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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Led by a local guide
See native wildlife in their natural environment
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.
Hotel pickup and drop-off for the following Hotels list: Hostería San Pedro de Atacama - Casa de don Tomás - Altiplánico Hotel - KIMAL and Poblado Kimal Hotels - Cumbres - Iorana Tolache - Casa Atacama - Don Raúl - Tulor. If your Hotel is not on the list, please contact us for.
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Entrance fees to Quebrada de Jerez and Atacama Salt Flat - 7,000 Chilean pesos each (approx. USD 14 total)
Food and drinks
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
Departs from select San Pedro de Atacama hotels
3:00pm (August 14, 2017 to May 11, 2018)
2:00pm (May 12, 2018 to August 12, 2018)
3:00pm (August 13, 2018 to May 11, 2019)