San Pedro de Atacama lies in the middle of one of the driest deserts of the world – Puna de Atacama. This setting is perfect for watching a nightly show of bright stars glistening in a clear sky, and the serene tranquility of the region as well as the its connection with indigenous Chilean roots do much to recommend the town. Discover a surreal landscape and untamed nature in Los Flamencos National Park, which is home to three kinds of flamingos.

Highlights

  • Moon Valley
  • Death Valley
  • El Tatio Geyser
  • Chaxa Lagoon Flamingoes

 Places to stay

wimming pool by dusk at Altiplanico Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

Altiplanico Atacama

Hotel Style: Boutique

The Altiplanico's excellent service, very friendly staff and warm ambience make it a cut-above the competition.  See Hotel

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Awasi Atacama

Hotel Style: Resort

The Awasi charms with its first class, highly personalized service as well as its central location.  See Hotel

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Explora Atacama

Hotel Style: Lodge

This unconventional hotel enchants with exclusivity and an unmatched service.  See Hotel

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Tierra Atacama

Hotel Style: Lodge

In our opinion, this is the best hotel in the city.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Half Day Visit to Tulor & Quitor Archaeological Sites

Enjoy an archeologically fascinating tour into the wild desert of Atacama. Visit Tulor, a tiny settlement of pre-Incan indigenous origins which was only was rediscovered in 1983, followed by the fortress of Quitor, one of the few structures to withstand Inca attacks here in the driest desert on Earth. (Duration: 4 hours. Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)

Half Day Visit to Toconao & Chaxa Lagoon & Atacama Salt Lak

A wonderful half-day excursion brings you to the quaint village of Toconao where all houses are made of volcanic stones. Next, the largest salt flat awaits you, along with incredible views of flamingos on the shores of what was a prehistoric ocean. This activity is recommended in the late afternoon to enjoy the amazing colors of the sunset or during the early morning to see most of the flamingos. (Duration: 4 hours. Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)

Half Day Visit to Puritama Hot Springs

Unwind with a tranquil soak in the refreshing waters of the Puritama Hot Springs. A series of eight natural pools of geothermal spring water, they have long been recognized by the local Atacameño people for their healing properties. Enjoy this time for a relaxing experience while in Atacama. (Approximately 4 hours. Please indicate to your Travel Consultant when you wish to schedule this tour. Private Transfer to Puritama Hot Springs.)

Visit to the Moon Valley and Death Valley in Atacama

This half-day, private excursion offers the most out-of-this-world landscapes found only in this, the driest desert on Earth. Moon Valley impresses with geomorphic structures which lead to bizarrely shaped forms and eroded geological figures. Let your fantasy run free in Death Valley where minerals shine from far away through rocky mountains and amazing sand formations. (Duration: 4 hours, Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)

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