Rock Climbing Tour in the Atacama Desert
Flexible 16-Day Itinerary
Amazing Climbing Locations
Includes Transport & Accommodation
Climb Your Way North & Take On the Desert
San Pedro de Atacama, located in northern Chile, is an other-worldly desert filled with volcanoes, geysers, and endless red rock and canyons. This alien-like landscape makes for a perfect climbing adventure! We’ll get started in the capital, Santiago, and then head north to the famed Atacama Desert.
Level of climbing ability: Intermediate (more advanced options available)
Level of fitness: Average
Maximum elevation: 3800m
Why Take This Tour?
Chalk up for the best climbs close to Santiago as well as unique locations in the north
Explore countless new lines across dry desert rock in lesser explored places
Challenge your climbing skills in a desert environment
Enjoy a thrilling rafting experience and other fun activities on non-climbing days
Visit small towns and villages to experience true Chilean culture
Check out the amazing steam geysers and other geological phenomena that surround San Pedro
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All prices are per person and in USD
Groups of 1-3: from $4199
Groups of 4-8: from $3899
All itineraries are flexible and customizable meaning prices may change depending on your trip preferences.
October – June
Meeting & endpoint
Meet: Santiago Airport
Depart: Calama Airport
What to Bring
Your personal climbing equipment:
• Climbing shoes (2 pairs)
• Belay device
Bring equipment that is in top condition as replacement gear can be expensive/hard to find.
16-Day Sample Itinerary
We’ve put together an awesome 16-day sample itinerary for our Atacama tour. On this incredible tour, we’ll start with some of the best climbing spots near Chile’s capital, Santiago, and then travel north into San Pedro de Atacama for a desert adventure. The itinerary is flexible and customizable to suit your climbing needs. Click ‘expand’ to read more about each day.
Days 1-4: Tour kick-off in Santiago
Day 1: We’ll pick you up at Santiago Airport and then enjoy a welcome dinner with Chilean wine tasting. Tonight you’ll sleep in a 4-star hotel in downtown Santiago.
Day 2: Breakfast and equipment check. Then, we’ll head out to La Vega market to buy lunch supplies and spend the afternoon climbing at Santiago’s main crag, El Arrayan.
Day 3: Travel to Cajón del Maipo and enjoy a half day of climbing at Las Torrecillas or Alfalfal. We’ll eat dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Maipo river and sleep at Cascada de Las Animas.
Day 4: Today, we’ll drive out to La Mina and take a hike to check out the steep and technical walls located at 3000 meters. Get a feel for the rock and get warmed up with your first of many climbs! We’ll have dinner and sleep in Baños Morales, a quaint and tranquil refugio where you can warm your tired muscles in the natural hot springs with a majestic mountain backdrop.
Days 5-8: Rafting, camping, and climbing
Day 5: Prep yourself for an epic day of climbing! You’ll climb several long, technical routes at La Mina with your arms begging for mercy by the end of it! To rest and recuperate your soon-to-be-sore muscles, we’ll go for a soak in the hot springs of Baños Colina, then enjoy a hearty dinner and sleep camped under the stars.
Day 6: Today, we’ll return to Cascada de Las Animas for a thrilling rafting trip down the class III-IV Río Maipo! Get ready to paddle hard and enjoy the ride. After, it’s gourmet pizza and beer at Jauria restaurant. Then, we’ll drive to Pichilemu for sunset over the ocean and a seafood dinner.
Day 7: Today, we’ll travel to Talca and Valle de Los Condores, and once we get there, we’ll set up camp and get climbing! Get acquainted with the rock here, it’s a hard type of basalt with sharp chips and edges. A warm dinner will be waiting for you when we return to camp.
Day 8: Enjoy a full day of adventure cragging in Valle de Los Condores. We’ll keep you fueled with hearty camp meals throughout the day.
Days 9-12: Canyon climbing
Day 9: Wake up early and enjoy a hearty camp breakfast before setting out for a big day of adventure cragging.
Day 10: Today, we’ll travel to Calama and then on to San Pedro de Atacama, where we’ll stay in a hotel to refresh and get comfortable in the otherworldly Atacama.
Day 11: After breakfast, we’ll load up the van and head south towards Socaire. We’ll camp down in the canyon, surrounded by orange walls of cracked desert stone. Here, you’ll find all types of climbing from technical face climbing and weaving sport lines across contoured stone, to straight up jam cracks — let’s dive in headfirst and explore! We’ll eat dinner together and camp under the stars.
Day 12: Rise early to beat the heat and enjoy a full day of climbing. Feel free to explore the canyon and let loose on the rocks. We’ll have dinner in the tiny pueblo of Socaire, and afterwards, you’ll have the option to sleep in the village or head back down to stay close to the rocks. Tonight, you’ll be camping under the incredible starry sky that Atacama displays so proudly.
Days 13-16: Geysers and desert climbing
Day 13: Gear up and enjoy your last full day of climbing in Canyon Socaire. Then, we’ll pack up and make our way back to San Pedro de Atacama. Rinse off the desert dust and head out for dinner in town.
Day 14: Today, we’ll drive to Caspana for more spectacular desert rock climbing. Check out the big clean walls and splitter cracks as you get acquainted with this rock and start to build a tick list of climbs.
Day 15: Rest and recover day. We’ll be checking out El Tatio Geysers, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Stroll through bubbling pits and steaming vents and then slip into a hot spring pool to soak your tired muscles. We’ll have dinner and a good sleep back in Caspana, ready for final climbs tomorrow.
Day 16: Up and at ‘em! Take a packed lunch (provided by us!) and get busy on your last full day climbing on the amazing Caspana cracks. Afterward, we’ll drive back to Calama for a final meal together and a goodbye party. Sleep in a comfortable hotel in Calama.
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* Excluding personal climbing gear: shoes, helmet, harness, and belay device.
Participation Requirements for this Tour
- Personal travel insurance is mandatory.
- Climbers must be over the age of 18.
- If you are planning a climbing trip with your family which includes children/teenagers under the age of 18, get in touch with us.
- Participants should have a solid level of health, fitness, and climbing experience. These are active tours that include challenging climbing and trekking, some at high altitudes.
The Locations You'll Visit
This tour explores lesser known places in Chile with spectacular rock climbing sites. Starting off in Santiago, you’ll travel east to Cajón del Maipo, then north to Calama where we can access San Pedro de Atacama. From this point, we’ll travel to a small town called Socaire to visit Canyon Socaire, which is full of amazing rocks and truly off the beaten trail.