Piedras Rojas
Piedras Rojas
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,477 reviews
Excellent
1,224
Very good
180
Average
45
Poor
11
Terrible
17

Stephanie H
Darwin, Australia19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did a full day tour ”Piedras rojas (includes lagunas altiplánicas)” with Flamingo Travel Agency. We saw Laguna Chaxa, Salar de Talar, Laguna Tuyaito, Laguna Miniques, Laguna Miscsnti, Toconao Village and Socaire village.
The tour felt quite rushed and consisted of mainly lookouts. Piedras rojas can only be seen from a far, there are signs everywhere telling you to go no closer to the lake.
There were not as many flamingos compared to the Bolivian lagoons however, the flamingos did come a bit closer.
For me, the flamingos at Laguna Chaxa and the walk around Laguna Miscanti were the highlights.
In my opinion, time would have been better spent exploring the main attractions by yourself and/or chilling out instead of including visits to the villages.
There were long lines for the toilet at all stops.
Breakfast was amazing (fresh bread, the best-scrambled eggs, cheese, salami, biscuits, juice and hot drinks).
My partner left his snow jacket in the van. We called into the office twice to ask about the jacket as no one got back to us and my partner informed staff exactly where he left it. We received a Whatsapp message once we left San Pedro stating the bus driver ”didn't find anything”.
Written January 23, 2020
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Michael M
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
If you are into photography: hands off! You can book a tour, but they'll only take you there during the middle of the day when UV is at its max. We tried to go on our own, and the website told us we needed to get a ticket, but then the website didn't work. We drove 90 km to Socaire to get the ticket, but they told us they didn't allow people to enter after noon. We just went to the place, and there actually was a ranger until sunset to make sure nobody could get near the place. So we drove 300 km from San Pedro for absolutely nothing.
Written June 7, 2024
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Rachael Fox
Takaka, New Zealand237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited Piedras Rojas along with other sites under Feel Atacama's 'Altiplanic laguna' tour.
Absolutely stunning views and so worth a trip. We really enjoyed the service of Feel Atacama for the trip, our tour guide Roger spoke great English, had a great sense of humour, explaind sites thoroughly and the driver was prepared to stop at random points on the way for photos of landscapes and animals along with interesting descriptions. Highly recommended!
Written February 1, 2020
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Jorit N
West Melton, New Zealand109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We did a self drive tour towards the Argentina border, with this being our last stop of the long day (before heading back to San Pedro). VERY disappointing to then be told that there is no entry to the red rocks anymore. They send us to a lookout point a bit further down the road, so we had a good view across the salt lagoon but we had a lot of that much closer to San Pedro...
Written February 21, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The red rocks, but the highlight for us was the stunning shades of blue and turquoise of the water and the backdrop of snow capped volcanoes. Unbelievably beautiful from lots of viewpoints and different directions. The walkway, about 1km there and 1km back from the car park was not steep but uneven in parts but isn't difficult. But at 4000 metres altitude with a strong wind hats, scarves and gloves with a good jacket and walking boots or shoes were necessary.
Written June 1, 2024
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ShariLukens
Victoria, Canada190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Do not miss going to this place. We did not take a tour with a tour company as we had a car which I would highly recommend. The best place to view this area is just past the location where you would need a ticket to visit. We bypassed that on a recommendation to go to the original viewing place just past it. You can’t kiss the turn. There were vicuńa grazing beside the lake which added to the experience. From here turn right and head to the Argentinian border. Before you get there you will come upon the most spectacular Laguna Tuyaito. No words. Just go!
Written December 26, 2022
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Peter B
Leuven, Belgium297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It is a long drive from San Pedro but it turned out to be well worth it. The silence. The beauty. The colours. To reach the water you will need to take a sturdy walk during which you will be confronted with icy wind, but at the end the reward is spectacular.
Written July 8, 2022
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nicholas z
Rome, Italy179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
We loved Piedras Rojas, the sight was incredible.
Do not go on the tour, everybody comes here by group and they leave you to enjoy the place not more than 15 minutes, so you really cannot walk around the lagoon and make photos.
It is VERY EASY to reach the place by yourself from San Pedro di Atacama and YOU DON'T NEED a 4WD drive for it. You drive from San Pedro approximately 130 km on a very good asphalt road and the last 4 km on the gravel road which is also very good.
In order to find the place, download Google Maps in offline mode (because there is no signal as soon as you leave San Pedro) and look for Aguas Calientas. As soon as you arrive to Aguas Calientas, you see a marvellous lagoon and red rocks.
COME WHEN THERE ARE NO GROUPS which are brought here around 13 00 - 14 00. So if you come earlier or later, you can enjoy a place all for yourself!
Really recommended.
The best itinerary is to visit first two lagoons (Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques) and then Pedras Rojas. Just do it in inverse mode. First go for Piedras Rojas and then on the way back go to see the Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. In this way you avoid the tourist groups which make these spots crowded.
Written December 27, 2017
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bthecreek
Beavercreek, OH79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
This may have been 5 stars but unfortunately las Piedras Rojas are closed for now. Apparently some tourists damaged the area and the locals closed access to going out to the Piedras. You can still stop and view the area from a distance with some flamingos and really nice landscapes but you can't go walk down by the Piedras Rojas. It's worth a visit if you're in that area visiting Lagunas Altiplanicas or Laguna Tuyacto for the day, but otherwise there's other things you may want to spend your time on.
Written April 15, 2018
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AMB
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
I can confirm that it has been closed. I drove out there with my wife Apr 8th 2018 (along with visiting other spots from the top 10). A grader or bulldozer has been used to block the road into Piedras Rojas and signs are posted that the area has been closed for rehabilitation. The gatehouse is still standing but abandoned.

If you wished to ignore the ‘Non Entrar’ sign then I’m sure you could just walk in but we respected wishes of the local authorities and admired from other vantage points.

That is the bad news. The good news is that the entire area is spectacularly beautiful and it is definitely worth the drive out there (2-3 hours depending on how heavy your foot is). Also it’s a fairly quick side trip along the way to visit Lagunas Miscanti and Miniques. I have posted a few pics of all three
Written April 8, 2018
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