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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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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
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$51.29
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$51.29

Private Atacama Photo tours

Private Atacama Photo tours

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- Photographer-guided activity / certified local guide - Reliable information of each place to visit -Places to take pictures with the best views -Help if you want to learn to take photography -Totally customizable itineraries and places -Itineraries and special places and very little known if requested -Homemade meals to give the excursion a family atmosphere -Satisfaction guaranteed
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  • 10 hours
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$1,250.00
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$1,250.00
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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

Vallecito

Vallecito

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Unmissable trip to Vallecito You will be amazed by a Sunset from Another Planet 1/2 Period Tour to Vallecito
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.14
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$51.14

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 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.42
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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
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$65.00
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$65.00

Classic Sorbac Atacama, check in Monday and Wednesday

Classic Sorbac Atacama, check in Monday and Wednesday

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They are four full days of adventure, perfect for short trips, where you can get to know all the main attractions of San Pedro.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$470.00
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$470.00

Private Expeditions Laguna Lejía and Geyser Solitario

Private Expeditions Laguna Lejía and Geyser Solitario

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Discover the natural sights of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on the planet, during a private tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Letting someone else drive allows you to sit back and recreate the desert landscape without having to keep your eyes on the road. Plus, with this private tour, you'll have the freedom to customize your itinerary and ask as many questions as you like.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00

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

Classic Sorbac Atacama, check in Friday

Classic Sorbac Atacama, check in Friday

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They are four full days of adventure, perfect for short trips, where you can get to know all the main attractions of San Pedro.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$470.00
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$470.00

Activated Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Friday

Activated Full Sorbac Atacama, check in Friday

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They are 6 or 7 full days of adventure, perfect for long trips, where you want to know all the corners of San Pedro. Different landscapes every day.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$780.00
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$780.00

Uyuni Saltflat from San Pedro de Atacama

Uyuni Saltflat from San Pedro de Atacama

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This is the best way to see the Altiplano and the Saltflat of Uyuni. On board of 4X4 with experienced drivers that will take You around Bolivia in the best places of the country.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.00
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$205.00
Price varies by group size

Route of the Salares

Route of the Salares

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Tara Salar Tour, Monjes de la Pacana and Quisquiro, two of the best kept secrets of the Atacama Desert.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.64
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$92.64

El Tatio Geysers Tour - Half Day Tour - Typical Tour

El Tatio Geysers Tour - Half Day Tour - Typical Tour

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Waking up early in the morning for an almost two hours travel is only justified if you experience the dawn surrounded by El Tatio Geysers, exhaling the steam that contrasts with the cold invading your body, but which feels nice because you are sharing a unique effect with nature and the sunrise at 4500 meters high. After a few minutes walking in this phenomenon, you admire it while you warm up your hands and body with a breakfast in the heights of San Pedro de Atacama hills, to then relax in the warm natural river pools that are located a little further downhill. When going down through the same paths that a few hours ago were completely dark, you can appreciate the fantastic view from the edge of the trails. Later on you can make a stop in the Putana wetland to rest, but also to admire the place’s fauna: flamencos and different type of birds in an exceptional lagoon surrounded by the path that leads to the town of Machuca.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00

Sorbac Weekend Sunset

Sorbac Weekend Sunset

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They are three days of adventure, perfect for short weekend trips, where they will meet incredible attractions and totally different landscapes from each other.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$315.00
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$315.00

Puritama Hot Springs

Puritama Hot Springs

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On this visit, we will enjoy a bath to replenish the energy at the Termas do Puritama, located 30 kilometers from San Pedro do Atacama. Its waters are born in the Andes and reach high temperatures because of the proximity to volcanic materials. Then, we go to the surface on the Puritama River, creating eight natural pools, surrounded by hills and native vegetation. The place has rooms to change clothes, bathrooms and terraces in each of the pools. The average temperature of the thermal waters is 33 ° C.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.64
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Vallecito, Ruta de los Salares, Geysers del Tatio and Baltinache

Vallecito, Ruta de los Salares, Geysers del Tatio and Baltinache

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We believe in the energy of places and people, we want people to have an encounter with themselves that they learn from local guides and that they enjoy a place of great magic in Chile, that they can learn and deal only with feeling nature, Learn from the history of the place and keep a good memory.
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  • 20 to 22 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$300.00
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$300.00
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Devil's Throat Bike

Devil's Throat Bike

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The adventure on two wheels begins from Casa Sorbac, where we will take the necessary sports equipment. We will enter the Catarpe Valley, home to incredible postcards that mix vegetation and a geography of great contrasts. Then we will enter the famous Devil's Throat, which will transport us to another planet during its 7 km journey. Finishing the route, we will go through the San Isidro chapel and depending on your capacity, we can make the ascent to the cornice through the old tunnel that connected San Pedro with the city of Calama.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.00
Price varies by group size
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$141.00
Price varies by group size

Sorbac Weekend Rainbow

Sorbac Weekend Rainbow

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They are three days of adventure, perfect for short weekend trips, where they will meet incredible attractions and totally different landscapes from each other.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$315.00
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$315.00

Private Program 4 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

Private Program 4 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

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This is a 4 day program, ideal minimum stay to enjoy the region. The emblematic Valley of the Moon receives them the first day; the Rainbow Valley shows us another color of the desert; and from the second day we enter the vast Andean Altiplano that gives us some of the innumerable postcards that this territory offers. All the tours have their "particular touch": avoid the schedules of greater flow of tourists; tour other sectors less visited and of great value; share a picnic surrounded by nature; or simply share moments of conversation and silence while touring San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. I see tourism as an art that requires dedication in details and elegance in its execution; each program is special and each excursion an opportunity to meet with the enjoyment of life and its beauty. That's why I enjoy organizing and guiding private programs, fostering an intimate and authentic encounter with the environment.
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  • 4 days
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$1,989.75
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$1,989.75
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Classic Sorbac Atacama, check in Tuesday and Thursday

Classic Sorbac Atacama, check in Tuesday and Thursday

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They are four full days of adventure, perfect for short trips, where you can get to know all the main attractions of San Pedro.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$470.00
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$470.00

Tour Piedras Rojas and Altiplanicas

Tour Piedras Rojas and Altiplanicas

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We will start the tour with a visit to the pre-Hispanic village of Socaire, characterized by its cultivated terraces. Then we go to the Altiplano, where we will visit Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques, habitat of aquatic birds and mammals such as red foxes and vicuñas. We will continue to the Salar de Talar (also known as Salar de Águas Calientes) and the viewpoint of Piedras Rojas, from where we will see these reddish volcanic stones that will surprise you with their shape and the exceptional natural environment where they stay. The tour continues on the Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile and the third largest in the world. There, we will walk along the paths of Laguna Chaxa, nesting and habitat of the three species of flamingos present in Chile: Andean, Chilean and James. Finally, we will visit the village of Toconao, its Church of San Lucas and its characteristic orchards.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.64
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$92.64

Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Town Tour

Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Town Tour

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Knowing the best spots to appreciate Chile’s natural landscape can be tricky. Discover the country’s largest salt flat on a day tour to Salar de Atacama, and visit one of the elevated region’s villages along the way for insight into traditional Chilean culture. Explore the rural terrain with ease, with round-trip transfer from San Pedro, and benefit from insights provided by your local guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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$54.00

Puna Salt Flats - Full Day Tour - San Pedro de Atacama - Must Visit

Puna Salt Flats - Full Day Tour - San Pedro de Atacama - Must Visit

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A tour for the Atacama Desert heights, the antithesis of the region. Escaping from the ambient temperature to border the low temperatures, to feel the wind in the face and to fight against the hills’ heights and the volcanos slopes alongside the road that leads to Paso de Jama, frontier mountain pass with Argentina. Nonetheless, this tour invites you to know a more exclusive part of San Pedro: unique places with low traffic, where the sun touches the neck and the back, but the heat is unnoticed when the altiplanic cold goes through your arms and wraps you in its soft breeze to take you to cross the hills’ slopes over 4000 meters high. In this tour you visit unique lagoons, salt flats at the foot of hills, volcanoes and its erosions, and viewpoints with incredible sights that will take you to know the other side of the Atacama Desert.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

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