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Pintados Geoglyphs, Humberstone and Salar Grande tour


Pintados Geoglyphs, Humberstone and Salar Grande * FULL DAY * From USD$130

In one full day you’ll see and learn about; Mining history of Chile in a desert ghost town, a National reserve and its endemic flora, the largest group of geoglyphs in South America, the largest salt flat on production in the country and a sea lions colony in the cold waters of the Pacific… pretty good, ah?


If the group consist of 3 to 6 people the price per person is USD$130 | If group size is 2 people; USD$160

Group Size

2 to 6 people.

Tour Length

Full Day, 09:00 to 19:00 hrs aprox.


Any date upon reservation.

Meeting Time

09:00 am.

If you are traveling alone or more passengers are required, please contact us to design a non-binding custom proposal for you or you can join a tour with a programmed fix departure.

Pick Up from Accomodation



Transportation on private 4×4 vehicle, filtered water all the way, food and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and specialized bilingual guide.

Not Included

Travel insurance, accommodation at Iquique (available on request), everything not mentioned in the itinerary.

Route (Referential Map)



From your lodging at Iquique, we’ll drive for about 45min to Humberstone UNESCO World heritage site, now a ghost town, it used to be the most developed town during the nitrate extraction boom of Chile. A very interesting place to understand and learn about the history of Chile and the life of our grandfathers in the desert.

From here we’ll take the famous Pan-American road heading south down to Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve; this is the place where we get in contact with the few flora and fauna you’ll find on this dry desert. Taking advantage of the nice and fresh place, we’ll have a nice picnic lunch on site under the shade of Tamarugo trees (endemic tree).

Our journey continues as we drive to visit the interesting Cerro Pintados Geoglyphs; more than 400 images drawn on the slopes just in front of you, telling the ancient history of convoys of trading people and llamas traveling from the Andes to the coast. Don’t miss this place! you need extraordinary dry conditions to have geoglyphs and this is the best place to see them in South America!.

We’ll drive across the desert down to Salar Grande; the source of most of the table salt in Chile! this huge curly salt flat (or salt pan) is an unusual but interesting place to visit and as we go down to the coast you’ll see many trucks transporting salt to the port of Patillos, completely dedicated to shipping salt to the rest of Chile and North America.

Our last stop is to visit the Sea lions colony of Punta Patache, to hear, smell and see this typical marine mammal on its natural habitat. From here we start our driving back to the city of Iquique.

Food: Lunch is included.



Cancellation Policy

If you decide to cancel your tour reservation, for any reason, the following are our terms,

Time frame / You receive:

  • 7 or more days before trip departure / 100% refund of what you have paid.
  • 6 to 3 days before trip departure / 50% of your payment.
  • 2 days before trip departure / 35% of your payment.
  • 1 day before trip departure / 15% of your payment.

The reasons to cancel a booked tour will be due to bad weather conditions, closed roads, government prohibitions or security reasons of any kind. If this is the case you will get a refund of 80% of what we received (please, remember that intermediates, banks, credit cards and transfers might apply commissions to what you’ve originally paid) and will be happy to offer you another options.

Refunds are done exclusively to Chilean bank accounts or to your PayPal/Payoneer account if you’ve paid using one of those methods.

Transfer Policy

If you would like to change to a different tour or departure date after signing up, we will be happy to transfer you on a space available basis up until 7 days prior to your tour. Please provide your transfer request in writing – email is sufficient. Please note, a $20USD transfer fee will be deducted from your previous payments for each transfer, and if you later choose to cancel your tour, the cancellation deadlines will apply to the date of the originally scheduled tour.

Tour Confirmation

Místico Outdoors will confirm your trip 7 days in advance and will be done via email.


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