San Pedro de Atacama

Located in the Chilean highlands, this oasis is one of the favorite destinations for tourists in Chile. It is seated at 2,400 meters above sea level and surrounded by the Atacama desert, the driest in the world.

How to get there: The fastest way to get to San Pedro is taking a flight Santiago-Calama. The fastest way to get to San Pedro is by taking a Santiago-Calama flight. Then you must take a bus to San Pedo, which takes about an hour. There are many travel agencies at the airport, so just pick the chepiest one,

What to do:

  • Valle de la Luna: Inside “Los Flamencos National Reserve”, you need to pay a ticket to entrance. The Moon valley must be visited at the afternoon. the sunset projects red colors in the Andes. You can get there biking or by bus.
  • Pucará de Quitor: once was the place where the social and political life of the Aymara culture happened. it sits on the hill next to the village, so you must hike to get there.
  • Tatio Geyser: at 4,000 meters above sea level you can find this craters where the mix of magma and water produce a blast of steam. The best way to get there is to take a tour that starts around 4 am, so you can be there between 6 or 7 am, when these geysers reach their maximum point.
  • Termas de Puritama: Is an ideal place to enjoy the 8 pools provided by the area. With temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees is the perfect place to relax.
  • Salar de Atacama: It extension over three square kilometers. Show you a beautiful landscape with the iconic flamenco. A nice place for the sunset.
  • San Pedro Church: Near the main square of the village. This church was built in “adobe” and has a colonial style. Was declared a National Heritage Monument in 1951.

Useful data:

1. Clothing: The weather in the desert is extreme. Hot days and cold nights are always a problem for the unprepared tourist. So, bring with you clothes for both situations and trekking shoes.

2. Altitude sickness: Some people will suffer headaches and nausea. For this, it is recommended to be constantly hydrated with water. Consider to avoid food and alcohol in high quantities.

3. Transportation: In San Pedro there is no public transport. The options are rent a car, bike or take a tour in a bus.

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