Atacama desert dating


14-Jul-2017 09:41

Just enough time to rest and clean up before we head back out in a different direction towards Beter and Cejar befor we reach the Valley del Tiempo.

Along the way we We ride through the big valley of Quebrada de Kari and arrive by surprise to the well known Moon Valley, with its original geological forms.

The landscape is so desolate it is sometimes described as "moon like".

In the heart of this desert is the village of San Pedro, at an altitude of 7,000 feet and surrounded by a green oasis.

Possible bathroom DAY 3: GUATÍN - VALLE ARENOSO ( /- 22 KM) We go back down towards the hills of Gatchi to reach the small "estancia" (shepherd's house) of Calar, hidden in a canyon on the edge of the Vilama river. Then we will cross the river Vilama to reach the corral of Petroglyphs, resting place of the prehistoric shepherds and where they recorded camelids as well as characters and frets.

DAY 5: RIO SALADO- SAN PEDRO ( /- 20 KM) After a large esplanade from which the view over the Andes is great, we take a canyon that takes us to Piedra de la Coca, the ceremonial stone of the Atacameños Indians who traveled with their caravans of llamas between the mountains and the ocean.

Day 1: TRANSFER from Calama airport and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama via shuttle service.

Dinner in restaurant (if arrival in time) and overnight at local B&B.

We deviate from the valley to penetrate the Garganta del Diablo that meanders in the Cordillera de la Sal, going up a canyon and down another to reach the oasis of Catarpe, on the San Pedro River.

We continue towards the North, passing through the oasis of Cuchaorache.

It rises little by little through a valley full of bushes. Around, in the nearby hills, the giant cactus grows.



Acteristics, salt chemistry, and mass independent fractionation anomalies 17O values in dated paleosols to reconstruct a middle Miocene climatic transition from semiaridity to extreme hyperaridity in the Atacama Desert. Paleosols along the southeastern margin of the Calama Basin change from calcic Vertisols with root.… continue reading »


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