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Toconao is a small, peaceful village with a name that means “place of stones” in the indigenous Kunza (Atacameño) language. The first settlements are thought to date back 12,000 years, and there is evidence of 10,000-year-old human presence in the area, making it an area of historical, archaeological significance. Its name seems to be related to the fact that homes in Toconao are made of a volcanic rock called liparita (pumice). Structures are of stone and mud, with wooden features installed only with natural elements rather than nails. The most well-known construction of the town is not its church as expected, but the separate nearby 1750 bell tower, located across the plaza.

The town features a few restaurants, small-scale agriculture (mostly fruit) and animal husbandry fed with water from the nearby creek. Most people, however, visit looking for locally made handicrafts such as alpaca wool weavings and reproductions of the town's bell tower. The town administers entrance to the Chaxa Lagoon (Laguna Chaxa) and is often visited as the continuation of an early morning trip to Chaxa.

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Most visitors make just a quick trip to Toconao, but you can easily spend an afternoon there, wandering around the limestone that surrounds the Quebrada de Jerez, a narrow ravine close to the town. Toconao is located 24 miles south of San Pedro de Atacama, and it is at the northeast border of the Atacama Salt Lake, in which the Laguna Chaxa is located. 
Address: Toconao, Chile
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Atacama Salt Flats, Toconao and Altiplanic Lagoons Day TripBus & Minivan Tours

Atacama Salt Flats, Toconao and Altiplanic Lagoons Day Trip

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Discover one of Chile’s most unique natural landscapes on this 10-hour tour from San Pedro de Atacama, including hotel-up. Marvel over the stark white plains of the Atacama Salt Flats, see the shimmering Miscanti lagoon and spot pink flamingos bathing in the Chaxa lagoon. Finally, get a taste of life in the Atacama Desert as you visit the traditional villages of Socaire and Toconao.
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4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt FlatsMulti-day Tours

4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt Flats

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Experience the unearthly panoramas of Chile’s Atacama Desert on an enriching 4-day excursion from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. See the lunar landscape of Moon Valley; watch the sun rise over the shimmering surface of salt flats; witness molten spurts of water shoot from the ground at the Geysers del Tatio; and be mesmerized by the crystalline beauty of the Miscanti and Menique lagoons in Death Valley, one of the driest places on earth. Luxuriate in either three- or four-star accommodation on this incredible tour and enjoy the convenience of round-trip airport transportation in a spacious vehicle.
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Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Tour from San PedroDay Trips

Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Tour from San Pedro

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Experience one of South America’s most startling natural wonders, the vast Atacama Salt Flat, on this 4-hour tour from San Pedro de Atacama, including hotel pick-up. Snap photos of the third largest salt plain in the world, which stretches over 1,200 square miles (3,000 sq km), then spot rare Andean flamingoes at the Los Flamencos National Reserve and visit the beautiful Quebrada de Jerez valley. You’ll also have chance to browse the handicrafts market and shop for souvenirs in Toconao village.
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