A high altitude adventure on the border between Chile and Argentina
This tour focuses on the highest ecological stage that is commonly known as the "Puna", meaning up to 4000 meters (about 13000 feet).
We will head south towards the "Paso Sico" highway that connects San Pedro de Atacama with the province of Salta in Argentina, so we will be very close to the Chilean-Argentinean border. During this tour we will visit the Miscanti and Meñique Lagoons in Los Flamencos National Reserve, but also the Talar Salt Flat and Tuyacto Lagoon.
In most of the places where we will stop, it is possible to see some wildlife, mostly birds that belong to Atacama's highest altitude level. Flamingos, Suris and Andean seagulls. It is also possible to see some foxes on the road.
A tour that is great for photographers looking for the perfect shot.
We are going to have one hour to the first stop in The Village of Socaire. This can be used as a restroom stop. We are then going to travel for 30 more minutes in south direction to visit the Miscanti and Meniques Lagoons inside "Los Flamencos National Reserve". After that, we will spend close to 45 minutes in a vehicle on our way to the Talar salt flat, the Tuyacto Lagoon and Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, where we will finish our tour with a lunch break surrounded by nature.
Note: Please consider bringing warm clothing that you can layer so that you can stay comfortable outdoors as we will be exposed to strong, windy conditions in some parts of the tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
End location: Drop off at your hotel or at agreed upon location in San Pedro de Atacama.
Duration: 8 hours
Starting the tour at 9 am depends on different circumstances. Please contact me for details.
Rental 4x4 vehicles or vans.
My services as your private tour guide
Transportation by modern, air conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees to parks and museums
A bottle of water per person
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30000 CLP - Should you wish to buy snacks, drinks, or souvenirs.
Any personal purchases or souvenirs.
This tour is designed for up to 8 travelers. If your group is larger, please contact me for details and a quote.
I am not a driver guide but I will provide a driver for my tours.