1-day hiking tour in the Atacama Desert, Chile


Discover the beautiful Atacama Desert in a 1-day hiking tour from Machuca to Río Grande villages, led by a guide from the Vulcano Expediciones team.

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1 Day

All year

Open to everyone



The Atacama Desert is one of the largest and driest in the world. It covers a strip of land of 1,000 km along the Pacific coast, west of the Chilean Andes. Due to its unique landscape and abundant activities on offer, the Atacama Desert has lately become Chile’s top touristic destination.

This tour is a great opportunity to explore the typical, magical scenery and wildlife of the Andean plateau. We will hike about 5 hours along the Peñaliri River, at a maximum altitude of 4,000 m, from Machuca to Rio Grande, one of the most remote villages in the area. Along the way, we will probably see wild alpacas, guanacos, ducks and flamingos feeding.

We will depart at 8AM in a vehicle from the town of San Pedro de Atacama (2,408m) to Machuca, 80 km north. Once we arrive at Río Grande mid-afternoon, we will drive back to San Pedro, arriving around 5PM.

Before joining this trip, for acclimatization purposes, we recommend spending at least 3 days in San Pedro de Atacama, participating in other expeditions.

Interested in this adventure? Book your tour now!

If you are looking for other expeditions in Atacama, check out the 1-day ascent to Lascar Volcano or the 2-day ascent to Licanbur.


More info

You need to bring at least 2 liters of water, comfortable and light clothes, hiking shoes, a wind-proof jacket, a backpack, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Meeting point

San Pedro de Atacama


About the guide

We are a company dedicated to the service of alternative tourism ADVENTURE AND SPORT for all those who love experiences that combine a fascinating place with different, varied activities and flavored adrenaline.

About lead guide, Christian Fernandez:

I’m originally from Argentina, but live in Chile since 1998. Now I’m settled in the north of Chile, in San Pedro de Atacama, beautiful town in the heart of the Andean section of the dry Atacama dessert.

From there I organize many expeditions to beautiful peaks on a weekly basis. I’ve done more than 300 high altitude ascents, and more than 25 peaks over 6000 metres.

I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


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