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Antofagasta Region

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San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

1. San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

Meet your local host in the main street of San Pedro de Atacama to begin your experience. Heading towards the southeast of the desert taking the scenic route to the hidden lagoons of Baltinache. During the 1-hour drive, see all the rock and salt landscapes that make up the desert, and learn about why this area is believed to have been at the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago. At the entrance of the lagoons, make use of the locker room in case you want to change into your bathing suit. From there, walk to the beginning of the track where you can visit all 7 lagoons. Be stunned by the crystal clear waters of the lagoons and wonder how such a thing is possible in the middle of nowhere. If you wish to take a dip, you are permitted to swim in the first and last lagoons only, for conservation purposes. Due to the amount of salt that they have in the water, experience the sensation of floating like a cork. It is recommended that you start in the last lagoon so that you don't have to walk all the way there with salt on your body. After a few hours of free time, use the facilities again to shower. Then, enjoy the scenic ride back with the opportunity to catch the sun setting over the desert. Finally, arrive back in San Pedro de Atacama where your memorable tour concludes.

San Pedro de Atacama: 3-Day Special Activity Combo

2. San Pedro de Atacama: 3-Day Special Activity Combo

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the must-sees in the Atacama Desert, from San Pedro de Atacama. The natural attractions of Atacama, the driest and highest desert in the world, are scattered around San Pedro. Get ready to find conical volcanoes, blueish lagoons, steaming geysers, and rock formations that appear to be from another planet. Llamas, vicuñas, guanacos, foxes, and graceful flamingos can also be experienced in this unique wildlife environment. The 3-day pack will be a combination of the 4 tours below. The local partner will contact you before to coordinate the days on which you will attend each one. El Tatio Geysers Tour: Visit El Tatio Geysers to be mesmerized by the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere and the third-largest in the world. Ride through the Putana Valley, observe flora and fauna, and stop at a lagoon to see flamingos. Salt Flats Route Tour: Explore northeastern Chile’s natural wonders of the Atacama Salt Flats and a few lagoons, with breakfast included. End the day at the Tara Salt Flat and the volcano lookout. Vallecito Sunset Tour: Explore the Atacama Desert with a visit to Vallecito and stop by famous magic bus to later on end your day watching an amazing sunset. Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache Tour: Visit the hidden lagoons of Baltinache or Seven Lagoons, one of the secret places of the Atacama Desert. This is a wonderful landscape, of which only the first and the last one can be used for bathing. Due to the high salt concentration they contain, you will experience the flotation effect like the Dead Sea.

Atacama: San Pedro de Atacama Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

3. Atacama: San Pedro de Atacama Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Begin the day with early pickup from your hotel or accommodation via a comfortable, air-conditioned 4WD jeep. You will be driven to the flight launch area where you will meet the hot air balloon team and be given a briefing on the flight and the balloon. Watch as the team mounts and inflates the baloon with hot air. From there, hop inside the basket and take off over the fantastic Atacama Desert between the Domeyco Cordillera and the Andes. Snap beautiful photos of the sunrise behind the Licancabur Volcano and enjoy a birds' view of main sights such as the Moon Valley, the Death Valley, the Atacama Lagoons, the Salt Mountain range, the Andes, and the Atacama desert. Enjoy between 45 and 75 minutes of flying, a truly spectacular experience over the mesmerizing landscapes of the region of San Pedro de Atacama. After landing safely back on the ground, partake in the second part of the tour, an amazing breakfast based on quality products. Listen to the stories of the Atacama people and learn more about the region and its people while you eat and reflect on the ride.

San Pedro de Atacama: Láscar Volcano Summit Hiking Day Trip

4. San Pedro de Atacama: Láscar Volcano Summit Hiking Day Trip

Discover the most active volcano in northern Chile with this hiking day trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the top of the Láscar volcano. Admire the views from 5590 meters above sea level and see smoking fumaroles. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Pedro de Atacama. Sit back and relax on the air conditioned drive in an all terrain vehicle. Stop to purchase breakfast and pass through the towns of Toconao and Talabre. Arrive at the base of the Láscar volcano. Look up at its smoking crater as you drive to an altitude of 4,600 meters. Put on your helmet and pick up your walking stick. Get a safety briefing from your guide before beginning your ascent to the 300-meter deep crater. See endemic fauna and a blue altiplanic lagoon surrounded by salt on your tour. Marvel at sweeping views of the Andes mountain range. Look as your guide points of smoking fumaroles. Breathe in the scent of sulfur.  Reach 5590 meters above sea, if conditions are good, before making your descent. Transfer back to your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama at the end of your tour. 

San Pedro de Atacama: Guided Buggy Tour Through the Desert

5. San Pedro de Atacama: Guided Buggy Tour Through the Desert

Feel the wind on your face while going to places no other tourists go on this guided buggy tour in the Atacama Desert. Drive-up thrilling trails with your expert local guide, and be entertained and informed by their extensive knowledge of the area. Begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama. From there, drive to the local partner's headquarters with your guide. Once there, listen to a safety lecture and suit up in a helmet, gloves, and glasses. Have a look at a map to understand where the activity will place and find out the itinerary through the desert, the salt mountain range, and two archeological sites. Then, let the fun begin: Set off on your approximately 50-kilometer (31-mile) buggy adventure through the Atacama Desert. Tackle a variety of terrains like riverbed crossings, steep mountain climbs, and beautiful sand dunes. Make the most of the opportunity to take pictures of pristine Atacama with no other tourists in tow. During the tour, there will be 3 different main stops along the way to share information and take pictures. At the end of the buggy tour, you'll return to the headquarters before being dropped off at your accommodation.

San Pedro de Atacama: Desert Tour with Canyoning & Trekking

6. San Pedro de Atacama: Desert Tour with Canyoning & Trekking

Discover unique landscapes in the world on a day trip from San Pedro de Atacama. Ascend the more than 4,000 meters of altitude of the Andean altiplano to the driest desert in the world. Get ready for adventure and rappel through waterfalls and canyon walls. Start your adventure by walking through an archaeological trail of medium difficulty. Once at the entrance of the canyon, learn the rappel technique from your mountaineering guide. Advance through obstacles using different techniques with only the help of your body, ropes, and climbing equipment. Begin to rappel down the waterfalls and cliffs, jumping off of rocks of different heights into pools of pure water. Explore different canyons in the middle of extreme scenery worth photographing. Finally, take a break at the beach of the waterfalls and walk back to the starting point.  

Vallecito: Atacama Desert and Magic Bus Visit

7. Vallecito: Atacama Desert and Magic Bus Visit

We will travel to our first stop at the salty river. We will then explore the dunes in the salt mountain range, where you can learn about the moon-like landscape of the desert and how it got its unique aesthetic. Next, we will travel to the valley of the abandoned bus, also known as the 'Magic Bus'. Iconic for its rustic look and picture perfect surroundings, you can take this time to capture your perfect shot. We will end the trip with an incredible sunset, celebrating this moment with delicious drinks and snacks for us to enjoy.

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What people are saying about Antofagasta Region

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It is a wonderful and spectacular experience. Pascal the pilot is very experienced and his team is very nice and helpful. 100% recommended, seeing from above the salt mountain range, sunrise and the beautiful landscapes is a wonderful sensation. And in the end a very pleasant surprise awaits them.

Wonderful experience!! We were 6 people in total, including my 10 year old daughter (more than happy). Dreamlike landscape together with suitable personnel, which makes it a dream activity. I would do it again without a doubt. Greetings to the team

Beautiful place, unique sensation when bathing in those lagoons, beautiful landscapes... the guides are very kind and friendly. Really enjoyed it. All perfect!!

The tours were well coordinated and the guides are very knowledgeable. The places were amazing!!

Great guide, good explanations, impressive landscape