Piedras Rojas, Altiplanics Lagoons & Salar Full-Day Tour

4.6 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Ruta Chile

Piedras Rojas, Altiplanics Lagoons & Salar Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Ruta Chile

From US$ 85 per person

Take a full-day excursion to visit the Miscanti and Miñique lagoons, Salar de Talar, and the Atacameño village of Socaire. Observe the famous Salar de Atacama from above, and enjoy included meals.

About this activity

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup from centrally-located hotels in San Pedro de Atacama town only. If your hotel is out of the pickup zone, you will be sent a meeting point.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Visit the famous Miñique and Miscanti Lagoons
  • See the remarkable purple stones at Salar de Talar
  • Enjoy breakfast while admiring the unique landscape
  • Have lunch by the flamingo reserve and Chaxa Lagoon
  • Visit the highland town of Socaire to learn about its culture
Full description

Be collected from your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama around 6:30 AM. Your first stop, after an hour, will be at the Miscanti and Miñiques highland lagoons, located at 4,200 meters above sea level. In these lagoons, enjoy breakfast and admire the fauna and flora here. 

The next visit is to the Salar de Talar, known as Piedras Rojas or purple stones. The beauty of this place will leave you speechless. Continue to your next stop at the Atacameño village of Socaire, where you can observe the terraces of cultivation and the village church. Then visit the Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt lake. Here are the national flamingo reserve and the Chaxa lagoon, which is home to three types of flamingos as well as other species. Return to San Pedro de Atacama around 5:00 PM. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Pedro de Atacama
  • Local expert guide
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • People with high blood pressure

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, those with back problems, those with hypertension, those with serious health conditions, and children under 7 years old or adults over 70 years old due to the altitude of 4,100 meters
  • We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket or sweater
  • We recommend that you bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and your camera
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 25 reviews

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We had our eyes full. We didn't know where to turn our heads. It was breathtaking. The nice group. The guide made us discover the flora and fauna. We stopped several times to observe rabbit, fox, vicuñas (wild alpaca) and a rare apartment bird that looks like an emu. The guide lent us his binoculars to make the observations. Only b-mol: we were not dropped off at our hotel on the way back. After 10 hours of excursions it would have been perfect but that does not detract from the rest.

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November 30, 2022

Very good tour of the places and the guide. The driver also with the best attitude ... The fault is in the agency. They never confirmed if they went through me or I was going to some point of contact, I had to talk to them and they also told me that they went through me between 6 and 6:30 am and they passed at 7-10 ... 40 more minutes to sleep.

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February 2, 2020

The tour covered so many beautiful sites that were breathtaking. Daniel our guide was the best guide I have ever encountered. He combined acting with knowledge. What a joy! The various altitude lagoons and flamingos at the salt flats were the highlights. Was happy for a tour instead of driving myself since they covered many miles and some were at 14,000 feet.

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January 13, 2020

Product ID: 190853