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Explore Atacama — Monjes de la Pacana & Tara Salt Flats (Day Tour)

On this tour of the Tara Salt Flats and the Monjes (Monks) of the Pacana, you’ll encounter the wild and diverse landscapes and formations of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Visit flamingo-filled wetlands, towering rock formations sculpted by the wind, “cathedrals” of rocky spires, and more!

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Explore Atacama Landscapes and Biodiversity

On this tour of the Tara Salt Flats and the Monjes (Monks) of the Pacana, you’ll encounter the wild and diverse landscapes and formations of Chile’s Atacama Desert. From towering rock formations sculpted by the wind, to “cathedrals” of rocky spires, to the magnificent Tara Salt Flats, you’ll marvel at Chile’s outstanding natural landscapes and vital biodiversity on this day-long tour.

Highlights

  • Experience outstanding rock formations and natural landscapes
  • Encounter important wetlands in the world’s driest desert
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views

Itinerary

You’ll begin your day with early morning pick-up at your hotel in San Pedro Atacama. From there, you’ll drive towards the Argentine border and stop at the high Andean Wetlands of the San Pedro River. These wetlands are a vital sanctuary for wildlife, and an important natural resource at the cusp of the world’s driest desert.

From the wetlands, you’ll continue on to reach the Monjes de la Pacana. These massive, towering rock formations stand alone or in small groups across the barren desert. From afar, you can imagine them as holy men, crouched over against the wind on a pilgrimage across the unforgiving landscape.

Next, you’ll continue onward to the formidable cliffs known as “Las Catedrales” — the cathedrals. From there, you’ll get an outstanding look at the entirety of the Tara Salt Flat below. As you marvel at its otherworldly beauty, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about the importance of protecting these singular natural landscapes, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the region.

After enjoying a picnic lunch at the overlook, you’ll travel back to San Pedro de Atacama.

What’s Included

  • Transportation to/from hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
  • Boxed lunch

What to Bring

  • Bottled water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Light long sleeves

*Before you explore Atacama, remember that the desert sun extremely powerful. Please hydrate and dress accordingly.

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Salar de Tara III Región de Atacama, Chile

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Salar de Tara III Región de Atacama, Chile -27.362700, -70.313800

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