Valle Arcoiris, San Pedro de Atacama

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Travel the valley to see eye-catching rock formations of differing, vibrant colors at Valle Arcoiris. Pathways trail through the valley, offering you views of various rock structures on and around the mountain. Due to mineral deposits in the soil, the rocks hold clearly defined color variations, so the mountainprojects a rainbow-like appearance. Take a tour or rent a car to visit this natural attraction. If you would like to have the area to yourself, visit during the afternoon when the site has the fewest tourists. There are no restrooms in the area, and you will need to take your own food and water with you. Our San Pedro de Atacama holiday planner makes visiting Valle Arcoiris and other San Pedro de Atacama attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 9, 2017
    What draws the most attention are the colors of the rocks. The place is very beautiful, full of details that impress. We did the tour guide Richard of 123. Was exceptional! Care in every detail, rich and very well informed explanations.
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  • August 5, 2017
    We arrived by car. The road is paved and good, except for the last part, where you have to cross several speed bumps. Passed, but with care. The place is beautiful. There is a circuit to make walking, sale and part from across the road. Recommend doing it from the area farthest to the entry to the rear, so that the road is the descent. We did it in rise and it was a little tiring. The height does not help us.
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  • August 3, 2017
    I found the tour interesting, but I confess that I expected more. The reason the colors really are interesting, but the location loses some of the charm if you know before the petroglyphs. At most, it's a good place to observe the landscape and have a picnic.
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As the stepping-stone to the nearby national reserve, San Pedro de Atacama offers an impressive range of hotels and guesthouses. Despite the big selection, prices remain relatively high throughout the year due to the town's status as northern Chile's tourist hub. At the peak of the summer season (late December to late March), some budget-friendly hostels even require single travelers to share a room with another guest. If you wish to avoid that, look into one of the hotels, many of which cluster around the town's central area and line the main street.
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