Atacama desert in Chile

Author: Pieter De Pauw

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I went for a business trip to Chile, and as I had to stay over for a weekend, I decided to visit one of the places which was on my shortlist: the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest non-polar desert in the world approx. 128 000 square kilometers large.  A 2 hours flight from Santiago, followed by a 1 hour drive took me to the little town San Pedro the Atacama, popular to tourists and the perfect starting point to explore the region.



Most of the popular vistas are in the Andes mountains (in fact not really desert anymore), and require driving up to approx 5000m -I can't remember ever having been that high, leaving little time for acclimatization and thus seriously impact your physical abilities.


I made a tailor-made tour (some trips as part of a group, others with private driver) to get most out of the three days.



Day 1: visit of the Altiplanic Lagoons and the Red Stones 



Day 2: visit of the Tatio Geyser, the Rainbow Valley and the Petroglyphs in Hierbas Buenas


Day 3: visit of the Salar de Atacama     

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Comments: 7
  • #7

    Pieter De Pauw (Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:41)

    Hi Eva,
    please use my contact-page, so I can have your e-mail address.

  • #6

    Eva sheftel (Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:38)

    Wonderful pictures... I have the exact questions as Sabrina . Would you be so kind in sharing your tour info with me too.
    Thank you in advance

  • #5

    Pieter De Pauw (Friday, 15 August 2014 11:04)

    Hi Livia,
    leave me a note on my contact page, so I can share with you via e-mail details incl the quote of the tour(s).


  • #4

    Livia (Wednesday, 13 August 2014 05:20)

    Just wrote you with some questions. Forgot to ask if you had trouble adjusting to high altitude so fast, having so little time?

  • #3

    Livia (Wednesday, 13 August 2014 05:18)

    We'll have unfortunately only 2 and a half days in San Pedro ourselves in November 2014. And like you, we do not care for the little villages but more of the nature, the lagoons, Salar de Atacama, maybe it time even the Geysers ? Having a customized tour sounds terrific. But, how expensive was it? Whom did you use? Contact details?
    I found a mid range lodging, so just need the driving tour.
    Also, any suggestions on what best to get from Calama Airport to San Pedro?
    Thank you so much

  • #2

    Pieter De Pauw (Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:28)

    Hi Sabina, i can give all info. Go to my contact page, and write to me, i can answer quickly. Pieter

  • #1

    Sabina (Friday, 01 August 2014 19:46)

    Hi! Fantastic views! Can you write in detail which tour operators you went with? Do you remember the prices? Do you recommend any accommodation? I'm planning Atacama this time next year, so I'm interested in first-hand details