Three days immersion in the Andean culture; an according-to-season selection of daily light works of the Andean people. From branding, weaving, playing Andean instruments, cooking, fixing the grass-made roof, making adobe bricks, sheer the alpacas… to learn some cool words od the Aymara language!
You’ll be picked from your lodging in the coastal city of Iquique and get transported through the desert to the creek of Aroma, where hundreds of petroglyphs were carved in the rock as evidence of the Andean people and llamas trading convoys from Andes to the Ocean. From here, we start to gain altitude towards the little town of Chusmiza were we’ll spend the night. Rustic hot springs available in town (not included).
Food: Lunch, Dinner.
Lodging: Double room at cabin, shared only among travelers of this tour.
Breakfast and off we go! Up to the altiplano; a change of landscape, flora and fauna, are waiting for us there, we’ll drive across watching llamas and alpacas grazing freely on a beautiful landscape. The Challapa family of llama and alpaca shepherds are going to be our hosts and they would like to show us their culture, the Aymara culture, by inviting us to participate in the daily tasks they do depending on the season; so we could start the day by feeding baby alpacas, taking the herd to graze or maybe harvesting some quinoa.. it’s up to them. After the busy morning, we’ll have a traditional quinoa-based Andean lunch and some time to rest, later we’ll work on another small task. Everything accompanied and friendly taught by them with no other focus than learn something new about the Andean culture.
By night, music and tales are part of the dinner menu; mountains that fight each other for the love of another, doomed people that walk at night and turn into donkeys on sight and other stories to share…
Food: Breakfast, Aymara lunch, Dinner.
Lodging: Shared room among travelers of this tour in traditional adobe cabin.
We might have to feed the llamas and alpacas or maybe just release them so they can go grazing by themselves this morning, or, we might prepare wool earrings and necklaces for the unbranded ones. Later on, we’ll share lunch with our hosts and prepare our things to leave this beautiful and peaceful place.
Food: Breakfast, lunch.
Lodging: Not included.
There are two people minimum of passengers for this excursion. There is a maximum of 6 passengers.
If you are traveling alone or more passengers are required, please contact us to design a non-binding custom proposal for you.
The Prices per person are:
- 4 to 6 people USD 248 p/p CLP$170.000 IVA incl.
- 3 people USD 305 p/p CLP$209.000 IVA incl.
- 2 people USD380 p/p CLP$260.000 IVA incl.
- We use Paypal, which allows you to use your local credit or debit cards from home. We accept bank deposits as well.
- Reservations for this expedition must be made with at least 5 weekdays prior departure.
- For Chilean citizens, we receive payments via online transfers or bank deposits too.
- We don’t receive checks and pays with credit cards can only be done online (PayPal) in advance.
If you decide to cancel your tour reservation, for any reason, the following are our terms:
Time frame: / You receive:
- 7 days before trip departure / Refund of what you have paid minus a US$20 fee for operational expenses.
- 6 to 2 days before trip departure / 50% of your payments.
- 1 day before trip departure / 15% of your payments.
If you would like to change to a different tour or departure date after signing up, we will be happy to transfer you on a space available basis up until 7 days prior to your tour. Please provide your transfer request in writing – email is sufficient. Please note, a US$20 transfer fee will be deducted from your previous payments for each transfer, and if you later choose to cancel your tour, the cancellation deadlines will apply to the date of the originally scheduled tour.
Místico Outdoors will confirm your trip 7 days in advance and will be done via e mail.
The reasons to cancel a booked tour will be due to bad weather conditions, government prohibitions or security reasons of any kind. If this is the case you will get 100% of your deposit refunded and will be happy to offer you another options.