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Insider's Guide to North Chile

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North Chile Attractions

Atacama Salt Lake

The world's driest desert is the Atacama, caught up at extreme altitudes within an Andean basin, shielded from the life-giving rain. There is water here, except for geyser fields and hot springs ...  Read more

El Tatio Geysers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Rating

Rising toward the fading stars high atop the Andes, El Tatio Geysers erupt from more than 80 vents into wraith-like plumes, which dance in the first crisp golden rays of dawn. It's not quite the ...  Read more

La Serena

The romantic, seaside city of La Serena, wrapped around some of the most beautiful beaches in northern Chile, is more than just a fine spot to relax with a mixed drink and work on your tan. (Though ...  Read more

Moon Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Not a single drop of water has fallen onto the Moon Valley in hundreds of years, thus the wind-sculpted salt statues inhabiting its eerie bowl have continued their slow, centuries-old dance ...  Read more

Parque Nacional Lauca

While the dramatic beauty of Atacama's dry Andean highlands is known throughout the world, the vast majority of visitors to the Chilean altiplano head straight for popular San Pedro de Atacama. If ...  Read more

Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces

Windswept high deserts painted in bright mineral rainbows - magenta, orange, blinding white - flow across the volcanic altitudes of Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces. The park's harsh but ...  Read more

Puritama Hot Springs

The high Andean starry nights, combined with the cold Atacama winds, can chill the unprepared tourist to the bone. Happily, however, these mountains are volcanic, and pour forth the planet's heat ...  Read more

Quitor

The Pukara de Quitor National Monument overlooks the fertile Río San Pedro valley from atop a strategic bluff. Its serpentine rows of thick, stone walls have defended the verdant oasis's bounty ...  Read more

Tulor

Though it may seem counterintuitive, considering the harsh climate of this impossibly dry, high-altitude region, the Atacama Desert has hosted human settlement for thousands of years. The Tulor ...  Read more

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