RED STONES AND SALT LAKES 2D

Live one of the most complete tours visiting the highlights of the Atacama desert !!
We start the experience at night (according to the lunar calendar), we will visit the Village of Tulor, an archeological site that shows the lifestyle of the ancient Lickantatay culture. The local guide will take us to know a little about the interpretation of the stars and the night sky, as well as their importance for the ancestral cultures of the region. After a cocktail sharing with the community, we will return to the hotel.

Early in the morning we leave for the town of Socaire to visit the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, where its turquoise waters in front of the desert landscape will make us feel like on another planet.

We continue our journey to the salt region and visit the Salar de Aguas Calientes. We will walk through the geological formations of the Red Iron Stones until we reach a place almost unknown by conventional tourists, the Tucaytu Salar, from where you can see the incredible Salar de Atacama.

We will visit the Interpretation Center to learn more about the fauna and flora of the region and we will finish our walk in the Oasis of Toconao.
Lunch is not included, but we highly recommend the restaurant "Senderos de Coyo" which is owned by a local family belonging to Ayllu (indigenous community).
Lodging: You can choose the hotel category of your choice (prices below).
Perfect tour for: small families, groups of friends and adventurers looking for an unusual experience with a positive impact on local communities.
SEE THE FULL PROGRAM BELOW.
NOTE: This is a tour that can be done all year round, however during the rainy and winter season, some routes usually close due to bad weather. We take care of making the appropriate changes in your program.
DAY 1

Transfer in: Meeting point to coordinate with the seller
Tour starts: 21:00
Visit: Tulor Valley - Ayllu de Coyo - Andean Cosmovision Experience
Tour ends: 00:00
Meals: Cocktel
Lodging: Category of choice.

DAY 2

Transfer in:
Pick up from the hotel of your choice
Tour starts: 08:00
Visit: Socaire - Lagunas Miscanti y Miñiques - Salar de Aguas Calientes - Piedras Rojas de Hierro - Salar de Tucaytu - Salar de Atacama - Oasis de Toconao.
Tour ends: 20:00
Meals: Not included
Lodging: Category of choice.
Despite efforts and achievements to preserve the cultural, architectural, landscape and biodiversity values ​​of the area (Los Flamencos Reserve), San Pedro de Atacama is an example of "tourist saturation" and isolation of local and ancestral communities now replaced by hotels and external operators.

However, this situation, lately the management and administration of the tourist attractions of their respective jurisdiction has been delivered to the local population or "Ayllus" (indigenous communities).

It is the case of Ayllu de Coyo, located 10 minutes southwest of San Pedro, which are also organized to offer a tourist proposal based on their visions, their ancestors, their traditions and their "rights" to participate in the benefits of tourism. It is through them that we present a different program and, as far as possible, away from the concentration of tourists.
  • USD 429 - 600 (HOTEL CASA DE DON TOMAS)
  • USD 373 - 525 (HOTEL DUNAS)
  • USD 327 - 497 (HOTEL CHAXA)
  • PRIVATE TOUR
  • Departures according to Lunar Calendar
  • Minimum 2 and maximum 6 passengers per car
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank and satellite phone in the car
  • Transfer in / out included
  • Driver in Spanish
  • English speaking guide USD 160 per group
  • Meals not included
  • Lunch at "Senderos de Coyo" USD 62 per person
  • Book this trip at least 1 week in advance
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