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San Pedro de Atacama Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended San Pedro de Atacama Safaris & wildlife activities

Piedras Rojas, Altiplanics Lagoons & Salar Full-Day Tour

1. Piedras Rojas, Altiplanics Lagoons & Salar Full-Day Tour

Be collected from your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama around 6:30 AM. Your first stop, after an hour, will be at the Miscanti and Miñiques highland lagoons, located at 4,200 meters above sea level. In these lagoons, enjoy breakfast and admire the fauna and flora here.  The next visit is to the Salar de Talar, known as Piedras Rojas or purple stones. The beauty of this place will leave you speechless. Continue to your next stop at the Atacameño village of Socaire, where you can observe the terraces of cultivation and the village church. Then visit the Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt lake. Here are the national flamingo reserve and the Chaxa lagoon, which is home to three types of flamingos as well as other species. Return to San Pedro de Atacama around 5:00 PM. 

San Pedro de Atacama: 3-Day Special Activity Combo

2. San Pedro de Atacama: 3-Day Special Activity Combo

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the must-sees in the Atacama Desert, from San Pedro de Atacama. The natural attractions of Atacama, the driest and highest desert in the world, are scattered around San Pedro. Get ready to find conical volcanoes, blueish lagoons, steaming geysers, and rock formations that appear to be from another planet. Llamas, vicuñas, guanacos, foxes, and graceful flamingos can also be experienced in this unique wildlife environment. The 3-day pack will be a combination of the 4 tours below. The local partner will contact you before to coordinate the days on which you will attend each one. El Tatio Geysers Tour: Visit El Tatio Geysers to be mesmerized by the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere and the third-largest in the world. Ride through the Putana Valley, observe flora and fauna, and stop at a lagoon to see flamingos. Salt Flats Route Tour: Explore northeastern Chile’s natural wonders of the Atacama Salt Flats and a few lagoons, with breakfast included. End the day at the Tara Salt Flat and the volcano lookout. Vallecito Sunset Tour: Explore the Atacama Desert with a visit to Vallecito and stop by the famous magic bus to later on end your day watching an amazing sunset. Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache Tour: Visit the hidden lagoons of Baltinache or Seven Lagoons, one of the secret places of the Atacama Desert. This is a wonderful landscape, of which only the first and the last one can be used for bathing. Due to the high salt concentration they contain, you will experience the flotation effect like the Dead Sea.

San Pedro de Atacama: Atacama Desert and Salt Flats Day Trip

3. San Pedro de Atacama: Atacama Desert and Salt Flats Day Trip

Trip starts by picking guests up in hotel for then head to Lickancabur's Viewpoint. The group will have the chance to admire this beautiful volcano from a predilect viewpoint while enjoy delicious breakfast in the nature. Then is time to explore Quepiaco River, place that offers amazing landscapes. Great photos and the enviromental understanding of the desert offers this point, aswell the whole program included in this Tour. Before lunch in the salt flats, the tour take place in the middle of the Atacama Desert, out of the routes, to discover the Pacana's Monks, giant volcanic structures that not only amaze by its wonderful estethics but because are prove of incredible geological phenomenons that took place in the past and helped shape the entire place as it can be seen today. Then is time to discover Aguas Calientes and Quisquiro Salt flats that allow the group to connect with a breathtaking scenario. The white color of the saltflats shines in contrast with the classic, rustic, opaque brown nuances of the surrounding desert. This already perfect experience can only be improved by the presence of vicuñas and flamingos, part of the beautiful local fauna, and a delicious free air lunch. Simply unforgettable. Last but not least, Crystal and Black lagoons will offer some great photos to complete this already satisfying and joyful day.

San Pedro de Atacama: Canyon Swimming Pools Trekking Trip

4. San Pedro de Atacama: Canyon Swimming Pools Trekking Trip

Tour starts by picking everybody up in hotel ( only hotels located in the urban area of San Pedro Town ). Once that stage is done the group will go to the entry of Puritama's River Canyon to start the 40 minuts trekking, making stops to appreciate and take photos of the impressive landscape surrounding. As the group move foward, discovering the particular flora and faunda of that area of the desert in the way, it will arrive to Purilibre's natural pools to get the well diserved relaxing time. After that only rests go back to the van to go back to San Pedro Town.

San Pedro de Atacama: Red Rocks & Altiplano Lagoons Day Trip

5. San Pedro de Atacama: Red Rocks & Altiplano Lagoons Day Trip

Tour starts by picking everybody up in hotel to head to visit the famous Tropic of Capricorn and its amazing surrounding view. The next stop is Red Rocks, iconic and typical landscape of the desert, with a singular red color on the stones, shaped by curious geological phenomenons. Perfect chance to take great pictures. To reach them, also known as Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, we will have to go up in our vehicle to 3800 meters of altitude and walk for 1 hour and 15 minutes, to see the red-colored rocks, besides some lagoons and salt flats around. The same way, we will make a stop in the Chaxa Lagoon, place where you will be able to see flamingos. Then, we will go to the area of Altiplanic Lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques, where our guide will give us some information about the flora and fauna of the place. Continuing, we will pass by the town of Socaire, where we will make a stop to take pictures. After that, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama to end our tour. Important: The order of the visiting places is subject to changes the same day of the tour.

San Pedro de Atacama: Láscar Volcano Summit Hiking Day Trip

6. San Pedro de Atacama: Láscar Volcano Summit Hiking Day Trip

Discover the most active volcano in northern Chile with this hiking day trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the top of the Láscar volcano. Admire the views from 5590 meters above sea level and see smoking fumaroles. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Pedro de Atacama. Sit back and relax on the air conditioned drive in an all terrain vehicle. Stop to purchase breakfast and pass through the towns of Toconao and Talabre. Arrive at the base of the Láscar volcano. Look up at its smoking crater as you drive to an altitude of 4,600 meters. Put on your helmet and pick up your walking stick. Get a safety briefing from your guide before beginning your ascent to the 300-meter deep crater. See endemic fauna and a blue altiplanic lagoon surrounded by salt on your tour. Marvel at sweeping views of the Andes mountain range. Look as your guide points of smoking fumaroles. Breathe in the scent of sulfur.  Reach 5590 meters above sea, if conditions are good, before making your descent. Transfer back to your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama at the end of your tour. 

From San Pedro de Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

7. From San Pedro de Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

Itinerary Day by Day Day 1: San Pedro - Hito Cajón – Colored Lagoons – Huayllajara. The tour starts from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Chilean Hour) Picking up passengers from San Pedro de Atacama. After stopping at the migration offices in the borders of Chile and Bolivia, depart from Hito Cajon at 10:00 a.m. in 4WD CAR with an English speaking guide. During the day visit: Viewpoint of: Lincancabur Volcano, Green Lagoon and White Lagoon; Salvador Dalí Desert, Polques Hot Springs, Sol de Mañana Geisers and night rest in HUAYLLAJARA Hostel. Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Day 2: Huayllajara – Red Lake– Stone Tree - Andean Lagoons + Flamingoes + Agencha Start your trip after breakfast, at 07:00 am, with a visit to: Red Lagoon, Stone Tree, Siloli Desert, Honda Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon, Cañapa Lagoon, Ollague Volcano Viewpoint, Chiguana Salt Flats and Stone Valley, spend the night in Agencha hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day 3: Ajencha – Colchani – Salar De Uyuni - Uyuni After breakfast, visit: Uyuni Salt Flat, Incahuasi Island (to see giant cacti and rock formations made of petrified coral), a hotel made completely of salt which is currently being used as museum, flags of the world, Dakar monument, “Ojos de Agua Salada”. Then continue visiting the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´s workshops), see handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca. Finally arrive at Uyuni’s train graveyard, to take some photos, spend the night in Uyuni City. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day 4: Uyuni - San Pedro de Atacama First breakfast, then at 8:30 a.m. take the road directly Uyuni to San Pedro. Following on the road enjoy your lunch and continue your road trip to Bolivian Border “Hito Cajon”, over there your tour guide will help everybody with the migration point and then change transportation to go back to San Pedro de Atacama, arriving at your final destination around 05:30 p.m. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Important Information *During the rainy season (from January to April), it is not possible to access Incahuasi Island. We also may sleep in a different location due to road access.

San Pedro de Atacama: Wildlife Safari and Photography Tour

8. San Pedro de Atacama: Wildlife Safari and Photography Tour

You would be pickup from your hotel and driving 45min up to the mouintans we arrive to the rocky Quirquincho Pass looking for Guanacos and Vizcachas, then continue to the wetlands of Machuca Village for a short hike with plenty of birdlife including flamingos. After crossing the beautiful village of Machuca would drive up to the Highland of Putana Vade lookout to relax with a 360° view of the largest wetland of the region, surraunded by high volcanoes.

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What people are saying about San Pedro de Atacama

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Great tour combo with great guides. Each tour was unique and you could experience the versatility of the Atacama. The Vallecito Tour was awesome. A mega impressive and varied landscape. The tour of the lagoon was also an experience in itself. The water is cold, but with the bright sun from above it is a refreshing experience. And nice to see how all the salt settles on the skin like a small crust. The tour to the highlands was great. The fact that it is a little over 4,000 m can make you dizzy. But the view of the volcano, the many lakes and rock formations are unforgettable. We also saw a lot of flamingos and guanacas/llamas. The tour to the geyser field started very early, but it is an experience to see the steaming geysers at sunrise. Be careful, it's below 0 degrees up there. Don't forget a scarf, hat and gloves. All tours included breakfast/lunch :)

Guides and tours were excellent. Enjoyed the breakfasts and appreciated the expert driving on rough roads.

Really great guides. Good value for money. These sights are insanely beautiful.

Awesome guides. Great trip for a traveller on a limited time schedule!

Perfect organisation, very kind guides and stuff. Wonderfull nature.