Atacama

Atacama Desert

One of the most barren yet beautiful areas of Chile is the arid north and at its heart is the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. It is a place of stark natural beauty and amazing sights. Unlike anything you have ever seen before this desert region holds some superb attractions and is a true highlight on a visit to Chile.

GOOD TIME FOR AN ATACAMA TOUR CHILE: all year round

You can reach the Atacama Desert by flying to Calama and then travel by road to San Pedro. Located deep in the heart of the desert this charming oasis town makes for an ideal base to explore the area. Some of the planet’s most provocative landscapes ring San Pedro, enticing thousands of tourists a year to its dusty little heart.

One of the most unusual landscapes and one of the country’s highlights is the altiplano with its dazzling lakes, salt flats and volcanoes. You can explore all of this on the Atacama tour Chile.
The largest salt flat in the country lies just to the south of San Pedro and is home to a large colony of flamingos. Making for an unforgettable early morning excursion is a visit to the famous El Tatio geysers that lie to the north and the aptly named desertscape of Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon). Best seen at sunset, the valley is transformed into a spellbinding palette of golds and reds, making for a magical end to an Atacama tour chile.

The Atacama Desert is surprisingly abundant in wildlife with thousands of llamas and alpacas, vicuñas, flamingos and condors, offering a wonderful natural spectacle at high altitude.

Make your desert experience truly unforgettable with a stay at the superb Alto Atacama. Uniquely located on the fringes of San Pedro enjoy incredible cuisine, incredible customizable excursions and truly connect with the land around you.

Alto Atacama from Alto Atacama on Vimeo.

Download

downloadChile BrochureContains suggested itineraries & prices download brochure

Chile Profile

Size
10 times Ireland
Population
15 million
Capital
Santiago (5 million)
Other Main Cities
Antofagasta, Puerto Montt
Currency
Chilean Peso
Climate
Climate Central: Mediterranean. Climate South: Sub-Antartic
Language
Spanish
Time Difference
GMT -3 to -6
Health
Consult GP and/or Tropical Medical Bureau