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Altiplanic Lagoons
To see lakes this high above sea level, you have to come to the altiplano, the very definition of which is “high plain,” an area between the peaks of the Andes in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. These two lakes, Miscanti and Miñique, are located at about 13,500 feet and are within driving distance of San Pedro de Atacama.

The two lakes are a deep blue, backed by snow-capped volcanoes and surrounded by a large plain of yellow tussock grass that whips in the wind. This grass is one of the preferred foods of the vicuña, the shyest of the llama-like species in the area, and if you are lucky, you may see a small herd around here. It is also fairly common to see a fox or two and sometimes even quick-running rheas, an emu-like bird native to the area.The protected lakes make for a great photo opportunity, but swimming is not allowed.

The lakes are managed by an indigenous community located in Socaire, a town often visited for its handmade crafts and local historical church.

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The Altiplanic Lagoons are located 71 miles from San Pedro de Atacama, and it is generally very cold in this area due to the high altitude. Swimming in the lake is prohibited.
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Atacama Salt Flat Day Trip from San Pedro de Atacama including Los Flamencos National Reserve and Socaire VillageNature & Wildlife

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

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Discover the natural splendor of the Atacama Salt Flats on a full-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit the luminescent salt flats of Soncor; observe fabulous flocks of brightly colored flamingos in Los Flamenco National Park; and explore the luscious lagoons of Miscanti and Miniques. Feast upon a traditional Chilean lunch in the charming village of Socaire, and browse the bespoke boutiques of Tocanao for special souvenirs and artisan treasures.
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Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas Tour - Full Day Tour - Private OptionDay Trips

Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas Tour - Full Day Tour - Private Option

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Driving for a couple of hours during some days in the area. A tour in the morning, another in the afternoon. Many days scaping from the city to get to another routine: traveling and seeing the desert, its valleys and lagoons. Stop. Breathe. Give yourself some time to know the place, but to do it for real. Rest your mind and your body in front of the altiplanic lagoons. Know Toconao and Socaire: the hospitality, its history and its people. Walk through the Inca Trail, the point where the Tropic of Capricorn crosses, see the reflection of the hills and the sun in the lagoons water, and say hi to the flamencos that inhabit the Atacama salt flat.A diverse but rewarding tour through the San Pedro de Atacama heights and places that will appeal your emotions and the will to stay there. We invite you to make this tour because the Chilean desert has a minute for you and will give you the opportunity to simply slow down.
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4-Day San Pedro de Atacama Desert AdventureMulti-day Tours

4-Day San Pedro de Atacama Desert Adventure

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This 4-day tour of the Atacama Desert takes the planning and guesswork out of exploring the region’s highlights. Your guide accompanies you to the otherworldly landscape and salt caves at Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), vibrantly colored red rock formations Chaxa Lagoon, and off-the-beaten-track sites that you might miss on your own. All transportation is included with daily hotel pickup and drop-off, so you can choose your own accommodation and meals to suit your tastes.
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Altiplano lagoons, Piedra Rojas and Atacama salt-flat - San Pedro de AtacamaDay Trips

Altiplano lagoons, Piedra Rojas and Atacama salt-flat - San Pedro de Atacama

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Our guides know very well the area, They are expert about the geological formation that cause the develop of this geographical area, but also has studied the local culture and their traditions.
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8 - Days Unique experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Chilean PatagoniaAir Tours

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This is a unique experience in which you will get to know the "musts" of these two incredible destinations in Chile, San Pedro de Atacama and Torres del Paine. This tour has the assistance of the best local guides, to know in depth not only the landscapes, but also the culture and secrets of the destinations.
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Full Day Trip to the lookout Red Stone, Altiplanics lagoons & SalarBus & Minivan Tours

Full Day Trip to the lookout Red Stone, Altiplanics lagoons & Salar

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See multiple attractions around the Atacama Desert on this full-day guided tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Enjoy a hassle-free pickup from your hotel and start your day with breakfast (included) in the Miscanti and Miñiques highland lagoons. Continue your day exploring Salar de Talar, the village of Socaire, and Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt lake where you can see flamingos. Your final stop is town of Toconao before you get dropped off back at your hotel.
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Altiplanic Lagoons TourCultural Tours

Altiplanic Lagoons Tour

You will meet surprising lagoons, hidden at the foot of millenary altiplanic volcanoes. The road is extensive and almost as important as the destination, because of the variety of flora and fauna found in it.
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Tour to Piedras Rojas with Altiplanic Lagoons4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Tour to Piedras Rojas with Altiplanic Lagoons

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It is a full day tour that will allow you to discover the great nature and fauna of Altiplanic Lagoons and its surroundings. The road along Route 23 takes us to different points such as the Atacameño town Toconao, in the Soncor sector, with the Chaxa and Socaire lagoon, the Miscanti, Miñiques lagoons to end at the Salar de Talar, with the Piedras Rojas viewpoint. All this accompanied by a rich breakfast and lunch enjoying the wonders of the area.
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Full Atacama ExperienceCultural Tours

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This tour will be Your own experience that will allow You to get to explore the best of San Pedro de Atacama, with Your own time.You will get to know the history of this area and understanding the beauty of this desert area of the world.
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Altiplanic Lagoons4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Altiplanic Lagoons

The landscape is amazing at 4200 masl. The vicunas, which run free, feed on the straw that abounds in the place. In the background first appears the Miscanti volcano and the Miñiques volcano, at its feet two majestic lagoons that bear the same name of the mountains and that dazzle anyone. Located in the Chilean highlands
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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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2 Moon Valley Tours with Cocktail and Altiplanic Lagoons with Breakfast4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

2 Moon Valley Tours with Cocktail and Altiplanic Lagoons with Breakfast

We are the best local suppliers in the region to make sure your next trip is a safe, personalized and exceptional experience.Our prices are not higher than what you will find at destination. We do not charge management fees.We accompany you before, during and after your trip to immediately address all your doubts and requirements, in your language and through the service channel you prefer.and we are the only ones with cocktail in Valle de la Luna
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