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

Altiplano Lakes and Salt Flat Day Trip

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Spectacular! Unique and magnificent landscape.
10 Gino Corcione
US$ 86.10
US$ 80.50
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts
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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 in Chile
Flamingos feeding in the Atacama salt flat
Visiting the village of Toconao
Miscanti lagoon with Miñiques volcano in the background

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 CL$ 8 (US$ 0).

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.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Adults Children from 6 to 12 years old. Children under 6
US$ 86.10 US$ 80.50
US$ 56 US$ 52.30
not permitted
  • Adults

    US$ 86.10 US$ 80.50
  • Children from 6 to 12 years old.

    US$ 56 US$ 52.30
  • Children under 6

    not permitted

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Duration

10 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.

Included

English speaking guide.

Bus transport.

Insurance.

Lunch.

7% discount on the official ticket price.

Not included

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

When to book?

You can book up until 30 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Digital voucher

Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.

Accessibility

No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Pet-friendly?

No.

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 have any other questions please contact us.

US$ 86.10
US$ 80.50
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

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.

Meeting point

451, Calle Ignacio Carrera Pinto.