Valle Arcoiris
Valle Arcoiris
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George
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Another place if you love geology you must to visit. Here we can find different kind of minerals and the visible stratification and action of the faults makes this place a "geologist holy grail". Fortunatly as I did private tours, we did this visit after lunch when the area was completly empty and I spent several hours walking and taking photos of this geo wonder.
Written November 15, 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It should be on everyone's list of places to visit when in the Atacama. Come early morning because there is little shade. The colours against the blue sky are stunning. You are not allowed to climb them (unlike Peru) for two reasons: belong to the indigenous folk; it avoids damage to the fragile natural environment. Well done Chile
Written January 24, 2024
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Judith G
Aberdeen, UK124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We went with Flamingo tours and were collected from our hotel. The bus was full so we had to squeeze into two seats right at the back of the bus. It was a very tight space and not a very comfortable journey to get there. The guide was good explaining everything in Spanish English and French. First stop on a trip was to the rainbow valley. The guide walked us around the site and explained all of the geology which was very interesting. We then were given breakfast at the side of the van. We were then taken to see the petroglyphs. We had to pay an entrance fee for here. There were very basic toilets there but no running water to wash hands. There were drawings of animals like llamas, flamingoes and foxes. Headed back to San Pedro and were dropped off in town so we could walk back to our hotel around 130 pm. It’s really sandy and dusty there as is everywhere in San Pedro.
Written July 23, 2019
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felixmeee
Calgary, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We went to San Pedro de Atacama in early March 2017 and spent 6-7 days visiting the main attractions. The Valle de Arco Iris was the best of all. They are incredible mountains, with amazing formations and incredible combination of colours (more colours than the rainbow, actually). The tour is good for 1/2 day to a full day. It is usually combined with the petroglyphs.

We rented a car right in San Pedro (booking in advance recommended). The drive was easy, although in some areas the road is rough. The car worked, but an SUV would be a better choice. Being on our own gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted and was actually cheaper than the tours (for 2 people). If you rent a car in San Pedro (only one agency available), you can return the car in Calama (because most if not all the cars are based there), saving the transportation from San Pedro to the airport. They tried to charge me for a drop off in a different place, but when I asked them why the charge if I was doing them the favour of taking the car back to Calama, they dropped the charge.
Written April 24, 2017
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LondonHi
London, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
you can go with your 4X4, honestly you don't need a guide or a tour bus to go there. This place is magic, like if you just landed on red planet.
Written February 25, 2020
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Mamiya7
Sycamore, IL271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This was a not a very long stop for us, but we did see some interesting petroglyphs that we had not seen before. They revolve around animals. The interesting thing is that you can see how they evolved from earlier crude animal shapes to more refined ones. There is an interesting fox or dog-like one and many in the llama or guanaco family. There is a welcome bathroom stop here.
Written July 2, 2019
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OzJ0hn
Miners Rest, Australia19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Group tour with Desert Adventure. I enjoyed the journey to Rainbow valley more than the valley itself. You can see some great wildlife on the way. Problem was the bus we were in. 4 rows with 3 seats in each. No aisle, just a very narrow gap to right of seats. Miserable experience getting in and out at various stops. Unsafe too. No way rows 3 and 4 could get out easily if there was a problem. Whole group utterly fed up by end of tour. TripAdvisor won’t let me post this under Desert Adventure because I’ve just posted a review for another tour with them (gave it 5 stars). Didn’t want to review the 2 tours together, because the experiences were too different. If you’re going on any tour with any company in San Pedro, ask how the seating is set out in your bus.
Written October 21, 2018
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LeaDaluz
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
I hesitate to tell you how beautiful this place is, because it is not at all yet protected in any way. When you visit, please leave it as you found it and refrain from taking any more rocks away! The variety and contrast of colors in the rocks and formations (leading into) this spectacular valley are surprising. After visiting tens of times with different geologists I learn more every time - this place is unique in the world! Not only its beauty is striking because of the constrasting colors and crazy shapes, but the fact that here there are ancient rocks formed deep inside the earth that we usually never even see on the earth´s surface, plutonic and hypabyssal beauties, makes it even more fascinating. Despite the fact that you will find extremely few guides who actually really DO understand its formation and provenance, it is a fabulous quiet and awe inspiring tour. An hour and a half drive from Sn Pedro. Combines easily with a wealth of other less visited sites (Rio Grande, Yerbas Buenas, Matancilla).
Most tours will also take you for a quick stop at the Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs (ancient graffiti on ignimbrite blobs) in a huge landscape between deep canyons. Then you will drive into the Matancilla valley, soothing green and water trickling through a beautiful valley. I recommend taking your time in the ArcoIris valleys, rather than jamming in the petropglyphs, which really deserve your full attention on another separate excursion if you have the time (and a really good guide to give you teh low-down), Absolutely worth while.
Remember, please help us keep it intact !
Written June 17, 2014
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ScottW007
New York City, NY205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The sights were just stunning. Multiple colors are visible in the rocks and hills--including green, white, purple, orange, and pink. It is somewhat similar to Zion National Park in Utah, but Valle del Arcoiris is even better.
Written July 26, 2023
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BobSt23
Sydney, Australia618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Rainbow Valley is a rough road out of Calama in Chile’s Atacama Desert. It is a scenic road, with interesting plants and local llamas to see. The actual valley has a small entrance fee.
Rainbow Valley is best seen by going with a guide in a suitable 4-wheel drive vehicle, though it is possible to get there self-driving. I went with Altiplano, and they come highly recommended.
The walls of this valley glisten in the sunlight thanks to the abundant gypsum deposits. The varying colours are not quite rainbow but there are hues of red, white and green. The rock formations are worth the visit.
Rainbow Valley doesn’t have the same status as the nearby Moon Valley but is more condensed and more colourful and only takes a few hours to visit. It should be on your list of places to go when in the Atacama area.
Check out my other reviews of places, hotels and experiences throughout South America.
Written June 1, 2023
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