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South American Explorers

South American Explorers

South American Explorer Magazine selects Antofaya’s packrafting Expedition Explorers as the feature trip for their edition #93.

“There is a valley in Southern Chile called Valle Exploradores – Valley of the Explorers in English. It is an enticing valley with an inviting name – a fantasyland of dramatic granite peaks, thick green Patagonian rainforest, glacial blue lakes and a milky gray river that joins a wide channel called the Elephant Fjord.” …. read more

Text by Rianna Riegelman “Chile: Packrafting in Patagonia”
Photo: Pakrafting in temperate Patagonian rainforest on Upper Rio Sur, Aisen, Patagonia, Chile

Colorada

True off-road flying at one of the most remote Iquique paragliding sites. Past weekend conditions at Caleta Colorada were nothing short of great. We flew almost to Iquique and back. And the views over the Atacama plateau are to die for.

Movie: Off-road paragliding, Caleta Colorada, The Atacama Desert, Iquique, Chile. (http://www.vimeo.com/13710141)

Tandem racing

Tandem paraglider piloted by Philip Maltry with his daughter over Patillos take-off, Iquique, The Atacama Desert, ChileThere are very few tandem paragliding competitions in the world. One of them takes place every winter in Iquique. Not only is it a sport event but a social one, too and tandem pilots from various paragliding school compete in any possible way for publicity for their commercial operations. Solo pilots are allowed to compete as well. And plenty of them show up to flex their sleepy winter wings.

Photo: A tandem paraglider piloted by Philip Maltry with his daughter over Patillos take-off, Iquique, The Atacama Desert, Chile.

Power of faith

Dancers during religious feast of Fiesta de La Tirana, La Tirana, ChileEvey year a small oasis of 500 inhabitants in the heart of The Atacama Desert gets besieged by pilgrims and religious dancers. Two hundred thousands of them! It is a spectacle in its own rights with dancers coming from all over Chile and neighboring countries. They dance continuously for a week twenty four hours a day as a tribute to their holy virgin. During the day they dance in scorching desert sun and in the night they dance in temperatures well below freezing. Christian religion mixed with Aymaran beliefs. It is all there.

Photo: Dancers during religious feast of Fiesta de La Tirana, La Tirana, Chile