- Explore one of the world’s largest salt flats
- Visit a breeding site for the rare Andean flamingo
The natural splendour of the vast Atacama Salt Flats is enhanced with this day-trip from San Pedro de Atacama, led by a knowledgeable guide and really bringing to life the beauty, wildlife and culture of the area. You’ll begin with a short tour around the Chaxa Lagoon in the Soncor section of the flats, well-known for its many species of colourful birdlife from the rare Andean flamingo to yellow-billed teal, sandpipers and crested ducks.
The Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons are equally breathtaking, located around 4200 metres above sea level at the base of a volcano which years ago separated the two bodies of water with an eruption. The landscape here is absolutely mindblowing, with the cool blue lagoons surrounded by the volcanic rocks. There will be a pause for a traditional Atacama lunch in a restaurant before a brief stop in Toconao. The small village is known for its vibrant handicrafts market, where you can pick up a few souvenirs or admire the handsome church and bell tower before returning to San Pedro de Atacama. If it’s stunning scenery you’re looking for, this Chile gift experience will absolutely deliver.