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Altiplano Lakes and Salt Flat Day Trip
Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

Altiplano Lakes and Salt Flat Day Trip

  • English English
  • 10 hours

Discover the majestic volcanic landscapes of Piedras Rojas (Red Stones), situated in the heart of the Chilean altiplano. On this tour, you will also visit the Atacama salt flat and mountain lagoons located at more than 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level.

Piedras Rojas, Salar de Atacama, and the Altiplano Lakes Trip

After meeting up in the center of San Pedro de Atacama, we will head deep into the Atacama desert to the Chaxa Lagoon. This spectacular area, home to a series of shallow reflective pools, is a favorite feeding ground for Flamingos. You will see these magnificent birds up close in their natural habitat.

Then we will take you to the Piedras Rojas (Red Stones) viewpoint, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Chile. Here, the oxidation of iron in the altiplano rocks has created a surreal, scarlet toned landscape which seems to belong to a different planet.

We then travel to our next destination, the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, located at more than 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level among huge Andean volcanoes. We will take a stroll along the shores of these twin lakes which were separated by the lava and ash from a volcanic eruption.

The last stage of the tour will take us to Toconao, an indigenous village characterized by traditional adobe buildings. During our visit, you will hear all about the history and traditions of this remote community. You will also see the church of San Lucas and its pretty bell tower which dates back to the 1700s.

Our trip finishes back at San Pedro de Atacama at around 6.30 pm

Entry costs

Please bear in mind that the trip does not include the admission fee for the Los Flamencos National Reserve, which costs 8,000 Chilean pesos per person (11 USD, €10 approx.).

Important information

It is currently prohibited to visit the Piedras Rojas area for reasons of conservation. Until the ban is lifted, our tour will instead visit a lookout of the area from which you will have fantastic panoramic views.

Pregnant women and people with problems of hypertension cannot participate in this activity.

Minimum age requirements

The minimum age required to take part in this activity is 6 years old.

Price

Adults Children from 6 to 12 years old.
US$ 64.70
US$ 42
  • Adults

    US$ 64.70
  • Children from 6 to 12 years old.

    US$ 42

More Information

Duration

10 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.

Included

English speaking guide.

Bus transport.

Insurance.

Lunch.

Not included

Entry to Los Flamencos National Reserve (8,000 Chilean pesos, 11 USD, €10 approx.).

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (San Pedro de Atacama local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 64.70
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

451, Calle Ignacio Carrera Pinto.

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.