Atacama Desert Tours and Holidays 2019/2020

16 Trips in Atacama Desert with 15 Reviews

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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile

Best of San Pedro & Atacama desert (4 Days)

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I had a very nice trip with your agency in Chile , all the car and drivers and and guides and
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  • Operator Ecochile Travel
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  • Age Range1 to 79 years old
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  • Starts Calama, Chile
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Atacama Adventure - Nature Tour in the Atacama Desert

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5 day adventure tour in Chile, visiting Moon Valley, Puritama and Salar De Atacama. Read More
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  • Operator Moser Active
  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Guest House & Hotel
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Bolivia
  • Ends San Pedro De Atacama, Chile

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

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4 day explorer trip to Laguna Colorada, Chiguana Salt Flat and 3 other destinations travelling through Chile and Bolivia. Read More
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  • Operator Bamba Active 16 hours ago
  • Activities Explorer
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range18 to 99 years old
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  • Starts Salta, Argentina
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Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats and Desert

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  • Operator Say Hueque Argentina Journeys Active 15 hours ago
  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Hut & Hotel
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  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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  • Starts La Paz, Bolivia
  • Ends La Paz

Bolivian Salt Flats & The Andean Desert

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6 day explorer trip to La Paz, Salar De Uyuni and 3 other destinations in Bolivia, Chile and Mexico. Read More
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  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 22 hours ago
  • Activities Explorer & Adventure +2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Plane
  • Age Range5 to 99 years old
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
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Discover Chile from North to South in 12 Days

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12 day cultural, religious and historic sites tour through San Pedro De Atacama, Moon Valley, Santiago and 5 other destinations in Chile. Read More
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  • Starts Arica, Chile
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Atacama & Altiplano Trekking Adventure

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13 day trekking trip through Arica, Putre, Parinacota and 9 other destinations in Chile. Read More
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Bolivia
  • Ends Uyuni, Chile

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 travelling through Bolivia and Chile. Read More
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  • Operator Bamba Active 16 hours ago
  • Activities Explorer & Adventure
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range18 to 99 years old
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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
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Discover Chile

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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
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Chile Tour: Desert, Moais & Vineyards

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14 day natural landmarks sightseeing trip through Santiago, San Pedro De Atacama, El Tatio and 4 other destinations in Chile. Read More
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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
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Chile, Patagonian Lakes and Atacama Desert

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10 day city sightseeing trip to Santiago, San Pedro De Atacama and 11 other destinations travelling through Chile and Argentina. Read More
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  • Operator Say Hueque Argentina Journeys Active 15 hours ago
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  • Age Range1 to 79 years old
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
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Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta

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13 day explorer tour to San Pedro De Atacama, Moon Valley and 7 other destinations travelling through Chile and Argentina. Read More
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  • Operator Exodus Travels
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
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Moon Valley Sunset Tour

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4 hour adventure trip in San Pedro De Atacama. Read More
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  • Operator Bamba Active 16 hours ago
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  • Starts Calama, Bolivia
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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 travelling through Chile and Bolivia. Read More
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Atacama Desert Tour Reviews

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Very good Reviewed Tour: Best of San Pedro & Atacama desert (4 Days)
5 - Excellent
  • Patrick Gavin
  • From UK
“I had a very nice trip with your agency in Chile , all the car and drivers and and guides and hotels were very nice ,,,I would like to thank them all individually but may be it’s not possible,,,so all was very good and think about my trip every day ,”
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5 - Excellent
  • Lukito Arif
“The easy communication before and even during the trip was our highlight traveling with you. Great sample itineraries and suggestions from you and Patricio which made organising easier because of the flexibility.

We liked the 4-day 4WD tour in Bolivia. It was adventurous, very different from the cities that we have come from and our driver, Rodolfo Cayo, was amazing, he took care of us and made sure we were well supplied with coca leaves to battle our altitude sickness.”
Guides gave lots of information, in Spanish and English and full of humor! Reviewed Tour: Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats and Desert
5 - Excellent
  • Theo Van Der Linden
“We searched on internet and learned about Say Hueque. We decided to travel with you because the comments over the 6day trip Attacama-Uyuni were really good.

I would say our highlight were the good guides who gave lots of information. We only stayed in e one hotel, the Don Tomas hotel in San Pedro.

We had short excursions and one large: the three day 4wd to Uyuni. The El Tunio exursions was great. Early to get up but worth it. The 4wd tour was awesome with highlights and depths (the overnight stay in the refugee: 'basic' accommodation was an understatement). Although an experience, it took many hours to recover from it.

I forgot the name of the guide to the El Tunio geysers - he was awesome (I believe he is an San Pedro artist). He gave lots of information, in Spanish and English and full of humor!”

Atacama Tours and Holidays

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.

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.