Book holidays to the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile with Latin Routes and as you explore this beautiful area you could be forgiven for thinking you have arrived on another planet! The dramatic and rocky landscape is home to many spectacular sights including enormous valleys, glistening salt lakes, turquoise highland lagoons, explosive geysers and charming colonial towns. Look into the sky at night and you will also find some of the best views of the stars found anywhere in the world.
Some of the highlights in the Atacama include the Moon Valley, Death Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake and the El Tatio Geysers. Explore independently by hiring a car or base yourself in the charming town of San Pedro de Atacama and explore on an infinite number of tour options with your own guide.
Our Chile travel specialist, Martin, rates the Atacama Desert as his favourite holiday destination in Chile. He says "The Atacama Desert is the driest place in the world so the salt crystals in the ground make the mountains glisten like diamonds, it's truly a unique wonder of the world". Atacama desert holidays are a banquet for the senses as there are so many mesmerising sights from the hot springs and geysers to the barren salt flats.
While northern Chile is known for its mining, it's also home to a number of astronomical observatories. The most impressive Cerro Paranal and the Alma Project confirm the region's status as a land of magical discovery.
You will fly into the airport of Calama which is a 90 minute transfer to the small town of San Pedro de Atacama. The town acts as a base from which you can easily access the highlights of the Atacama desert. The town is home to variety of hotels to suit all budgets and in the surrounding area you will find exclusive lodges with their own all-inclusive programmes.
There is not a bad time to visit the Atacama so it is an all year round destination. Temperatures in the heat of the day can reach highs of 25 - 30°C and it is worth bearing in mind San Pedro is at a height of 2438m above sea level.
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