Travel guide to Atacama desert

The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world, it is also the eyes of the planet with 40% of the main telescopes. Check out this guide to visit the desert that with its extreme geological formations will make you feel teleported to Mars.

How to get to Atacama desert?

The Atacama Desert is located in northern Chile and covers several regions of this country. The best way to access the desert and its main points is to be based in the town of San Pedro de Atacama. This town located in the region of Antofagasta.

If you go from Santiago, the capital of Chile, you can arrive by three routes:

Getting by plane to Calama it last approximately 2 hours. In Calama you have to take a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, it last 1 hour.

Getting by direct bus from Santiago it last approximately 1 day.

Getting by car from Santiago it last a couple of days taking few stops. You can rent a vehicle with us, know our office and our fleet in Santiago. You must rent a 4 x 4 car to visit Atacama

When to visit Atacama desert?

Access to the desert and its services is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit it is December because the best temperatures, but this means more visitors around. From July to September is the low season due to winter and low temperatures in the desert, but you can also visit it.

Where to stay?

As we’ve told you, most visitors take the small town of San Pedro de Atacama as base to visit the main spots around. In this small town you can find from 5 star hotels to simple hostels.

How to visit the Atacama desert?

With its salt flats, hot springs, geysers and beautiful landscapes, the Desert is one of the most striking destinations on the planet that offers you endless activities.

Many of the spots are natural reserves or national parks, others are privately owned but with paid access. You can rent a vehicle and visit all the desert destinations with freedom and flexibility. Remember we have an office in Santiago.

What spots visit?

After the immensity of rusty sandstone that will receive you on the first day, there is an entire extreme planet of active volcanoes, high plateau lakes, caves and deserts of limpid salt, monumental sand dunes and a myriad of geological shapes and surfaces that more closely resemble the scenography of a science fiction movie on Mars.

  • Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).
  • Piedras Rojas.
  • Go Stargazing.
  • Float In Laguna Baltinache.
  • El Tatio Geysers.
  • Visit Salar de Tara.
  • Chacabuco Nitrate Village.
  • Find The Flamingos At Laguna Chaxa.
  • Salar of Atacama.
  • Laguna Cejar.
  • Laguna Tebinquinche.
  • Terms of Puritama.

Ready to visit an unique destination with amazing scenarios? Remember you can count on us in Chile.