San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Day Magic Desert Tour

San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Day Magic Desert Tour

From US$ 200 per person

Enjoy a 4-day desert tour including transfers to and from Calama Airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Discover the Valley of the Moon, the Atliplanic lagoons, Geyser del Taito, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 18 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 4 days
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Tour start at Calama Airport All Excursion start in Hotels in Central San Pedro de Atacama

Experience

Highlights
  • See the most important sights in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Take a 4-day Atacama Desert tour including transfer from San Pedro de Atacama
  • Make your way to regional highlights with trasfer included
Full description
Day 1: Transfer from Calama Airport to your San Pedro de Atamaca Hotel After beginning your tour, you will travel to the famous Valley of the Moon, located approximately 10 kilometers away from San Pedro de Atacama and declared a sanctuary of nature. Here you will discover a place with beautiful shapes and colors where you can walk and observe a geological show with sculptural forms, similar to the lunar surface. You can visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", as well as the salt caverns. You will then go up to the great dune at sunset to admire this beautiful panorama in all its splendor. Day 2: Red Stones Your first stop will be after about 1 hour of travel in the Miscanti and Miñiques highland lagoons, located at 4,200 meters above sea level. Breakfast will be enjoyed by these lagoons, with the fauna of the place able to be appreciated. You will then go to Piedras Rojas, where you will visit Salar de Aguas Calientes and Salar de Talar. There you can appreciate the rock formation's reddish colors, before you head to the Atacameño village of Socaire to have lunch. You will then visit the Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt lake, where the national flamingo reserve is located. You will also discover here the Chaxa Lagoon, where you can observe 3 types of flamingos, as well as various other species that inhabit the lagoons. As the final stop for the day, you will visit the town of Toconao. Day 3: Tour Geiser del Tatio (altitude of 4,300 meters) After driving through the night, you will arrive at this spectacular sector of the Altiplano at approximately 6:45AM, normally the temperature at this time is below zero. You will begin your day by enjoying breakfast before a guided hike by the geothermal field. There you will be able to observe the impressive columns of steam (geisers), fumaroles, hundreds of pools of boiling water, and high peaks. In this sector you can see parts of the typical Andean fauna such as Vizcachas and Vicuñas. You will then move to the sector of the thermal pools with 40º water, where guests can take a rejuvenating swim. You will then begin the return to San Pedro, through the impressive landscape of the Andes mountain range. During this route you will also be able to see the Tocorpuri and Licancacabur volcanos. You will eventually arrive in San Pedro at approximately 12:00PM, where you will have free time before meeting in the office at 3:50PM. From here you will travel directly to the Salar de Atacama, where your first stop will be Laguna Cejar, a turquoise lagoon in which you can bathe. Due to this lake's great salinity, you will even be able to float on the water. Later, you will visit the eyes of the Salar, before your tour ends at the Tebinquiche Lagoon, where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset with an aperitif. You will eventually return to San Pedro de Atacama. Day 4: Transfer Hotel San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport On the final day of your tour you will be transferred to Calama Airport, or another centrally located part of Calama.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (only from centrally located hotels in San pedro de Atacama to Geyser del Tatio, Piedras Rojas and transfer out)
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel and accomodation
  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People over 75 years
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Please note, this program is not recommended for people with heart, back or respiratory problems.
  • Please note, this program is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • On the Geyser Del Tatio and Laguna Cejar tours, passengers can swim so please bring your bathing suit and towel.
  • Please note, this program is not recommended for children under 7 years old and adults over 75 years old, since it visits areas of more than 4000 meters above sea level.
  • When booking your flight to Calama (El Loa) Airport it is recommended to book a flight that arrives before 10:00 AM, in order to allow enough time for your tour of the Valle de la Luna.
  • If your hotel is out of the pick up zone, the local partner will let you know the meeting point and starting time.
  • Please send make sure to send the local partner the passport details of each traveller to enroll you in the passenger list, including each person's: full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and expiration date.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.0 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.0 / 5
  • Value for money
    3 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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The set of daily tours is organized by a travel agency in Santiago. This agency outsources to local tourism operators for every tour. The agency provides to the tourists a schedule of the tours. The schedule was half-an-hour ahead of the time arranged between the operator and agency. The operator usually arrived 30 minutes after the arranged pick up time. In total, we wasted at least one hour waiting for the pick up at the hotel for every tour.

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9 December 2019

At first they did not know they had to pick me up and I had to convince them first that I had already paid for it. the excursions were very interesting, but they had to be described more precisely. Once we drove to a lake and of course I had no bathing suits, since I only knew when I would be picked up, but not what we do there. When returning to the airport, the driver was 1.5h late and I had to hurry to get my flight in time. The organization must be clearly improved!

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13 October 2019

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