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The Atacama Desert Travel Guide


The Atacama Desert is the most arid place on the planet situated on Chile’s high northern plateau. The alien landscapes are unlike anything else on earth. Red sunsets turn into purple moonscapes and ancient rock formations, glistening salt flats, shooting geysers and multicoloured lagoons are surrounded by jagged volcanoes that climb to almost 6000m. A wealth of hotel options are located in and around the only town in the area, San Pedro, a cluster of adobe buildings, dusty streets and a quaint main plaza and church.

The Atacama desert is one of Chile's most beguiling destinations, the jagged volcanoes, vast salt flats and moon-like rock formations are out of this world!

Best months to visit the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth and can be visited year round. Generally, however, we recommend anytime between October and April.  The peak months are December to February when it is busy, but there will be fewer tourists around in October, November, March and April.

Our hand-picked hotels in the Atacama Desert

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in the Atacama Desert.

Best reasons to visit the Atacama Desert

The awe-inspiring landscapes of the Atacama are undoubtedly one of Chile’s greatest sights. Here are our highlights and best reasons to visit.

Ethereal scenery in the Moon Valley

Spot Andean flamingoes at the mystical Atacama Salt Flat

An early morning walk among the El Tatio Geysers

Visit the desert oasis of Cejar Lagoon

Magical high altitude Altiplanic Lagoons

Weather Averages for the Atacama Desert

Other destinations in Chile

Continue to explore Chile’s spectacular destinations using our essential guides by clicking the links below.

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