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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.

Calama by the numbers:

by the numbers:
  • Population (2022):
    • 194,575 inhabitants
  • Location:
    • Lat, Long: (-22.451300, -68.923798)
    • GPS Coordinates: 22° 27' 4.68'' S, 68° 55' 25.6728'' W
    • +/- 1,574 km (978.1 mi) north of Santiago
  • Elevation:
    • 2 m (7 ft 7")
  • Timezone:
    • CLT – Chile Standard Time (Current offset: UTC -3 hrs)

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The weather:
Historical values:
MinMax
January10ºC/50ºF27ºC/81ºF
February9ºC/48ºF25ºC/77ºF
March5ºC/41ºF24ºC/75ºF
April3ºC/37ºF25ºC/77ºF
May2ºC/36ºF25ºC/77ºF
June2ºC/36ºF30ºC/86ºF
July4ºC/39ºF20ºC/68ºF
August1ºC/34ºF25ºC/77ºF
September3ºC/37ºF25ºC/77ºF
October2ºC/36ºF28ºC/82ºF
November-1ºC/30ºF24ºC/75ºF
December4ºC/39ºF26ºC/79ºF

Trips / Package tours:

The Atacama Desert EKA 027
07 days / 06 nights

Check out the Atacama desert, world's driest desert, learn about its history, geography, visit the salt flats and the "Moon valley" and see how the locals live and survive in this harsh environment.

Places to stay:
Atankalama Hotel

The hotel has been created with extreme attention to detail. Its ambience, decoration and comfort frame it in a sophisticated experience in Calama, common and private areas dedicated to the shelter, rest and rest of its visitors.


Hotel Geotel Calama

For those looking for comfort at a good price, quality, attention and the most modern services, the Hotel Geotel Calama offers a sustainable hotel in Calama, Chile.


Rent a Car:


Category A
City cars for rent in Chile
Kia Morning or similar city car
1000cc gasoline engine, 2 doors, manual shift, and radio. This car is for a maximum of 2 persons, and is only rented in Santiago. You may seat four people inside this vehicle, but then you will much almost nothing of inside space left for your bags
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 49
Week $ 320
Month $ 1.150
Category BHatchbacks  for rent in Chile
Suzuki Swift or similar subcompact car.
This 1200cc gasoline engine hatchback car category comes equipped with 4 doors, manual shift, two airbags, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio. Good vehicle for 2 persons and for driving mainly on asphalt roads.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 59
Week $ 354
Month $ 1.350
Category C
Sedans  for rent in Chile
Nissan Versa, or similar compact sedan.
This 1600cc gasoline engine car category with trunk comes equipped with manual shift, air conditioning, power assisted steering, airbags, ABS brakes,door locks, and radio. (Ideal car up to four persons). A vehicle that can get you almost anywhere in Chile. It's also pretty economical. In this category we can also offer you an automatic transmission at an extra charge.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 78
Week $ 468
Month $ 1.590
Category D
Roomy sedans  for rent in Chile
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Fully equipped roomy sedan with a 1800cc to 2000cc gasoline engine and with automatic transmission. This car category comes with ABS brakes, airbags, doors lock, power and rear view mirrors, and radio.brakes
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 118
Week $ 708
Month $ 2.350
Category E
Vans  for rent in Chile
VAN
Could be a Kia Grand Carnival, or similar luxury fully equipped VAN with 7 or 8 seats and automatic transmission. This VAN comes equipped with air bags, electric windows, doors lock, and ABS brakes as well.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 175
Week $ 1.050
Month $ 3.090
Category F
Pickup trucks (4x2)  for rent in Chile
Double cabin, four doors pickup truck with simple traction (4x2)
This vehicle comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio (good vehicle for driving on bad roads due to its high clearance, therefore ideal for Atacama desert and Patagonia)
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 99
Week $ 594
Month $ 1.730
Category G
Pickup trucks (4x4) for rent in Chile
Double cabin (four doors) pickup truck with double traction (4x4)
Comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio (excellent alternative for off road driving due to its high clearance and four wheel drive option. Excellent for Atacama desert or Patagonia and other off road places)
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 145
Week $ 870
Month $ 2.500
Category H
Small Jeeps  for rent in Chile
Suzuki Vitara 1.600cc, 4x4, 3 doors jeep
Comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air condition, and a radio with a CD player (Good vehicle for maximum 3 persons that like off road fun driving).
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 89
Week $ 490
Month $ 1.730
Category I
SUVs  for rent in Chile
SUV 4x4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar).
Fully equipped, automatic transmission. The best car to rent in Chile, because it provides luxury, high clearance, and four wheel drive…all in one vehicle. This vehicle category obviously has ABS brakes, air bags, and everything that a full equipped car should have.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 175
Week $ 1.050
Month $ 3.090




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