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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.

Highlights

  • Day trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the Atacama Salt Flat and Los Flamencos National Reserve
  • Visit the Soncor section of the Atacama Salt Flat
  • See Andean flamingos and other wild birds at Chaxa Lagoon
  • Enjoy great views at Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, more than 13,000 feet above sea level
  • Dine on an Atacama-style lunch in the village of Socaire
  • Stop by the village of Toconao to see its bell tower and shop for souvenirs at the handicraft market

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What You Can Expect

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

Stop for lunch at the village of Socaire!

After hotel pickup in San Pedro de Atacama, relax during the scenic drive to one of the world’s largest salt flats in an air-conditioned minivan. Arrive at the Chaxa Lagoon, a spectacular section of the Salar de Atacama (Atacama Salt Flats) that lies within the Reserva Nacional Los Flamenocs (The Flamingos National Reserve). Explore the area for approximately an hour, capturing the vibrant color of flamingos on film. Home to a diverse variety of wildlife, you’re sure to spot some fascinating creatures during your stop.

Continue on to the Miscanti and Miniques Lagoons, volcanic bodies of water situated at an elevation of 13,780 feet (4,200 meters). Created by the cooling of molten lava, the lagoons provide a visual spectacle with their dramatic landscape and volcanic backdrop; explore the area on foot during a relaxed stop in the area.

Next, travel to the provincial village of Socaire to feast upon local specialties inspired by regional produce. Famed for its unrivalled culinary skills, the restaurant provides an appetizer, main course, desert and drink that is sure to pleasure the palate.

Revitalized, venture to the village of Toconao; admire the quaint village church and browse the craft shops for artisan treasures before returning to San Pedro de Atacama in your comfortable minivan.

Customer Reviews

Judith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

very interesting trip through the amazingly dry atacama desert, its salt marshes, then up to
the higher altiplano lakes, also stopped in two small oasis settlements, excellent guide, he spoke very good english.

Dan United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really great day out, they picked me up promptly from my hostel and enjoyed the stunning sight of Chaxa and the Salt Flats. Their guide was super helpful, patient, and also fluent in English as well as Spanish, which was useful for the non-spanish speaking guests. They also provided a three course lunch which was a nice way to finish the tour off. A tour not to miss!

Tom M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic day! Great guide. Great sites. The pictures don't do it justice.

Grzegorz F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly Recommended

Germán V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent. Great tour operator. Nice lunch. Superb views of the altiplano, lagoons, flamingos. Good guide, explaining everything.
Strongly recommended.
If in San Pedro, there are many other less cost operators.

Dhishan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Tortes is an amazing tour guide. Please see if you can actually ask for this guide as he is extremely knowledgeable and will make sure the tour is not cookie cutter and is more unique. The food on the way back from this day trip was AMAZING even for us vegetarians. I learnt a lot about the culture of the people, the history of the regions, took great pictures at very scenic locations, and made friends with the fellow tourists in the shuttle. Please note this tour does not involve taking a dip in any of the lagoons. That is a different tour. This was is mostly very relaxed walking type of tour without any major hikes. Very family friendly too.

Vania K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic!

Patrice d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent one day tour. We pass through incredible sceneries and the stops are always carefully chosen. Altitude more that 4000m was surprisingly not an issue - although you would not run around obviously! The flamingos were there and offering splendid photo opportunities. Well worth the day!

John Michael L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

The highlight of the trip, which is to visit Lagunas Miscanti and Miñiques was initially cancelled because of and #34;bad weather and #34; per the tour guide. Because myself and other tourists expressed disappointment it went ahead and go to these places, where other tour buses were also. The views are breathtaking!

Joseph R

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour. Well worth the time and cost. Very helpful, fluent guide who shared unique insights. Good lunch and lots of photo ops

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