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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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Route of the Salares

Route of the Salares

Tara Salar Tour, Monjes de la Pacana and Quisquiro, two of the best kept secrets of the Atacama Desert.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$57.59
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Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama

Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama

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Venture into one of the most hostile places in the world: the Atacama Desert. You will have the opportunity to visit this amazing place more intimately, sharing your day with other travellers but avoiding big groups: Within the Flamencos National Reserve, you will get to the world-famous Moon Valley. Find yourself astonished as you take in the views of a geological phenomenon known as Salt Mountain Range. You will understand the delicacy of the clay when visiting 'Las Tres Marias'; sculptures carved by nature. And, for a perfect closure, admire the sunset on the Death Valley or the Kari Lookout; get ready to see how all the colours change in the desert!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$41.68
Price varies by group size
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Puna Salt Flats - Full Day Tour - San Pedro de Atacama - Must Visit

Puna Salt Flats - Full Day Tour - San Pedro de Atacama - Must Visit

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A tour for the Atacama Desert heights, the antithesis of the region. Escaping from the ambient temperature to border the low temperatures, to feel the wind in the face and to fight against the hills’ heights and the volcanos slopes alongside the road that leads to Paso de Jama, frontier mountain pass with Argentina. Nonetheless, this tour invites you to know a more exclusive part of San Pedro: unique places with low traffic, where the sun touches the neck and the back, but the heat is unnoticed when the altiplanic cold goes through your arms and wraps you in its soft breeze to take you to cross the hills’ slopes over 4000 meters high. In this tour you visit unique lagoons, salt flats at the foot of hills, volcanoes and its erosions, and viewpoints with incredible sights that will take you to know the other side of the Atacama Desert.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120.00
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San Pedro de Atacama: Half day Altiplanics Lagoons and Salar de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama: Half day Altiplanics Lagoons and Salar de Atacama

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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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$42.43
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Marvel of Atacama

Marvel of Atacama

Live a unique experience, an extraordinary environment, through the salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,000.00
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Tare Salt

Tare Salt

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Beautiful, spectacular, a place where you can find yourself, mandatory stop in San Pedro de Atacama
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.92
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Tara Salt Flat in Atacama

Tara Salt Flat in Atacama

An ideal walk to know the most beautiful landscapes that surround San Pedro de Atacama. We will travel to reach 4,500 meters above sea level, while we border the Licancabur Volcano and the Zapalieri River, and climb the Andes Mountains. The excursion to the Salar de Tara invites us to see landmarks such as the Bofedal de Quepiaco, the Monks of the Pecan and the Salar de Tara. Places where the tranquility of the place also constitutes a precious attraction.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$228.08
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