7 Adventurous Things to Do In San Pedro de Atacama

The Atacama Desert has amazing panoramas of salt plains and saline lakes, high-altitude geysers, softly smoking volcanoes, and lunar rock formations.

Las Piedras Rojas, red-hued rocks surrounded by volcanoes, seem like giant natural cobblestones.

1. Visit Piedras Rojas (Red Rocks) and Salar de Talar, Ruta 23

The balloon tour lasts 30 to 1 hour and 30 minutes, and your pilot describes the sights.

2. See the Atacama Desert from the skies

These salt-rimmed lakes, surrounded by gently undulating rusty hills and sun-baked vegetation, may be the most beautiful in the Atacama Desert.

3. Visit Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques

It's the best place to see cave paintings in the region, and it's easy to see how they've preserved.

4. Valle del Arcoíris (Rainbow Valley) and the petroglyphs of Hierbas Buenas

It was still a lot of fun taking the truck out, finding a spot without any light pollution and enjoying the stars.

5. Set up your own stargazing tour

If you’re on a budget or just have a real sense of adventure and some decent camping equipment, it is worth doing.

6. Go camping and hiking in the desert

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