San Pedro de Atacama

Things to Do & Attractions in San Pedro de Atacama

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Los Flamencos National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The Flamencos National Reserve in San Pedro de Atacama is aptly named, as this area shelters and feeds three distinct species of flamingos: the Andean, ...  Read more

Altiplanic Lagoons

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

To see lakes this high above sea level, you have to come to the altiplano, the very definition of which is “high plain,” an area between the peaks of the ...  Read more

Moon Valley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Atacama Salt Lake

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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, ...  Read more

El Tatio Geysers

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Chaxa Lagoon

Chaxa Lagoon (Laguna Chaxa) often serves as an introduction to the salt flat for visitors. The ground here is crusted with an inedible salt, and in the ...  Read more

Church of San Pedro de Atacama

Visitors to San Pedro de Atacama would be hard-pressed to miss the bright white church that sits on the west side of the Plaza de Armas. The Spanish ...  Read more

Ojos del Salar

To understand the meaning of the words Ojos de Salar, you just need to know that a salar is a salt plain or lake and the ojo is its eye. In this case, the ...  Read more

Rainbow Valley (Valle Arcoiris)

When you see the stark, bright colors of San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings, you may wonder how much of a standout Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoiris) ...  Read more

Tebenquiche Lagoon

This lagoon is often visited on a trip to see Laguna Cejar and Ojos del Salar. One might think that visiting a series of desert lakes would get repetitive, ...  Read more

Atacama Desert

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Seeing as it has the word “desert” in its name, the Atacama is a place you’d expect to be extremely and exceptionally dry. In this vast, arid moonscape, ...  Read more

Toconao

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Toconao is a small, peaceful village with a name that means “place of stones” in the indigenous Kunza (Atacameño) language. The first settlements are ...  Read more

Quitor

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Cejar Lagoon

Located just 20 miles from the town of San Pedro de Atacama, this unusual desert sinkhole attracts many visitors. Filled with water, Cejar Lagoon is popular ...  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 ...  Read more

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