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San Pedro de Atacama

Travel Guide
San Pedro de Atacama as well as a small group of people

View some of the most fascinating natural elements you will ever see in this salty desert landscape reminiscent of a sci-fi film.

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town in the center of one of the world’s most spectacular geological landscapes. In the arid Atacama Desert, where rain has not touched much of the terrain for centuries, find all sorts of otherworldly features, from gurgling geysers and hot springs to moon-like valleys and salty lagoons full of flamingos.

Make the town a stopping point on the way to the National Flamingo Reserve. Here, find the remarkable Chaxa Lagoon and take photographs of flamingos and other colorful birds around the salty water.

Take a short trip to a terrain that looks like the harsh environment of space at the Valle de la Luna. Hike through its eerie lands full of natural statues, caves and white dry lakes. For a more colorful walk with fewer crowds, head to the Arco Iris Valley, which takes its name from the Spanish for “rainbow.”

Perhaps the most memorable experience is at sunrise in El Tatio Geyser Field, where jets of steam rise from volcanic openings in the crust. Enjoy a hot bath in a spring with a dreamlike backdrop of volcanoes forming a ring around the field.

Learn about humankind’s presence in the region at the elegant San Pedro Church and the Petroglifos de Hierbas Buenas. See the artistic imprints from Atacameño people.

The climate varies with the elevation of the attractions around the town, although the weather is always extremely dry. Prepare for mild altitude sickness, as the town rests at 7,900 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level.

This area is in northeastern Chile near the borders with Bolivia and Argentina. Fly to the small airport of Calama from Santiago, Antofagasta or Iquique. The airport is about 1 hour west of the town by bus. Many buses also travel here from cities across Argentina and Chile.

Viewing the sights of San Pedro de Atacama is like seeing the world through a kaleidoscope.

Where to stay in San Pedro de Atacama

Altiplánico San Pedro de Atacama
Altiplánico San Pedro de Atacama
3.5 out of 5
Domingo Atienza 282, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta
Fully refundable
The price is £101 per night from 19 Aug to 19 Aug
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from Piedra del Coyote Overlook.
4.3/5Excellent! (181 reviews)
"The property was very nice in every respect. Breakfast nothing special. The only problem I found was the location, about a mile from the center of town, along a dusty, unpaved street without lights, we had to take taxis all the time."

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Altiplánico San Pedro de Atacama
Nayara Alto Atacama
Nayara Alto Atacama
5 out of 5
The price is £312 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated on the riverfront, this luxury resort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Pukara de Quitor Archaeological Site and within 3 miles (5 km) of Meteorite Museum and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Desert oasis
"This is a fabulous but expensive all-inclusive resort facing a dry river bed near San Pedro de Atacama but isolated from it. The rooms are luxuriously appointed and the facilities are excellent - there are 6 pools! There is a spa and spacious public areas as well as a balcony for each room. All meals ..."

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Nayara Alto Atacama
Noi Casa Atacama
Noi Casa Atacama
4.5 out of 5
The price is £219 per night from 31 Jul to 31 Jul
Located in the heart of San Pedro de Atacama, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and San Pedro Church. Meteorite Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (157 reviews)
"We liked the room and restaurant and thought the staff was both friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the excursions."

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2020

Noi Casa Atacama
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Casas Valle de la Luna
Casas Valle de la Luna
2.5 out of 5
The price is £160 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this chalet is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tulor Archaeological Site and within 6 miles (10 km) of Meteorite Museum and Plaza de San ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Perfect place to stay, to see sky and to rest. All is really great. Only one problem that mobile network work so-so and no wifi in house."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Casas Valle de la Luna
Cabañas Doña Juanita
Cabañas Doña Juanita
3 out of 5
469 Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this cabin is steps away from San Pedro Church and Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama. Meteorite Museum and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
舒适安静家的感觉
"往返玻利维亚在圣佩德罗驻留,都住在小屋,舒适安静像家一样。"

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2019

Cabañas Doña Juanita
Gran Yali Atacama - 1500 m ² / Exclusive Country House
Gran Yali Atacama - 1500 m ² / Exclusive Country House
Laguna Tara con Cerro Quimal, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church and Meteorite Museum. R.P. Gustavo Le ...
Gran Yali Atacama - 1500 m ² / Exclusive Country House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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