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“3 great tours” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Turismo Layana

Turismo Layana
Tocopilla #429-B, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
056-55-560233
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Soest, The Netherlands
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“3 great tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We did 3 tours with Layana in our just 3 days in Atacama. We went to the high lagoons on the first day, and had the wonderful Antonia as our guide. Even if we'd be the only ones not speaking Spanish, she would still take her time to give all the isnights in English too. Comfortable vans, not too big groups. On the second day we also went to Tatio and were happy to see Antonia again for this tour too. It was well arranged, although we would have wanted to use the 40 minutes that we were picked up late (4.40 instead of 4am) to get some more sleep ;-) Breakfast at the geysers was really nice. Lastly we did the Cejar Lagoon evening tour with another great guide. Aircon in the van didn't work at first and we had to stop because a tire bursted, but everything was fixed quite fast and profesionally! Highly recommend Layana when you're in San Pedro de Atacama!

Visited February 2014
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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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“Great quality tour company with knowledgable drivers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Turismo Layana provided the bus and driver for our tours around the Atacama region. The driver Miguel was cheerful and knowledgable explaining information about the different herbs in the region and what they would be used for by the indigenous people.

Would highly recommend this company for its safety and relative comfort when in this region.

Visited January 2014
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“Simple but well organised tours with guides who spoke English well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

We ended up going on 2 tours with this company - Altiplano lagoons and Tatio geysers.

The first tour was led by Jaime (sorry I'm not sure the spelling) who drove the van with our group of 10 giving excellent English and Spanish explanations. He was very professional informative and friendly. We went to the Atacama salt flat where we saw 3 breeds of flamingos then to the 2 lagoons high up in the mountains which were so peaceful with the beautiful blue colours, green mountains and rugged peaks. I'm not sure if by chance or intention but we always got everywhere to have enough time to enjoy the sites before the other tour groups arrived. The small group also meant it was particularly tranquil in thd mountains.

The second tour to the geysers started before dawn.) We were a bit disappointed as we were called the previous evening to bring forward the meeting time to 4am rather than 430 but we were.only picked up at 440 anyway. That part aside the geysers were pleasant enough. They may seem quite modest if you've been to other geysers (e.gYellowstone in the Us). It's still worth it if you want to see a slow sunrise over volcanic peaks. Be prepared for the cold - i took 2 thermal layers, soft shell, wind proof jacket gloves beanie and was comfortable. I would avoid the opportunity to swim in the thermal pool as it's not as hot as some (cold to luke warm really) and you'll have to battle others to get to the small toasty corner of hot water. This bus had about 25 people which wasn't a problem since there are lots of groups at the geysers anyway. The highlights were actually after the geysers when we also saw bird sanctuaries, flamingos, other nesting birds, herds of wild vicuña,.llama and a fox.

I thought the groups were very well organised and the guides spoke English very well (the Spanish was also a nice slow pace if you want to practise) and I'm confident all the information was covered equally in both languages

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“Inconsistent quality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We went with the agency to following tours:
1. Valle de la Luna/muerte => poor
2. Altiplanicas+ salar de Atacama => poor
3. Stargazing => terrible. the guy was extremely bad (boring, with no presentation/talking skills). Seemed that he did not know what to talk about.
4. Tatio geysers = Good. The Girl was extremely fun and so into the storytelling, that it made it very interesting.


Basically, The added value of having guide was only at Tatio geysers. The rest -i treat it as if we paid for the transportation. That's it.

Visited November 2013
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“Good Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Took a trip to laguna cejar, good service, good discount and nice views. Totally recommend this agency

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