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Salar de Atacama and Toconao Trip
  • English English
  • 5 hours

Take our tour to the Salar de Atacama salt flat and discover some of Chile's most stunning landscapes. You will also visit the remote village of Toconao and see its wonderful white adobe church.

Salar de Atacama and Toconao Tour

After collecting you from the center of San Pedro de Atacama, we will head south until we reach the small village of Toconao.

The white stone buildings make this village stand out in the middle of the red dunes of the Atacama desert. We will stroll through the tranquil streets and discover the traditional artisan products, handcrafted by the indigenous population whose living mainly depends on raising animals such as Llamas.

After visiting the church of San Lucas and its beautiful adobe bell tower and cactus wood, we will leave the village behind and head to the Jere Valley. Here, you will encounter the spectacular canyon of Toconares.

Thanks to the canyon's special microclimate, and the mountain streams which flow into it, this area is an oasis of fertile, green vegetation in the heart of the arid Atacama desert. From the top of the canyon, you will have a fabulous view of the sharp contrast between the colorful fruit trees and the surrounding red rock landscapes.

The last stage of our tour takes us to the Soncor section of the Salar de Atacama. Forming part of this huge salt flat is the Chaxa lagoon, home to a wide variety of wonderful bird species including flamingos. As you stroll along the water's edge, you will see these magnificent creatures feeding in their natural habitat.

The trip ends back at the same point from where we departed in San Pedro de Atacama, at around 7:30 pm.

Entry costs

Please bear in mind that this tour does not include the compulsory entry fee for the Chaxa lagoon which costs 7,000 Chilean pesos per person (11 USD, €10 approx.).

Price

Adults Children from 2 to 12 years old Children under 2 years old
US$ 36.50
US$ 23.70
Free
  • Adults

    US$ 36.5
  • Children from 2 to 12 years old

    US$ 23.7
  • Children under 2 years old

    Free

More Information

Duration

5 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.

Not included

Entry to Chaxa lagoon (7,000 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$ 36.50
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.

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