Santa Laura is a ‘ghost town’ in the Atacama desert some 50 kilometres from Iquique, Chile. Abandoned in 1960, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lagunas Altiplanicas (Chaxa, Miscanti, Miñiques) are three spectacular high altitude lakes in the Atacama desert with the opportunity to view flamingos.
Chuquicamata offers a unique insight into Chile’s largest copper mine and the chance to visit the abandoned ghost town where mine workers used to live.
The ALMA observatory (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) lies high in the Atacama desert, close to San Pedro, and can be visited on a free tour.
Laguna Cejar is a popular tour offered in San Pedro de Atacama, sometimes with an extension to Ojos de Salar and Laguna Tebinquinche.
High in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, this hike in the quiet Rajururi gorge goes within touching – and striking – distance of Huandoy’s massive ice falls.
Tajumulco, at 13,845 ft (4220 m) is the highest mountain in Guatemala and Central America. The high altitude hike offers fantastic views across the surrounding landscape, the chance to witness a spectacular sunrise, and a deep, dramatic volcanic crater.
Acatenango volcano (13045 ft / 3976m) is the third highest peak in Guatemala. It is one of three volcanoes overlooking Antigua, Guatemala, and is joined to its nearest neighbour – Volcan Fuego (Fire Volcano) by a short saddle.
The Santa Cruz trek is a high altitude trek, one of the most popular hikes in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. it is renowned as a way to see beautiful mountain scenery…
After hiking Laguna 69 and camping by the lake side, you have two options for the second day: descend the same trail as the previous day to Cebollapampa, or climb an extra 400 metres / 1300 feet up the “high route”…