Scenic full-day excursion to the high altiplano above San Pedro de Atacama reaching an altitude of over 4,300m above sea level. The road heads south, passing the distinctive cone of Lincancabur volcano and cutting across the eastern corner of the Salar de Atacama before reaching the village of Toconao, typical of the small oasis villages of the area. Figs and quinces and a handsome whitewashed bell tower help give the village its own distinctive character.
It's another 50km to the village of Socaire with its 18th century church set against a field of sunflowers and market. Next, drive up to Minique and azure, high altitude Miscanti lagoons. Finally cross the Salar de Atacama, the third largest expanse of salt flats in the world, home to colonies of Andean, Chilean and James flamingos.