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San Pedro de Atacama

Ancient cultures and travelers from all over the world intermingle in this age-old town with dirt roads and adobe homes. In this starting point for an unforgettable trip you will discover the most stunning views on the planet amidst its endless beauty. Tour San Pedro de Atacama, the land of indigenous peoples!

Visit the old plaza and learn about the customs of its residents. Give in to the slow pace of life here where it seems as if no one were in any hurry. Make sure to visit the old church. Take in all of the local art, and take a stroll through the workshops of the Craft Village to find out how they keep their traditions alive.

Fascinating tours will allow you to explore the region’s plentiful attractions: active geysers, lagoons renowned for their intense colors, and breathtaking salt flats that will astound you. If you are looking for a good adventure, travel through the desert on bike, slide down the dunes on a sandboard, or enjoy a superb view of the region from a hot-air balloon.

Finish out this trip full of sensations by allowing yourself to get carried away by the local and international cuisine of the area’s restaurants, and enjoying the massages and hot springs of the recreational complexes. Once night falls, there is nothing better than to enjoy gazing at the endless amounts of stars twinkling across the sky of the driest desert in the world.

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To reach San Pedro de Atacama by air, fly to the mining city of Calama. There are good hotels here, but San Pedro is just an hour and a half by road from Calama and multiple bus and van transfer services are available. For more info on San Pedro de Atacama, visit www.sanpedroatacama.com



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Deep blue lagoons surrounded by salt, flanked by towering volcanoes. Chile is a country that continued to surprise and delight me day after day.

@danielkordan

Wow! That was the most incredible sunset in my life! This is Pedras Rojas, very remote place in Atacama desert, Chile. I made this shot during our Altiplano expedition. We came here to sunset, but the wind was so strong, and it was extremely cold. I was almost lying on my tripod to make this shot stable... On the way back in the night we were even stopped by...

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