The Atacama Desert

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WELCOME TO THE ATACAMA DESERT

The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth – a haunting lunar landscape dotted with salt lakes, lagoons, immense volcanoes, and spouting geysers.

The little oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama – with its dusty streets, lively markets and straw and adobe houses – offers plenty of good local bars and restaurants, as well as some truly first-class desert lodges. A few hundred kilometres south, the landscapes of Copiapó and Valle de Elqui are no less spectacular and remain gloriously free of crowds. The low humidity and clear night skies make the Atacama one of the best places in the world for stargazing and sunsets.

By day, explore the Tatio geysers and the breathtaking lagoons that glow pink with flamingos, and traverse the Licancabur Volcano which sits on Chile’s border with Bolivia. This trip also combines well with cross-Andes expeditions into Bolivia or northern Argentina, or to a magnificent luxury tented camp on the Chilean Pacific.

TRAVELLING DEEPER

The Atacama Desert unveils a landscape of ethereal beauty and stark contrasts, where the silence of the desert meets the bustling life of oasis towns.

In San Pedro de Atacama, discover a world where dusty streets, lively markets, and traditional adobe houses paint a picture of life in one of the driest places on Earth. Here, local bars and restaurants offer a taste of the region’s culinary heritage, while luxurious desert lodges provide an oasis of comfort amidst the vast, arid beauty.

Venture further into the heart of the Atacama to explore the untouched landscapes of Copiapó and Valle de Elqui, where solitude and spectacular scenery reign supreme. The desert’s unique climate creates the perfect conditions for stargazing and witnessing sunsets that set the sky ablaze with color, offering moments of unparalleled natural wonder.

The Atacama Desert is not just a destination but an invitation to experience the sublime beauty of nature’s extremes. From the warmth of its oasis communities to the breathtaking expanse of its sandy plains and starlit skies, the Atacama promises an adventure that is both introspective and exhilarating.

ELSEWHERE IN CHILE

Chile captivates with its dramatic landscapes, from the arid Atacama Desert to icy Patagonia. Rich in history and culture, it blends ancient sites, vibrant cities, and welcoming communities. From bustling Santiago to the mysterious Moai of Easter Island, embark on a journey of exploration and flavor, where unique culinary delights and world-renowned wines await.

Atacama Desert, Chile

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