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There isn’t a single adjective that can adequately describe the grandeur of the Atacama Desert but if you’re desperate enough, “otherworldly” could come close. That does come quite literally as soil samples from Desierto de Atacama share striking similarities with samples taken from Mars — and that’s only one of the things that makes a trip to Atacama Desert a must when on a Chile tour.

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Atacama Adventure - Nature Tour in the Atacama Desert

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5 day adventure trip in Chile, visiting Moon Valley, Puritama and Salar De Atacama. Read More
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Atacama & Altiplano Trekking Adventure

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13 day trekking tour through Arica, Putre, Parinacota and 11 other destinations in Chile. Read More
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Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats and Desert

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Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 4D/3N (Atacama to Atacama)

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4 day desert safaris tour to Laguna Colorada, Chiguana Salt Flat and 3 other destinations traveling through Chile and Bolivia. Read More
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  • Activities Desert safaris & 4x4 overland tour +1 more
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Discover Chile

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This holiday met all of my expectations and in some cases exceeded them
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Chile Tour: Desert, Moais & Vineyards

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14 day natural landmarks sightseeing tour through Santiago, San Pedro De Atacama, El Tatio and 8 other destinations in Chile. Read More
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Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Atacama to Uyuni)

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3 day explorer trip to Uyuni Salt Flat, Uyuni and 1 other destinations traveling through Bolivia and Chile. Read More
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Atacama & Uyuni Salt Flats Adventure 7D/6N

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7 day adventure tour to San Pedro De Atacama, Uyuni and 2 other destinations traveling through Chile and Bolivia. Read More
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Chile, Patagonian Lakes and Atacama Desert

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Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta

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Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Uyuni to Atacama)

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3 day adventure tour to Agencha, Huayllajara and 3 other destinations traveling through Bolivia and Chile. Read More
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Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 4D/3N (La Paz to Atacama)

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Atacama Desert Tour Reviews

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Discover Chile review
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“Wow, this was an amazing, awesome, fantastic holiday. Chile is a great place to visit, especially for the physical geography. Holiday went like clockwork, with a great guide. I don't really want to say too much because then everyone will go!”
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“A great 'over-view ' of this facinating and varied country. Lots of travelling. Almost a continent in one country. The tour was better than the Trip Notes implied - most of the 'optional' trips were actually included! The pre-travel information (itinerary) was not up to the usual high standard of the tour operator as far as we were concerned - although some other people on the trip did receive more detailed information (even though we asked for it!)”
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“Chile is a stunning country that has something for everyone. This trip provided a wonderful insight and delivered a variety of sights and scenery: from desert and volcanoes, to lakes (and more volcanoes) then mountains and glaciers, followed for me with the legendary moai of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).As the itinerary makes clear, a significant amount of time is spent travelling (I feel I am now very familiar with Santiago airport!) but that is due to the large distances covered. There is very little 'down time' and several early starts so it is definitely not for someone who wants a relaxing holiday. However, if you enjoy spectacular views and new experiences then it ticks all the boxes.Our group of 16 got on well and, alongside our tour leader and drivers, helped to make it a fantastic holiday.”

Atacama Tours and Holidays

Situated between the Pacific and the Andes, the Atacama Desert is the planet’s largest showcase of mysterious natural phenomena. It is recorded as the driest desert on Earth with just an average rainfall of 1 mm a year. Still, its mountaintops are covered with snow the whole year round. Temperatures in the region are at an average of 40°C during the day and 5°C at night. Similarly, the Atacama Desert witnesses the brightest of days and the darkest of nights, making it the perfect destination for jaw-dropping romantic (and scholarly) stargazing. Atacama’s unique geography affords travelers an enriching assortment of trips and tours such as salt flats tour, sunset watching in Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), sandboarding in Death Valley, and San Pedro de Atacama tours, usually the jump-off of every traveler’s trip to Atacama.  

The Charming Oasis Village of San Pedro de Atacama

If it’s true what they say that every destination has a cliché, then Atacama Desert’s is San Pedro de Atacama. This, however, is not a warning for you to stay away. Aside from being home to most of Atacama’s lodging and dining options, souvenir shops, and its 16th century historic church, this little oasis village brandishes cozy South American charms that are a comfort after an adventure-packed day.

A day in San Pedro usually starts with a 4am tour to the Del Tatio Geysers, the world’s third largest geyser site. It has more than 80 active geysers and at the early peak of sunrise, the geysers begin to display a spellbinding exhibition of colors. Tourists can then choose to go on an archeological tour starting with the 12th century Incan fortress, Pukara de Quitor, and then proceeding to Aldea de Tulor, Atacama’s oldest village that is like a life-sized museum of ancient artifacts and rich flora and fauna. 

The Awe-inspiring Natural Phenomenon

Flamingoes in Salar de Atacama lagoons
Saline lagoons in Salar de Atacama flaunts beautiful pink Andean flamingos
Valle de la Luna in Atacama Desert
Valle de la Luna in Atacama Desert is known for its moon-like terrain

The Atacama Desert features some of the most beautiful natural sights, most notably — Valle de la Luna or Moon Valley, Salar de Atacama, and the star-studded night sky.

Valle de la Luna, has a hauntingly beautiful barren landscape of stone and sand formations, that gives it a moon-like terrain. The expansive, rugged white terrain of Salar de Atacama flaunts a collection of saline lagoons which are usually dotted with beautiful pink Andean flamingos. And the night sky in the desert is best for stargazing. Being high, really dry, unpolluted, and its night sky practically free of clouds, the desert offers the most visible tapestry of stars, moons, galaxies, and other heavenly bodies that even the naked eye can enjoy.

The Colorful Atacaman Culture

Atacama’s culture is a marriage of Inca and Spanish traditions. This is evident in their faith, food, and festivities. Locals celebrate the feast of their patron saint, Saint Peter, every 29th of June. The Fiesta de San Pedro de Atacama is the town’s most important religious festival where townsfolk parade on the streets in colorful masks and traditional clothing. This festival is comprised of a mass, a procession, dancing on the street, and ends with a celebratory drinking.

Local cuisine is designed around Atacama’s climate. One of their most distinctive native dishes is patasca, a stew of pork, beef, potatoes, and white capia corn. Other must try dishes are empanada, sopaipillas with pebre, and their local drink, pisco sour rica-rica, made from the desert herb rica-rica that is revered for its medicinal properties

What Every Tourist Must Know

Because of little vehicular traffic, it is easy to get around Atacama Desert. The most popular modes of transportation for exploring the Atacama Desert are car and bike rentals while San Pedro can easily be explored on foot.

Accommodation options in Atacama Desert vary and cater to a range of budget including hostels, boutique, bed and breakfasts, and five star hotels. Some hotels are equipped with their own observatory, a great choice for tourists who wish to end each night with a magnified glimpse of the heavens.

Restaurants in Atacama mostly feature Chilean dishes so looking for an authentic Chilean meal is not difficult. A popular spot among both locals and travelers is Inti Sol in San Pedro, well-loved for dishes such as spaghetti tres quesos, papas dorados al horno, and mushroom risotto at friendly prices. 

Getting There

For a holiday in Atacama Desert you can fly to Calama Airport, the nearest commercial airport about an hour and a half away from San Pedro. Public buses and car rentals are available upon arrival.

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