San Pedro de Atacama is located in Chile´s II region in the driest desert in the world, specifically on the northern side of the Atacama Salt Flat which has 30% of the world´s Lithium reserves; at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano, part of the Andes Mountains.
It is the archaeological capital of Chile, since in its surrounding areas are full of archaeologically important sites like Pukará de Quitor, Aldea de Tulor, among others. Various archaeological artifacts of the Atacama people can be seen at the San Pedro de Atacama museum.
Aldea de Tulor Pre-colombian village dating back to 2800 BC. At the time, about 200 inhabitants lived here whose livelihood was based on ceramics works, weaving, agriculture and livestock. The architecture is made up of circular buildings made of mud. These building were fixed to one another, interconnected by patios and passages between them.
Atacama salt flats
Atacama Salt Flat (Chaxa Lake): A plateau made up of smaller salt lakes whose waters vary from blues, turquoises, pinks and greys, and surrounded by streams that rise up from the ground between the Andean, Domeyco, and Salt mountain ranges. The Chaxa Lake is where flamingoes eat the food that gives them their distinctive pink color.
Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley
This valley, so-called because of its resemblance to a lunar valley, is located along the Salt Mountain range and bordered by the Atacama Salt Flat.
A geothermic field of volcanic origins, where water and vapor are violently expulsed from the earth. The geysers are most active between 5:30 AM and 7:00 AM when the plumes easily reach a height of 30 meters. A spectacle not to be missed. There are naturally formed thermal pools near the geysers where you may bathe.
Touching Nature at Chile and Bolivia altiplano (11 days)
Visit the Chilean-Bolivian Altiplano, a large region whose average height is 4000 meters, in the heart of South America. Be surprised with landscapes that look like moles, the world's largest salt flat, colored lakes, green hills, lakes, ridges appear to offer the unique vision of an extreme nature and secluded as any other in the world.
Perfectly situated two kilometers from the village of San Pedro de Atacama, at the edge of the worlds driest desert, Hotel Cumbres stands as a tranquil oasis. It isa special place, where the ancient architecture of Atacameos Ayllu blends with modern style and sensibility. Amidst native wood and stone design elements, guests are filled with a deep sense of connection to their surroundings.