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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.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


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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

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Tour Operator

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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What people are saying about Vulcano


This is an easy assent! I ended up paying $200 for a two hour experience and an apple and piece of chocolate ( lunch 😳) If you plan on doing this hike which I highly recommend, don’t book it with these guys - total rip off!! You can go with a group for about $70 if you book locally from San Pedro! It’s a beautiful view from the summit! It’s not even hard to get there ( they drive you most of the way!) My guide was lovely, great chat, nice person but trust me $200 is a massive massive massive rip off for this ‘experience’



The trip was a great experience with a wonderful view! However, unfortunately the tour description does not fit with the actual tour. There was no breakfast with acclimatisation and the duration was shorter. Most important the tour was not guided by Christian, but by some of his employes which did not speak English so we didn't get much explanations except some fragments that we understood in Spanish. Therefore we were a litlle disappointed concerning the guide of this tour.



The trip was great.  Christian was an excellent guide.



Great experience ..... thank you for the great trip. I’m coming back to Chile.


A+++ fantastic guide, very professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. Thank you Cristian for a memorable day!

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