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Cerro Toco: Amazing Full-Day Volcano Climb

Ascend Cerro Toco and be rewarded with the best views of the Atacama region. Get a chance to also see ice penitents during the ascent.

USD $137.00USD $410.00

Per Person

Ascend Cerro Toco and Get the Best Views of Atacama Region

How does a full-day climb up an ancient dormant volcano sound? If this is your thing, then join us for a tour up Cerro Toco, located 60 kilometers away from San Pedro de Atacama and is known to be the easiest mountain to climb in the region.

Ideal for beginners, the summit of Cerro Toco located 5600 meters above sea level will offer you one of the best views of the region and that of any Atacama volcano can offer.

During the ascent, you will also be able to see ice penitents, which are large icy waters that are generated naturally as a result of sublimation – in the shape of needles.

The view may be great, but due to the steep slope of the hill, its ascent must be done very calmly – if you are in a haste, you will get mountain sickness and a lack of oxygen.

Besides, temperatures might go below -10 degrees celsius, so wear more clothing and avoid getting frozen!


  • Ascend a dormant volcano
  • Take in the best views of the region
  • Get to see ice penitents

Tour Information

Duration: 6-7 hours (Tour starts at 08:00 am)
Start/End location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Availability: Year-round
Miscellaneous: Minimum age of participation is 14 years old and up. Travelers with altitude issues and pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour.


You will leave from San Pedro de Atacama by vehicle at 08:00 am for a journey that will take 1.5 hours, until you arrive at an old sulfur at an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level. Once there, after a safety briefing by the guide, you will begin your ascent for 2 to 3 hours, which will take to the top of the hill, at an altitude of 5600 meters above sea level.

Once you hit the summit, there will be some time to enjoy the spectacular view towards the other peaks of the altiplano. Then, you will start your descent, which will take approximately 1 hour before finally taking the vehicle that will take you back to San Pedro de Atacama.

What’s Included

  • Bilingual guide
  • Passenger transportation insurance
  • Transfer to and from hotel
  • Breakfast and ration food pack
  • Gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Trekking sticks

What to Bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Pullover as second layer
  • Windbreaker/jacket as third layer
  • Closed and high trekking shoes
  • Cap/hat
  • Sunblock and sunglasses


San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile -22.910800, -68.200100

What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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