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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 – all 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 that 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 new tented luxury camp on the Chilean Pacific.

Whichever approach you take when exploring the Atacama Desert, prepare to disconnect in one of the most unexpected spots. Get in touch with our experts and start planning!


What people say

  • This is one of the most wonderful places I have ever been. You have done brilliantly to get us here. The estancia itself clearly in the top drawer of world class destinations.


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