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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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Atacama desert

Signature Chile: Atacama Desert to Patagonian glaciers

Private journey

14 days from £4,475pp

Atacama

Signature Northern Chile and Argentina: Atacama Desert to Iguazu Falls

Private journey

15 days from £3,796pp

breakfast onboard Silversea cruise

Culinary cruise along the Humboldt Current - 23 Oct 2017

Private journey

18 days from £5,771pp

Torres del Paine

Family Patagonia: Glacial lakes and mountains

Private journey

16 days from £5,233pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

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Things to do in Atacama Desert

Erupting Geysers

View erupting Atacaman geysers

Atacama Star Gazing

Atacama Star Gazing


See Flamingos in the Salt Flats

See flamingos in the salt flats

Unwind in a Hot Spring

Dip into high-altitude thermal pools

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.  

 


Jenny

Jenny Frings

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