On this half-day tour of the Rainbow Valley and the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site, encounter the colorful and stunning landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Then, marvel at ancient petroglyphs carved into the mountains by the desert’s original inhabitants.
On this Atacama Desert day tour to Rainbow Valley and the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site, experience the stunning landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert and encounter ancient signs of the desert’s original inhabitants.
From colorful rock layers at Rainbow Valley, to the petroglyphs carved into the Domeyko Mountains, enjoy the outstanding natural landscapes and rich history of the Atacama Desert.
Begin your day at 8:00 am with hotel pickup and transfer from San Pedro De Atacama towards the Hierbas Buenas archaeological site. Here, you’ll encounter pre-Spanish petroglyphs carved into the rock and suspended in time. These carvings tell stories of indigenous caravans that lived and mountains and valleys over 1000 years ago. In the pictures on the walls, you’ll experience their culture, their hopes, and their daily lives.
After you’ve explored the site, you’ll travel to the small community of Matancilla — an oasis of native flora and fauna in the world’s driest desert. Just outside of Matancilla, you’ll come across Rainbow Valley, named for the colorful rock layers in the surrounding hills. Observe brown, red, green, white, and yellow rock layers standing in stunning contrast to the blue sky and white salt flats all around.
To end the day, you’ll visit the Rainbow Valley lookout point. As you observe the breathtaking valley, enjoy a world-famous Pisco cocktail and toast to the day and to adventures ahead. You’ll return back to San Pedro de Atacama at approximately 14:00 pm.
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