Atacama Desert Tours

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Atacama Desert
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, however, set halfway between sea and sky, there are isolated patches where a drop of rain has never—ever—been recorded, taking the world “desert” to another level. In fact, looking at the geology of what’s officially considered the driest desert in the world, researchers believe that the Atacama has gone 400 years without rain.

Just because it’s always sunny, however, doesn’t mean that this desert is hot. In fact, seeing as much of the Atacama Desert is well above 10,000 feet, temperatures can often dip well below freezing on clear and crisp nights. So—what’s the draw for visiting this desert with its famously harsh terrain? Because it’s the hands-down, best place in the world to look up and see the stars. Astrotourism has taken off in this northern Chilean outpost, where, thanks to the consistent clarity of the skies and pollution-free elevation, the stars, planets and depths of the universe are on brilliant display each night. From the town of San Pedro de Atacama, visitors can journey to public observatories and telescopes to literally look light-years into the heavens through a single, powerful lens. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket or clutch a steaming drink, and stand in the driest, clearest place on Earth in awe of the scenery above you. It might be cold and it might be dry, but there are few other places in the entire world where the stars all shine this bright. 

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The Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert on earth and can be found west of the Andes Mountains. The desert stretches for more than 1,000 kilometers.
Address: San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, Chile
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Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

Gaze at the sparkling stars of the Atacama Desert with an expert astronomer on a 2.5-hour stargazing tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Visit South America’s largest astronomical observatory and gain insight into the secrets of the night sky; stare at stars through a state-of-the-art telescope, discovering glowering planets invisible to the naked eye; and capture photographs of the moon’s crater covered surfaces. Conclude your magical evening with a steaming cup of cocoa as you digest your newfound cosmological knowledge.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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8 - Days Unique experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Chilean Patagonia

This is a unique experience in which you will get to know the "musts" of these two incredible destinations in Chile, San Pedro de Atacama and Torres del Paine. This tour has the assistance of the best local guides, to know in depth not only the landscapes, but also the culture and secrets of the destinations.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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7-Day Best of Salta & Atacama - Humahuaca, Salt Flats, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Visit the Salt Flats and Purmamarca, tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and discover the famous Pucara de Tilcara, among others. Leaving Argentina, see the best of San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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7-Day Atacama & Salta: Humahuaca-Purmamarca, Cafayate, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars. Leaving Argentina, see the best of  Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and visit towns such as Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca. Visit the town of Cafayate, in the heart of Argentina's northern wine region in the Calchaqui Valley. 
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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4-Day San Pedro de Atacama Desert Adventure

This 4-day tour of the Atacama Desert takes the planning and guesswork out of exploring the region’s highlights. Your guide accompanies you to the otherworldly landscape and salt caves at Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), vibrantly colored red rock formations Chaxa Lagoon, and off-the-beaten-track sites that you might miss on your own. All transportation is included with daily hotel pickup and drop-off, so you can choose your own accommodation and meals to suit your tastes.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt Flats

Experience the unearthly panoramas of Chile’s Atacama Desert on an enriching 4-day excursion from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. See the lunar landscape of Moon Valley; watch the sun rise over the shimmering surface of salt flats; witness molten spurts of water shoot from the ground at the Geysers del Tatio; and be mesmerized by the crystalline beauty of the Miscanti and Menique lagoons in Death Valley, one of the driest places on earth. Luxuriate in either three- or four-star accommodation on this incredible tour and enjoy the convenience of round-trip airport transportation in a spacious vehicle.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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