San Pedro de Atacama
Extraordinary wildlife, vast lunar landscapes and stunning night skies
Picturesque San Pedro de Atacama stands as an oasis in the midst of the world’s driest desert, where geological evidence suggests that certain areas have never experienced rainfall. A rich pre-Colombian history dating back thousands of years lives on today in traditional artisan crafts and a renowned archaeological museum, while the looming presence of the Licancabur Volcano, expansive salt flats dotted with pink flamingoes, majestic purple and orange sunsets over the jagged horizon, and second-to-none stargazing bring new meaning to the phrase “natural wonder.”
- The beauty of the Atacama Desert is that due to its climate, it is a great destination all year long. We recommend against January and February due to the “Bolivian winter”, which produces cloudy days and rain.
- To arrive in San Pedro de Atacama you first must fly about two hours north from Santiago to Calama and then drive one hour southeast to San Pedro.
- Packing tips: a warm jacket for the cool nights and moisturizer for the dry climate