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Antofagasta Region

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San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

1. San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

Meet your local host in the main street of San Pedro de Atacama to begin your experience. Heading towards the southeast of the desert taking the scenic route to the hidden lagoons of Baltinache. During the 1-hour drive, see all the rock and salt landscapes that make up the desert, and learn about why this area is believed to have been at the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago. At the entrance of the lagoons, make use of the locker room in case you want to change into your bathing suit. From there, walk to the beginning of the track where you can visit all 7 lagoons. Be stunned by the crystal clear waters of the lagoons and wonder how such a thing is possible in the middle of nowhere. If you wish to take a dip, you are permitted to swim in the first and last lagoons only, for conservation purposes. Due to the amount of salt that they have in the water, experience the sensation of floating like a cork. It is recommended that you start in the last lagoon so that you don't have to walk all the way there with salt on your body. After a few hours of free time, use the facilities again to shower. Then, enjoy the scenic ride back with the opportunity to catch the sun setting over the desert. Finally, arrive back in San Pedro de Atacama where your memorable tour concludes.

La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

2. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

Day 1 09:00 p.m. Bus La Paz to Uyuni. Day 2 07:00 a.m. Arrival to Uyuni city. 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats Day 3 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve Day 4 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve 10:30 a.m. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 2:00 p.m. Arrival time to San Pedro de Atacama. DAY 1 Go to the bus office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of Dinner (Meat and Vegetarian Option), Breakfast, a Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, a Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi and First Aid Kit. DAY 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block near from bus station, Start your tour leaving Uyuni town at 10:30 a.m. from Perla de Bolivia's office. Visit: Train Graveyard, the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´ workshops next to the salt flats), handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. Next, “Ojos de Agua Salada” (‘saltwater eyes’), a hotel-museum made completely of salt, Isla Incahuasi. Then, make sure you and your group pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats. To end of the day, head to an open, spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, and finally arrive at Ajencha town to have dinner and night stay in the hotel. DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Galaxy Caves, Chiguana Desert, Ollagüe, the rocky road “El Pasito Tuntun”, the famous: Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. Finally in the day, enter “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, Desert of Siloli, Rock tree, and the immense Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a hotel in Huayllajara. DAY 4 Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit: Sol de Mañana Geyser, Hot Springs, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, White Lagoon on the foot of Licancabur volcano. Then head back to the Bolivia-Chile border (Hito Cajon), Guide will assist with your border crossing at 10:30 am, finally arrive at San Pedro de Atacama at 2:00 p.m. The drop-off point is at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square.

San Pedro de Atacama: Láscar Volcano Summit Hiking Day Trip

3. San Pedro de Atacama: Láscar Volcano Summit Hiking Day Trip

Discover the most active volcano in northern Chile with this hiking day trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the top of the Láscar volcano. Admire the views from 5590 meters above sea level and see smoking fumaroles. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Pedro de Atacama. Sit back and relax on the air conditioned drive in an all terrain vehicle. Stop to purchase breakfast and pass through the towns of Toconao and Talabre. Arrive at the base of the Láscar volcano. Look up at its smoking crater as you drive to an altitude of 4,600 meters. Put on your helmet and pick up your walking stick. Get a safety briefing from your guide before beginning your ascent to the 300-meter deep crater. See endemic fauna and a blue altiplanic lagoon surrounded by salt on your tour. Marvel at sweeping views of the Andes mountain range. Look as your guide points of smoking fumaroles. Breathe in the scent of sulfur.  Reach 5590 meters above sea, if conditions are good, before making your descent. Transfer back to your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama at the end of your tour. 

Vallecito: Atacama Desert and Magic Bus Visit

4. Vallecito: Atacama Desert and Magic Bus Visit

We will travel to our first stop at the salty river. We will then explore the dunes in the salt mountain range, where you can learn about the moon-like landscape of the desert and how it got its unique aesthetic. Next, we will travel to the valley of the abandoned bus, also known as the 'Magic Bus'. Iconic for its rustic look and picture perfect surroundings, you can take this time to capture your perfect shot. We will end the trip with an incredible sunset, celebrating this moment with delicious drinks and snacks for us to enjoy.

San Pedro de Atacama: Guided Buggy Tour Through the Desert

5. San Pedro de Atacama: Guided Buggy Tour Through the Desert

Feel the wind on your face while going to places no other tourists go on this guided buggy tour in the Atacama Desert. Drive-up thrilling trails with your expert local guide, and be entertained and informed by their extensive knowledge of the area. Begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama. From there, drive to the local partner's headquarters with your guide. Once there, listen to a safety lecture and suit up in a helmet, gloves, and glasses. Have a look at a map to understand where the activity will place and find out the itinerary through the desert, the salt mountain range, and two archeological sites. Then, let the fun begin: Set off on your approximately 50-kilometer (31-mile) buggy adventure through the Atacama Desert. Tackle a variety of terrains like riverbed crossings, steep mountain climbs, and beautiful sand dunes. Make the most of the opportunity to take pictures of pristine Atacama with no other tourists in tow. During the tour, there will be 3 different main stops along the way to share information and take pictures. At the end of the buggy tour, you'll return to the headquarters before being dropped off at your accommodation.

From Calama: 4-Day Atacama Desert Trip

6. From Calama: 4-Day Atacama Desert Trip

Dsicover the surreal panoramas of the Atacama Desert on a 4-day trip from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. Explore the desert and the unique attractions in the Andean Mountain range. Visit Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio, Miscanti and Menique lagoons, Salt Mountain, and more. Atacama Desert is an area abundant in energy, thanks to its welcoming ancestral cultures and the oasis that is the source of life in the driest desert in the world. Its unique landscape and clear skies make it a perfect enclave for astronomic observation and rich gastronomy. Day 1 Transfer from Calama Airport to the hotel. See the lunar landscape of Moon Valley. Be amazed by the changing colors in Death Valley. Day 2 Visit the Altiplanic lagoons Meñique & Miscanti, surrounded by impressive volcanoes. Explore Mirador Piedras Rojas and Atacama Salt Flat. See the historical village of Toconao. Admire views overlooking the Salar de Atacama from Socaire. Day 3 Tour around the geothermal fields of Tatio Geyser and witness molten spurts of water shoot from the ground. Visit the Cejar Lagoon, an oasis of water in the middle of a salt desert. Day 4 Transfer from the hotel to Calama Airport.

San Pedro de Atacama: Desert Tour with Canyoning & Trekking

7. San Pedro de Atacama: Desert Tour with Canyoning & Trekking

Discover unique landscapes in the world on a day trip from San Pedro de Atacama. Ascend the more than 4,000 meters of altitude of the Andean altiplano to the driest desert in the world. Get ready for adventure and rappel through waterfalls and canyon walls. Start your adventure by walking through an archaeological trail of medium difficulty. Once at the entrance of the canyon, learn the rappel technique from your mountaineering guide. Advance through obstacles using different techniques with only the help of your body, ropes, and climbing equipment. Begin to rappel down the waterfalls and cliffs, jumping off of rocks of different heights into pools of pure water. Explore different canyons in the middle of extreme scenery worth photographing. Finally, take a break at the beach of the waterfalls and walk back to the starting point.  

From San Pedro de Atacama: Laguna Cejar E-biking Adventure

8. From San Pedro de Atacama: Laguna Cejar E-biking Adventure

Feel the thrill of traveling through desert landscapes as you cross the Atacama salt flats on an e-bike ride to Laguna Cejar lagoon with this tour from San Pedro de Atacama.  Take a tour that is good for all levels of riders. Be picked up directly from your hotel. Ride a powerful 350 watt e-bike and avoid having to peddle too much. Keep your belongings safe in a saddle bag.  Admire the golden desert framed by distant Andes peaks as you ride to the turquoise Laguna Cejar lagoon. See how the concentration of salt in the lagoon makes it easy for objects and people to float. 

From San Pedro de Atacama: Atacama Desert E-Bike Tour

9. From San Pedro de Atacama: Atacama Desert E-Bike Tour

Enjoy riding 30km total distance with the assistance of a 350W central engine! Pick up from your hotel, Special storage bag would aloud you to put your personal belongings on. we drive you to our headquarters were we try helmets and gloves, plus short introduction and safety lecture. We ride trough oasis to get to Salt Mountain Range, where we get a 360° view of the area! round circuit lead us to the open desert area with amazing landscapes, Stop to wlk the open desert with some important informations provided by the guide, with focus inflora and fauna

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What people are saying about Antofagasta Region

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The organization of the tour was excellent. Even before I left Austria, the responsible travel agency contacted me and asked if I needed any support. Locally in Chile and in the desert, they made an excellent effort to look after me. There is no better care! In the 4 days we really visited everything there is to see in the Atacama. More Atacama is not possible! Only the hotel room was a bit small, but that seems to be the standard in the desert. Highly Recommended!

JP was very friendly and clearly loves his job! My friends and I learned a lot about the history of the desert and the types of animals and plants that live in Atacama. Also riding in the buggy was very fun!

Beautiful place, unique sensation when bathing in those lagoons, beautiful landscapes... the guides are very kind and friendly. Really enjoyed it. All perfect!!

Beautiful place and very good guide. Pity it was somewhat cloudy.

Great guide, good explanations, impressive landscape