Rainbow Valley Tour, Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs - Half Day Tour
A short but intense tour. Stopping in the Rainbow Valley is synonym of being at the feet of big rocks and multicolor hills. Red, white and green are the colors that paint these stone giants formed by erosion, giving a unique visual sensation that will make you want to see everything closer and closer.
Then the course continues, with even more surprises. A tour in the simple and secret town of Río Grande (Big River), hidden in the hills’ slopes, painted of red for the color of its houses, and green on the outside for its colorful crops. To close this tour, you will visit the Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs to follow the traces that the ancient Atacama people have left over the rocks during the thousands of years they have been inhabiting this desert.
per adult from
4 to 5 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Bottled water
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
What's excluded :
- Landing and facility fees
- Entry/Admission - Valle del Arcoiris
- Entry/Admission - Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Valle del Arcoiris, Quebrada Chuschul,, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile
A wonder in the middle of the Chilean desert
Close to San Pedro de Atacama it is located one of the biggest gifts from nature, among giant stony walls in the Río Grande basin.
The colorful hills that paint the Chilean desert are the result of a different minerals mix that show themselves on top of one another in different layers, telling the geologic history of the Rainbow Valley. These sculptures —carved with naturals tools such as wind an oxygen during thousands of years— decorate with green and white the clayey red stones that cover most of this place.
These big walls made of minerals, salt, and rock formations also have some other trails that form a magic path where the contact with years of geologic history makes you understand that there are things much bigger than us.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Rio Grande, B-207, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile
The intense red color of the streets, the agriculture and the impressive sunshine are part of the landscape of Río Grande —a town with unique customs and traditions. Located at 90 km from San Pedro de Atacama, this town conserves a beautiful legacy among its hills.
Its inhabitants know the importance of keeping the architecture of the region, as it is seen in their houses with walls made of cut stone and roofs made of mud with cactus and carob wood beams. This is an important part of the charm of this place that tourists admire, who, when visiting, live a unique archeological experience in contact with nature.
Río Grande is described by the visitors as a close, working, and kind community that searches for preserving its history, beliefs, and customs for future generations.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs, Near Rainbow Valley, San Pedro de Atacama Chile
The biggest rock art spot of the area, called Yerbas Buenas, was a resting place for merchant caravans, nomadic travelers, and also the Atacama people who moved during days through the desert.
In this travel in time you will learn about taira, the carving technique used by this people to illustrate llamas, alpacas, and other animals directly in the reddish stone that characterizes this zone. Human figures, faces and bodies in meditation positions —representing Yatiris— complete this open-air museum charged with history that the Atacama people carry from their ancestors with pride.
In this tour through the same place where the ancient inhabitants of this valley rested and left their mark, today we can share those experiences that go beyond people, travels and generations, and that keep the magic of this site in the rocks that surround your gaze.
Duration: 40 minutes
Departure Point :Gustavo Le Paige 202, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile
Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup from any hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and near townsAirports
- El Loa Airport, Calama Chile
Departure Time :7:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.