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.

Interests

  • Adventure
  • Landscape

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

Style: Boutique

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

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Awasi Atacama

Style: Resort

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

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Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Style: Lodge

Mystical and magical, Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama perfectly blends luxury with the rustic.

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Explora Atacama

Style: Lodge

This unconventional hotel enchants with exclusivity and an unmatched service.

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Poblado Kimal

Style: Lodge

Recreating the traditional architecture of the Atacama, the Poblado Kimal is designed with typical regional materials creating an intimate atmosphere for a pleasant and restful stay.

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Tierra Atacama

Style: Lodge

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

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Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

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)

Half Day Visit to Hierbas Buenas Petroglyphs & Rainbow Valley

The Rainbow Valley and Hierbas Buenas are very much part of the scenic highlights of the region and are an insider’s tip. Marvel at the fabulous petroglyphs of Hierbas Buenas. Carved in the rocks thousands of years ago these petroglyphs dipict local animals, such as the llama, and other symbols important to the Atacameño people. Rich with many different minerals, the Rainbow Valley decorated with many different hues spanning the full range of the rainbow. (Approximately 4 hours. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity)

Half Day Visit to Cejar Lagoon and Eyes of Salt

Turquoise-green shimmering lagoons, and a salt encrusted rocky landscape await you on a half-day excursion. The Cejar lagoon enjoys a scenic location and is ideal for a bath in its warm salty waters. The next stop is ‘Ojos del Salar’ (‘eyes of the salt pan’) – abrupt freshwater holes in the panoramic desert landscape! Marvel at the picturesque sunset in the desert at the final destination of Tebinquiche lagoon, before embarking on the return journey. (Duration: 4 hours, Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)

Full Day Visit to Tatio and prehisp settlements – Activity ends in Calama

Begin this exhilarating full day excursion in the very early morning hours to visit the famous El Tatio Geyser, nestled in the geothermal field at 4320 masl and flanked by soaring peaks. Continue by exploring the Andean village of Caspana, the old church of Chiu Chiu and the pre-Columbian fortress of Lasana. The activity ends in Calama. (Approximately from 5:00 to 17:00, Total distance: about 200km, Breafkast, Lunch and Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)

Full Day Visit to Tara Salt Flats

Head east from San Pedro de Atacama towards the Argentine border and the Tara Salt Flat. Along the way admire the amazing views of the Licancabur Volcano. At over 4,000 meters above sea level, Tara Salt Flat is located in Los Flamingos Natural Reserve. Marvel at the beauty of the salt flat and many flamingos on this breathtaking excursion. (Approximately 08:00 to 17:00. Private Activity. Lunch Included.)

Full Day Visit to Hierbas Buenas Petroglyphs, Rainbow Valley, Rio Grande Town

The Rainbow Valley and Hierbas Buenas are very much part of the scenic highlights of the region and are an insider’s tip. Marvel at the fabulous petroglyphs of Hierbas Buenas. Carved in the rocks thousands of years ago these petroglyphs dipict local animals, such as the llama, and other symbols important to the Atacameño people. Rich with many different minerals, the Rainbow Valley decorated with many different hues spanning the full range of the rainbow. Finish with a visit to the village of Rio Grande, once an important onion and garlic growing region as well as a hub for ‘llama caravans’ from all over the altiplano of South America. Discover this tiny oasis in the midst of the vast desert and even purchase some of the local grown produce if you wish. (Approximately 08:00 to 16:00. Private Activity. Lunch Included.)

Full Day Visit to Green Lagoon and Hotsprings in Bolivia from Atacama

With your passport in hand, cross in to the neighboring country of Bolivia in order to explore the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Marvel at the shimmering Green Lagoon. The lagoon is rich in minerals which give the water its rich green hues varying from a turquoise to a dark emerald color. Admire the mighty Licancabur Volcano which rises above high above the lagoon making for wonderful pictures. (Approximately 08:00 to 17:00. You must have your passport as you will enter Bolivia. Private Activity. Lunch Included.)

Full Day Visit to El Tatio Geyser and Puritama Hot Springs with Lunch

Begin this exhilarating full day excursion in the very early morning hours to visit the famous El Tatio Geyser, nestled in the geothermal field at 4320 masl and flanked by soaring peaks. After that, you’ll be driven to the hot springs in Puritama, where you can enjoy a relaxing soak before returning to San Pedro de Atacama. (Approximately from 5:00 to 17:00, Breafkast, Picnic Lunch and Entrance Fees included, Swimsuit required, Private Activity)

Full Day Visit to El Tatio & Puritama Hot Springs

Begin this exhilarating full day excursion in the very early morning hours to visit the famous El Tatio Geyser, nestled in the geothermal field at 4320 masl and flanked by soaring peaks. After that, you’ll be driven to the hot springs in Puritama, where you can enjoy a relaxing soak before returning to San Pedro de Atacama. (Approximately from 5:00 to 13:00, Total distance: about 200 km, Breafkast and Entrance Fees included, Swimsuit required, Private Activity)

Full Day visit to El Tatio & Machuca village

Begin this exhilarating full day excursion in the very early morning hours to visit the famous El Tatio Geyser, nestled in the geothermal field at 4320 masl and flanked by soaring peaks. On the way back you’ll visit the tiny village of Machuca (Approximately from 5:00 to 12:00, Total distance: about 180 km, Breafkast and Entrance Fees included, Private Activity)

Full Day visit to Caspana, Chiu Chiu & Lasana ending at Calama Airport

Leaving San Pedro de Atacama, head north to the traditional towns of Caspana, Chiu Chiu and Lasana. Preserving the history, traditions and culture of Atacama these villages offer an window into the past and a different way of life. Learn about how these villages have survived in spite of the harsh environment of the Atacama Desert. Experience the past as you visit the pucara in Lasana, a pre-Inkan fortress. After visiting these villages drive to the Calama airport in order to continue your trip in Chile. (Approximately 6 to 8 hours. Scheduled with your flights from Calama. Private Activity. Lunch Included.)

Exploration of the Altiplanico Lagoons, Toconao & Socaire towns, Atacama Salt Flats and Chaxa Lagoon

Get to know the most incredible landscapes this remote region has to offer on this full day excursion. View volcanoes, black-blue lakes with immense crusts of salt, and the flamingoes of the Atacama Desert. (Duration: 8 hours. Lunch and entrance fee included, Private Activity)

Included Activities at Tierra Atacama

While at Tierra Atacama explore the splendor of the Atacama Desert. In consultation with their trained naturalist guides, each day choose what you would like to explore. Choose from half-day and full-day activities that allow you to experience pure splendor of the desert. Select from hikes and treks at various levels, horseback rides, and scenic van tours. Among the many attractions of Atacama are visits to the salt flats, many lagoons, El Tatio Geyser, relaxing in the natural hot-springs, archeological ruins and splendid lunar-like valleys. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Tierra Atacama please visit their website: www.tierraatacama.com/excursions/on-4-wheels.htm.

Included Activities at Explora Atacama

Through the numerous explorations available to guests, you will be able to discover the ancient culture of Atacama and its singular wildlife, as well as the varying natural landscapes in this vast territory. Expert guides will help guests plan your activities to match your interests in the time available. Whether you prefer trekking, horseback riding or cycling the explorations will enable you to discover volcanoes, mountain chains, salt flats, geysers, lakes and wetlands as well as towns which presser the Atacameño culture. More than 20 treks, 10 bicycle explorations, 10 horseback rides and even 7 options for more challenging mountain climbs are yours to choose from in addition to a nightly Stargazing exploration of the amazing Atacama night sky with Explora’s own observatory. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Explora Atacama, please visit their website: http://www.explora.com/explora-atacama/explorations/exploring-atacama.htm

Included Activities at Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Discover a mystical place where time stands still and visitors enjoy moments of calm reflection in the world’s driest desert. Guests will be able to choose 2 half day or 1 full day excursion each day of their stay. The excursions vary in terms of fitness level and interest and are guided by the hotel’s expertly trained guides who will bring alive the desert landscapes. Drive across the salt flats, visit the erupting Tatio geysers, climb the volcanoes, hike through spectacular scenery, ride horses through mystical Death Valley or soak in the Puritama thermal springs. After days exploring the desert, guests can come back to relax with an included 30 min massage (one per stay) and unlimited use of the spa facilities including the wet and dry sauna, swimming pools and jacuzzi. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Cumbres, please visit their website: http://www.cumbressanpedro.com/excursions-en.html

Included Activities at Awasi Atacama

During your stay at Awasi Atacama you will have a private guide and a private 4×4 vehicle at your disposal for a truly personalized and tailor-made experience. In consultation with your guide each morning decide what you would like explore in the Atacama Desert. Explore the salt flats, many lagoons, geysers, hotsprings and much more. Also choose between excursions in auto, walks, treks, horseback rides, and bike rides. In the evening take an astronomical tour learning about the southern skies. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Awasi Atacama please visit their website: http://awasiatacama.com/en/excursiones/mapa.

Uyuni-Atacama 3D (part 3/3) Salt Lake & Lagoons to Chile night in Atacama

Beginning early in the morning set off from Ojo de Perdiz for another day of exploration in the desert. Again, you will see many spectacular sights and natural attractions; although, the exact order and the route may be changed slightly due to conditions of the desert and the weather. On this day visit the Sol de Mañana (Morning Sun) Geysers to view the impressive bursts of steam emitted in the morning and then go for a relaxing soak in the Polques Hot springs. View the stunning Licancabur Volcano, the Rock Tree (Arbol de Piedra) and the many different colored lagoons, such as the Red Lagoon (Laguna Colorada) and the Green Lagoon (Laguna Verde). Cross the Bolivian-Chilean border where you will switch cars in order to reach San Pedro de Atacama in mid afternoon. (07:00 to 15:00, approximate. Private Activity. Lunch Included.)

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