- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
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.
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- Lunch included
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
- Live tour commentary provided in English & Spanish
- Entrance fees to Altiplanic Lagoons (5,500 Chilean pesos, approx. US$9, per person)
The pick up is included from your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, remember that it haves to be nearby the town. If your Hotel is located outside the pick up location, we will be letting you know by email how we can arrange it.
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Returns to the same location where you were picked up
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).
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
The scenery was amazing! Every place we visited was breathtaking. Max was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable. Max was also a great photographer and took lots of photos for us as well as others on the tour. I want to echo the advice from a previous reviewer, bring snacks because lunch is not served until around 2:00 pm. Also, there is a large chunk of time when there are no bathrooms. This would hold true regardless of which tour company you used. I would highly recommend this trip.
Amazing day trip! Our guide Gustavo was really kind, professional and nice. Highly recommended.
Great tour! Knowledgeable guide, well organized--my only negative comment is that we needed more time at the last stop--the flamingos! I could have done with less lagoon in order to make that happen-but overall, this is a wonderful tour where you will see beautiful, humbling sites. The bus was comfortable, the tour guide's English was exceptional, and lunch was very good.
The day is long on the bus, but the sights were amazing! Every time we thought we had seen the best thing, there was another destination that was even better. There is a long time between rest room stops and lunch was pretty late in the day....so bring snacks. There is also a big temperature range so bring warm and cool clothing....they allow you to keep backpacks, etc. on the bus. The price was a real bargain and the time was well worth it, even with our limited amount of time in the Atacama desert.
The landscape was breathtaking and almost Martian. The lagoon pristine; the emerald water unforgettable. The flamenco reserve was very good, but it'd be good to have more time there. Ended at Tocanao which was a bit boring as the guide did not explain much but we tried ice cream with local flavours!
The guide was excellent. The places visited were fantastic. Bird watching was good.
Only downsides were size of group was a bit large and pick up was not punctual. We were given two times, namely 08:00 and 08:30 but were not picked up until 08:45.
Tour operator poorly organized: we did not have a good experience with Turistour and we would not recommend them for a trip. Also we could not see everything we were supposed to due to adverse weather (it was very windy that day).
We enjoyed the day. Not many flamingoes but we knew before we went that this may be the case.
Was an nice day! Long day wich ended with thunder and rain. But for this time we have had visited all places and were safely in bus on the way back to San Pedro de Atacama. The most impression were Flamencos National Reserve, Aqua Calientes volcano and Salt lake beside this, Socaire village - very tasty late lunch!!!
By the way I really enjoied the scenery on the way back. Mostly there was Atacama itself on leftside and Andes under heavy thunder on the right side!
Great day out with a super guide who spoke really good English.
Didn't see that many flamingos but country was wonderful.
Our guide, Christian was very knowledgeable and patient. The tour itself was fantastic. We saw breath taking landscapes and loads of wild-life, including the famous famous flamingos and a heard of wild Vicuna!
very interesting trip through the amazingly dry atacama desert, its salt marshes, then up to
the higher altiplano lakes, also stopped in two small oasis settlements, excellent guide, he spoke very good english.
Really great day out, they picked me up promptly from my hostel and enjoyed the stunning sight of Chaxa and the Salt Flats. Their guide was super helpful, patient, and also fluent in English as well as Spanish, which was useful for the non-spanish speaking guests. They also provided a three course lunch which was a nice way to finish the tour off. A tour not to miss!
Fantastic day! Great guide. Great sites. The pictures don't do it justice.
The highlight of the trip, which is to visit Lagunas Miscanti and Miñiques was initially cancelled because of "bad weather" per the tour guide. Because myself and other tourists expressed disappointment it went ahead and go to these places, where other tour buses were also. The views are breathtaking!
Excellent tour. Well worth the time and cost. Very helpful, fluent guide who shared unique insights. Good lunch and lots of photo ops
Excellent. Great tour operator. Nice lunch. Superb views of the altiplano, lagoons, flamingos. Good guide, explaining everything.
If in San Pedro, there are many other less cost operators.
Tortes is an amazing tour guide. Please see if you can actually ask for this guide as he is extremely knowledgeable and will make sure the tour is not cookie cutter and is more unique. The food on the way back from this day trip was AMAZING even for us vegetarians. I learnt a lot about the culture of the people, the history of the regions, took great pictures at very scenic locations, and made friends with the fellow tourists in the shuttle. Please note this tour does not involve taking a dip in any of the lagoons. That is a different tour. This was is mostly very relaxed walking type of tour without any major hikes. Very family friendly too.