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Los Flamencos National Reserve Private Tour – Lagoons, Salt Flats

Take a private day trip from San Pedro to see the famous flamingos of Los Flamencos National Reserve, along with high altitude lagoons and red rocks.

USD $695.00

Per Person

Discover the Natural Beauty of the Los Flamencos National Reserve

On this private, full-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Los Flamencos National Reserve, marvel at Altiplano lagoons, desolate salt flats, and colorful red rocks. Journey between mountains and salt-covered hills to find bright blue lagoons in the high plains. Find a rainbow of colors at the Red Rocks and the lake below them. At the world-renowned Atacama Salt Flat, you’ll find flamingos and unbeatable views.

Enjoy delicious traditional food in the towns of Socaire and Toconao and browse handicraft shops. This private tour lets you customize your day with your guide and driver to experience the best destinations near San Pedro with fewer people, as you’ll go at different times, when the big groups have already moved on.


  • Explore the small towns of Socaire and Toconao to get a better idea of life in the desert
  • Admire beautiful views of the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons
  • Walk over the bright Red Rocks
  • Observe high-altitude flamingos at the Atacama Salt Flats

Tour Information

Duration: Full Day (7:00 am-18:00 pm)
Start and end location: San Pedro de Atacama
Availability: Year-round


Explore the Tiny Town of Socaire
Between 7:00 am and 7:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the small town of Socaire, close to the Atacama salt flats. Catch a glimpse of life in the desert and browse artisan shops for handicrafts. You’ll also enjoy breakfast there before moving on.

Discover the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons of the High Plains
Experience fantastic landscapes at these two high-altitude lagoons (elevation over 13,000 feet/4,000 meters). Admire two volcanoes in the background. The two lagoons divided when Miñiques Volcano last erupted.

Walk in a Beautiful, Bare Andean Valley to the Red Rocks
These breathtaking red rocks formed as the result of volcanic activity. You’ll also love the stunning scenery in the distance.

Marvel at the Atacama Salt Flat
This incredible natural wonder is one of the largest salt flats in the world. There, you’ll find flamingos living at high altitude. If you’ve been to the salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia, you’ll find that these ones are unique, as the Atacama Salt Flat has a rougher texture and rises up from the ground, in contrast to the smooth, white Uyuni flat.

Visit the Town of Toconao
Stroll through the streets of this lovely town and visit its square with a small white bell tower. Stop by some artisan shops and possibly meet a llama. Finally, your Los Flamencos National Reserve Tour will come to an end as you drive back to San Pedro de Atacama, arriving about 18:00 pm.

What’s Included

  • Transport (including hotel pick up and drop off)
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Experienced, knowledgeable bilingual guide

What’s Not Included

  • Park entrance fee in cash ($5,000 pesos–about $8 USD), given to the park rangers

What to Bring

  • Winter clothing and layers, including a lightweight long-sleeve shirt to protect your skin from the sun
  • Comfortable trekking shoes (close-toed, stable shoes with good traction)
  • Park entrance fee in cash ($5,000 pesos–about $8 USD)
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses

Important Notes

  • The total price (not per person) is $695 USD for a group of up to 6 people. If your group is larger than 6 people, please contact us at and we can get you a custom quote.
  • Altitude: This tour goes up to altitudes of more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).
    • Stay hydrated both before and during the tour.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before the tour. If you drink heavily the night before, you could be asked to stay behind.
    • If you frequently have problems with altitude sickness, you should first spend a few days in Atacama to acclimate.
    • This tour is not recommended for people with high blood pressure or heart disease. Pregnant women and children younger than 4 years old should not take this tour.
  •  Weather:
    • In the Atacama Desert, there are warm days with strong sun and cold nights year-round. It very rarely rains and the heat is stronger in the summer.
    • Sun radiation is high throughout the year. We highly recommend using sunscreen.
  • Los Flamencos National Reserve Rules and Regulations:
    • Drinking alcohol, smoking, and collecting rocks are strictly prohibited.
    • Visitors are prohibited from walking in restricted areas. Stay on the trails.
    • There is no phone reception in this area, but your guide will have a satellite phone for emergencies.
    • Listen to your guide and respect park boundaries so that you can stay safe and the beautiful landscape of Los Flamencos National Reserve can be conserved for many years to come.
  • This is a private tour. In addition to private tours, this guide offers general, regular tours for groups of up to 15 people. If you would like to join one of these groups with other travelers, please see the group version of this tour.


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