POST CONGRESS TOUR

CORLAS 2022

The Post Congress tour will be a unique experience. The group will fly to Calama-San Pedro de Atacama which is a Chilean area in the Antofagasta region in northern Chile. San Pedro de Atacama is located 1700 km north of Santiago and the flight is of 2 hours. The town is located in a high plateau in an oasis of the Atacama desert and is different from anything you have ever seen before. The area is surrounded by three “mountain chains;” the Andes, Domeyko and the so called Salt mountains, with volcanos, desert, salares (large salt areas) and lakes (with flamingos) of amazing natural beauty.

The original inhabitants were the atacameños (which were there long before the Incas) and there is a rich archeological history and many sites to visit. The town is at 2400 meters above sea level and in late November the temperatures during the day fluctuate from 7 to 28 degrees Celsius and between 2 and 3 degrees at night. In addition, there is no rain and the sky are so clear that they are ideal for astronomy and the presence of observatories. Hotel Cumbres is a 5 stars Hotel with complete facilities and is very much in the Chilean style, no pomposity but high efficiency, top quality and simplicity. All these factors will contribute to a great post Congress tour that will bring us together as a group in the amicitiae sacra spirit of the Collegium. The cost of the tour is slightly higher than previous post congress tours, however, our efforts in obtaining a very reduced rate in our Hotel in Santiago will end up as less costly in the overall expenses than previous meetings.

For many of you the distance from Santiago and the two hours flight might seem enormous but in Chile this is the usual. Continental Chile (without considering our Antartic region) is 4270 km and we are the longest country in the world (our average width is 177 km). Flight displacements are part of our system. You will be surprised by our airports. There are at least 4 flights a day to Calama by two different Airlines. Our aim is to have everybody in the same flights, and for that we /you need to book far in advance. Therefore, we need to have registrations as early as possible.

We are planning our activities so that we have the chance to go to all the tours that are described. In addition, there will be time to visit the town of San Pedro de Atacama which is in itself a unique town.

All tours plus breakfast, lunch, dinners at the Hotel as well as snacks and bottled water during the tours are included.

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The following information is preliminary and is subject to change

POST CONGRESS TOUR – SCHEDULE

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
HOTEL CUMBRES  
  • THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17TH, 2022

    DAY 1

    07:30 Departure from Hotel Plaza el Bosque to Santiago Airport
    10:10 Fly to Calama from Santiago (*)
    12:16 Arrival to Calama Airport and transfer to San Pedro
    14:00 Lunch at Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama
    Tour to the Archaeological Tour
    Stargazing tour at Hotel Cumbres
    Dinner
    Overnight at Hotel Cumbres


    (*) If you have another flight to Calama please inform in order to coordinate your transfer out in Santiago and arrival at Calama 

  • FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18TH, 2022

    DAY 2

    09:00 Departure to Cejar Lagoons
    Lunch at Hotel Cumbres.


    15:30 Departure to the “Moon Valley” until sun set

    Dinner at Hotel Cumbres

    Overnight at Hotel Cumbres 

  • SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19TH, 2022

    DAY 3

    09:00 Departure to “Chaxa Lagoon” and Toconao (salt lake)
    Lunch at Hotel Cumbres.


    15:30 Visit “Rainbow Valley” and petroglyphs
    Optional: high resistance trekking (please contact the organization).


    BBQ buffet under the stars at Hotel Cumbres.


    Overnight at Hotel Cumbres.

  • SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH, 2022

    DAY 4

    AM free to visit San Pedro town and the church (Transfer free available at the hotel).

    12:00 p.m. Lunch at Hotel Cumbres.


    Transfer back to Calama Airport accordingly to your air ticket,
    Important: Please take the transfer at least 3 hours prior to your flight to Santiag
    o. 

Notice: the order of the tours may vary depending on the restrictions that may exist for that Date. This refers to an unlikely possibility of restricted number of people per tour, in which case we would have to divide in groups. As mentioned, the restrictions (if any) refer to number of people, however, the tours will be held anyway. The Hotel has transportation Vans for everybody.

1. ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR

It does not require prior acclimatization, wear Trekking shoes and sun protection. Level of requirement low.

You will visit the ruins of Tulor and Pucará de Quitor, learning about the history and evolution of the Atacameño people, visit to the museum and local craft store. 

2. ASTRONOMICAL TOUR

It does not require prior acclimatization, wear warm clothes and closed footwear.
The tour is carried out by amateur guides of the hotel, and consists of an explanatory talk, observation at a glance with a telescope, learning to recognize the main constellations and orienting oneself with the stars, in the salt plaza of our cozy hotel. 

3. CEJAR LAGOON

Given the characteristics of the tour, we recommend wearing long trousers and windproof jacket.

Swimming clothes in case you would like to go in.

Lagoon that is located in the Salar de Atacama, is a beautiful natural mirror that is reflected in it the Andes mountain range, the water with 40% of salt, allows you to take an unforgettable bath where you can float without the slightest effort. It is similar to the Dead Sea but without mud. The water is clean but very salty. 

4. MOON VALLEY

Doesn´t require previous acclimatization. Trekking clothing and shoes, lots of sunscreen, and a wind- breaker jacket is required.

This valley is one of the most distinctive attractions of San Pedro de Atacama. Visit different places and finish the tour sharing a snack in a beautiful lookout point where we watch the sunset. 

5. CHAXA LAGOON / TOCONAO

Trekking clothing, shoes/ comfortable clothing, lots of sunscreen and a windbreaker jacket is required.

In this excursion we visit the Toconao town, its church, markets and local handicraft shops. Then we go into the core of the Atacama Salt flat to visiting the beauti- ful lagoon inhabited by flamingos. 

6. RAINBOW VALLEY & Petroglyphs

Acclimatization is not required, trekking clothing and lots of sunscreen are required.

We will visit Yerbas Buenas; a rock island with rock art narrating the ancient history of the Lican-Antay people. Then we will share a picnic in the Rainbow Valley with impressive mountains of colors and we will observe the composition of the soil on the skirt of Domeyko's mountain range. Where you will also visit Rio Grande the picturesque town and its beauti- ful landscapes. 

Optional tour (instead of Rainbow Valley and Petrogliphs):

HIKING GUATÍN

Physical requirements: must be able to walk/climb down mountain areas.
During two hours we’re going to walk down through the valley of Guatin, 3 kilometers, beside Vilama River. The environment, specifically plants are mainly composed for fox tails and giant cardon cactus, which are huge and can grow to nearly 10 meters height.  

Post Congress Tour Recommendations

- WEAR YOUR HAT, DRINK WATER, AND WALK SLOWLY.

- ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR: It does not require prior acclimatization or wearing trekking shoes and sun protection. The level of demand is low.

- TOUR OF ASTRONOMY/STARGAZING: It does not require prior acclimatization or wearing warm clothes and closed footwear.

- LAGUNA CEJAR: Given the characteristics of the tour, we recommend wearing long trousers and a windproof jacket. If you want to try a bath similar to that at the Dead Sea, please bring your swimsuit. Medium difficulty.

- MOON VALLEY: It doesn't require previous acclimatization. Trekking clothing and shoes, lots of sunscreen, and a windbreaker jacket are required.

- CHAXA LAGOON (TOCONAO): Acclimatization is not required. Trekking clothing, shoes, comfortable clothing, lots of sunscreen and a windbreaker jacket are required.

- RAINBOW VALLEY: Acclimatization is not required; trekking clothing and lots of sunscreen are required.