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One of Chile's most popular destinations, The Atacama Desert may be the world's oldest desert, and is considered the driest place on earth. Some locations in this area have actually had zero precipitation recorded since they began keeping records. The town of San Pedro de Atacama serves as the central hub for the area's surreal landscapes and awesome natural wonders, many of which are encompassed in the incredible Los Flamencos National Park, and fascinating archaeological relics. Some of the most popular attractions here are the Geysers del Tatio at 4,200m above sea level, they are amongst the highest geysers in the world, The other worldly Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), and the amazing Laguna Cejar at the tip of the Atacama salt pan. Popular archaeological sites include Pukara de Quitor, a thousand year old fortress, the 3000 year old village if Aldea de Tulor, the R.P. Gustavo Le Paige archaeological museum, and Chinchorro Mummies. Other popular activities here include sand boarding in the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley). Star gazing in the desert and at the largest public observatory in South America where images of Saturn, distant galaxies and other celestial phenomena. Despite its seemingly inhospitable climate, the Atacama Desert is a very attractive destination, and supports many species of animal and plant life in addition to the gorgeous colors of the endless rock, moonlike canyons, and sand dunes of the Atacama's Altiplano. Accommodations here are 4 and 5 star hotels and spas that combine elegance and service with the spectacular scenery and natural brilliance of the area. As with all of our flexible itineraries, Atacama Desert can be combines with other fabulous destinations in Chile, and throughout Latin America.
Atacama Desert Gateway:
Chile destinations:
Puerto Varas  
Atacama Desert  
Torres del Paine  
Puerto Natales  
Easter Island  
Atacama Desert Hotels:
Our favorite:
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All Hotels:
15 hotels in Atacama Desert
Featured Atacama Desert Itineraries:
Atacama Desert - Lake District 8 nights from $1,655 *
Santiago - Atacama - Mendoza - Buenos Aires 12 nights from $1,942 *
Atacama Desert - Puerto Natales 10 nights from $2,374 *
Atacama Desert - Puerto Varas - Torres del Paine 10 nights from $2,566 *
Atacama Desert - Puerto Varas - Puerto Natales 10 nights from $2,645 *
More suggested Itineraries:
Easter Island - Atacama Desert 10 nights from $2,812 *
Atacama Desert - Torres del Paine 10 nights from $3,393 *
Puyuhuapi Lodge - Atacama Desert 9 nights from $3,783 *
Atacama -Torres del Paine -El Calafate -Bariloche 16 nights from $3,806 *
Easter Island - Atacama Desert - Puerto Varas 12 nights from $3,900 *
Atacama - Easter Island - Puerto Natales 15 nights from $4,197 *
Atacama -Vineyards -Torres del Paine -Vina 12 nights from $4,781 *
Feedback from Our Customers
No problems. We had a complicated situation with 4 people from different parts of the country meeting. We were also working our Latin Destination part around another tour. Everything went smoothly. Stella LEXINGTON, KY
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Customize Suggested Itineraries
Combine destinations within Chile:
Puerto Varas
Atacama Desert
Torres del Paine
Puerto Natales
Easter Island
and/or destinations in other countries:
Buenos Aires
El Calafate - Lago Argentino
Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego
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