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San Pedro de Atacama: 3-Day Activity Combo with 4 Tours

1. San Pedro de Atacama: 3-Day Activity Combo with 4 Tours

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the must-sees in the Atacama Desert, from San Pedro de Atacama. The natural attractions of Atacama, the driest and highest desert in the world, are scattered around San Pedro. Get ready to find conical volcanoes, blueish lagoons, steaming geysers, and rock formations that appear to be from another planet. Llamas, vicuñas, guanacos, foxes, and graceful flamingos can also be experienced in this unique wildlife environment. The 3-day pack will be a combination of the 4 tours below. The local partner will contact you before to coordinate the days on which you will attend each one. El Tatio Geysers Tour: Visit El Tatio Geysers to be mesmerized by the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere and the third-largest in the world. Ride through the Putana Valley, observe flora and fauna, and stop at a lagoon to see flamingos. Red Rocks & Altiplano Lagoons Day Trip: Discover the gems of the Atacama Desert on a guided day trip from San Pedro de Atacama with a hotel pickup. See the Tropic of Capricorn, Red Rocks or Piedras Rojas, and the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons. Valle de la Luna Sunset Tour: See sights such as the Three Sisters and the Grand Dunes before ending the day with an amazing sunset. Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache Tour: Visit the hidden lagoons of Baltinache or Seven Lagoons, one of the secret places of the Atacama Desert. This is a wonderful landscape, of which only the first and the last one can be used for bathing. Due to the high salt concentration they contain, you will experience the flotation effect like the Dead Sea.

Caracoles: Red Stones of Atacama and Chaxa Guided Day Trip

2. Caracoles: Red Stones of Atacama and Chaxa Guided Day Trip

Experience a full-day immersion in the stunning Chilean altiplano, where every moment promises breathtaking vistas and unforgettable encounters with nature. Begin your journey by visiting the awe-inspiring Atacama Saltflat, followed by a serene exploration of the Chaxa Lagoon, where you'll marvel at the graceful presence of flamingos. Next, embark on a delightful trekking adventure through the Red Stones, a captivating landscape of volcanic material. Over the course of 1 hour and 30 minutes, traverse this unique terrain until you reach the Aguas Calientes saltflat, where tranquility reigns supreme. Your adventure continues with visits to the altiplanic lagoons of Meñiques and Miscanti, set against the backdrop of majestic volcanoes. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to explore the charming villages of Toconao and Socaire, and cross the Tropic of Capricorn, adding a touch of geographical intrigue to your journey. Throughout the day, you'll be surrounded by towering mountains and ancient volcanoes, with chances to observe wild animals such as vicuñas, suris, and foxes up close. And amidst this natural splendor, savor breakfast and lunch in idyllic settings, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty and serenity of the altiplano.

San Pedro de Atacama: Red Rocks & Altiplano Lagoons Day Trip

3. San Pedro de Atacama: Red Rocks & Altiplano Lagoons Day Trip

Tour starts by picking everybody up in hotel to head to visit the famous Tropic of Capricorn and its amazing surrounding view. The next stop is Red Rocks, iconic and typical landscape of the desert, with a singular red color on the stones, shaped by curious geological phenomenons. Perfect chance to take great pictures. To reach them, also known as Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, we will have to go up in our vehicle to 3800 meters of altitude and walk for 1 hour and 15 minutes, to see the red-colored rocks, besides some lagoons and salt flats around. The same way, we will make a stop in the Chaxa Lagoon, place where you will be able to see flamingos. Then, we will go to the area of Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques, where our guide will give us some information about the flora and fauna of the place. Continuing, we will pass by the town of Socaire, where we will make a stop to take pictures. After that, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama to end our tour. Important: The order of the visiting places is subject to changes the same day of the tour.

Piedras Rojas + Altiplanic Lagoons in safari bus

4. Piedras Rojas + Altiplanic Lagoons in safari bus

We pick you up at your hotel between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. in the morning. At our first stop we visit the hot water salt flat known as Piedras Rojas, a unique point in the middle of the desert where we can see a turquoise lagoon of rocky volcanic formation, which is why it has its unique color. Then, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, with coffee, pancakes with delicacy, scrambled eggs, and everything delicious you can imagine prepared at the moment thanks to the kitchen of our Safari Bus, observing the unmatched beauty of the Tuyacto lagoon. We continue our trip towards the Altiplanic lagoons, a natural corner without human intervention. Also known as Miscanti and Miniques belonging to the National Flamingo Reserve. Of the two lagoons, Miscanti stands out for being of great length and width, and interesting perspectives of the relief can be observed from the place. They are located 117 km southeast of San Pedro de Atacama and about 4,300 meters high. The last stop takes us to the Tropic of Capricorn, a place in the middle of the desert where we can pass this imaginary line that divides planet Earth.

Piedras Rojas, Salar de Atacama and lakes of the high platea

5. Piedras Rojas, Salar de Atacama and lakes of the high platea

After picking you up at the agreed meeting point between 6:00 and 6:40 a.m., we will head towards the Atacama Desert, stopping to have a complete breakfast. Our first stop will be Toconao, an indigenous town with characteristic white buildings. During our visit we will learn about the history and traditions of the Toconars, and we will discover the church of San Lucas and its bell tower, which date back to the 18th century and have been declared national monuments. Later, if time allows, we will travel to the Chaxa lagoon, a setting of spectacular beauty that is divided into several water bodies and where we can see flamingos. For approximately one hour, we will hike along the Piedras Rojas trail. There we will see a beautiful salt flat. In addition, we will have the opportunity to see the famous highland lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques, and their respective volcanoes of the same name. If we are lucky we will be able to meet endemic fauna of the place such as vicuñas, foxes and flamingos. At noon we will stop to regain strength with lunch. This meal will take place en route or at a restaurant on the way back to San Pedro. The route lunch includes a main dish and a drink, while the restaurant menu consists of 2 dishes (you can choose one of them) and a drink. After regaining our strength, we will travel to Piedras Rojas, one of the most amazing places in Chile. The oxidation of the rocks of the plateau has created a reddish environment that seems to have emerged from the imagination. A unique landscape in the world! Here we can also appreciate the emerald waters of the Salar de Aguas Calientes lagoon, a corner that will conquer you from the first moment. Finally, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama and we will leave you in the small square in the center of the town or in a central point in the surrounding area. Arrival is scheduled for approximately 6:00 p.m.

Route of the salt flats: Crossing the white desert

6. Route of the salt flats: Crossing the white desert

We will begin our exciting adventure heading towards the Licancabur viewpoint, located east of San Pedro de Atacama, in the direction of the majestic Andes Mountains. Here, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast, subject to weather conditions; if necessary, we will stop at the next stop, the Quepiaco River wetland. At this point, marveling at the contrast between the lush vegetation and the imposing mountain range, we will have the opportunity to enjoy our breakfast. Following our route, we will head towards the Pacana viewpoint, where we will contemplate impressive views, and then visit the Pacana monks, gigantic stone pillars that emerge solitary in the middle of the desert. Next, we will enter the Quisquiro salt flat, located at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters above sea level. Here, we will have time to rest and enjoy the surroundings. As a final touch, we will explore the fascinating Salar de Aguas Calientes, known for its waters of varied tones, as we return to San Pedro de Atacama. This journey promises an unforgettable experience, full of breathtaking scenery and memorable moments. * The included pick-up service does not operate to or from accommodations located outside the urban radius of San Pedro de Atacama, accommodations located in ayllus near San Pedro de Atacama (Quitor, Yaye, Checar, Sequitor, Solor and Coyo) or accommodations in the town of Toconao.

Piedras Rojas, Salar de Atacama and lakes of the high platea

7. Piedras Rojas, Salar de Atacama and lakes of the high platea

After picking you up at your hotel in the center of San Pedro de Atacama between 6:00 and 6:40 a.m., we will head towards the Atacama Desert, stopping to have a complete breakfast. Our first stop will be Toconao, an indigenous town with characteristic white buildings. During our visit we will learn about the history and traditions of the Toconars, and we will discover the church of San Lucas and its bell tower, which date back to the 18th century and have been declared national monuments. Later, if time allows, we will travel to the Chaxa lagoon, a setting of spectacular beauty that is divided into several water bodies and where we can see flamingos. For approximately one hour, we will hike along the Piedras Rojas trail. There we will see a beautiful salt flat. In addition, we will have the opportunity to see the famous highland lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques, and their respective volcanoes of the same name. If we are lucky we will be able to meet endemic fauna of the place such as vicuñas, foxes and flamingos. At noon we will stop to regain strength with lunch. This meal will take place en route or at a restaurant on the way back to San Pedro. The route lunch includes a main dish and a drink, while the restaurant menu consists of 2 dishes (you can choose one of them) and a drink. After regaining our strength, we will travel to Piedras Rojas, one of the most amazing places in Chile. The oxidation of the rocks of the plateau has created a reddish environment that seems to have emerged from the imagination. A unique landscape in the world! Here we can also appreciate the emerald waters of the Salar de Aguas Calientes lagoon, a corner that will conquer you from the first moment. Finally, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama and we will leave you in the small square in the center of the town or in a central point in the surrounding area. Arrival is scheduled for approximately 6:00 p.m. Pickup The tour includes pickup from hotels located within a 10-kilometer radius of the center of San Pedro de Atacama. If your hotel is outside this area, we will pick you up at Ignacio Carrera Pinto Street, 451.

San Pedro de Atacama: Red Stones

8. San Pedro de Atacama: Red Stones

Our excursion will begin with pick-up from your hotel, located near the center of the city. We will head out of the city to explore Piedras Rojas and the Altiplanic Lagoons, two outstanding destinations within the Atacama Desert. Our first stop will be at the Piedras Rojas Lagoon, also known as the Salar de Aguas Calientes. To get there, we will board our vehicle and then walk for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once there, we will witness the striking copper-colored rock formations, as well as the surrounding lagoons and salt flats. Afterwards, we will move to the area of the Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques, where our guide will give us information about the flora and fauna of the place. Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at the Chaxa Lagoon to observe the flamingos. We will also pass by Socaire and the Tropic of Capricorn, where we will have the opportunity to stop briefly to take pictures. Finally, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama, concluding our tour.

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4.4
(41 reviews)

Excellent! I recommend it! We can see the sign of Tropico de Capricornio, views of the road and the mountains on the back, Piedras Rojas and the lagoons! Oscar, our guide, and Julio our driver, prepared us a fantastic breakfast, with scrambled eggs and avocado. It was fantastic! Oscar was always willing to answer our questions, super friendly and easygoing! We had to move a bit faster in the locations due to timing but we were able to enjoy it!

Wow - great tour with a varied landscape and lots of animals. The guide explained everything very well. The start time is a bit misleading. We were picked up between 6 and 6:30. You shouldn't start from 7 o'clock.

The pick up time was given 6:40 till 6:50 am by the agency. 6:15 was the transport bus to early and we not ready. At 06:45 the bus was overloaded and no place for a 2 meter person. The guide was very good👍

Small group and the guide Lorena attended to each nationality very well. Very good information, the times in each place without rushing us.

The excursion took you to many highlights of the region. I can fully recommend the trip.