ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS AND ATACAMA SALTLAKE
7.00 a.m. Departure from San Pedro, following the international route to Sico border pass, to the south.
Our first stop will be at Toconao village, to see its houses built in Liparita stones, and the church of San Lucas. Then we will continue to the Atacama Salt lake.
The salt flat encompasses 3,000 km² (1,864.11 mi²), is about 100 km (62.14 mi) long and 80 km (49.71 mi) wide, which makes it Americas' second largest and is also the second in the world, after Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia . Its average elevation is about 2,300 m.a.s.l. The topography of the core portion of the salar exhibits a high level of roughness, which is due to that the surface of this area is permanently free of water, unlike the most of the other salt flats, as for example the Salar de Uyuni, which is periodically covered with shallow water.
It receives filtered water from the San Pedro river and multiple canyons of the high mountain range and it is surrounded by mountains and has no drainage outlets. To the east is enclosed by the main chain of the Andes while to the west lies a secondary mountain range called Cordillera de Domeyko. Under the surface is a big lake and from this salted and mineral water has born a new miner of salts mixture. It has the biggest reserve of Litio, Borax and Potassium in the world. In this salt lake is located the Chaxa lagoon, which has impressive salt formations, lagoons with superficial salt in formation and an exceptional animal life of little reptiles and the magnificent pink flamingoes (parinas). This place is a reserve under protection of the National Corporation for the forest (CONAF) as a birds nest centre. Afterwards we will continue toward the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons.
Located at 4,500 m. high, these lagoons are surrounded by impressive volcanoes, originated from the rising of the Andes, in the ancient geological times. They get their underground waters from thaw.
Guided Tours in regular service, vehicle equipment and full breakfast
National Park entrance.
- $ 5,000 CLP p/p payable at the park entrance.
Departure from the hotel at 6:30 am Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Bring water, closed and comfortable walking shoes, windbreaker, parka coat or jacket, fleece, hat, gloves, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, camera. Important: Do not get out of the marked trails. Do not approach the edge of the lagoons.
50% of Booking Total via Transfer / Bank Deposit or
The remaining 50% must be paid at the Agency before the first reserved Tour.
Admitted the booking, the system will give you 6 hours to guarantee your reservation, after which the system will override this reserve in the case of that no Guarantee have being paid.
If you use your credit card for guarantee your reservation, an extra charge of 4% of the total will be applied as cost of using the banking system.
We guarantee that the prices published in Chilean pesos are the same that you will find at Maxim Experience's Agency in San Pedro de Atacama.
Valid only for guaranteed reservations by Transfer / Deposit
You can cancel without charge up to 7 days before the start of your program, in this case we will refund 100% of the booking guarantee. If canceled between 6 and 2 days before the start of the program you will be refunded 20% of the guarantee booking and if the cancellation is 1 day or less before starting the program there is no refund. The no-Show will be not refunded. The delays when passengers are picked up from the hotel is considered No-Show.