From San Pedro de Atacama: Lagoons and Piedras Reds

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Explore the Altiplano region on a guided tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Visit the town of Toconao, the Laguna Chaxa, the town of Socaire, and the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons.

Highlights

  • Discover the town of Toconao, known for its simple charm and beautiful crafts
  • Visit the Laguna Chaxa, a marginal zone of the Atacama Salt Flat
  • Explore the town of Socaire and visit its church and learn about its agriculture
  • Admire the stunning landscapes of the Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert
  • See the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons, home to an array of bird species

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Discover the beauty of the Atacama Salt Flat on a full-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Visit the village of Toconao, the Chaxa Lagoon, the village of Socaire, and the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons. Start your tour with a visit to the village of Toconao, known for its simplicity, calm people, special climate, beautiful architecture, and crafts. Continue to the Chaxa Lagoon, located in the Soncor sector of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. Head southeast to the Andes mountain range and stop at the village of Socaire. Visit the church and learn about the local agriculture. Continue to the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons, located at an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. Admire the lagoons, which are surrounded by volcanoes and mountainous reliefs such as the Miscanti Hill and the Meñiques Volcano. Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as the horned coot, the Andean flamingo, the Baird's sandpiper, the puna plover, the Andean duck, and the Andean goose. See the local flora, which is mainly composed of cushion plants and grasses. Continue to the Talar Salt Flat, known as the Red Stones, where the rocks are subjected to natural oxidation and weathering, creating a unique landscape.

Includes

Pick Up Hotel Socaire Professional guide Transportation by Jeep/SUV Entrance fees to Laguna Chaxa, Miscanti and Meñiques, and Salar de Talar Packed Breackfast and lunch

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