Alto El Loa

Are you looking for a place where tradition and daily life merge with history? The Alto El Loa heritage route does this and so much more. Visit this green valley, bursting with life where the river´s waters are colorful, there are fields of carrots, corn and alfalfa, and where animals graze and time seems to have stopped.

Live the culture of Atacama at the village of Chiu Chiu and visit its church, a Historical Monument, one of the first to be built in Chile. Visit the archaea-astronomy observatory at Paniri Caur, which integrates modern astronomical observation and the Andean cosmovision of the Atacama people.

Travel to the picturesque area of Ayquina, which every September 7th and 8th is transformed by the Virgin of Guadalupe festival, receiving over 10,000 people. And in Caspana, be amazed by the green terraces that contrast the pink stone, mud and hay roofed houses. Don’t miss out on the 17th century church and the Ethnographical Museum while there.

In Lasana, the fields of flowers are intertwined with the desert rocks and the regional food merges with the arts and crafts. You can try llama meat, patasca (broth made with mote) and rabbit, as well as some traditional pastries. Carrot tea and jam are typical products that are worth trying.

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Chiu Chiu

A must-see for tourists following the "Inca trail"; this is an oasis of shade in the middle of the desert. Inhabited by communities from Atacama, its easy-going pace is only interrupted by religious festivities which, depending on the patron saint,[...]

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Right by the border, the backdrop of this village is the mountains that tower over 5,000 meters: the Ollagüe and Aucalquincha Volcanoes. Further south, the Carcote and Ascotan salt flats will test your senses with temperatures ranging between -23°C and[...]

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Sometimes a new day is all you need for a new perspective. Sometimes though, you have to be a bit more intentional about clearing your mind.


Desierto de Atacama. Fotografía de @mygobe


@Wanderlust Chloe

As I set my alarm for 4am, and rolled over in Hostel Desert – our cute little base in San Pedro de Atacama, I felt excited for the next day’s events. Over the past year or so of travel blogging I’d visited Costa Rican waterfalls, Guatemalan volcanoes, Mayan ruins, medieval Croatian cities and been swimming in several oceans, lakes and rivers. Up until now though, I’d never seen a geyser. In fact, I didn’t really know what a geyser was.


if you think my hands are full, you should see my heart ♥ gratitude.

Desierto Florido


Atacama is surprising. It looks like it has more surprises for me than I could ever expect. I heard about the phenomenon of desierto florido


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Taking a tour of the Altiplanic lagoons in the Atacama Highlands