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Outdoor Adventures from San Pedro de Atacama

By Viator, July 2018

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There's no doubt that the natural features surrounding San Pedro Atacama make the area so incredible. The desert is vast, yet visitors can still get a good sampling of what the region has to offer without having to travel far.

Among the area's most visited valleys is Valle de La Muerte (Death Valley), which is often seen on a trip that covers the Cordillera de La Sal (Salt Mountains) as well, a series of small peaks encrusted with salt. There is also Valle de La Luna (Moon Valley), named for its inhospitable landscape of undulating dunes. It is a popular place to go sandboarding or catch a desert sunset. The last is Valle del Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley), where mineral deposits have left red, purple, brown, yellow, pink, white and even green peaks, all in close proximity. On the way here, many people visit Hierbas Buenas to see the petroglyphs that were carved into rocks some 11,000 years ago.

It should come as no surprise that in the desert, where there is water, there is life. The oasis town of Toconao produces fruit, and the Chaxa Lagoon (Laguna de Chaxa) opens on the Atacama Salt Lake and attracts flamingos. Up in the Altiplanic Lakes, foxes, guanacos (a relative of the llama) and rheas (a relative of the ostrich) are frequently seen. Other lakes are open for swimming, such as the saline Cejar Lagoon (Laguna Cejar), and photography buffs will definitely want to visit the salt-bottomed Tebenquiche Lagoon (Laguna; Tebenquiche), which provides ample optical illusion photo opportunities. Early-morning trips to El Tatio, one of the highest geyser fields in the world, are also popular, as there is nothing quite like watching the earth wake up in sizzles and pops as the water starts boiling out of the ground.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt Flats, San Pedro de ... 
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4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt Flats

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Experience the other-worldly landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert on a four-day guided tour from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. Explore Moon Valley, where ...  Read more

Location: Calama, Chile
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $660.00
El Tatio Geysers Tour from San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Multi-day Tours
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El Tatio Geysers Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Don't miss this early morning tour to El Tatio geyser field, one of San Pedro de Atacama’s most popular surrounding attractions and one of the biggest ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Rainbow Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Day Trips
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Rainbow Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

From San Pedro de Atacama we will go to the Domeyko mountains, where you can enjoy the desert landscape and a stunning view of the Andes, until reaching the ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00
Valley of the Moon Afternoon Tour, San Pedro de Atacama, Day Trips
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Valley of the Moon Afternoon Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy one of the most popular tours in San Pedro de Atacama as you visit the famous Valley of the Moon. Enjoy a tour at this place which offers beautiful forms ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.00
Moon Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Half-day Tours
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Moon Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

See the unearthly landscape of the Valle de la Luna — Moon Valley — on a tour from San Pedro de Atacama. One of the driest places on the planet, the valley is ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.00
Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour, San Pedro de Atacama, Night Tours
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Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

Under a clear night sky in the Atacama Desert, peer into outer space on this 2.5-hour stargazing tour. Departing from San Pedro de Atacama, visit South ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.00
San Pedro de Atacama Archeological Tour, San Pedro de Atacama, Night Tours
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San Pedro de Atacama Archeological Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Visit the ancient ruins that surround San Pedro de Atacama on this archeological tour with a local guide. Start at Tulor, a village settled by the Atacama ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Geysers del tatio, San Pedro de Atacama, Archaeology Tours
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Geysers del tatio

Ninety kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama we find the Geiser del Tatio, a 10-square-kilometer geothermal field considered one of the most important on the ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Tour from San Pedro, San Pedro de Atacama, Day Trips
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Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Tour from San Pedro

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Visit the Atacama Salt Flat and neighboring village of Toconao on this 4-hour tour from San Pedro de Atacama with a local guide. At 1,200 square miles (3,000 ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

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