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“Fascinating and unique geological formation”
Review of Valle Arcoiris

Valle Arcoiris
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Rainbow Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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“Fascinating and unique geological formation”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

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 !

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Wonderful views and experience”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Do not miss this tour: you will be amazed with the colors of the mountains due to different minerals that compose these. Views are spectacular

Visited May 2014
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Great class about minerals”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We had a great time in there, the colours of the rocks was beautiful, and the class we had with our guide was incredible! You can see the Inca Road from there. Worth a visit for sure

Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“If you are near the Petroglyphs, then it is worth the drive.”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

I stopped here after visiting petroglyphs in the area. I don't think it is worth going out of your way to see this. The rock formations and colors are nice, but not exceptional.

Visited April 2014
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Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

This was one of the excursions arranged through our hotel and if you get the chance make sure you visit. The drive along leading to the valley was pretty impressive but the actual valley is something else. The range of colours is absolutely fantastic. Additionally there are lots of "sculptures" resulting from wind erosion and water, when there is some.
We had 4 different excursions during our visit and this was one of the best.

Visited January 2014
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