Atacama Desert

the driest desert on the planet

The Atacama Desert is a land of superlatives, itself being the driest desert on the planet. Home to some of the world’s highest geysers, Chile’s largest salt flat and ancient archeological sites, this stark yet beautiful region is totally unique.

The Atacama Desert covers over 100,000 square kilometres in northern Chile. Though dry and desolate, the region beckons the intrepid traveler with fantastic carved rock structures, geothermal fields, volcanic geysers, sparkling lagoons and a surprisingly rich flora and fauna.

San Pedro de Atacama – regarded as the archeological capital of Chile – is the base for all desert adventures. The town’s history goes back some 10,000 years, and has been influenced by a variety of cultures such as Spanish, Chilean, Inca and Quechua. From here you can hike to hidden villages, bike through plunging valleys and trek to great lagoons filled with flocks of black and pink flamingo.

You could also wonder at the vast shimmering salt pan that is the Salar de Atacama, or watch the setting sun turn the sand dunes of the Moon Valley a deep orange. Thanks to its crystal-clear night skies, stargazing in the Atacama region is extremely rewarding and a must for any visitor.

Whether you’re hiking, biking, on foot or exploring by car, the unworldly beauty of the Atacama Desert will astonish you.

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