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$660 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Atacama Desert 4-Day Tour: Moon Valley and Chilean Salt Flats

From Death Valley to Moon Valley and the salt flats, see the beautiful landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert on this four-day excursion. Airport transfers are provided, and you have a choice of a three-star or four-star hotel, with breakfast included.Itinerary:Day 1: Calama -- San Pedro de AtacamaAfter being met at Calama airport, you’ll be transferred to the village of San Pedro de Atacama. Spend the afternoon with your guide on a scenic drive to Salt Mountain and Valle de Marte (Chile’s Death Valley), and watch a spectacular sunset in the extraordinary landscape of Moon Valley. You’ll then be transferred to your selected hotel, where the rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore San Pedro on your own.Accommodation: Casa Don Tomas Hotel (three-star, choice of twin or triple room) or Hotel Kimal (four-star, choice of twin or triple room) in San Pedro de AtacamaDay 2: San Pedro de Atacama -- Atacama Salt Flat -- Toconao -- San Pedro de Atacama (B, L)Following breakfast, you'll be driven out to the Atacama Salt Flat to see three species of flamingos nesting on Lake Chaxa. After visiting the picturesque town of Toconao, renowned for its classic bell tower, continue on to the village of Socaire and the altiplanic lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti. Ringed by volcanoes of the Andes Mountains chain, the vivid blue lakes lie 14,850 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level and are protected by Flamingos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos). Returning to your selected hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day and evening to spend at your leisure.Accommodation: your same hotelDay 3: San Pedro de Atacama -- Geysers del Tatio -- San Pedro de Atacama (B)It’s a pre-dawn start today, departing your hotel at 4am to reach the Geysers del Tatio by sunrise. Once at the geysers, enjoy a breakfast box before taking a guided walk around the geothermal field, seeing the breathtaking sight of columns of steam rising from the ground as the sun rises over the Andes Mountains. The return drive to San Pedro de Atacama provides fabulous views of the Torcopuri and Sairecabur volcanoes. After being dropped off at your hotel in San Pedro, you’ll have the rest of the day and evening to visit the town’s lively market and spend your time as you please.Accommodation: your same hotelDay 4: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama (B)After breakfast, a transfer takes you to Calama airport to catch your onward flight.

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Atacama Salt Tour from San Pedro de Atacama with Los Flamencos

Your day trip from San Pedro de Atacama begins with hotel pickup by minivan for the drive south of town to the Atacama Salt Flat (Salar de Atacama), the largest salt flat in Chile and one of the largest in the world. Your first stop is Chaxa Lagoon in a part of the salt flat known as the Soncor section, which lies in the greater Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos). Known for its role as a breeding site for the rare Andean flamingo, Soncor is also home to an array of other birds like yellow-billed teals, sandpipers and crested ducks. Spend about 45 to 60 minutes here, exploring the area via a small path that provides great photo ops, and then hop back in the van and head to Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, also part of the national reserve. Located at an elevation of 13,780 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level, the altiplano (high plain) lagoons sit at the base of Miñiques Volcano and were separated from each other by a lava flow from an eruption. You have about one hour here to walk around, take pictures and admire the incredible views of the blue lagoons surrounded by the volcanic landscape. Back in the van, continue your day trip to the village of Socaire, about 15 miles (25 km) north of the lagoons. Socaire is known for its typical Atacama cuisine, which you’ll enjoy for lunch at a local restaurant; the menu varies daily but includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and soft drink. After lunch, head to the village of Toconao, about an hour north, back toward San Pedro de Atacama. Stop for a bit to browse the handicraft market and admire the church and bell tower, the village’s one well-known attraction, before returning to San Pedro de Atacama, where your day trip ends with hotel drop-off.

$22 Day Trips & Excursions

Moon Valley Sightseeing Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

Your tour starts with hotel pickup by van in San Pedro de Atacama for the 8-mile (13-km) drive west of town to Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), a protected nature sanctuary and part of Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos).Before you reach the official entrance to Moon Valley, make a stop to check out a canyon and the small dunes of the Cordillera de Sal (Salt Mountain Range). Get your first taste of the area’s otherworldly landscapes, and then continue to Moon Valley, where you’ll pay the entrance fee (not included in tour price). Browse the onsite exhibition to learn about Moon Valley's physical history and geological features, and then visit a small cave with your guide before climbing up a tall sand dune to watch the sunset (anyone of average physical fitness should have no problem climbing the dune). As you stand on the dune, you’ll have a vantage point that allows you to truly appreciate the incredible appearance of this strange piece of Earth. Watch the setting sun bathe the valley in shades of red, gold and purple, and then return to your van for the drive back to San Pedro de Atacama.

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Salt Flat and Toconao Guided Tour from San Pedro Atacama

After hotel pickup, head by van with your guide to the village of Toconao, about 24 miles (38 km) south of San Pedro de Atacama. Enjoy views of Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes during the drive.When you arrive in Toconao, you have about 30 to 40 minutes of free time. Browse the handicraft workshops to look for items like alpaca wool and cactus crafts, which make great souvenirs or gifts, and don’t miss the town’s one famous attraction, its church (Iglesia de San Lucas) and bell tower made out of adobe and straw. Next, depart the village for Quebrada de Jerez (sometimes known as the Valle de Jeré), a canyon formed by the Jeré River, which keeps the area greener than the rest of the arid landscape that surrounds San Pedro de Atacama. Walk around with your guide and enjoy a couple of photo ops, and then continue your tour into the Atacama Salt Flat (Salar de Atacama), specifically the area known as the Soncor ecosystem. Made up of a sequence of lagoons (including Chaxa Lagoon), the Soncor ecosystem is part of Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos) and is home to the Andean flamingo, one of the rarest flamingos in the world. Spend a bit of time here admiring the surreal environment and watching the flamingos and other native birds, and then return to San Pedro de Atacama for hotel drop-off.

$48 Day Trips & Excursions

Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Town Tour

Starting from your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, head to the Toconao village, towards the Jerez Canyon (Quebrada de Jerez) where you will be able to see the flora and fauna of this beautiful Valley, located at an altitude of 2.475 mts. Once in Toconao, stop at the San Lucas Church, made of mud and straw with its typical tower bell. Visit the local handicraft fair very popular for its Alpaca wool and creative crafts made of cactus or volcanic stone. Your journey will continue to the fabulous Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile and one of the 5 largest in the world. Continue along a small path to the Chaxa Lagoon. Be delighted by the different species of pink flamingos; this place is a protected flamingo breeding reservoir and declared Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (National Reserve). Finally, looking towards the Andes enjoy a colorful sunset bringing you to the end of your tour. Return to your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Your journey will continue to the fabulous Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile and one of the 5 largest in the world. Continue along a small path to the Chaxa Lagoon. Be delighted by the different species of pink flamingos; this place is a protected flamingo breeding reservoir and declared Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (National Reserve). Finally, looking towards the Andes enjoy a colorful sunset bringing you to the end of your tour. Return to your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

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