atacama desert

The driest desert on Earth, the Atacama Desert is one of the most strikingly beautiful places in South America.

An untouched terrain with little in the way of human development, the 1,000km-long Atacama is an a place that touches all who visit with its brutal beauty, awe-inspiring scenery and myriad of activities. You can start the day with breakfast at the El Tatio geysers, before unwinding at the Puritama Thermal Springs. And come evening time watch the sunset over the Salar de Atacama with flocks of flamingoes for company. The barren landscape of the Atacama is unlike anywhere else on the planet, and its astronomical observatories take advantage of some of the clearest skies in the world.

things to do

  • Located deep in the heart of the desert, the charming oasis town of San Pedro makes for an ideal base to neighbouring Valley of the Moon.
  • Salar de Atacama is the largest salt flat in the country, and lies just to the south of San Pedro. Home to a healthy population of flamingos, it’s a vast and stunning place of natural beauty.
  • The famous El Tatio geysers lie to the north. One of the largest geyser fields in the world, and are best viewed at dawn.
  • Seek out the charming vizcacha on a superb hike along the Llaretas trail, named after an ancient and surreally verdant green plant.

Alto Atacama Lodge

Located in a spectacular location, Alto Atacama is complemented in a harmonious way with the landscape.Youtube Icon

best time to visit

Year Round

The exceptionally dry climate means there is little variation in weather all year. Daytime temperatures can exceed 25°C at any time of year, with nights being considerably cooler.

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