Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos) Tours

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Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos)
Covering 286 square miles (740 square kilometres), Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos) is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the Atacama Desert. Between the Andes and Chile’s Pacific coast, the park has glittering salt flats, wind-sculpted moonscapes, and high-altitude lagoons surrounded by wild flamingos.

The Basics
Los Flamencos National Reserve includes different protected zones around the Atacama Desert region: the salt lakes of Pujsa, Tara, and Aguas Calientes; the Altiplano lakes of Miscanti and Miñiques; Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna); the tamarugo forests of Tambillo; and vast Atacama Salt Lake. 
 
Most visitors opt to explore the reserve on a day tour from San Pedro de Atacama. With its dramatic landscapes, Moon Valley is the most popular destination, with most tours stopping at the Great Dune to watch the sunset. Full-day tours also run to the salt flats and lagoons, offering plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities, and stop at desert towns like Toconao or Socaire along the way.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pack sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water as there’s little shade in the desert, but bring warm clothing for the evening hours too, as temperatures can drop quickly, even in summer.
  • Most of the desert roads are unpaved and the terrain uneven, so a 4WD is advisable, and comfortable walking shoes are a must.
  • Cell phone service is scarce throughout the desert, and Wi-Fi is only available at a few hotels in San Pedro de Atacama.

How to Get to There
Most people visit Los Flamencos National Reserve from the town of San Pedro de Atacama. There’s no public transport to the valley itself, although taxis, shared taxis, and tours run from here. The closest airport is in Calama, from which buses run to San Pedro de Atacama, 60 miles (98 kilometers) away. You can rent cars in town, but to explore farther than Moon Valley, it’s most convenient to hire a guide or join a tour. 

When to Get There
The most popular time to explore is during the summer months (December–February). Winter (June–August) visits can be equally rewarding, although temperatures can plummet below freezing at night. When to visit depends on what you want to see—Moon Valley is most impressive at sunset, while morning and late afternoon are the best time to spot birdlife around the lagoons. 

Wildlife of Los Flamencos National Reserve 
Los Flamencos National Reserve takes its name from its huge number of wild flamingos, and there are three different species to spot—Chilean, James’s, and Andean flamingos. There is also an abundance of other bird life, especially around the lakes, including hawks, swallows, Andean seagulls, condors, and rhea. Other common sightings include vicunas, culpeo foxes, and viscachas.
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Atacama Salt Flat Day Trip from San Pedro de Atacama including Los Flamencos National Reserve and Socaire Village

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Moon Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

Discover the otherworldly landscape of the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) on an exciting excursion from San Pedro de Atacama. Marvel at sharp peaks, undulating sand dunes and rugged caverns as you journey through one of the driest and most diverse deserts on earth. Explore the area on foot with an interesting and insightful guide, ascending to the top of a vertiginous dune to watch one of the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever witnessed.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day Trip to the Red Stone Desert from San Pedro de Atacama

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Tour from San Pedro

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt Flats

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.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Valley of the Moon Afternoon Tour

Marvel over the startling topography of Chile’s Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) on this 4-hour afternoon tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Keep your camera close to hand as you journey through the desert, past unique rock formations and mesmerizing multi-hued cliffs. Discover the park’s geological wonders as you peek inside a salt cave, see natural landmarks like the Tres Marias statues, then watch the sunset from the top of the Great Dune.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Atacama Salt Flats, Toconao and Altiplanic Lagoons Day Trip

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Salar de tara

Hermoso, espectacular, un lugar donde te puedes encontrar contigo mismo, parada obligatoria en san Pedro de atacama
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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4-Days Trip to Discover San Pedro de Atacama

Get ready to experience an awesome 4 days trip in San Pedro de Atacama! The Atacama Desert, cradle of ancestor cultures, and oases that give life to the most arid desert in the world. We invite you to explore unique landscapes, full of colors: salt flats, geysers, lagoons & more....
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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