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Welcome to Calama, El Loa (Atacama desert), Chile

  Calama, El Loa, Antofagasta (Atacama desert), Chile

Calama is a city and commune in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. It is the capital of El Loa Province, part of the Antofagasta Region. Calama is one of the driest cities in the world with average annual precipitation of just 5 mm.

Close to Calama is the worlds largest copper mine as well as some interesting archeological sites. Everywhere are reminders of the precious metal: copper statues, copper wall-etchings and reliefs, and even a copper-plated spire on the cathedral In 2004 the city also inherited a wave of copper refugees when the entire population of polluted mining town Chuquicamata relocated here.

Some of Calama's top attractions are the Licancabur volcano, Los Flamencos National Reserve, the El Tatio Geysers, Pink flamincos, geyser, Moon valley, archeological findings along with many more natural points of interest. The city itself hosts many museums and educational centers.

Take a guided tour or rent a car and get out on your own. You'll be amazed at what you can find in the driest desert in the world.

Package tours into the region:

Full exprerience San Pedro de Atacama (4 days)

This program invites you to experience San Pedro, its main attractions include the Valley of the Moon, Tatio Geysers, the Atacama salt flats and high altitude lakes and an Archelogical day tour.

Businesses operating within or based in Calama or the Northern region

Car rentals (Calama) Accommodation (Northern) Tour Operators (Northern)
 » Econorent Car Rental
 » Firstpremium Travel
 » Altue Active Travel
 » Alba Tour


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