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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Led by a local guide
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.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
Entrance fees to Chaxa Lagoon and Miscanti/Miñiques Lagoons (4,000 Chilean pesos, approx. US$7, each)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes including trekking pants and shoes, and a windbreaker or warm jacket
It is recommended that you bring water, sunblock and sunglasses
Note: Please bring cash to pay for the entrance fees and any additional expenses
Note: The altiplano lagoons lie at more than 13,500 feet in elevation, which may cause mild altitude sickness for some; it is recommended that you drink hot tea or water prior to the tour and carry any necessary medication
Departs from select San Pedro de Atacama hotels (Nearby San Pedro de Atacama Town), if you're Hotel is not on the pick up zone, we will let you know which is your meeting point.
The tour departs from 8:30AM, the pick up commences 30 minutes earlier
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time