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It's like snowboarding, only hotter. Many agencies offer a three-hour sandboarding excursion into the Valle de la Muerte from 4 pm to 9 pm - the intelligent way to beat the desert heat. These tours run about 7,000 pesos and include an instructor. If you're brave and have your own transportation, you can rent just the board for 4,000 pesos. There is also a combination sandboarding-and-sunset tour for 15,000 pesos, which closes the day with a desert sunset over the Valle de la Luna. Contact
Turismo Teckara. In the center of San Pedro, Teckara rent boards and offer tours to Valle de la Muerte. Tocanao 455, San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000. 55/285–1623. From 8,000 pesos.
Atacama Inca Tour. For sandboarding, Atacama Inca Tour takes you out to the Valley de los Muertos with an instructor to surf the dunes on their pro boards. You can combine sandboarding with a hike and sunset visit to the Valle de la Luna followed by a pisco sour at sundown. Tocanao (s/n), San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000. 55/285–1062. From 15,000 pesos.