Visit the Atacama Salt Flat and its neighboring villages and attractions on this day trip from San Pedro de Atacama with a local guide. Start at Chaxa Lagoon in the Soncor section of the 1,200-square-mile (3,000-sq-km) salt flat; part of Los Flamencos National Reserve, Soncor is famous for its Andean flamingos and other native birds. Then explore the beautiful lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques; have an Atacama lunch in the village of Socaire; and visit the handicraft market in the village of Toconao.
Your day trip from San Pedro de Atacama begins with hotel pickup by minivan starting at 06:30 a.m. from their respective hotels (approximate travel time between hotels 30min). Our first stop will be after approximately 1 hour of trip in the high plateau Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons located at 4200 a.s.l. In these lagoons breakfast is taken and you can appreciate the fauna of the place.
Then we go to Piedras Rojas where we visit Salar de Aguas Calientes and Salar de Talar, where you can see the rock formations reddish colors. The next stop is in the Atacameño village of Socaire, where you have lunch in a typical restaurant. You can also see the cultivation terraces and the village church. Then we visit the Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile, where the flamingos national reserve is located and we will visit the Chaxa lagoon to observe 3 types of flamingos, as well as other species that inhabit the lagoons of the to Salt.
As the last stop, we will visit the village of Toconao where we will appreciate the fantastic architecture of the bell tower and the town church, to return to San Pedro de Atacama around 4:30 p.m, driving you directly to your Hotel contact (same as the pick up).