About Atacama Desert

About Atacama Desert

It is the driest desert in the world: in some areas no precipitation has ever been recorded. However, it offers stunning surroundings and landscapes that will take your breath away. Endowed with dramatic views, the Atacama Desert encourages a rhythm of bygone days spent hiking, horse riding and stargazing.

San Pedro de Atacama invites its guests to know its archaeology, natural sanctuaries, pre-Colombian village architecture and to enjoy its incomparable and impressive natural attractions: to be at El Tatio Geysers at sunrise when the morning sun displays a wonderful show of steams, odours and sounds, it is an unforgettable experience… you can feel the earth breathing.

Another highlight is the Moon Valley: over thousands of years the floods and the winds have given it green, blue, red, yellow colours and its special texture.

 

TRAVEL SEASON

All year round.

FLIGHT TIMES

  • Calama – Santiago: 2h 05min

CLIMATE

  • Dry weather. Rainfall and vegetation increase with elevation and distance from the sea. The temperature oscillates between day and night time.

DISTANCES

  • Calama – San Pedro de Atacama: 103km
  • San Pedro de Atacama – Paso Jama: 160km

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Be aware that San Pedro de Atacama is located at 2.400m above sea level.
  • Please be aware that heavy rains during January and February are possible. It is the so called “Altiplanic Winter”