Discover the majestic volcanic landscapes of Piedras Rojas (Red Stones), situated in the heart of the Chilean altiplano. On this tour, you'll also visit the Atacama salt flat and mountain lagoons located at more than 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level.
Piedras Rojas, Atacama Salt Flats & Altiplano Lakes Trip
After meeting up in the center of San Pedro de Atacama at 7:30 am, we'll head deep into the Atacama desert, stopping for breakfast along the way.
Our first stop will be Toconao, an indigenous village characterized by traditional white adobe buildings. During our visit, you'll hear all about the history and traditions of the Toconao people. We'll also check out the Church of San Lucas and its bell tower, which date back to the 18th century and have been declared national monuments.
Next, we'll head to the Chaxa Lagoon. This spectacular area, home to a series of shallow reflective pools, is a favorite feeding ground for flamingos. We then travel to our next destination, the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, a blue oasis in the middle of an extensive arid plain in the Chilean highlands. We'll take a stroll along the shores of these twin lakes and over the tongue of land that separates them, a vestige of an eruption of the Miñiques volcano that stands next to them.
At noon we'll stop to recharge our batteries with a two-course lunch and a drink. We'll then travel to the Piedras Rojas, 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 that seems to belong to a different planet.
Here we'll also be able to appreciate the emerald waters of the lagoon of the Salar de Aguas Calientes, a beautiful spot that will win you over from the moment you first lay eyes on it. Finally, we'll return to San Pedro de Atacama and drop you off at your hotel or initial pickup point. Arrival is scheduled for 4 pm.
Due to health restrictions, local authorities prohibit access to some of the attractions mentioned in the itinerary on certain days. If necessary, these places will be replaced by others that are closer and that the guide considers to be of interest.
The tour includes pickup from hotels located within a radius of 10 kilometers from the center of San Pedro de Atacama. If your hotel is located in other areas, we'll contact you to inform you of the pickup point.
|Per person||Children under 5|
Per personUS$ 59.60
Children under 5not permitted
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8 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Hotel pickup and return transfer
English speaking guide
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