Water activity

San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

4.4 / 5

33 reviews

Water activity

San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache


From US$ 48.08 per person

Discover a wonder in the middle of the Atacama desert. Visit the 7 hidden lagoons of Baltinache to see the most crystal clear waters among rocky and sandy formations. Venture in for a dip to feel what's like to swim in the Dead Sea and float like a cork.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
You will be picked up directly from your accommodation. Please provide the address to the activity provider and wait in the hotel lobby at your scheduled pickup time.


  • Take stunning pictures of the incredible desert and salt lake landscapes
  • Go for a swim and experience floating in the incredible water
  • Make use of the locker rooms and showers before and after your swim
Full description
Meet your local host in the main street of San Pedro de Atacama to begin your experience. Heading towards the southeast of the desert taking the scenic route to the hidden lagoons of Baltinache. During the 1-hour drive, see all the rock and salt landscapes that make up the desert, and learn about why this area is believed to have been at the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago. At the entrance of the lagoons, make use of the locker room in case you want to change into your bathing suit. From there, walk to the beginning of the track where you can visit all 7 lagoons. Be stunned by the crystal clear waters of the lagoons and wonder how such a thing is possible in the middle of nowhere. If you wish to take a dip, you are permitted to swim in the first and last lagoons only, for conservation purposes. Due to the amount of salt that they have in the water, experience the sensation of floating like a cork. It is recommended that you start in the last lagoon so that you don't have to walk all the way there with salt on your body. After a few hours of free time, use the facilities again to shower. Then, enjoy the scenic ride back with the opportunity to catch the sun setting over the desert. Finally, arrive back in San Pedro de Atacama where your memorable tour concludes.
  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual Spanish and English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Entry ticket to Lagoons (CLP$ 10,000 per person to be paid on the spot, in cash)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • This tour is subject to weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 33 reviews

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I was lucky that the site was open the day of the excursion and it was hot with plenty of sunshine. I highly recommend even if there are other lagoons than this one. Bathing and floating in the lagoon is fascinating. The guide knew what he was talking about and always managed to answer questions! Excellent activity!

February 11, 2023

The price of the tour, in my opinion, is a bit expensive, the lagoons are beautiful, floating in them is an interesting sensation, due to the number of tourists it is not easy to take a photo swimming where they cannot be seen. We were informed on the way that if they were students or seniors they had a discount on the entrance, which would have been very useful to know beforehand to take the card or a certificate. They offered us a snack on the way back which we enjoyed in the desert, it was 10/10.

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February 14, 2023

The guide offered zero information about the landscape or features. She didn’t clearly explain what we would be doing and we felt very rushed. Our bus broke down on the way back (broken suspension due to terrible roads and speedy driving), this couldn’t be helped of course, and we enjoyed the scenery with our snacks and drinks. It felt a little expensive given we were only at the lakes for 30 minutes and had to buy our park entry ticket on top (10,000 pesos)

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November 6, 2022

Product ID: 385614