San Pedro de Atacama- Valle de La Meurte

Today we set out for a 4 hour horseback ride towards Valle de la Muerte. The walk was incredibly majestic, we were the only people around for miles. I have to stress that we were here during the middle of winter so there weren't many tourists, this made sightseeing extremely easy and photographs near perfection because no people were in them. 

We set out from Awasi through the town of San Pedro towards Devil's Ravine where we had been mountain biking the day before. Once past the ravine we headed through a canyon, slowly ascending a trail that ran parallel to an intact Inca trail. Along the precariously narrow path that even the horses seemed hesitant to scale we could see miles out past the Rio Grande river towards the Andes. It was truly one of the most bizarre and special landscapes I have ever encountered. Once we reached the top we travelled an extensive plateau able to see for hundreds of miles in all directions. We came to the edge of the plateau where we could see VERY steep sand dunes all the way down to a valley. This was where we thought our guide was joking when he instructed us to step off the edge and run down the dunes on the horses. Apparently he was not joking... not even the GOPRO could capture how steep this descent was. We finished off our ride through Valle de la Muerte and then back through town. Of all my horseback riding in different countries, this was the most exhilarating and unique, it is not to be missed when visiting the Atacama.