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San Pedro de Atacama lures visitors as much for its laid-back vibe as for its proximity to some of Chileā€™s most spectacular landscapes. Although the Atacama Desert is vast, you can get a good sampling of what the region has to offer without having to travel far. From watching spouting geysers to boarding sand dunes, here are the top outdoor adventures from San Pedro de Atacama.

Geysers and Hot Springs
An early-morning trip to El Tatio, one of the biggest geyser fields in the world, offers the chance to see the field at its most picturesque, just as the rising sun casts a glow over the geysersā€™ columns of white steam shooting out of the sizzling ground. Early-morning guided tours to El Tatio typically include breakfast; some also include time to relax in a hot springā€”another natural wonder courtesy of the areaā€™s geothermal activity. Alternatively, you can take a dedicated afternoon tour to the Puritama Hot Springs south of El Tatio.

Desert Landscapes
Among the most popular day trips from San Pedro de Atacama is to Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), named for its lunar landscape of undulating dunes and sharp peaks. Many tours time their visits to coincide with sunset when the valley glows red, and some also include visits to Death Valley (Valle de la Muerte); the dunes of both valleys are popular with sandboarders. Another option is Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoiris), where mineral deposits have left the landscape colored in many different hues. On the way, some tours visit the ruins and ancient petroglyphs of Hierbas Buenas.

The Salt Flats
Guided tours can take you to see the oasis communities of Toconao and Socaire on the way to the Chaxa Lagoon (Laguna de Chaxa), a section of the Atacama Salt Flats (Salar de Atacama) known for its colorful flamingos. Tours from San Pedro de Atacama can also take you to Cejar Lagoon (Laguna Cejar) where you can float on your back in the saltwater.
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Moon Valley

Moon Valley

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Venture into Chile's Moon Valley without the hassle of arranging your own transport on this guided tour from San Pedro de Atacama. In a small group limited to just 15 people, explore the lunar landscape, shaped by wind and water over millions of years,Ā of the driest desert in the world. Cap off the tour watching the sun set, casting a red glow over the landscape in nearby Death Valley. Includes pickup and drop-off from select hotels.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.05
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$21.05
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Moon Valley Tour & Death Valley Safari style by Grade 10

Moon Valley Tour & Death Valley Safari style by Grade 10

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Traveling routes with us you can become part of nature and also enjoy great comfort, security and an excellent service. In an exclusive safari-style bus, with reclining seats and an unparalleled panoramic view, we will take you to the most spectacular places in the Atacama Desert, such as the Moon Valley and the Death Valley. In the valley of the moon & death valley tour you can see the Atacama desert in its maximum splendor from the top of a dune until we enter the valley of death. Enjoy on the tour a rich orange soda with ice to pass the heat and continue enjoying. Finally you can enjoy all the safari style of a sunset that will leave you impressed by its beauty and colors.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
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Route of the Salares and Monk of the Pacana - Full Day - Local gastronomy

Route of the Salares and Monk of the Pacana - Full Day - Local gastronomy

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We are dedicated exclusively to this route, putting all our knowledge and experience to make your trip to San Pedro de Atacama unforgettable.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.06
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San Pedro de Atacama: Half day Valle de la Luna, Afternoon Tour

San Pedro de Atacama: Half day Valle de la Luna, Afternoon Tour

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Marvel over the startling topography of Chileā€™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 parkā€™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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.00
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$26.00
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Moon Valley & Death Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

Moon Valley & Death Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

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Moon Valley and Death Valley are two of the most popular day trip destinations from San Pedro de Atacama, and this day trip lets you experience them both with one easy booking. Hike through the out-of-this-world landscape in the Valley of the Moon, get the chance to sandboard in Death Valley, and then watch the sunset over the desert from a lookout point in the Salt Mountains.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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Tour Tatio Geyser Safari style by Grade 10

Tour Tatio Geyser Safari style by Grade 10

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With us you will have a unique experience. Touring spectacular places and that will leave you surprised. In our exclusive safari-style bus, with reclining seats and an unparalleled panoramic view, we will take you to the most spectacular places in the Atacama Desert. In the Tour geyser del Tatio you will travel through magical desert places with our safari bus, you will have a buffet breakfast with tables and chairs for you to enjoy, a guide with extensive knowledge of the area and maximum safety
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.16
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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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$136.42
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Laguna Cejar

Laguna Cejar

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Explore one of the most striking landscapes in Chile. This small-group tour takes you to Laguna Cejar, a lagoon in the middle of the desert, where, due to the high concentration of salt, you can float on the surface. Lie back and soak up the sights of the Atacama desertā€”the blue sky, white salt, and pink of the flamingos that come to feed.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Ascent Cerro Toco

Ascent Cerro Toco

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The ascent of Cerro Toco is a very good experience both for mountain initiates and to acclimatize to make height ascents. From the top you can see in the foreground the Licancabur volcano, the Salar de Uyuni and a privileged view of the San Pedro de Atacama valley.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.44
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Valle del ArcoĆ­ris

Valle del ArcoĆ­ris

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At 3,500 meters above seaĀ  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 AtacameƱa Community of the place.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

El Tatio Geyser and Machuca Tour

El Tatio Geyser and Machuca Tour

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Venture across the Atacama Desert in search of the natural phenomenon that is the El Tatio Geyser. The geyser field sits in the Andes Mountains at more than 14,000 feet (4,320 meters) and puts on a performance for onlookers. See the sunrise in the geothermal field and then head to the Machuca settlement to learn more about the daily life of residents in the driest desert in the world.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.00
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Luna Valley

Luna Valley

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Must-see Luna Valley Tour You will be amazed by a Sunset from Another Planet 1/2 Period Tour to La Luna Valley in Atacama
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.55
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$30.55

Altiplanic Lagoons, Piedras Rojas and Atacama Salt Flat

Altiplanic Lagoons, Piedras Rojas and Atacama Salt Flat

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Enjoy hassle-free transportation into the desert on this guided tour to Los Flamencos National Reserve from San Pedro de Atacama. Get picked up from from your hotel and travel in a small group of no more than 15 to the geological rock formations of Piedras Rojas; to the Miscanti and MiƱiques lagoons,Ā and to Chaxa Lagoon to see both Andean and James flamingos. Lunch is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.95
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$74.95
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El Tatio Geysers Tour - Half Day Tour - Typical Tour

El Tatio Geysers Tour - Half Day Tour - Typical Tour

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Waking up early in the morning for an almost two hours travel is only justified if you experience the dawn surrounded by El Tatio Geysers, exhaling the steam that contrasts with the cold invading your body, but which feels nice because you are sharing a unique effect with nature and the sunrise at 4500 meters high. After a few minutes walking in this phenomenon, you admire it while you warm up your hands and body with a breakfast in the heights of San Pedro de Atacama hills, to then relax in the warm natural river pools that are located a little further downhill. When going down through the same paths that a few hours ago were completely dark, you can appreciate the fantastic view from the edge of the trails. Later on you can make a stop in the Putana wetland to rest, but also to admire the placeā€™s fauna: flamencos and different type of birds in an exceptional lagoon surrounded by the path that leads to the town of Machuca.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00

Small-Group Tour to Altiplanic lagoons, Atacama saltflat & Flamingo reserve

Small-Group Tour to Altiplanic lagoons, Atacama saltflat & Flamingo reserve

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San Pedro de Atacama, a laid back oasis town on the edge of the direst desert on the earth. Little adobe houses, cozy restaurant are the base to explore one of the Chile's most spectacular sceneries. With this semi-private tour, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the highlights in a more intimate way, sharing your day with other travelers but avoiding big groups.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache - Half Day Tour - Wow Destination to Discover

Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache - Half Day Tour - Wow Destination to Discover

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A tour in the Atacama salt flat, specifically in a place that shows you not only the desert unique mineral wealth, but also its underground secrets. The waters that flood the deep wells hidden under the desert come to life in seven lagoons present in the middle of the Valley of Patience. The clear and opaque blue in each one of them makes you already think that something mystic is hidden in its depth. That something calls you to enter and immerse your body, and the surprise is not small: the quantity of salt in the water makes you float, relax, and you let yourself go. In this tour you can see how the desert hides secrets that are revealed only to the ones who dare to enter in its vastness. These secrets are the motivation to look for a closer and more direct relation with nature. Even though it is very likely that you do not know which words to use to describe this experience, your skin will perfectly know that received a gift from the hidden lagoons of Baltinache.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.00
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$174.00

Death Valley Sandboard Tour

Death Valley Sandboard Tour

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Sandboarding is a sport that consists of descending sand dunes or hills with special snowboard-like boards. The most famous place in Chile to practice this sport is the Death Valley, located just 2 kilometers from San Pedro do Atacama. Let's head from the center of San Pedro do Atacama to the Valley of Death. Once we have already selected our equipment (helmet, boots and board), we will climb to the top of the dune to receive an introduction class, in which they will teach us what are the best practices of this sport. After class we will start with the descents, which are accompanied by the spectacular landscapes of the Death Valley, with their strange rock formations surrounding the dune.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.90
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Fantastic LƔscar Volcano Ascent

Fantastic LƔscar Volcano Ascent

It ascends with a professional instructor to the active crater of the LƔscar Volcano, located at 5,600 m altitude. Includes breakfast and ration. The LƔscar Volcano, located just 70 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama, is characterized as the only active volcano in northern Chile. Its smoking crater serves as a warning to all who intend to challenge it. We are expert in excursions of this category therefore we guarantee a unique and fantastic activity. Enjoy this spectacle of nature in the desert.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.36
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$174.36
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Guided Self-drive in Atacama

Guided Self-drive in Atacama

You rent the car and we do the rest. We will create the best plan during the days You will stay in San Pedro de Atacama, later one of our expert guide will be with You during all Your excursions. We will organise Your lunches or breakfasts when needed, and take You around in the most touristic place avoiding the crowds and we will take You to best off beaten paths. Let's go Free!
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.35
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Lascar volcano

Lascar volcano

Lascar Volcano is the only active volcano in the Atacama mountain range, adding also the only sunrise in Laguna LejĆ­a.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Laguna Cejar Tour Safari style by Grade 10

Laguna Cejar Tour Safari style by Grade 10

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In an exclusive safari-style bus, with reclining seats and an unparalleled panoramic view, we will take you to the most spectacular places in the Atacama Desert. Traveling routes with us you can become part of nature and also enjoy great comfort, security and an excellent service. On the Cejar Lagoon tour you will see incredible places from the heights of our overland bus. You can bathe in a salt lagoon where the bodies float, you will see the reflection of the mountains in the Tebenquinche lagoon and finally enjoy a cocktail watching the sunset in the middle of the desert with an exquisite cocktail prepared by our staff all this in our safari bus Recommendations: Bring a jacket, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen and 1 liter of mineral water per person. Note: Use of sunscreen and sandals is not permitted in the lagoon.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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$35.90

Adventure Cerro Toco

Adventure Cerro Toco

They are three days of adventure and sport, perfect for the most adventurous. Incredible landscapes, full of amazing experiences.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$295.00
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$295.00
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Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs

Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs

Discover northern Chileā€™s often-overlooked petroglyphs on a day tour, and stop off along the way at Valle de ArcoĆ­ris to capture memorable photographs against the striking backdrop. Explore with a local guide for insight into the regionā€™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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$56.00
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Tour Piedras Rojas and Altiplanicas

Tour Piedras Rojas and Altiplanicas

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We will start the tour with a visit to the pre-Hispanic village of Socaire, characterized by its cultivated terraces. Then we go to the Altiplano, where we will visit Laguna Miscanti and Laguna MiƱiques, habitat of aquatic birds and mammals such as red foxes and vicuƱas. We will continue to the Salar de Talar (also known as Salar de Ɓguas Calientes) and the viewpoint of Piedras Rojas, from where we will see these reddish volcanic stones that will surprise you with their shape and the exceptional natural environment where they stay. The tour continues on the Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile and the third largest in the world. There, we will walk along the paths of Laguna Chaxa, nesting and habitat of the three species of flamingos present in Chile: Andean, Chilean and James. Finally, we will visit the village of Toconao, its Church of San Lucas and its characteristic orchards.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.35
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