Atacama Desert Tours in Chile
The Norte Grande (Great North) of Chile is synonymous to Atacama, which is what you encounter as you cross the driest desert on the planet, accompanied by the sound of the wind and the colors of the hills that light up at sunset, stopping in villages and creeks that tenaciously resist all adversity.
From the desert it is possible to cross the valleys and intense green oasis that contrast with their surroundings, arriving in a few kilometers at the Altiplano (highlands). Here you will discover an exceptional nature and the Aymará indigenous community, which still prevails in small concentrations in dispersed, tranquil and cozy villages, in the middle of salt flats, lagoons and volcanoes, creating a stirringly unique and ancestral image.
The attractions that stick out the most in this part of the country are the extraordinary cultural patrimony with abundant archaeological sites; the driest desert of the world; natural hot springs and geysers; the unique beauty of the Altiplano and its vibrant religious festivals. In terms of activities, Atacama offers unforgettable adventures, traversing the desert on a bicycle, trekking excursions and hiking up the highest volcanoes.
San Pedro de Atacama is situated in the midst of a natural setting that is extraordinarily unique and impressive. With numerous spectacular landscapes and breath-taking scenes, it is a difficult place to leave without having seen it all.
Due to having been the most important cultural hub of the Atacameña people, this pre-Inca village is considered to be the Archaeological Capital of Chile. With approximately 1,500 inhabitants, "San Pedro" is currently one of the main tourist destinations of the country. As it is visited throughout the year by Chileans and foreigners, you can hear a wide range of languages being spoken as you walk down the narrow unpaved streets, lined with colorful adobe houses, many of them converted into hotels and hostels, tour operators, souvenir stores, and restaurants with excellent cuisine (vegetarian, international and Chilean).
San Pedro de Atacama is an oasis located in the middle of the driest desert in the world - the Atacama Desert. It is 128 km south east of Calama, and sits at an altitude of 2,438 meters.
Like many towns colonized by the Spaniards, San Pedro has a cobblestone central plaza, which is surrounded by narrow streets.
Among its main attractions is learning about the Atacameña culture by visiting ancient villages with centennial churches and fortress. You cannot fail to visit the impressive sites of the desert surroundings, such as the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon,) Valle de la Muerte (Valley of Death,) Salar de Atacama, (Atacama Salt Lake,) and Geysers del Tatio, to name some of the most outstanding.
The weather in San Pedro is very hot during the day, with temperatures falling abruptly as soon as the sun goes down. Upon nightfall, you will start to feel an intense cold that you will be sure to remember as one of the coldest in your trip through Chile.
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We have develop this new Hiking tour in Atacama Desert for people that loves walking on the day and rest comfortable at nights in an hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama. You’ll hike among astonishing landscapes surrounded by Volcanoes and secret paths in valleys and salt flats…
Ecotours Chile has developed this new Atacama Trekking Tour for people that wants’ to experience Atacama off the beaten path, into areas not accessible by vehicle and trodden only by local natives and their llama or goat herds. We will encounter small villages, archeological remains…
Mountain Biking in Atacama Desert region will take us off the beaten path, into areas not accessible by vehicle and trodden only by local natives and their llama or goat herds. We will encounter small villages, archeological remains, Andean wildlife along with the…
San Pedro de Atacama is one of the few places in the world where you can reach heights from 5.500mts to more than 6.700 m.s.n.m in countless mountains, without big technical difficulties and accompanied always with impressive landscapes and good weather all year round.…
Moon Valley Tour, Tatio Gaysers and Puritama Hot Springs, Atacama Salt Flat, Cejar Lagoon, Archeological Tour, Atacama Salt Flat and Miscanti Meniques Lagoon, Bolivia and Uyuni Salt Flat 4 Day Tour .
We have developed this tour so while staying in San Pedro de Atacama you can have the possibility of visiting Bolivia and the magnificent Uyuni Salt Flat on a 4 day tour and being able to end on Uyuni to take bus to La Paz or come back to San Pedro de Atacama…
Arica + City Tour + Putre, Putre + Parinacota + Lauca NP + Bolivia Border, Putre + Lauca National Park + Arica, Putre + Sururi + Colchane, Colchane + Pica…