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Rainbow Valley Chile and Domeyko Mountain Range (Half-Day)

Local guides trained in geology take you through this incredible rainbow-painted valley just outside of San Pedro!

USD $64.00

Per Person

Encounter Ancient Petroglyphs and Outstanding Geology on this Atacama Desert Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursion

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!


  • Explore a wide range of rock formations in a variety of colors and shapes
  • Enjoy stunning views of wildlife, mountains, lakes, and desert
  • See petroglyphs carved by prehistoric hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago
  • Visit Rainbow Valley Chile and the Domeyko Mountains

Tour Information

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.

What’s Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Local guide trained in geology
  • Transportation to off-the-beaten-path destinations
  • Tour of Yerbas Buenas archaeological site
  • Basic snack (granola bars, nuts, juice)

What’s Not Included

  • Park entry fee ($3,000 Chilean pesos / ~$5.00 USD)

Important Notes

  • Please note that in order to reserve this Rainbow Mountain Chile tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at
  • Recommended: Bring a windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses and water.


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