This half day tour begins in San Pedro de Atacama and takes you to the Altiplanic Lagoons, the Atacama Salt Flats, and to two Andean towns – Socaire and Toconao. See the Atacama desert’s stunning high altitude lagoons and massive salt flats, which are home to beautiful high altitude flamingos!
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On this half day tour, you will visit the Altiplanic Lagoons, the Atacama Salt Flats, and two Andean towns (Socaire and Toconao). Led by local guides trained in geology, you will learn about how the salt flats came to be, why they are so large, and how the flamingos survive in such an intense environment. You will also learn about how the Altiplanic Lagoons were formed and why they and the mountains around them have such a special color. During your stops in Toconao and Socaire, you will get to see how locals live in the Andean desert and take in some spectacular views of the desert and salt flats from on high. Walk slow (you’ll be at high altitude most of the day), put on a good pair of sunglasses, and enjoy some of the most spectacular views that you can find in Chile’s grand northern desert!
Note that the price does not include entrance to the park, which is $2,500 Chilean pesos (about $5 USD), paid in cash to the park rangers.
(Note that the middle part of the itinerary may vary – this tour operator does a good job of trying to visit destinations when there are not many other travelers there, so sometimes they flip or rearrange the order of the itinerary)
Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are non-refundable. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at email@example.com.
This day tour will take you to over 13,000 feet (~4,000 meters), so we highly recommend that you hydrate well the night before and stay hydrated during the day (this helps prevent altitude sickness). Also avoid alcoholic drinks the night before this trip. If you commonly suffer from altitude sickness, we recommend taking this tour a few days into your visit to Atacama in order to acclimate. This excursion is not recommended for people who suffer from high blood pressure or heart deceases. Pregnant women and children younger than 4 years old should also skip this tour.
The Altiplanic Lagoons are a part of the Flamingos National Reserve. Drinking alcohol, smoking, and collecting rocks is strictly prohibited. Visitors are prohibited from walking in restricted areas. Stay on trails. There is no phone reception at the Altiplanic Lagoons, but the operator will have a satellite phone in case of emergencies.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.