The day starts with a visit to the impressive Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna). It is located about 18 kilometers west of San Pedro de Atacama and is part of the nature reserve Los Flamencos, which is co-administered by the Atacameño communities. This unreal place, one of the most spectacular in the Atacama Desert, owes its name to the unique geological formations that resemble a lunar landscape. Explore this beautiful place and examine the strange sculptures that nature has created from salt and clay.
After lunch, the tour continues to the northern part of the Atacama Salt Flat. It is the largest salt flat in Chile, created millions of years ago by the upheaval of the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera Domeyko. The octagonal salt crusts in the middle of the world’s driest desert are truly an impressive sight. It is possible to observe three different species of flamingo, which feed on the lakes´ salt brine. To finish off this memorable day, the visit to Laguna Cejar offers an extraordinary pleasure, possible because of its high salt concentration: Floating on the water without moving.
Overnight at an Atacameño family house. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)