Atacama Desert, San Pedro de Atacama

#10 of 30 in Nature in Antofagasta Region
Desert · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Atacama Desert surprises and amazes with its landscape of giant dunes, imposing rock formations, spurting geysers, and huge salt pools mirroring the Andes. One of the driest places on the planet, the desert stretches along the Pacific coast against the backdrop of jagged mountain ridges and volcano-topped horizons. From San Pedro de Atacama you can take field trips to all the desert's attractions. Sandboard down the dunes in Death Valley, walk over the lunar landscape of Valley of the Moon, or float in a natural pool of salt water while admiring the views of Chile's largest salt flat. Cloudless nights and a lack of light pollution make the desert a perfect place to gaze at the stars. Make sure to hydrate and moisturize enough. Make Atacama Desert a centerpiece of your San Pedro de Atacama vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Pedro de Atacama day trip planner.
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  • One of the best place on earth. An impressive Salar with volcanoes, open spaces, lakes, wild animals  more »
  • Atacama desert is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It has extreme varied geography worth visiting and surprisingly has diverse wildlife as well. Certainly it should be on the bucket list of....  more »
  • Nothing less than spectacular!! This was not on my bucket list but it really should have been. Stayed fro three days which was about the right amount of time. The local guides were incredible and the food at the hotel fabulous
  • help me i stepped out of the car to go pee but my wife drove off and left me stranded out here now i cant find my way back to the city and i ran out of water like 6 days ago. i can see the vultures have been following me for the last couple of hours and I don't know if i'll make it out alive. tell my kids i love them.
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