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Travel to the Atacama Desert on Vacation

Embark on an Atacama Desert Tour and you’ll discover one of Latin America’s most spectacular natural wonders. This 600-mile desert is the driest non-polar place on earth, and is characterized by red rock mountains, salt pans, dunes, hot springs, and snow capped mountains. It’s a great place to experience the wild beauty of nature, and the solar system: the Atacama Desert is one of the best places for stargazing worldwide. Speak to a Tourlane Travel Expert today and start planning your trip. We make it possible for you to book flights, transfers, guides, and accommodations, all in one place.

  1. Valle de la Luna

  2. Salar de Atacama

  3. Altiplanic Lagoons

  4. El Tatio Geysers

  5. Machuca

Places to Visit on Your Atacama Desert Tour

1. Valle de la Luna

A hike in the Valle de la Luna will allow you to take in the world-class views of the Andes, and the peacefulness of the Atacama Desert. You’ll find a lunar-like landscape that offers crimson sunsets. Include this natural wonder in your Atacama Desert tour and you’ll see why this valley is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world.

2. Salar de Atacama

The salt flats of Atacama are considered the driest places on earth, with 1-3 millimeters of precipitation a year. They are a great destination for those looking to stargaze. Also, if you’re interested in nature, you’ll find the Andean flamingo in this area. Large volcanoes dominate the landscape, including one of Chile’s most active, Lascar. 

3. Altiplanic Lagoons

The Miscanti and Miñique lagoons are located 13,121 feet above sea level, with beryl-blue waters on the surface of the land that draw a variety of wildlife. Rich in biodiversity, these Lagoons are home to the Andean and James Flamingo—make sure to snap a photo on the lakes, and check out the unique beauty of the salt crystals at the floaty Cejar Lagoon.

4. El Tatio Geysers

A great way to start the day is to visit El Tatio Geysers at sunrise. Located on the border of Bolivia, the world’s third-largest geyser El Tatio or “oven” will astound you with more than 80 active hot springs. Take a steady walk through this bubbling land and dip your toes into these warm waters.

5. Machuca

A scattering of clay brick houses with windswept thatched roofs make for a charming Chilean village escape in Machuca. Walk by the whitewashed churches and bell towers and see the colonial architecture at work, a perfect place to Chile’s rural life.

Useful Information for Your Atacama Desert Tour

Where is the Atacama Desert Located?

The Atacama Desert is located in Chile, on the Pacific coast. It covers more than 600 miles and is west of the Andes Mountains. The Atacama Desert is approximately 1000 miles from the Chilean capital, Santiago, and flight time is roughly two hours. 

When is the Best Time to Visit the Atacama Desert? 

The best time to visit the Atacama Desert is during the southern hemisphere summer months, which are in December, January, and February. At this time, the amicable daytime temperatures and warm nighttime temperatures make it a good time to visit. 

How Often Does it Rain in the Atacama Desert? 

The Atacama Desert is considered to be the driest place on earth. The average rainfall per year is 0.6 inches, although some places in the desert receive less than 0.12 inches per year. Some places in the Atacama Desert have never received rainfall. 

How Many Days Should I Spend in the Atacama Desert? 

In order for you to have plenty of time to hike, stargaze, and to enjoy the natural beauty of the Atacama Desert, we recommend spending at least four days and four nights there. 

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