Local guides trained in geology take you through this incredible rainbow-painted valley just outside of San Pedro!
Experience stunning rock formations of Rainbow Valley Chile, encounter native Atacama wildlife, and see ancient petroglyps at Yerbas Buenas on this off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Domeyko Mountains. Located west of the Salar de Atacama Basin, the Domeyko Range has enigmatic and interesting landscapes found nowhere else on earth. Travel with an expert guide trained in regional geology, and encounter the outstanding history, geology, and natural beauty of the Atacama!
Duration: 7:00 am – 13:00 pm
Start/End Location: You will be picked up at your hotel between 7:00 and 7:30am
Difficulty Level: Low
Tour Type: Small group (15 people or fewer)
Begin your day with 7:00 hotel pick-up and transfer to Rainbow Valley. Here, you’ll encounter brilliant red, white, and green rock layers formed by minerals, salt, rock, and tectonic movement over millions of years. As you check out the area, your guide team will set up and prepare breakfast “in the field.” Enjoy a hot coffee and breakfast sandwich as the sun rises over the mountains.
After breakfast, explore the area with your guide and learn about the natural geological processes that created this exceptional landscape. From Rainbow Valley, travel deeper into the Domeyko Mountains to explore the Yerbas Buenas archaeological site. Here, encounter petroglyphs, ancient drawings in stone made by hunter-gatherers 3 to 4 thousand years ago! Discover the ancient desert inhabitants of the Atacama through their art, and imagine life in the barren landscape over 3 thousand years ago.
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.