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The Hidden Lagoons of the Atacama Desert

The Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache, also known as Lagunas Escondidas de Baltinache, are an extraordinary feature in the Atacama Desert. Found in the Cordillera del Sal, these lagoons emerge amidst the desert terrain with vibrant hues, ranging from turquoise to emerald green.

At certain times of the year, the intense colors change and you can see the salt crystals at the bottom of the lagoons going from orange to blue, like in a surrealist painting.

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How to visit the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

As with the other tours in the Atacama, each agency offers a different route to the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache and different experiences. The Tour with FlaviaBia which is our recommendation for your trip, has several details that make a difference to your trip.

At Hidden Lagoons, FlaviaBia prepares a delicious table with typical food, appetizers and a delicious wine to accompany and toast the day of the trip. She also has a guide to explain the formations of this region.

The most incredible thing is that the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache seem to change throughout the year. We’ve had the opportunity to visit them a few times and we’re always amazed by the colors and formations of each one.

In addition to all the support Flavia offers on this tour, the day’s experience doesn’t end there. The Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache route continues on to the enigmatic desert Bus, which has become an attraction in the Atacama and provides beautiful photos to round off the day.

As with Laguna Cejar, in the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache you can also float effortlessly. The high concentration of salt in the water makes this magical experience possible and it deserves to be part of your Atacama itinerary.

It’s worth noting that not all the lagoons allow swimming, so always follow the signs and your guide’s instructions. The entire path between each of the lagoons is marked out and must be respected for the preservation of this place.

It’s important to remember that several points in the Atacama, such as the Laguna Tebinquiche for example, are fragile in nature and if contact with them is not controlled, they could simply be lost over time.

With the large number of travelers arriving in the desert, this care in each place must always come first. It’s not just a matter of an isolated attitude, but of everyone traveling together and cherishing nature.

Information about the Hidden Lagoons

Just like the Valle de la Luna and other parts of the Atacama Desert, the entrance to the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache is not normally included in the price of the tours charged by the agencies. This entrance fee must be paid in Chilean pesos.

Park entrance fee: $ 5,000 CLP per person

To avoid unforeseen circumstances, always check with your agency about entrance fees and payment methods, as the price can change without notice.

The Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache can be considered an easy hike. You will leave early for the tour and only return in the late afternoon, so you can consider this a full-day tour on your itinerary.

Tips for enjoying the Lagunas Escondidas tour

As it’s not a very high altitude walk, it’s around 2.500m, including the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache in the first few days of your trip is a great idea.

Remember that this is a region that tends to heat up during the day, especially in the non-winter months. Be prepared for a light walk in the intense sunshine.

When you go floating in the lagoon, be careful with the water in your eyes and hair, as the concentration of salt in the water is very high.

  • We even recommend that you take a bottle of water with you to wash your body and remove some of the salt that remains after swimming in the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache. Getting salt on your body can irritate your skin or cause some discomfort.
  • The use of sunscreen is important, but it is recommended that you apply it while still in your hotel, so that your body absorbs it well and it doesn’t come off in the water. Avoid using oily sunscreens.

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Photos of Atacama's Hidden Lagoons

Which agency to hire in Atacama

We always recommend that you book your tours with registered and well-rated agencies. Our suggestion for your trip is FlaviaBia Expediciones, an agency we’ve known since it began operations and which has an excellent track record in terms of traveler satisfaction.

If you value a good experience and are looking for tours without a large number of people, with comfortable and safe cars and, of course, professional guides, this is one of the best alternatives for your trip.

We recommend FlaviaBia's work transparently. We know the work closely and have already done all the activities offered, testing and guaranteeing the quality of the service.

You can contact the agency directly using the form and receive all the information you need for your trip.

The FlaviaBia Expediciones agency was created by Brazilian Flavia, who raised her family in the desert and today is a benchmark for quality service in San Pedro de Atacama.

Travelers who have already visited the Hidden Lagoons

Robson Franzoiauthor of the blog Um Viajante

The tour to the Lagunas Escondidas shows you a true paradise that deserves to be discovered in the Atacama Desert. Until recently it was unknown and today it has a good structure to welcome travelers. It's a beautiful place!

Diogo Fernandespassionate about coffee and travel

I really enjoyed getting to know and floating in Laguna Cejar, but after I got to know Lagunas Escondidas my expectations were totally exceeded. The color of these lagoons is unique and hard to describe. It's worth putting on your itinerary!

Marcelo CorteCollaborators

The trip to the Lagunas Escondidas is fantastic. A day to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Atacama in the best possible way. I did the full day tour thinking it might be too much, but it was perfect. I'd go back again and recommend it to everyone.

Caio VieiraCollaborators

When I saw some images of the Atacama Desert, it was one of the photos of the Lagunas Escondidas that made me decide to buy my ticket. Getting there and seeing this place with my own eyes was amazing. It surpassed everything I imagined, it's so incredible.

Larissa CostaMembers

The beauty of the Lagunas Escondidas is surreal. I can't tell you how magical and totally unique this place is. I confess that I didn't go into the water because it was so cold, but I still loved the experience and recommend it as a place not to be missed.

Viviane OliveiraCollaborators

I spent my last day at Lagunas Escondidas and I don't think I could have made a better choice. It was a relaxing day after climbing Lascar Volcano. I can't tell you how special it was. It was well worth it and I still dream of going back.

Yuri MirandaCollaborators

This is a great place in the Atacama Desert. The colors of the Lagunas Escondidas are even more incredible than any photo you'll see. I got there thinking it wouldn't be any more beautiful than the other places I'd been to and I was blown away. Well worth a visit!

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