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Chile: Atacama Desert

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The Atacama’s inhospitable desert landscape is harsh and rugged, but it isn't an empty wasteland. Volcanoes and geysers steam and hiss into life. Pink flamingos haunt the featureless white salt flats, cacti stride towards the horizon and oases splash the tawny landscape with vigorous vegetation, especially after rare flash rainfall. The culture and settlements echo with the legacy of the desert’s pre- and post- Columbian inhabitants, with ruined temples and dusty colonial villages. There are some top quality hotels and the area is becoming a favourite for adventure activities such as volcano climbing and horse riding. If coming from Santiago or Patagonia, you may notice the high altitude as you explore the Atacama: however, all hotels are in San Pedro - at a comfortable 2,450m.

Our holidays to Atacama Desert

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breakfast onboard Silversea cruise

Culinary cruise along the Humboldt Current - 23 Oct 2017

Private journey

18 days from £5,771pp

Atacama

Signature Northern Chile and Argentina: Atacama Desert to Iguazu Falls

Private journey

15 days from £4,103pp

Pato Andino

Pato Andino: Panorama of the Andes

Group tour

20 days from £3,638pp

Uyuni Salt Flats

Signature Andes: Highlands of Peru, Bolivia and Chile

Private journey

16 days from £4,318pp

Things to do in Atacama Desert

See Flamingos in the Salt Flats

See flamingos in the salt flats

Atacama Star Gazing

Atacama Star Gazing


Hot air ballooning over the Atacama Desert

Take a hot air balloon flight over the Atacama Desert

Unwind in a Hot Spring

Dip into high-altitude thermal pools

Our insider tips for Atacama Desert

David

David Nichols

Exploring the little colonial resort town of San Pedro de Atacama, the sleepy base for activities in the area.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Being in place at dawn for when the Tatio geysers bubble into life.

Lina

Lina Fuller

Gazing up at the star-dazzling southern night sky in one of the least light-polluted places in the world.
Ben Line

Ben Line

An excursion to Chuquicamata, the largest open cast mine in the world.

What our experts say

Atacama is a great place just to relax, given that you are almost guaranteed good weather. Even in low season (April – September) it is sunny and warm during the day (about 22°C) and in high season (October-March) it’s about 32°C.  Having said that, there are many options for hiking and cycling and the landscapes which you can explore are extraordinary. I recommend that you follow an active excursions in the morning with time by the pool/in the spa of your hotel - if you are lucky enough to have one - in the afternoon. On the excursions I took recently I saw few other people, which is a reason to visit in low season – it’s nice and quiet.  

 


Caroline Maber

Caroline Maber

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