 CLP
Services are subject to availability in the moment of booking !!!