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San Pedro de Atacama lures visitors as much for its laid-back vibe as for its proximity to some of Chile’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 geysers’ 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 spring—another natural wonder courtesy of the area’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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Astronomical Tour with Guide and Pick Up to San Pedro de Atacama

Astronomical Tour with Guide and Pick Up to San Pedro de Atacama

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We will make observation of the deep sky through high-end, computerized and manual telescopes with which we will make an equatorial and azumuthal sweep of the objects visible during the night in Atacama, depending on the time of the year we can observe: planets, open clusters and closed, galaxies and stars. Where we can distinguish its shape and colors with great ease. Add to the explanatory scientific talk of our astronomy guides Patricio and Nathan who seek to dynamically and didactically deliver the scientific information of the universe. We can also relate the visible constellations of the southern hemisphere with the help of a laser pointer. If you like to know about the Andean archeology-astronomy of Latin America, you should ask for an explanation from Patricio, who is the speaker in the explanatory talk about how our American ancestors related the cosmos to the geographical and cultural zone.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.00
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$29.00
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San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Days Magic Desert Adventure

San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Days Magic Desert Adventure

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This 4-day tour of the Atacama Desert takes the planning and guesswork out of exploring the region’s highlights. Your guide accompanies you to the otherworldly landscape and salt caves at Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), vibrantly colored red rock formations Chaxa Lagoon, and off-the-beaten-track sites that you might miss on your own. All transportation is included with daily hotel pickup and drop-off, so you can choose your own accommodation and meals to suit your tastes.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$205.13
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$205.13
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Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanic Lagoons Day Tour

Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanic Lagoons Day Tour

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Take a tour of the world’s driest desert, Atacama, and visit a number of natural landmarks on a full-day tour. See the resident flamingo population, explore the small desert village of Toconao, and visit the altiplanic lagoons for a well-rounded look at the flora and fauna of the region. Round-trip hotel transfers from San Pedro de Atacama and lunch are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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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, 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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Astronomy Tour in San Pedro de Atacama

Astronomy Tour in San Pedro de Atacama

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The cosmos vision and traditions from the ancient people seamlessly combined with technology, computerized telescopes, augmented reality tablets & current catalog with the best deep sky objects. We are located in the first settlement where the Atacama people emerged, with privileged clear night skies and a noise and light free experience. Magical moments that will be immortalized with Professional Astrophotography under the southern night sky.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.29
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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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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 Chile’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 park’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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Valle de la luna

Valle de la luna

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We will leave from San Pedro towards the Valley of the Moon at 4:00 pm, we will make our first stop in the salt caverns, which are formed by the erosion of water on salt. Later we will make a trekking through the interior of the valley, visiting different places like; The three Marias, the amphitheater and the great sand dune to finally wait for the sunset at the Kari Viewpoint, after sunset we will return to the municipal parking lot located one block from the Plaza de Armas
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Valle de La Luna

Valle de La Luna

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The Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert is a popular excursion from San Pedro de Atacama, but you can avoid the crowds on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Leaving in the afternoon, you will arrive in time to experience the sunset, which casts a warm glow over the valley and makes for excellent photo opportunities.
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  • 4 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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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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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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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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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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$97.44

Termas de Puritama

Termas de Puritama

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Simplify transportation logistics between San Pedro de Atacama and the Puritama Hot Springs by booking this guided tour to the popular natural attraction. Hotel pickup and drop-off ensure peace of mind as you travel between destinations, letting you relax and fully enjoy the hot springs experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00

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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$29.83
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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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Astronomic tour

Astronomic tour

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Los cielos de San Pedro de Atacama son únicos en el mundo debido a la baja humedad en el cielo lo que permite ver muchas estrellas de gran claridad visual
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Lagunas Escondidas - Baltinache Tour

Lagunas Escondidas - Baltinache Tour

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Vive la experiencia de flotar en lagunas de sal y ver el mirador de Lickan Antay, disfrutando de los hermosos parajes de nuestro norte.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.49
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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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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 Miñiques lagoons, 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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Salar de Uyuni - 4 days

Salar de Uyuni - 4 days

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The Uyuni Salt Flats tour is one of the greatest attractions of Bolivia. We will depart from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, and for 4 days we will travel through a very diverse Andean landscape, passing through the Salvador Dalí desert, the Polque hot springs, the field of geysers, the spectacular high plateau lagoons, the Eduardo Avaroa natural park and ending in the great Salar de Uyuni, where we will also have opportunity to experience one of the most magical sunrises that exist. The views of the white salt desert will leave you speechless.
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  • 4 days
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$314.66
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Private Expeditions Laguna Lejía and Geyser Solitario

Private Expeditions Laguna Lejía and Geyser Solitario

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Live a memorable experience !!! Together with the Enjoy Atacama team, in Laguna Lejia there is a population of James, Chileans and Andean flamingos. We will also observe a particular volcanic formation, the maar of Cerro Overo (wide and low volcanic crater, produced by an eruption caused by underground water that comes into contact with hot lava or magma). We continue our route to the Aguas Calientes II Lagoon, the road passes at the foot of several volcanoes and we can also see the constant activity that was millions of years ago. The typical fauna like culpeos foxes and vizcachas are usually observed. Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes we will make a stop to observe the landscape and fauna of the site, then we will visit a unique and surprising place; the Solitary Geyser in which an ice tower is formed inside which water continues to flow out.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.36
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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

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 desert—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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