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San Pedro de Atacama
Travel Guide

San Pedro de Atacama as well as a small group of people

View some of the most fascinating natural elements you will ever see in this salty desert landscape reminiscent of a sci-fi film.

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town in the center of one of the world’s most spectacular geological landscapes. In the arid Atacama Desert, where rain has not touched much of the terrain for centuries, find all sorts of otherworldly features, from gurgling geysers and hot springs to moon-like valleys and salty lagoons full of flamingos.

Make the town a stopping point on the way to the National Flamingo Reserve. Here, find the remarkable Chaxa Lagoon and take photographs of flamingos and other colorful birds around the salty water.

Take a short trip to a terrain that looks like the harsh environment of space at the Valle de la Luna. Hike through its eerie lands full of natural statues, caves and white dry lakes. For a more colorful walk with fewer crowds, head to the Arco Iris Valley, which takes its name from the Spanish for “rainbow.”

Perhaps the most memorable experience is at sunrise in El Tatio Geyser Field, where jets of steam rise from volcanic openings in the crust. Enjoy a hot bath in a spring with a dreamlike backdrop of volcanoes forming a ring around the field.

Learn about humankind’s presence in the region at the elegant San Pedro Church and the Petroglifos de Hierbas Buenas. See the artistic imprints from Atacameño people.

The climate varies with the elevation of the attractions around the town, although the weather is always extremely dry. Prepare for mild altitude sickness, as the town rests at 7,900 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level.

This area is in northeastern Chile near the borders with Bolivia and Argentina. Fly to the small airport of Calama from Santiago, Antofagasta or Iquique. The airport is about 1 hour west of the town by bus. Many buses also travel here from cities across Argentina and Chile.

Viewing the sights of San Pedro de Atacama is like seeing the world through a kaleidoscope.

Where to stay in San Pedro de Atacama

Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
4 out of 5
The price is AU$389 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church and Meteorite Museum. R.P. Gustavo ...
4.4/5Excellent! (292 reviews)
"Superb hotel & staff!"

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2020

Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Nayara Alto Atacama
Nayara Alto Atacama
5 out of 5
The price is AU$557 per night from 2 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Situated on the riverfront, this luxury resort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Pukara de Quitor Archaeological Site and within 3 miles (5 km) of Meteorite Museum and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Desert oasis
"This is a fabulous but expensive all-inclusive resort facing a dry river bed near San Pedro de Atacama but isolated from it. The rooms are luxuriously appointed and the facilities are excellent - there are 6 pools! There is a spa and spacious public areas as well as a balcony for each room. All meals ..."

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Nayara Alto Atacama
explora Atacama - All Inclusive
explora Atacama - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
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Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this all-inclusive resort is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church and Meteorite Museum. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Great bed, shower and pool area. Restaurant staff was excellent. Massage therapist was great. Guides were hit and miss: two tour guides were fantastic; one tour guide was quite rude and condescending. Food was overall good, but lunch menu needs variety."

Reviewed on 8 May 2019

explora Atacama - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Comfortable House Lalck Cketi Tourism
Comfortable House Lalck Cketi Tourism
los geiser 214, San pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
The price is AU$225 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
This family-friendly San Pedro de Atacama holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama ...
Comfortable House Lalck Cketi Tourism
Casas Valle de la Luna
Casas Valle de la Luna
2.5 out of 5
The price is AU$286 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this chalet is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tulor Archaeological Site and within 6 miles (10 km) of Meteorite Museum and Plaza de San ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Perfect place to stay, to see sky and to rest. All is really great. Only one problem that mobile network work so-so and no wifi in house."

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2020

Casas Valle de la Luna
Casa Solena San Pedro De Atacama
Casa Solena San Pedro De Atacama
Camino a Toconao, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and San Pedro Church. Meteorite Museum and R.P. ...
Casa Solena San Pedro De Atacama
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