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Atacama Salt Flat Day Trip from San Pedro de Atacama including Los Flamencos National Reserve and Socaire Village

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Overview
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.
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You'll start at
Ignacio Carrera Pinto 451
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  • 1
    San Pedro de Atacama
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 2
    Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    Piedras Rojas
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Iglesia de Socaire
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 5
    Laguna Chaxa
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 6
    Valle de Jere
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 7
    San Pedro de Atacama
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Atacama Salt Flats day trip from San Pedro de Atacama
  • Also stop at two volcanic lagoons and local villages
  • Guide provides insight you might miss if you visit on your own
  • Atacama-style lunch at a restaurant in Socaire
  • Plenty of photo opportunities from high elevation and in a wildlife reserve
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included for seamless private transport
What to Expect
Begin your Atacama Salt Flats tour with pickup from your San Pedro de Atacama hotel. With your guide, head to the Chaxa Lagoon, a section of the Atacama Salt Flats inside Flamingos National Reserve. Spend an hour snapping photos and looking out for the reserve’s namesake animal, and ask your guide plenty of questions, too. Then, continue to the volcanic Miscanti and Miniques Lagoons and walk around to find the best views from nearly 14,000 feet (4,200 meters) in elevation. Next, travel to a local village and eat a 3-course lunch inspired by seasonal produce. Wash it down with an included drink. End your tour with a quick visit to the village of Toconao to check out a historical church and browse an artisan market before returning to where your tour began.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Ignacio Carrera Pinto 451, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile

Traveler pickup is offered
Remember that the Hotel pick up and drop off is included only on the following Hotels: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor). If your Hotel is not included on the list, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Duration
10h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from hotel pick up list)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
  • Live tour commentary provided in English & Spanish
  • Lunch
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees to Altiplanic Lagoons (5,500 Chilean pesos, approx. US$9, per person)
  • Entry/Admission - Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
  • Entry/Admission - Piedras Rojas
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia de Socaire
  • Entry/Admission - Laguna Chaxa
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Additional Info
  • 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. Infants are allowed to visit the lagoons but be aware of the altitude before going, the responsability is under the parents in case of any inconvenient.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Remember that the Hotel pick up and drop off is included only on the following Hotels: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor). If your Hotel is not included on the list, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Service was as promised. Pick up prompt and comfortable coach. Shared trip with 18 plus guide and driver. Informative english speaking guide and great driver ; Sebastian, who didn’t prolong the trip by driving slowly. There are some longish legs on the trip and without
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This was a great tour for seeing really unique landscapes. We loved seeing the flamingos at Laguna Chaxa! Miniques and Miscante were beautiful, but unfortunately, it was very cloudy when we went. Bring warm clothes for the high altitude stops. The view of piedras Rojas was also
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I really enjoyed the tour. The bus was comfortable enough and our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and had loads of patience with people's questions. Only thing I didnt like that much was the lunch. Overall, Ibwould recommend it.
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I would not recommend booking through Gray line. The actual tour was with Turis tour bus and when you look at prices direct through them you pay half the price of what Grayline charge you for the tour, for 3 tours we are out of pocket by around £65. However tour was amazing,
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It was a long trip, it started on time. Our guide was cheerful and eager to tell us as much possible about what we saw on the road. We visited all the places mentioned in the description, we had enough time to take pictures and enjoy the views. The salt lake is an amazing and we
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By: Gray Line Chile
371 reviews
TFredWells
London, United Kingdom
13497
Masses of Magallenas
A half-day trip starting at 6:30am and ending at 11:30am to Magdalena Island, home to hundreds of Magallena
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JPatti1
7722
Penguins and more!
Such a fun trip to see penguins in their natural habitat, with currently 10,000 breeding couples here with one or
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Worldtraveller5862
Calgary, Canada
187
Penguins Plus
Fantastic trip. Lots of penguins (babies and adult) up close. Also seals and dolphins. Fun facts with guide and
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witheredt
Richmond, California
40
Crowded boat
Nowhere does it say the boat is a converted ferry with hundreds of people. There is little space outside the
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IanGordon1959
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
644257
Long Day. 400km (240 miles)
Service was as promised. Pick up prompt and comfortable coach. Shared trip with 18 plus guide and driver.
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coriek2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
60
Amazing sights
This was a great tour for seeing really unique landscapes. We loved seeing the flamingos at Laguna Chaxa! Miniques
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coriek2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
60
Great afternoon!
We really enjoyed this tour!! Our guide, Juvenal, was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the Atacama
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Ingelisse2020
Golden, Colorado
421
Book directly with Turismo 21 de Mayo
There are hundreds of tour operators, but you can book directly with the navigation operator, Turismo21deMayo.com
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trishlaj2016
292
Beautiful Penguins!
Highly recommend, great ride, very well informed and caring crew, beautifully preserved island and amazing up
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canadave2013
Lambton Shores, Canada
2715
Patagonian Chile - the world's best scenery
It was heavenly cruising across a beautiful blue lake and seeing many snow capped volcanic peaks and bridal veil
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canadave2013
Lambton Shores, Canada
2715
Spectacular Patagonian glaciated landscape
It is so beautiful. Compared to the alpine glaciated landscapes of British Columbia ,Noeway & New Zealand it is
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ashleytate13
10
Simply Breathtaking
Our guide, Daniel was incredible. Extremely knowledgeable about Chilean wine and where to go and what to do while
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Matthew B
Providence, Rhode Island
165
Great views...ok tour
Out of all the Atacama desert tours, this one seemed a little rushed and lacking in any narration. The sights
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Matthew B
Providence, Rhode Island
165
Nice landscapes
This was a tour where I think the drive was more interesting than the actual destination. Our tour guide was
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Evgeny1790
127
Highly recommend
It was a pleasure to have Daniela as our guide, as she was not only knowledgeable about the Rapa Nui culture, but
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