Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles5,702 reviews
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4,620
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157
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Ondrej Neff
Zvole, Czech Republic9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the place with a hired car. Drive from San Pedro on Highway 23 through Socaire and Toconao. Then turn off the dirt road and climb up to 4200 m. We payed the entrance fee and continued on foot about 1 km. It was ugly weather , so we only got to Laguna Miscanti. The road to Laguna Miniques was closed. However, the surrounding countryside is very beautiful. The trip is definitely worth the effort.
Written February 1, 2020
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avril w
Northamptonshire, UK134 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Having managed to negotiate the slightly complicated booking process and secured our tickets, we spent an hour and a half driving to Socaire only to find that the lakes were closed due to bad weather. I was advised to claim a refund of the ticket price from the finance person and given a number to contact. Having done that, I was told that my refund would be processed, but that it would take 10-15 days. A month later and still no refund and no response to my messages or emails. Please be aware that you do risk losing your money and driving 3 hours for nothing!
Written March 18, 2023
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Carl B
Carlisle, MA221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this excursion more than the geysers. It is an hour and one half from town. Ruta 23 is paved all the way to the turnoff to the lakes. From there 5 km up a fairly rough road, but entirely doable in our rented 2wd Peugeot. These lakes are exceptionally picturesque with volcanos in the background.
Written January 13, 2020
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stork90
Mount Juliet, TN1,404 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It took 1 1/2 hours to drive here (the same as the Geysers de Tatio), but there was little to see or do. Yes, the views are nice, but not mind blowing, and the only trail open to hike on runs essentially parallel to the road. The longer one (on the other side of the lagunas?) is closed. You have to stay so far back, that we could barely make out 3 flamingos near the water's edge.

Give this one a miss, unless you've never seen a lake with nearby mountains, and go instead to the Geysers. THAT was an awesome experience, even with the ungodly early hour you need to leave, and driving 1 1/2 hrs in the dark on a packed dirt road.
Written February 8, 2020
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Jorit N
West Melton, New Zealand111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Definitely worth a visit, such a great setting to view the lagoons. Yes, just another entry fee in the Atacama Desert but the lagoons with the snow covered in the background look spectacular. A few small walks available as well, some interesting birds to watch (not just flamingoes) but be careful with altitude sickness.
Written February 21, 2020
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Terri I
Oxfordshire, UK79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful lagoon but be aware once you get there there is nothing you can do. There are very limited designated pathways you cannot get close to the lagoon. there is nowhere to sit and enjoy the view all you can do is walk along a path and take photos!
We stopped on the top of the hill between the two lagoons in a space which would take 2 cars a ranger/guide appeared out of nowhere and told us we couldn't stop there it was for photos only...which is what we were doing. Seems we had to leave the car in the car park and walk up the hill in the sweltering heat along a small designated footpath to take a photo!!
Online tickets were not working but we managed to buy in Socaire. The form filling was ridiculously long in terms of the information needed and as a result there was a long queue. It took us an additional 30 mins on what was a 3 hour return journey from San Pedro, Was it worth the 3.5 hour trip to take a few photos? Not for us.
This was something we found everywhere we went around San Pedro. Stone walkways dictate where you are able to walk. Rangers are everywhere and can get very rude with you if the 'break' the rules! Really spoilt are enjoyment of the Atacama Desert. I applaud the efforts to protect the environment but they have taken measures to the extreme to the detriment of being able to enjoy such beautiful sights.

Written March 24, 2023
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George
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is another place you must to visit here. I did the visit after lunch so the park was almost empty and with our guide we did the long hike trail that starts in the restroom areas of miscant and ends in the restrooms of Miñiques. probably we spent over 2 hours walking
Written November 15, 2020
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Donald L
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The trip to the lagoons ( we saw 4 lagoons ) involves several hours in a van on both good and poor roads. You climb to over 14,000 feet altitude and do some walking. One person in our group got quite sick (altitude sickness), but was fine once we got back to San Pedro. The lagoons were impressive, especially the salt lagoons. We saw some wildlife, some up close, most at a distance (bring binoculars if you can). In January the flamingo lagoon is off limits, apparently due to newborns hatching. We had a nice lunch in a small town on the way back. It is a unique experience with sites you won’t find any other place. It is cold and potentially windy at these altitudes, be prepared.
Written February 8, 2020
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Xavierenon
St. Petersburg, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
If this review helps one person, it will be extremely valuable! There was so much confusion related to the booking process the day I visited (1/22/2023) It's very important to follow the process outlined on the official website of Socaire Chile to purchase tickets. First, you need to purchase a ticket in advance and only at the official website. Next you have to select a date and time to visit the site. Next, you need to arrive in the town of Solcaire at least 1 hour before your ticket time. You will get a paper ticket from the office in Socaire using the QR code of the ticket you purchased online. You must also provide your license plate number. There may be big line in Solcaire when you arrive so plan to arrive on time. Solcaire is 30 minutes from Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques if arriving from San Pedro Atacama.
You cannot miss any of the steps above, or do them out of order, to gain entry. You must present your paper ticket at the gate of Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. Your QR code will not gain you entry to the park without a paper ticket from Solcaire one hour in advance!
The visit is amazing and well worth it!
Written January 24, 2023
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Fabian030
Berlin, Germany105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Entrance fee is 3000 peso p.p. (If I remember right).
Usually you can go to both lagunas, and even drive to the Miniques one, but when we’ve been there the road to Miniques was closed due to maintenance (it did snow the night before).
It’s worth a visit but due to the height (4200 meters above sea level) it’s quite difficult to walk around. Take some water with you and rest whenever you have to.
Unfortunately you can’t go down to the water, you can only watch from above.
Written January 11, 2020
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