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Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoiris) Tours

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Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoiris)
When you see the stark, bright colors of San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings, you may wonder how much of a standout Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoiris) could really be. The valley, however, located 50 miles from town, is home to tremendous variety of things to see and views to gaze upon. Mineral deposits have left vibrant reds, browns, purples, greens and yellows on the rocks in this area over the course of thousands of years, and in addition, the wind and very occasional rain have carved interesting shapes, rocky spires and small canyons into the valley. At 11,500 feet above sea level, this area makes for slow but worthwhile exploring.

In addition to the bright photogenic colors, Hierbas Buenas also makes for a popular stopping spot for visitors with its thousands of petroglyphs carved into stone by early Atacama dwellers, some about 11,000 years old.

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Rainbow Valley is less popular among tourists than other noteworthy sites, so expect smaller crowds here. If you decide to go on your own, bring a good map and make sure to go in the morning when the colors are most visible. Sunscreen, sunglasses, water and extra layers against wind are musts.
Address: Domeyko Mountains, Chile
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Rainbow Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

Rainbow Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

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Keep your camera to hand as you journey through the startling landscapes of the Rainbow Valley on this 4-hour morning excursion from San Pedro de Atacama. Learn about the unique geology and mineral-rich rocks of the Domeyko Mountains that give the valley its name, as you weave your way though the multi-colored rock formations. Next, take a peek at the pre-Columbian ruins of Hierbas Buenas, famed for its ancient petroglyphs, then visit the handicrafts village of Rio Grande.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$58.00
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US$58.00

Valle del Arcoíris

Valle del Arcoíris

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At 3,500 meters above sea  is the Rainbow Valley. The Rainbow Valley is used in the basin of the Rio Grande, about 90 kms from San Pedro de Atacama. The access road must be joined on the route to Calama. The valley, like the rest of the attractions of San Pedro de Ataca and its surroundings, is well above 3000 meters above sea level. The Rainbow Valley is located near Sanitiago de Rio Grande or Rio Grande and very close to the Petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas, which like other attractions in the area is managed by the Atacameña Community of the place.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00

Discover the colorful mountains of the Rainbow Valley

Discover the colorful mountains of the Rainbow Valley

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You will be astonished by the colorful mountains of Valle del Arcoíris and the historical petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$41.03
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US$41.03

Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs

Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs

Discover northern Chile’s often-overlooked petroglyphs on a day tour, and stop off along the way at Valle de Arcoíris to capture memorable photographs against the striking backdrop. Explore with a local guide for insight into the region’s ancient history and geology, and access the rural locations easily with round-trip transfer from San Pedro.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.00
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US$56.00

Rainbow Valley Tour

Rainbow Valley Tour

Within the Domeyko mountain range and about 60 km from San Pedro de Atacama we find an area of hills of multiple colors. Here you will find ocher formations, green, with black dyes, violet, brown, endless colors to delight the view.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.36
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US$54.36

Sorbac Weekend Rainbow

Sorbac Weekend Rainbow

They are three days of adventure, perfect for short weekend trips, where they will meet incredible attractions and totally different landscapes from each other.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$315.00
From
US$315.00
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San Pedro de Atacama: Half day tour Valle Arcoiris

San Pedro de Atacama: Half day tour Valle Arcoiris

Take a trip through time, where you will experience the traces of ancient tribes and the natural wonders of the Rainbow Valley at the Domeyko Mountain Range.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$47.18
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US$47.18
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Private Program 4 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

Private Program 4 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

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This is a 4 day program, ideal minimum stay to enjoy the region. The emblematic Valley of the Moon receives them the first day; the Rainbow Valley shows us another color of the desert; and from the second day we enter the vast Andean Altiplano that gives us some of the innumerable postcards that this territory offers. All the tours have their "particular touch": avoid the schedules of greater flow of tourists; tour other sectors less visited and of great value; share a picnic surrounded by nature; or simply share moments of conversation and silence while touring San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. I see tourism as an art that requires dedication in details and elegance in its execution; each program is special and each excursion an opportunity to meet with the enjoyment of life and its beauty. That's why I enjoy organizing and guiding private programs, fostering an intimate and authentic encounter with the environment.
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  • 4 days
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US$1,989.75
per group
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US$1,989.75
per group

Private Program 3 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

Private Program 3 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

I see tourism as an art that requires dedication in details and elegance in its execution; each program is special and each excursion an opportunity to meet with the enjoyment of life and its beauty. That is why I only dedicate myself to organizing and guiding private programs, fostering an intimate and authentic encounter with the environment. This is a short, three-day excursion program, with some classic tour options such as Valle de la Luna and Tatio Geysers and other less visited ones that are really worth knowing and including. All the tours have their "particular touch": avoid the schedules of greater flow of tourists; tour other sectors less visited and of great tourist value; share a picnic surrounded by wonderful landscapes; or simply share good moments of conversation and silence while touring San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. If that is what you are looking for in a trip, do not hesitate to contact me.
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  • 3 days
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US$1,425.65
per group
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US$1,425.65
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Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Tuesday

Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Tuesday

They are 6 or 7 full days of adventure, perfect for long trips, where you want to know all the corners of San Pedro. Different landscapes every day.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$780.00
From
US$780.00
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Unique and Unforgettable Experience

Unique and Unforgettable Experience

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Our purpose is to provide our clients with responsible tourism through relaxed travel experiences that exceed their expectations based on our quality of service, professionalism and passion for the details of our staff.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$136.42
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US$136.42

5 Fantastic in Atacama Desert in 3 Days

5 Fantastic in Atacama Desert in 3 Days

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.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$280.42
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US$280.42
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Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Monday

Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Monday

They are 6 or 7 full days of adventure, perfect for long trips, where you want to know all the corners of San Pedro. Different landscapes every day.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$780.00
From
US$780.00
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Activated Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Friday

Activated Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Friday

They are 6 or 7 full days of adventure, perfect for long trips, where you want to know all the corners of San Pedro. Different landscapes every day.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$780.00
From
US$780.00
Taking safety measures

Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Thursday

Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Thursday

They are 6 or 7 full days of adventure, perfect for long trips, where you want to know all the corners of San Pedro. Different landscapes every day.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$780.00
From
US$780.00
Taking safety measures

Small-Group Tour to Rainbow Valley

Small-Group Tour to Rainbow Valley

With this tour, starting on San Pedro de Atacama, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the highlights in a more intimate way, sharing your day with other travellers but avoiding big groups: Venture into The Rainbow Valley: Find yourself astonished as you take in the views of the variety of shades on the surrounding hills: earth, red, brown, green, white and yellow colours, which combined with the white salts and the blue sky, make up a unique place. Add historical and cultural value to the experience by visiting the Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs: A point of great historical importance based on rock art, and where the Atacamenian people left an important vestige of their culture. This Chilean wonder is not to be missed!
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$66.54
Price varies by group size
From
US$66.54
Price varies by group size
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