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(SAN201) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO THE MOON VALLEY 
Duration: 4 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily 
Description: This tour gives the feeling that we are walking on the surface of another planet. The 43-kilometre ride leads to the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) a group of attractive natural stone and sand sculptures that millions of years ago formed part of a large lake. Once here, visitors are taken to a surprising lookout to enjoy views of the valley and next destinations. The next stop is the awesome Valle de Marte (valley of Mars) also known as the Valle de la Muerte (death valley) with its peculiar stone formations and absolute desert landscape: no vegetation or insects to be seen in what is considered one of the country’s most barren regions. Next, the tour ventures on to Las Tres Marias (the three Marys), an interesting geological formation near an old salt mine. At sunset, the exploration ends atop a giant sand dune in Valle de la Luna (moon valley), named this way because of its moon-like landscape where an amazing spectacle of different colors can be admired when the sun slips below the horizon. 

(SAN402) S.I.B HALF DAY EXCURSION TO THE MOON VALLEY
Operates: Daily (Except December 25th and January 1st, subject to availability).  Departure time at 16:00 hrs. (Summer) and 15:00 hrs. (Winter).
Duration: 05 hrs. Approx.
Description: This tour is an invitation to get to know one of the most exceptional sites near San Pedro de Atacama: Valle de la Luna (moon valley). The excursion starts out venturing deep into this moon-like salt scenario that has been eroded by eons of flood and wind.  Going through the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) amazing rock sculptures can be admired on the way, such as Las Tres Marias (the three Marys) an interesting geological formation near an old salt mine.  The tour ends in Valle de la Muerte (death valley), an area that is unique for its peculiar rock formations and an absolute desert landscape: no plants or insects manage to survive in this arid environment, believed to be one of the most barren in the country.  From here, one of the best views of the Andes Mountain Range and its volcanoes can be enjoyed, especially at sunset when this natural amphitheater offers a breathtaking colored spectacle. End of tour and return to hotel. 

(SAN202) HALF DAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCURSION (QUITOR, TULOR)
Duration: 3 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Museum closed on Mondays and Holidays. 
Description: San Pedro de Atacama is a mystical and historic site. This tour takes tourists to its very origins, visiting archaeological footprints that are still evident in the area. The first stop is at the Village of Tulor, one of northern Chile’s oldest archaeological sites (3,000 years old). It was inhabited by a community that raised cattle, grew maze and had trading relationships with other settlements, paving the way for the later development of sedentary groups. Next comes a visit to the indigenous Pukara de Quitor (Quitor fortress), built by Atacama settlers more than 700 years ago to defend themselves from other communities in South America and declared a National Monument in 1982. Lastly, a visit San Pedro’s square offers the possibility of getting to know its famous and recently remodeled adobe church. Built in the 16th century, its construction was the focal point around which the village of San Pedro gradually established itself. 

(SAN402) S.I.B. HALF DAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCURSION (QUITOR, TULOR)
Duration 04 hrs. Approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Description: This tour explores the most important archaeological sites in San Pedro de Atacama – Chile’s archaeological capital – and offers a “trip to the past” to get an insight of the way of life of the Atacama or Licanantai culture. The first stop is at the Aldea de Tulor (Tulor village) one of the oldest archaeological ruins originally inhabited by a community that was crucial for the transition to sedentary life.  Next comes a visit to the Pukara de Quito (Quito fortress) built by Atacama settlers more than 700 years ago to defend themselves from other communities in South America, that was declared a National Monument in 1982. The nearby Granja Atacameña (Atacama farm) shows how a family combines ancestral farming and shepherding traditions with tourism. The tour ends with a visit to San Pedro’s square, to get acquainted with its famous and recently remodelled adobe church. Built in the 16th century, its construction was the focal point around which the village of San Pedro gradually established itself. Return to hotel.

(SAN203) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO THE ATACAMA SALT FLAT AND TOCONAO  
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Description: This is a tour to get a first-hand experience of the work performed by artisans and farmers, and to also admire the unique landscapes in San Pedro.   The outing starts out with a visit to Toconao, a village located at an altitude of 2,475 meters (8,120 ft..) that offers a glimpse of the peaceful life and skills of Atacama artisans who carve volcanic stones, specially liparita or pumice.  Next are Quebrada de Jerez (Jerez creek) with its fruit plantations and Chaxa lake in the Altiplano (high plateau), located in Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat). Spending time in the Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (Los Flamencos national reserve) is a rewarding experience, admiring the three varieties of flamingos reflected in the lake’s crystal waters. It consists in a remarkable and unique ecosystem found in an area -that in spite of its barrenness and rocky terrain- amazes us with its vitality.

(SAN404) S.I.B. HALF DAY EXCURSION TO THE ATACAMA SALT FLAT AND TOCONAO  
Operates: Daily (Except December 25th and January 1st, subject to availability).  
Departure time: 16:00 hrs.
Duration 05 hrs. approx
Description: The tour starts out with a visit to Toconao, an Andean village located south of San Pedro de Atacama and mostly inhabited by Atacama artisans who carve volcanic stones, especially liparita or pumice. The town’s square is quaint and picturesque; the San Lucas church and church tower were built in 1750 (both declared national monuments). The next stop is at Quebrada de Jerez (Jerez creek) where the beauty of the Toconares canyon can be admired. This canyon has a unique microclimate and its waters flow down from the cordillera (mountain range) providing fertile soil that turn it into one of the greenest areas in the desert, with generous fruit orchards and diverse flora. A visit to the Laguna Chaxa sector in the Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (National Reserve) comes next. Its diverse bird species, the flamingos’ colours, the deep blue skies of Atacama, the soaring Andean volcanoes and the red hues of the evening sky at sunset will take your breath away and end the journey on a perfect note. Return to San Pedro. 

(SAN204) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO CEJAR LAGOON 
Duration: 3 hours 30 min. approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Description: Floating in water with a high concentration of salt is much easier than in freshwater sources, but imagine experiencing this in a salt flat! We head off to Salar de Atacama (Atacama Salt Flat) and aft.er a 60 km drive (37 miles approx.) we get to Laguna Cejar, a spectacular scenic lake area with calypso coloured waters surrounded by salt crystals of different shapes.  The sinkhole’s salt concentration allows for easy floating on its surface offering visitors an enjoyable and relaxing experience. This is also a flamingo hábitat.

(SAN408) SIB HALF DAY EXCURSION TO CEJAR LAGOON 
Operates: Daily (Except December 25th and January 1st, subject to availability).  
Departure time: 16:00 hrs.
Duration 05 hrs. approx
Description: Departure from hotel heading to Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat). After a 60 kilometer drive (37 miles approx.), one gets to Laguna Cejar (Cejar sinkhole or lagoon) with its beautiful scenario of calypso colored waters surrounded by salt crystals of different shapes. The high salt content in the lagoon allows floating in the water without effort, turning it into a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The next stop is Ojos del Salar, two round freshwater ponds located in the middle of the desert, followed by Laguna Tebinquinche, a giant lake where tourists revel in a happy hour event. While the sun starts setting in the horizon, the Andes Mountains are reflected in the water and white salt. The tour ends here and visitors are driven back to their hotel.

(SAN205) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO THE MOON VALLEY, WITH CALAMA AS FINAL DESTINATION
Duration: 6 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Description: Departure from hotel on a 43 kilometer drive (26 miles approx.) to visit the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range), that in a way are the foothills of the Andes Mountains Range.  Attractive and outlandish rock formations can be seen on these canyons where millions of years ago they dipped into a large lake. The road leads to an amazing lookout point where the valley and next destinations can be admired. The Valle de Marte (valley of Mars) comes up next, also known as the Valle de la Muerte (valley of Death) with peculiar rock formations and an incredibly desert-like landscape. No vegetation or insects to be found here: it’s considered one of the country’s most barren environments. The following stop is at Las Tres Marias (the three Marys) an interesting geological formation near an old salt mine.  The tour ends atop a huge sand dune in Valle de la Luna, a moonlike landscape from where an awesome colored spectacle can be admired at sunset. Transfer to Calama.

(SAN206) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO LAGUNA VERDE EN BOLIVIA.
Duration: 6 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude
Description: This is a tempting proposal: to visit a large volcano with a spectacular emerald-green lagoon sitting at its feet. Early departure from San Pedro de Atacama towards the border with Bolivia, to get close to the Licancabur volcano. This stratovolcano is located at an altitude of 5,916 meters. (19,409 ft..) and its name in the Atacama language means “people’s mountain”. Nestling at its feet is beautiful Laguna Verde (green lagoon), a mountain lake with a high content of minerals and salt that colour its waters with a striking emerald-green tint. The scenario is almost surreal. To crown it all, the lagoon is home to flocks of pink flamingos that add to its breath-taking beauty. End of tour and return to San Pedro de Atacama. 
 
(SAN207) HALF DAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR (QUITOR, TULOR AND CATARPE)
Duration: 3 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Description: Half day tour to visit the origins of the communities that inhabited San Pedro and gave it its present character. The drive starts out with a visit to the Aldea de Tulor (Tulor village) settled around 3,000 years ago, that consists in circular adobe structures. This is one of the most ancient archaeological sites in northern Chile and part of a suite of sedentary communities that originally inhabited the region. The next stop is at  the Pukara de Quitor (Quitor fortress) built by Atacama settlers some 700 years ago to defend themselves from other communities that inhabited South America. It was declared a National Monument in 1982. A visit to Valle de Catarpe (Catarpe valley) comes next, located 5 km (3 miles approx.) from San Pedro. Of great historic value, the ruins of an administrative center built by the Inca culture are part of the landscape. End of tour and return to hotel. 

(SAN301) FULL DAY TOUR TO TATIO GEYSERS AND PURITAMA HOT SPRINGS
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions, not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude
Description: Early departure and drive to the El Tatio Geysers geothermal field, located at an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.) that offers an amazing spectacle at dawn: steaming fumaroles that can reach up to 6 meters of altitude (19 ft.). The experience is complemented with guided walks through the hot craters of mud and small geysers. On the road back to San Pedro the possibility of bathing in the hot springs of Puritama is an inviting option. The complex includes seven natural pools at temperatures near 33°C (91.4°F) located at the bottom of a canyon surrounded by vegetation. Known for centuries for their medicinal properties, its waters offer an ideal relaxing end to the trip.
Note: the tour only includes breakfast.

(SAN302) FULL DAY TOUR TO TATIO GEYSERS AND MACHUCA VILLAGE
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions, not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude
Description: This tour offers visits to two quite different spots in the same area: a breath- taking dawn in the immensity of the desert and the simple life of a small shepherd settlement. Early departure to the El Tatio Geysers geothermal field, located at an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.) which offers an amazing spectacle at dawn: steaming fumaroles that can reach up to 6 meters of altitude (19 ft.). The experience is complemented with guided walks through the hot craters of mud and small geysers. On the way back a pause in Machuca, a picturesque village located at an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.), with some twenty homes and a church, gives a good idea of the way of life of the llama shepherds that inhabit it. The area is home to a variety of local fauna, such as llamas, alpacas, ducks, Andean seagulls and flamingos. Arrival to San Pedro de Atacama.
Note: the tour only includes breakfast.

(SAN405) SIB FULL DAY TOUR TO TATIO GEYSERS AND MACHUCA VILLAGE
S.I.B Operation: Daily (Except December 25th and January 1st). 
Departure time: 05:00 hrs. 
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Description: Early departure to El Tatio Geysers geothermal field, located at an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.) that offers an amazing spectacle: steaming fumaroles that can reach up to 6 meters of altitude (19 ft.). Next is a visit to “Pozon Rustico” (rustic pool) to bathe in the relaxing thermal waters, a generous gift of the Andes Mountain Range. On the way back to San Pedro de Atacama, beautiful landscapes and native flora and fauna can be admired before arriving to to Machuca, a picturesque shepherd’s hamlet located at an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.). Today, its inhabitants are actively participating in tourism activities, offering local products such as Andean crafts, llama meat, sopaipillas (fried pumpkin dough biscuits) and empanadas. A visit to the Iglesia de San Santiago church, the village’s patron, will give a better idea of the village’s historic legacy and heritage. 

(SAN303) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS, ATACAMA SALT FLAT AND TOCONAO
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily 
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude. Includes lunch in Socaire village. 
Description: After leaving the hotel, the tour starts out with a 350 km (217 mi)  drive to Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat) Chile’s largest salt deposit. The trip continues to the Altiplano (high plateau) lagoons located 90 km (55 mi) from San Pedro, at an altitude of 4,500 m (14,763 ft.) and 18 km (11 mi) south of Socaire, one of the seven sectors that make up the Los Flamencos National Reserve. This area offers a unique habitat for seldom seen fauna, such as the horned coot, Chilean flamingo, small flamingo, Baird’s sandpiper, Andean avocet, puna plover, crested duck and Andean goose. The area is surrounded by impressive volcanoes formed in remote geological times simultaneously with the rising of the Andes mountain range and has pools of emerald-green waters enclosed by the Andean peaks. End of tour and return to hotel.  

(SAN406) SIB FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS, ATACAMA SALT FLAT AND TOCONAO
Operates: Daily (Except December 25th and January 1st).
Departure time: 09:00 hrs. 
Duration 07 hrs. aproximadamente.
Description: This tour starts out with a wide-ranging exploration of the Gran Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat); Chile’s largest salt deposit located in the Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (Los Flamencos national reserve). It includes a visit to the Altiplano (high plateau) lagoons of Chaxa, Miscanti and Meñiques, trekking on some of the surrounding trails and admiring the diverse fauna in the area, that includes the horned coot, Chilean flamingo, small flamingo, Baird’s sandpiper, crested duck and Andean goose, among others. A lunch in Socaire follows before heading to the village of Toconao. This community is located at an altitude of 2,475 meters (8, 120 ft.) and most of its inhabitants are Atacama artisans who make their living by carving volcanic stones. End of tour and return to hotel.

(SAN305) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO LA PACANA WITNESS & TARA SALT
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily. 
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude
Description: Departure from hotel heading to the Guardianes de la Pacana (guards of the Pacana) or Moais de Tara, a collection of rock pillars that survive as witnesses of the violent volcanic eruptions that took place in the Tertiary. From far, they resemble the Easter Island Moais, but coming closer one can distinguish their unique features: the carved rocks have different shapes and colors. To get there, a 135 km (83 mi) uphill drive to the Altiplano (high plateau) precedes the lovely landscape of the extraordinary ecosystem of the Salar de Tara (Tara salt flat) in the background, located at 4,500 meters (8,120 ft.). End of tour and return to hotel.

(SAN407) SIB FULL DAY EXCURSION TO LA PACANA WITNESS & TARA SALT
Departure time: 07:00 hrs. 
Duration 07 hrs. Approx
Description: Morning drive along the international highway (connecting Chile with Argentina) crossing Paso Jama. Along the way, the beautiful contrasts between the cordillera mountain range and vegetation can be admired in this unique natural setting that offers an ideal habitat for different bird species, such as flamingos, coots and ducks. After the initial drive, the first stop of the day is a visit to the Guardianes de la Pacana (guards of the Pacana) or Moais de Tara, a collection of rock pillars that survive as witnesses of the violent volcanic eruptions that took place in the Tertiary. From far, they resemble the Easter Island Moais, but coming closer one can distinguish their unique features: the carved rocks have different shapes and colors. The final destination of this tour is the Salar de Tara (Tara salt flat) that according to most tourists is one of the best attractions in San Pedro de Atacama. A short walk bordering the cathedrals, bordering the salt flat’s lagoon, rich in flora and fauna, provides an overwhelming opportunity to experience the desert’s silence and serenity.

(SAN311) FULL DAY EXCURSION RIO GRANDE PETROGLYPHS - RAINBOW VALLEY -  YERBAS BUENAS WITH BOX LUNCH.
Duration: 8 Hours approx. 
Available: All year round.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Includes box lunch.
Description: After departure from the hotel, the tour’s first stop is at the petroglyphs of Rio Grande, that are rock formations with carved figures portraying llamas, shamans  and other symbols that still need deciphering. The area also has guanacos and cactuses.  Next is a visit to the Valle del Arco Iris (valley of the rainbow) a rocky formation rich in flora and fauna, with assorted colored minerals that tint the landscape with rainbow shades. The last phase of the tour leads to the small and picturesque village of Rio Grande, a 40-minute drive from the Valle del Arco Iris. Its inhabitants live off the land and their homes have been built with stone walls, straw and mud roofs with cacti and carob wooden beams. End of excursion and return to hotel.

(SAN410) SIB VALLE DEL ARCO IRIS, YERBAS BUENAS & RIO GRANDE PETROGLYPHS, INCLUDES BOX LUNCH
Operates: Daily (Except December 25th and January 1st).
Departure time: 08:00 hrs. 
Duration 05 hrs. approx.
Description: Departure from hotel heading west to Cordillera Domeyco (Domeyco mountain range). First stop at Yerbas Buenas to view the rock formations of carved figures portraying llamas, shamans and other symbols that still need deciphering. The area also has guanacos and cactuses. The tour continues to Valle del Arco Iris (rainbow valley), a rocky formation rich in flora and fauna, with assorted colored minerals that tint the landscape with rainbow shades. The last phase of the tour leads to the small and picturesque village of Rio Grande, a 40-minute drive from Valle del Arco Iris. Its inhabitants live off the land and their homes have been built with stone walls, straw and mud roofs with cacti and carob wooden beams. End of excursion and return to hotel.

(SAN306) FULL DAY TOUR TO CHIU CHIU AND LASANA, WITH CALAMA AS FINAL DESTINATION 
Duration: 6 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude. 
Description: The first stop of this tour is in Chiu-Chiu. The imposing church of San Francisco is the icon and symbol of this settlement, dating back to the 17th century, with an amazing structure that was declared a National Monument and is Chile’s oldest church, built in 1611. The trip continues to admire the longest river of Chile, Rio Loa, that has its sources in the Andes mountain range and flows down into the Pacific Ocean. Inhabited from early times, its banks offer unique rock engravings. A visit to the Pukara de Lasana comes next, a pre-Columbian fortress and remarkable national monument built in the 12th century, with an amazing construction technique. Made of uncut rocks with 110 structures built into it, its layout includes several rooms connected by narrow interior passages. End of tour and transfer to Calama.

(SAN307) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO LAGUNA VERDE AND LAGUNA COLORADA IN BOLIVIA
Duration: 12 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude
Description: Northern Chile’s inhabitants and landscape are closely linked to its neighboring nations.  On this tour and after crossing the border with Bolivia, several natural wonders of the sister nation will be visited.  The first stop is at the foot of the Licancabur volcano, a 5,916 m     (19,409 ft.) towering peak with the beautiful Laguna Verde nestled at its feet. As hinted by its name, it consists in a striking emerald-green colored lake. The excursion ventures on to Sol del Mañana (morning sun), a desert expanse of an area of approximately 2 km (1 mile) with geysers that spew mixed columns of water and hot steam reaching 10 to 50 meters of altitude. Next, the tour heads to Laguna Salada and Laguna Colorada that owe their names to the high content of minerals in their waters and are nesting sites for the Andean flamingos. Return to San Pedro de Atacama after visiting these Bolivian wonders. 

(SAN409) ASTRONOMIC TOUR SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Duration: 3,5 hrs approx.
Available: All year round.
Operates: Daily (Except Full Moon Days)
Notes: These tours are offered on a daily basis and are only suspended when there is a full moon. The tours are 2 ½ hours long and end with a hot beverage before returning to San Pedro. The desert nights are cold so that warm clothing is recommended in order to enjoy the tour at ease. 
Description: The main purpose of the tour is that visitors may fully experience the Atacama Desert’s amazing nights, one of the best places in the world for stargazing.  This unforgettable experience initiates visitors in the observation of the universe and offers the possibility of astronomical viewing through high-powered telescopes. 
The first part of the tour provides an explanation of the skies seen through the naked eye. It offers basic concepts of what is viewed, such as constellations, what to learn from them, how to read a map of the skies and recognize important stars. When the moon is visible, a second possibility is offered involving direct observation through telescopes and taking pictures. This is a unique experience that cannot be compared with images found in books or in the Internet. The chance of viewing the stars or a planet like Saturn definitely offers unforgettable moments. End of tour and return to hotel.

(SAN312) ANCESTRAL CARAVAN
Duration: 3 hrs, approx.
Description: This tour is an invitation to get a close view and experience the “Ancestral Caravan”, the grueling journey through the Atacama Desert that natives ventured on hundreds of years ago. A poncho will be provided (typical mantle of the Altiplano or high plateau) and a llama (large herds of this mammal, a member of the camelid family, are found in this area) will accompany travellers in a true recreation of this olden expedition. It is presumed that the journey’s purpose was to barter products on the way, such as fish, guano (natural fertilizer made from bird droppings) and coca leaves.  Led by a guide who is an expert in the region, visitors will learn about the culture of the indigenous inhabitants, enjoy the beautiful Andean scenery and experience the majesty of the driest desert in the world. 

(SAN623) HALF DAY TREKKING GUATIN
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: The tour starts out early in the morning from the village of San Pedro de Atacama in the Antofagasta Region. After a 30-km (18.6 mi.) drive along the highway leading to El Tatio is the Guatin ravine -better known as Cacti Valley. From this point on the trek heads deep into a rocky canyon, lined by hundreds of cacti (Echinopsis Atacamensis) measuring almost 7 meters high (22 ft.) and several small waterfalls. The trek is about 3 hours long and ends at Punta del Inca, an area with a surprising landscape of Andean foothills. There’ll be time to take pictures and relax amid the desert’s beauty. After this active day, trekkers are driven back to San Pedro. Light clothing and sun blocker are recommended. 

(SAN630) HALF DAY TREKKING GUATIN + PURITAMA
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: This excursion starts out from San Pedro de Atacama in the Antofagasta Region at 09:00 am, when trekkers are collected at their hotels. Guatin ravine -better known as the Cacti Valley- is reached after a 30-km (18.6 mi.) drive along the highway leading to El Tatio. Hikers follow the canyon slopes that border the Puritama River. The closer it gets to Puritama Springs, the stronger is the river´s water flow. The awesome Andean foothill landscape, with hundreds of cacti and small waterfalls, surprises trekkers along the way. After an approximate two-hour walk, Puritama’s Hot Springs are reached, located 3,475 meters above sea level (11,400 ft.) and formed by mineral-rich pools of geothermal spring water that can reach temperatures of up to 35 °C (95 °F). It’s the perfect site to relax and rewind after the walk. Drive back to San Pedro de Atacama village. Light clothing and sun blocker are recommended.
(SAN632) FULL DAY TREKKING QUEBRADA DE NACIMIENTO
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: The tour starts out from San Pedro de Atacama at 08:00 am, from where visitors are driven to the village of Toconao. Here follows a walk around the village, with a chance to see their local produce and take photos. Once back on the road and after a one-hour drive, Quebrada de Nacimiento is reached for a three-hour trek along an old native trail that leads to the Socaire terraces. The hike ends here, but the adventure continues on wheels. Travelers are then driven to the village of Socaire to explore its church and famous houses with no windows. A lunch break follows here, at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level (11,482 ft.). Once the tour ends, visitors will be driven back to San Pedro, where they are scheduled to arrive at 04:30 pm. Light clothing and sun blocker recommended.

(SAN633) HALF DAY TREKKING CORNISAS
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: The excursion starts out in San Pedro de Atacama, where trekkers are collected at their hotels and driven to Catarpe valley, the site of some interesting Inca ruins. From here, the hike starts with an approximate 40-minute climb, until the ledge of Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) is reached. The walk continues for another hour, gaining higher altitudes along the way that offer amazing panoramic views of the San Pedro oasis, the Atacama Salt Flat and Andes Mountain Range. Near the end of the walk, the trail goes through flatter terrain and ends in the gigantic dunes of Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley), with its moon-like landscape. Return drive to San Pedro after the tour. Light clothing, sun blocker and windbreaker are recommended.

(SAN634) FULL DAY TREKKING MACHUCA-RIO GRANDE
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: Departure from San Pedro de Atacama towards Machuca, a small settlement 80 km (49.7 mi.) away, with only 20 adobe dwellings and one church. Visitors are driven to Quebrada de San Juan, to begin a 4 to 5-hour trek. On the way, the altiplano’s (high lands) typical vegetation can be admired as well as the deep silence of the desert. The hike continues to Rio Grande village, located on the banks of the river of the same name.  The settlement‘s houses are built of stone and adobe walls, with straw and mud roofs and cacti beams. It’s an ideal place for good photographs and to relax before returning to the hotel in San Pedro. It’s a long hike, so light clothing and sun blocker are highly recommended.  
(SAN635) FULL DAY TREKKING VALLE DEL ARCOIRIS (RAINBOW VALLEY) – RIO SALADO
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: Starting out from San Pedro de Atacama, a 25 km (15.5 mi.) drive leads to the sector of Piedra de Coca until reaching the Quebrada del Rio Salado, where several petroglyphs can be sighted. From here, visitors will trek along the banks of Rio Salado for approximately three hours, where more petroglyphs and the noted Piedra de Coca will be admired. During this phase of the journey, the walk goes by San Bartolo, an old copper mine that still preserves its unique vegetation. Finally, the highway that joins San Pedro and the village of Rio Grande is reached, and the walk continues crossing the bofedales (wetlands) of Matancilla and the Valle de Arco Iris (Rainbow Valley) from where visitors will be driven back to San Pedro. It’s a long hike, so light clothing and sun blocker are highly recommended. 

(SAN636) HALF DAY TREKKING CERRO TOCO WITH BOX LUNCH
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: Departing from San Pedro de Atacama on a 30 km (18.6 mi.) drive visitors will reach Cerro Toco, an old dormant volcano 5,600 meters high (18,372 ft.) that in the Ckunza language means “corner with water”. Once here the climb begins, demanding a 1 ½ to three-hour hike. The trail is protected from the wind and trekkers will walk over firm terrain, an ideal learning route for inexperienced climbers. All efforts to reach the summit are greatly rewarded, as spectacular views of the desert’s vastness and the Andes Mountains are waiting. The hike down is fairly easy and takes an hour approximately. Throughout the expedition, participants are assisted by an expert mountain guide. End of tour and return to hotel.

(SAN637) FULL DAY TREKKING SAIRECABUR VOLCANO
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: Departure from San Pedro de Atacama at 06:00 am, taking the old route to Tatio and following the Cuesta del Diablo road until reaching Saciel Camp. From here, a drive on a narrow road ends at an old sulfur mine. Visitors reach the mine’s entrance, from where the climb begins to the summit of Sairecabur Volcano, 5,000 meters above sea level (16,404 ft.). The volcano’s name in Ckunza means “rain mountain” because of the mountain’s rainy and windy atmosphere. The climb is three to four hours long and trekkers will have to cross over boulders and rocky terrain that may slow down the walk. After summiting, a two-hour descent follows to the mine’s entrance, where a vehicle will be waiting to drive the group back to San Pedro.  An expert mountain climber will accompany visitors throughout the hike.
(SAN638) HALF DAY TREKKING LASKAR VOLCANO
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: Leaving San Pedro behind, the tour begins with a 90 km (55.9 mi.) drive to Laguna Lejia, at 4,300 meters above sea level (14,107 ft.). The trip continues towards the base of the volcano. Laskar means “cut tongue” in the Ckunza language and rises to an altitude of 4,850 meters above sea level (15,912 ft.). Having reached the base, there is a break for breakfast before the climb begins. It usually takes three to four hours to reach the crater rim, with a moderate difficulty climb over rocks and volcanic ash.   Plumes of volcanic gases may be observed at this point, as Laskar is the most active volcano in the area. Some climbers may choose to continue to the summit that demands a further 40-minute hike. It takes around 1 ½ hour to descend to the base where a vehicle will be waiting for the drive back to San Pedro.

(SAN639) HALF DAY BICYCLE RIDE TO VALLE DE LA LUNA (MOON VALLEY) 
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: This cycling tour starts out at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and heads to Valle de la Luna that forms part of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range). Riders take the main road until their first stop at Las Tres Marias (the three Maries) that are rock formations sculpted by the salt and wind. The excursion continues to the so-called Amphitheatre, a rocky oval formation resembling a Roman theatre. Further ahead is the large dune, the highest in the area and an ideal site for great sunset pictures. Next, the ride continues to Cavernas de Sal (salt caves) going through the caves covered with pieces of gem-like crystals made of salt, formed by the high environmental pressure and lack of humidity. After four hours of cycling, riders return by car to the hotel in San Pedro. Light clothing and sun blocker are recommended. 

(SAN640) HALF DAY BICYCLE RIDE TO LAGUNA CEJAR
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: The tour starts out in the village of San Pedro de Atacama heading south, going through the ayllus (traditional communities in the Andes) of Solor and Cucuter, to enter the Atacama Salt Flat. The trip’s final destination is Laguna Cejar (Cejar lagoon) situated in the Salt Flat some 30 km (18.6 mi.) from San Pedro and at 2,300 meters above sea level (7,545 ft.). These natural sinkholes are noted for their high content of salt and lithium offering bathers a floating experience in their calm waters. The surrounding landscape is amazing, where the blue-turquoise-colored water contrasts with the deep blue skies, the white salt of the flat, the yellow and green reeds on the lake shore and the pink feeding flamingos. The ride back is over a flat road with some sandy patches. After 2 ½ hours of exercise, riders are ready to return to their hotel.
(SAN641) HALF DAY BICYCLE RIDE TO CATARPE
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: The ride begins in San Pedro de Atacama, going by the Pukara de Quitor (pre-Columbian fortress) and crossing San Pedro River to the final destination in the Valley of Catarpe, some 5 km (3 mi.) away. Along the way, riding over roads of dirt and rock, the beautiful landscape of dunes and mountains –with an other-worldly appearance- can be admired. Next, riders take the road along Quebrada del Diablo (Devil’s throat) to later go down the slopes of Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range). The village of Catarpe lies here, set in the middle of the valley, with the chapel of San Isidro sitting nearby. The three-hour excursion ends here and riders may choose to return on their bikes or drive back in the support vehicle (half-hour trip back to San Pedro). Light clothing and sun blocker are recommended. This is a medium difficulty ride.

(SAN642) HALF DAY BICYCLE RIDE TO CORDILLERA DE LA SAL (SALT MOUNTAIN RANGE) LEDGES 
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily
Description: The ride starts out from San Pedro de Atacama, accompanied by a support vehicle. On the way, riders will go by the Pukara de Quitor (pre-Columbian fortress) and when they reach the San Pedro River they’ll take the fork leading to the El Tunel sector, located 6 km (3.7 mi.) from San Pedro. Here, the trail goes along the ledges, with spectacular views of the Andes Mountain Range and Catarpe Valley. Following is a ride down the dunes that leads to the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) the tour’s last destination. There will be plenty of time to take pictures of these wonderful sites. After the 4-hour ride, visitors may choose to return on their bikes or drive back to their hotel in the support vehicle. 

(SAN417) HALF DAY HORSE-BACK RIDE TO AYLLUS
Duration: 3 hours
Description: This unique horse-back ride starts out in the village of San Pedro de Atacama. From here, visitors will ride along roads that go through the ayllus or small communities largely inhabited by Atacama families. The first stop is at the southern leg of the journey, at the Pukara de Quitor, a pre-Columbian fortress built in the 12th century. The two remaining ayllus in the area are Checar and Sequitor, and going through them will give a good idea of the way of life and work carried out in the rural northern world and a chance to observe their customs and traditions. After the tour ends, visitors will return to their hotel. The horse-back ride is about two hours long and is led by a well experienced guide.  

(SAN431) HALF DAY HORSEBACK RIDE TO VALLE DE LA MUERTE
Duration: 3 hours.
Description: The starting point of this excursion is Rancho Totem (Totem ranch) where visitors will receive the necessary gear and instructions for the horse ride. Once equipped, riders will be taken through the fascinating rock sculptures of the Valle de la Muerte (valley of death) also known as Valle de Marte (valley of Mars). The unique rock formations and absolute desert like landscape, where no plants or insects have survived, is absolutely awesome. Exploring the area, visitors will observe how this absolute hostile environment is capable of offering a feast of colors and forms that seem to have a life of their own. End of excursion and return to hotel.

(SAN418) HALF DAY HORSE-BACK RIDE TO AYLLUS AND CORDILLERA DE LA SAL (SALT MOUNTAIN RANGE)
Duration: 3 hours
Description: The route starts out in the village of San Pedro de Atacama, where visitors ride through the ayllus or small communities largely inhabited by Atacama families. The first stop is at the ayllu of Sequitor, only 3 km (1.8 mi.) from San Pedro, with imposing views of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) where its rocks seem to be layered with salt due to their mineral content. The last leg of the journey is Valle de la Muerte (Valley of Death), one of the region’s most important tourist attractions. End of tour and return to San Pedro. This is a low difficulty horse-back ride and is led by an expert guide.

(SAN419) HALF DAY HORSE-BACK RIDE: TULOR 
Duration: 3 hours
Description: Departure from San Pedro de Atacama. From here visitors will ride to the first two destinations: the Oasis of Coyo and the ruins of the Village of Tulor, an important archaeological site. Later, they will visit the Catarpe Valley and the village of the same name, where the river and the incredible geological formations in the area will amaze them. The ride ends here and after a long day, visitors return to their hotel. It consists of a 4-hour adventure and is led by an expert guide.

(SAN432) HALF DAY HORSEBACK RIDE TO CATARPE
Duration: 4 hrs
Description: This journey on horseback leads to one of the best-kept secrets of San Pedro de Atacama: Valle de Catarpe (Catarpe valley).  In this area, where the San Pedro River crosses the valley, riders will visit desolate spots such as “Garganta del Diablo” (devil’s ravine), will have the opportunity to bathe in the river and enjoy the luxurious vegetation that creates a surprising contrast with the desert dryness. The ruins of ancient indigenous communities are found nearby, among them a small tambo (Inca relay station) and San Isidro chapel. This journey is only done in the mornings to avoid sun exposure and mosquitos, thus preventing accidents or allergies.

(SAN433) HALF DAY HORSEBACK RIDE TO TUNEL DE CATARPE (CATARPE TUNNEL)
Duration: 5 hrs aprox.
Description: The starting point of this expedition is Rancho Totem (Totem ranch) where visitors will receive the necessary gear and instructions for the horse ride. Once equipped, riders will be taken to Catarpe, one of San Pedro de Atacama’s 15 “Ayllus” (Andean communities that established themselves near rivers or lakes). Heading west, the ride enters a labyrinth of clay soil with salt and silicon contents built by native inhabitants hundreds of years ago to extract silver from an old mine. Going through the 100 m (328 ft.) tunnel, the group makes a break to take in the breathtaking view of the beautiful dunes of volcanic sand leading to the mythical Valle de la Muerte (death valley). End of excursion and return to starting point. 

(SAN434) FULL DAY HORSEBACK RIDE TO TOTEM DUNES
Duration: 8 hrs
Description: The starting point of this expedition is Rancho Totem (Totem ranch) where visitors will receive the necessary gear and instructions for the horse ride. Once equipped, riders will be taken to Catarpe, one of San Pedro de Atacama’s 15 “Ayllus” (Andean communities that established themselves near rivers or lakes). After exploring the area, the journey continues to the amazing Dunas del Totem (Totem dunes) and Valle de la Muerte (valley of death), also known as Valle de Marte (valley of Mars). The unique rock formations in this scenario of a perfectly inhospitable desert landscape offer a surprisingly feast of different colors and forms that seem to have a life of their own.

(SAN435) HALF DAY TO SALAR DE ATACAMA (ATACAMA  SALT FLAT) & TOCONAO – BMW MOTORBIKE 
Duration: 3,5 hrs, Available only AM
Description: The tour starts out with a visit to Toconao, an Andean colonial-style village with white colored constructions nestled in the center of an oasis with cleverly cultivated vegetable gardens. The village of 700 inhabitants has traces of human presence dating back to 12 thousand years. The expedition continues to Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos (Los Flamencos National Reserve) in the heart of the Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat) that is home to three flamingo varieties.

(SAN435) HALF DAY SAFARIS – ATV QUAD
Duration: 3.5 hrs, Available Am & PM
Description: This excursion offers tourists over 18 years of age (with a driver’s license) the opportunity to drive a four-wheel motorcycle accompanied by a person over 12 years of age. During the trip, the vastness of the Atacama Desert is explored, going over dunes and rivers and with fascinating views of the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) and valleys. For beginner and intermediate level drivers.
(SAN436) HALF DAY BMW MOTORCYCLE SAFARI
Duration: 3,5 Hrs Approx.
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily.
Notes: It requires permission to drive motorcycles.
Description: Different options available.
This tour offers motorcycle enthusiasts a different and thrilling way to see San Pedro de Atacama’s surrounds and sites.  The options include visiting villages and rough country.

Option 1: SALAR DE ATACAMA AND TOCONAO
The tour starts out with a visit to Toconao, an Andean colonial-style settlement with white colored constructions nestled in the center of an oasis, where cleverly cultivated vegetable gardens have been planted. The village of 700 inhabitants has traces of human presence dating back to 12 thousand years. The expedition continues to the Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos (Los Flamencos National Reserve) that is home to three flamingo varieties and is located in the middle of the Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat), the largest in Chile and famous for its moon-like scenario.
Duration: 3.5 hrs. / only AM

Option 2: CORDILLERA DE DOMEYKO (DOMEYCO MOUNTAIN RANGE)
Unique views of the Domeyko mountain range to the west of San Pedro de Atacama can be admired during this all-terrain ride that goes by the Llano de la Paciencia, Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) and Rio Grande, a village set in an enormous canyon. The tour ends with a visit to the petroglyphs of Hierbas Buenas, ancient figures carved in stone by the Atacama natives.
Duration 3 ½ hours, available AM & PM 

Option 3: CACTUS AND MACHUCA
The first part of this excursion is spent exploring the foothill roads of the Andes Mountains, with a pause in the locality of Guatin where an amazing 500-year-old forest of cacti, some of them almost 5 meters high, can be viewed. The second half of the tour includes a visit to the picturesque settlement of Machuca, surrounded by wetlands, with only 20 homes of  families who derive their livelihoods from llama shepherding.  

(SAN426) FULL DAY BMW MOTORCYCLE SAFARI
Duration: 6 Hrs Approx.
Available: all year round
Operates: Daily.
Notes: It requires permission to drive motorcycles.
Description: Different options available.

Option 1: CULTURE AND HOT SPRINGS
After exploring the roads on the foothills of the Andes Mountains, this tour includes a visit to a century-old cacti forest, a trek to view a waterfall and visits to the Turipite and Machuca villages. Next is a stopover at the Putana wetland where an interesting variety of flora and fauna is observed, such as the puna teal (Anas puna), Andean goose and vicuñas.  A delicious lunch served by the support vehicle at Termas de Puritama (Puritama hotsprings) is a rewarding end for this tour.
Duration 6 hours/Motorcycle driver’s licenses are mandatory 

Option 2: LAKES AND VOLCANOS
The tour begins at Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos (Los Flamencos National Reserve) located in the Gran Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat), exploring the Lagunas Miskanty and Miñiques lagoons (in the Reserva Nacional  Los Flamencos)  and later visiting the village of Socaire to enjoy an Atacama-style lunch. On the way back, the village of Toconao with its Andean-colonial architecture and oasis with vegetable gardens is the tour’s last destination.
Duration 6 hours

(SAN437) FULL DAY OVERLAND SAFARI TO MONTURAKI METEORITE CRATER– 4X4
Duration: 7 hrs
Description: Driving a 4x4 vehicle, this expedition heads south of the Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat) where visitors will visit the Monturaki meteor, the second best preserved of its kind in the world. With a structure of 370 x 350 m (1,213 ft. x 1,148 ft.) in diameter and 34 m deep (111 ft.) it’s the only confirmed impact structure in Chilean territory today. The village of Peine is visited next, where ruins of the Inca trail can be viewed. Near the village are two natural pools of water enclosed by rocks and fed by springs. Taking the same route back, the Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (Los Flamencos natural reserve) and specifically Laguna Chaxa (lagoon) are visited. Three varieties of flamingos have made their home in the area.

(SAN438) FULL DAY SAFARI SALAR DE TARA (TARA SALT FLAT) – 4X4
Duration: 7 hrs
Description: Driving a 4x4 vehicle, this expedition heads out to the Altiplano (high plateau) climbing the Andes mountain range for about 4,000 meters (13,123 ft.). The road leads to the Salar de Tara (Tara salt flat), one of the Altiplano’s most attractive sites, surrounded by a chain of volcanoes, high altitude marshes with a rich variety of flora and fauna and enormous rock formations. The tour also includes a trek near Lago Congelado (frozen lake) and gourmet lunch. 

(SAN439) S.I.B. HALF DAY, MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR TO LAGUNA CEJAR
Duration: 3 ½ hours
Departure times: 09:00 am and 04:30 pm approximately. Subject to availability  
Description: This cycling adventure starts out from San Pedro de Atacama, riding towards the northern border of the Atacama Salt Flat. It’s a 30 km (18.6 mi.) round trip on a good road with generous views of the Andes Mountain Range and Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) until reaching Laguna Cejar. From here, one can enjoy a walk visiting the different salt lagoons to experience the wonderful sensation of floating without effort due to salt concentrations seven times higher than the sea, similar to the Dead Sea. Once the fun is over, return to San Pedro de Atacama.

(SAN440) S.I.B. HALF DAY, MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR TO VALLE CATARPE AND PUKARA DE QUITOR
Duration: 3 ½ hours
Departure times: 09:00 am and 04:30 pm approximately. Subject to availability.
Description: Departure from San Pedro de Atacama driving to the Pukara de Quitor (Atacama fortress) where the bicycle ride begins. It includes more than six adrenaline river crossings along the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range). The Catarpe Valley is located amid the vastness of the Atacama Desert - the only valley in this mountain range- that also stands out for its small church. Once back at Quitor, a hike begins to reach the summit of the Pukara de Quitor, the ruins of a 16th century old fortress. Return to San Pedro after taking in the awesome views of the valleys from here. The adventure ends at the hotel.