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San Pedro, El Loa (Atacama desert), Chile

  San Pedro, El Loa (Atacama desert), Chile

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.

Tatio Geyser

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.

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.

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.

Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama:

Hotel & Spa Cumbres in San Pedro (Atacama), Chile

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.

Rent a Car in San Pedro de Atacama:

Category A:
City cars for rent in Chile
Kia Morning or similar city car
Day Week Month
US$ 49 US$ 320 US$ 1.150

Category B:
City cars for rent in Chile
Suzuki Swift or similar subcompact
Day Week Month
US$ 59 US$ 354 US$ 1.350

Category C:
City cars for rent in Chile
Nissan Versa, or similar compact sedan.
Day Week Month
US$ 78 US$ 468 US$ 1.590

Category D:
City cars for rent in Chile
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Day Week Month
US$ 118 US$ 708 US$ 2.350

Category E:
City cars for rent in Chile
Day Week Month
US$ 175 US$ 1.050 US$ 3.090

Category F:
City cars for rent in Chile
Double cabin, four doors pickup truck (4x2)
Day Week Month
US$ 99 US$ 594 US$ 1.730

Category G:
City cars for rent in Chile
Double cabin (4 doors) pickup truck (4x4)
Day Week Month
US$ 145 US$ 870 US$ 2.500

Category H:
City cars for rent in Chile
Suzuki Vitara 1.600cc, 4x4, 3 doors jeep
Day Week Month
US$ 89 US$ 490 US$ 1.730

Category I:
City cars for rent in Chile
SUV4x4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar)
Day Week Month
US$ 175 US$ 1.050 US$ 3.090


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