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BEST things to do in the Atacama with and without a tour

The Atacama desert is an unimaginable place the presents the breathtaking surroundings, weird landscape, unique ecosystem and superb opportunities for journey fanatics to discover some of the desert’s hidden gems in a distinctive method. On this publish, we tried to divide things to do in the Atacama desert according to their sort and the approach they are often executed – with a tour (rental automotive) or independently.

When planning a visit to the Atacama desert it’s essential to determine what you want to see and to do there. Most of the points of interest are usually not accessible by public transport and are too far to walk or cycle there from San Pedro. To get the greatest out of your Atacama visit and not to spend a lot we’d recommend to mix unbiased activities and excursions. All close by pure wonders like the Moon Valley or the Demise Valley might be visited independently by bike and even strolling from the town. Most of the lagoons and volcanoes are fairly removed from San Pedro de Atacama you’ll need a car to get there.

Another essential factor to maintain in thoughts is the place you’re coming from or going to after the Atacama. For those who’re heading to/coming from Uyuni Salt flats in Bolivia you don’t need to see comparable points of interest, relatively one thing totally different that you simply don’t see in Uyuni. For instance, we got here from Uyuni and during our 3-day tour acquired to see many colourful lakes, salt flats, many flamingoes and a couple of geysers though those are smaller than the ones in the Atacama. Out of many points of interest in the Atacama, we weren’t too interested in visiting lakes (besides these where you possibly can float in salt water) and flamingos however we did need to see extra volcanoes, geysers, and archeological sites. In the event you’re not going to Uyuni after the Atacama then attempt to diversify the points of interest you go to and the activities you do as a lot as you possibly can and go to the important ones in every class; lakes, volcanoes, valleys, and so on.

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Greatest time to visit the Atacama

Despite being a desert there are three seasons in the Atacama; Might to September – winter when the days are good and pleasant however the nights are chilly, the night time temperature typically goes under zero°C. Summer time months (December to March) are scorching, day temperatures are round 30°C, at night time it cools down to 20°C. Probably the most rainfalls happen between January and March and typically if it rains a lot it could actually end result in the points of interest being closed. At the starting of February 2019, most of the tours in the Atacama have been canceled due to heavy rainfall (yeh, how crazy it is!). Perhaps February just isn’t the greatest time to go to the Atacama, examine the discussions in TripAdvisor. In shoulder season (April, October, and November) the days are usually not as scorching as in the summer time and the nights will not be as chilly as in the winter.

We have been in the Atacama in December, just before Christmas, it was extremely popular and busy in the event you determine to come right here at the finish of the yr be sure that to e-book lodging and transport beforehand. We hitchhiked out of San Pedro all the approach to La Serena but we heard from other vacationers that it was troublesome to purchase a bus ticket as the whole lot was bought out. December and January is the busiest time for touring Chile.

A Christmas Tree on the main square of San Pedro de AtacamaA Christmas Tree in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Where to keep in San Pedro

There are many lodging options in the city from camping and staying in a dormitory to luxurious resorts and cabins.

Camping

  • Camping Quilarcay, CLP 6500/US$9,5 per individual
  • Bosque Los Perales, CLP 5500-8500/US$Eight-12 per individual (worth varies relying on the season)
  • Camping Los Chañares, CLP5000/US$7 per individual

Finances lodging | The Green Home Atacama | Rey Lagarto Hostel | Casa Campestre | The Inexperienced Home Atacama | Refugio Don Natu |

Center worth | Visitor House Diaguitas | Hostal Chapur | Hostal Casa Greda | Casa Lascar |

Luxury | Hostal Alto Yalí | Lodge Jardin Atacama | Naturalis Lodge | Casita La Brea |

We determined to divide the things to do in the Atacama first, according to if they are often finished independently and without renting a automotive or solely with a tour (automotive choice).

Let’s begin with the activities and points of interest that don’t want a tour which suggests you possibly can do them independently (actions) or get to them (points of interest) walking or cycling from San Pedro de Atacama. These are the most finances things in the space.

Luckily there are fairly a few of them so for those who’re on a really tight finances you continue to shall be in a position to see some superb things in the Atacama.

Things to do without a tour

Outside activities

Biking. It’s necessary to keep in mind that it will get very popular on the market in the afternoon so the greatest time for biking is early morning and night. Don’t overlook to take sufficient water, to placed on sunscreen and to wear a cap or a hat. Renting a bicycle is the most price range means to do sightseeing round San Pedro de Atacama this manner you will get to the Moon Valley, the Demise Valley, Satan’s Throat, and so on. There are a number of places in the town where you’ll be able to lease a bicycle simply be sure to get a bicycle lock and a mild (in case you’ll determine to stay in the Valley for the sunset and will cycle again in the dark).

We beloved cycling by way of the desert stopping on the method to take photographs and to take pleasure in the scenery. To lease a bike in San Pedro costs CLP 3000/US$4,5 for half of a day.

Alya cycling through the desert in the Moon Valley, Atacama.Alya biking by means of the Moon Valle (Valle de la Luna). It was one in every of the greatest things we’ve achieved in the Atacama

Mountaineering in the desert. Sounds loopy, doesn’t it?! It is perhaps apparent however you’ll have to carry a lot of water you get really thirsty on the market. As for the mountaineering route we went by means of the Dying Valley we truly mixed two activities; climbing and tenting so it took us a whereas to find the right spot for pitching a tent. The subsequent morning on the approach again we walked via the Satan’s Throat and truly acquired a bit misplaced in the maze. Typically, the climbing experience was great, there have been very few individuals we noticed principally locals walking previous small villages. For those who’re not planning to camp and simply want to go for a stroll in the desert the Demise Valley might be the best choice.

Campbell walking the a backpack in the Devil's Throat canyon, AtacamaCampbell mountaineering via the Satan’s Throat in the Atacama

Camping in the desert. In case you determine to expertise camping in the driest place on Earth ensure that to take enough water that may last you for the approach to and back. We walked round in the desert for quite a while before we discovered a appropriate place for pitching our tent. The bottom could be very rocky and it’s troublesome to find a flat sandy spot. We pitched the tent and didn’t see a individuals round but someday in the center of the night time we started hearing individuals’s voices and music as we came upon later there was a get together in one in every of the local villages and after it completed locals went back house and our tent was on the approach to one other village. We didn’t have any drawback no one bothered us it was simply uncomfortable to sit in the tent and hear strangers passing by in the darkish.

The night time (before the night time’s hustle) in the desert was superb, we introduced a tenting cooking set, made dinner and have been sitting outdoors consuming and taking a look at the sky, it will get quite chilly at night time be certain that to have sleeping luggage or blankets with. The subsequent morning was fantastic as properly we awoke early simply earlier than the dawn, made espresso, packed our stuff and began heading again before it acquired too scorching, visiting on the method the Devil’s Throat gorge. We arrived in the town before noon.

Early morning our tent pitched in the Atacama desert.Camping in the desert was a great experience in the Atacama. Waking up in a tent in the morning was superb.

Natural wonders

Two highlights and the most accessible pure points of interest in the Atacama are the Demise Valley (Valle de la Muerte) and the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna). Both valleys are situated simply km from the town you possibly can principally stroll there but I’d recommend going by bicycle (as we did) the space inside is sort of massive and to get a probability to see it you’ll need some sort of transport. In case you’re really on a tight price range these two undoubtedly are must be in your bucket listing.

As we propose in our 3-day itinerary it’s greatest to go go to the valleys in the morning or in the night due to the warmth. The bizarre landscape of the Moon Valley does offer you a feeling of being on one other planet. In case you have time we’d recommend to discover it extensively and to cycle all the method to Tres Marias (Three Marys) – natural rock formations that stand out on the plain. The sunset from Piedra del Coyote in the Moon Valley is beautiful but prepare to see many people in the valley this time of the day. If you would like to go to the Valley without crowds, the morning is a better time. The entrance to the Valley is about 6km away from San Pedro de Atacama town, cycling it’s nothing. Entrance worth CLP3000/US$four,5.

The Demise Valley has much more weird landscape with less sand and salt and more clay formations that have been shaped by the wind and the water for hundreds of years. The panorama reminds a labyrinth it’s good to stroll around and explore the space. We visited the place in the morning and there were only a few individuals, plus it was nice and cool. The entrance is simply 3km from the city you possibly can principally stroll there. Entrance payment CLP1000/US$1,5.

Alya on the top of the mountain in the Death Valley, Atacama desertAlya at the viewpoint observing the bizarre panorama of the Demise Valley

Devil’s Throat & El Túnel. Each places are situated shut to one another, about 500 m away. The easiest way to go to them is to lease a bicycle in San Pedro de Atacama, it’s about 6-7 km a method. It’s attainable to reach each locations strolling however you’ll have to walk alongside the street for most of the time however the street just isn’t very busy, primarily vacationer automobiles driving by. We visited each as a part of our climbing/tenting journey in the Atacama however cycling can be undoubtedly better.

After the Devil’s Throat, you possibly can cycle/walk for 500m to get to El Túnel, a tunnel in the mountain constructed in the 30th, you’ll be able to cycle by way of it.

Cultural experience

Pukará de Quitor, an archeological website of the Pre-Colombian interval situated simply 3 km outdoors of San Pedro on the gravel street. Right here you possibly can see the stays of an historic fortress built by local tribes in the 12th century. We highly advocate to stroll to the viewpoint, about 700m and a steep ascent to the prime, from there you’ll get considered one of the greatest views of Demise Valley. Entrance charge CLP 5000/US$7. You’ll be able to walk here and again from the city or go by bike which is faster and provides you a probability to visit more sights situated nearby.

Tulor – another archeological website in the Atacama accessible by bike. Tulor is situated about 9 km south of the town on the gravel street. Tulor is an historic village that consists of more than 20 constructions from houses to boreholes and even human remains. The origins of the settlement date again 2500 years. Entrance charge CLP 5000/US$7 per individual.

When you assume biking to both locations is an excessive amount of of a mission you possibly can be a part of a tour San Pedro de Atacama: Pukara de Quitor and Tulor Village

Walking round the town. San Pedro de Atacama shouldn’t be a massive town but there are some nice things to see like the Sq. (Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama), the church, the meteorite museum. There are lots of good espresso outlets and eating places in the town the place you possibly can sit back between the tours.

One of the small streets of San Pedro de Atacama with typical local housesCozy streets of San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in the Atacama with a tour

Adventure activities

Scorching air balloon journey. It’s all the time an unimaginable experience to observe a pure marvel like a desert or a lake from the air. The bizarre landscape of Atacama is a good spot to do a journey. The excursions depart very early in the morning, 5am-5.30am in order to make it for the dawn. Just think about the waste desert of the Atacama with the sun rising over the horizon. Excursions run yr round, worth CLP 215 000/US$315 per individual.

Climbing Cerro Toco. Cerro Toco is a real big, 5600m mountain shut to the border with Bolivia. Due to its accessibility, it’s the most climbed mountain in the Andes. In contrast to many 5000m peaks the place you start the climb from 2000m or 3000m and steadily walk up for a couple of days, here you will get by automotive all the means to 5000m and walk the rest 600m up in a couple of hours. Necessary to keep in mind that going that prime requires good acclimatization, be sure to keep for a couple of days around the Atacama before trying to summit. It takes half a day to get to Cerro Toco from San Pedro de Atacama, climb to the prime and get again to the town. Tours depart early in the morning. Worth around 100US$ per individual including information, transport, breakfast and lunch, oxygen (in case).

Climbing Zapaleri Volcano. One other local big, 50m greater than the earlier peak, a 5650m volcano that marks the triple border level between Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. The climb starts at about 5000m till there you will get by automotive but you’ll want a four×four car, the street could be very rocky and bumpy. It’s beneficial to do the climb with a information. This hike requires correct acclimatization as properly.

Sandboarding. If in case you have by no means tried sandboarding do it in the Atacama, there are some pretty impressive dunes to slide down. Most of the sandboarding excursions happen in Demise Valley there are a number of suitable dunes of different sizes and slopes’ inclinations. Taking place standing is just not as straightforward as it appears and it’s not exactly like snowboarding, you principally go down straight. My favorite was taking place a greater dune laying on the board on my abdomen or sitting on the board, it was quick and exciting vs sluggish and clumsy standing descend.

Be sure to deliver water and sunscreen. I’d recommend as nicely sporting a long sleeve shirt and lengthy pants in case you fall to escape stretches and for additional solar safety. Some corporations supply even night time sandboarding excursions unsure the way it feels but I assume there can be significantly fewer individuals. Worth from CLP 20 000/US$30 per individual, including gear (a board and a helmet), transport and a information.

Many sand boards next to a shop in the Atacama desert, one of the coolest things to do for adventure loversOne among the outlets in San Pedro de Atacama gives sand boarding routs.

Pure wonders

These are in all probability the primary purpose vacationers come to the Atacama therefor in case you don’t have much time or your price range just isn’t excessive sufficient to tour around the desert for days we’d recommend doing one or two tours that cover numerous points of interest; lakes, geysers, and volcanoes, and so on.

Unimaginable lakes and lagoons of Atacama

There are numerous of them, totally different colors, with flamingos, for swimming, with volcanoes on the background, and so on. which one to choose is up to you however we’d undoubtedly advocate visiting Laguna Cejar or less touristy Laguna Baltinache the place you’ll be able to float in the salt water like in the Lifeless Sea. Each lakes are beautiful, Laguna Cejar is simply 18 km away from San Pedro de Atacama which explains its reputation, Laguna Baltinache is 57 km away, it’s smaller and attracts fewer individuals.

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If you would like to see flamingos visit lovely Laguna Chaxa must be in your bucket record, in the summer time you possibly can see many flamingos there. The lake is situated in the Flamencos Nationwide Reserve, in the center of the Salar de Atacama.

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Three pink flamingos in the Laguna Chaxa, Atacama desert, ChileFlamingos in the Laguna Chaxa, Atacama, Chile

Famous Lagunas Altiplanicas is one other in style points of interest to visit in the Atacama, two lakes Miscanti Lake and Laguna Miñiques are value visit. We didn’t go there we thought we noticed a lot of lakes in Uyuni but these lakes do look lovely in the pictures especially in the winter surrounded by snow. The lakes are situated subsequent to one another, about 110km south from San Pedro de Atacama, the similar street that goes to Laguna Chaxa and the Salar. On the method to the Lagunas Altiplanicas, there’s salt lake – Lejia Lake.

Steered tours

As for the lake with the most spectacular turquoise colour, I feel Laguna Verde (Inexperienced Lake) is the winner right here, it does look green sure time of the day. Surrounded by the volcanoes and mountains this lake appears beautiful on a good sunny day.

Turquoise water of the Laguna Verde and volcanoes around.Turquoise water of the Laguna Verde, certainly one of the most lovely lakes in the Atacama

Volcanoes

Chile is legendary for its multiple volcanoes and the Atacama space isn’t an exclusion, here you possibly can see some sleeping big like Licancabur and Láscar volcanos. Lincancabur might be the most iconic volcano in the Atacama, it’s virtually 6000m high (5916m). Lincancabur volcano is situated 60km east from San Pedro it can be seen from the city. Lincancabur has a good cone shape – a great place for taking photographs, especially in winter when its peak coated in snow. For many who like journey, we’d advocate climbing to the crater of the volcano. We didn’t find out about it otherwise would have undoubtedly gone, it doesn’t happen typically that you would be able to in a comparatively straightforward means to get to 6000m.

Láscar is one other large volcano close to San Pedro de Atacama, about km south. It’s a little bit smaller than the previous one, 5592m high, however far more lively, in reality, Lascar is the most lively volcano in the area. Despite the undeniable fact that it’s an lively volcano it’s attainable to climb to its prime as nicely which is in a approach much more exciting as you climb to the crater of the lively volcano. These two peaks are undoubtedly in our bucket record, next time we’re in the area we’ll do it very first thing. To ebook a tour shop around in the town, there are several corporations that provide the climb.

A huge perfectly cone-shaped Lincancabur volcano, Atacama desertGood cone-shaped Lincancabur volcano, Atacama desert, Chile

Geysers & scorching springs

Antofagasta region in Chile has one among the highest concentration of geysers in the world after the Yellowstone in the US and the Geysers Valley in Kamchatka, Russia. El Tatio geyser subject consists of more than 60 geysers, situated at 4320m it’s the highest geyser subject in the world. So for us seeing El Tatio in the Atacama was a must-do activity though we did see a couple of geysers in Uyuni as nicely they weren’t as many and as massive as right here. Scorching springs in the valley are one more reason to go to El Tatio you possibly can soak in their scorching waters having fun with the beautiful surroundings around. It’s higher to come here in the morning when it’s chilly outdoors during the day it’s scorching sufficient until you come here in winter.

For many who like extra of a tranquil and enjoyable tub experience, Termas de Puritama is a good choice, the system of swimming pools situated in a picturesque canyon. There are eight pools, the water temperature in the swimming pools varies between 28 and 30C. There are bogs and altering rooms at the pool. So as to make the experience enjoyable and fulfilling, the number of individuals allowed in the pools at the similar time is restricted. Entrance from CLP 9000/US$13.

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Many steaming geysers in El Tatio geyser field, Atacama desertEl Tatio geyser area boasts one in every of the highest focus of geysers in the world

Valles & salt flats

To be trustworthy we utterly skipped this half as a result of we simply came from a 3-day tour in Uyuni and felt like we’ve seen enough salt flats, deserts, and weird rock formations. I don’t need to see that those in the Atacama look identical to the once in Uyuni under no circumstances and if we had extra time and larger price range we wish to go and go to all of them but we had to choose and decided to see something else. Pedras Rojas (Pink Stones) and Salar de Tara are the most visited points of interest in this category. As you possibly can guess from the identify, the Valley is roofed with big reddish boulders, the shade is the results of the oxidation of iron. The purple stones distinction with the blue-white shade of the nearby salar (salt flat) and lake, a great place for images lovers. Piedras Rojas valley is situated about 150km away from San Pedro.

As for Salar de Tara for those who’ve been to Uyuni in Bolivia or Salina Grandes in Argentina I wouldn’t advocate visiting this one as properly, yes, it’s less touristy but in my opinion less spectacular as nicely in contrast to the different two, right here and there you’ll be able to see patches of salt however it’s not like the entire space is roofed in it. When you’ve got by no means seen a salt flat go for it, it’ll be fascinating and uncommon.

Steered excursions

Dry land with patches of salt here and there and some bizarre shaped rocks, Salar de Tara, AtacamaSalar de Tara in the Atacama desert is an fascinating place to go to however it’s not as impressive as Uyuni.

If you would like to see famous Cardones (gigantic cactuses) that grow in the north of Argentina and Chile and in Uyuni head to the Cactus Valley. A few of the cacti are 5-7m high, which suggests they’re very previous, contemplating that they grow a couple of centimeters per yr, a few of them are over 300 years previous. Locals use cacti as a building materials and make some elements of their houses (windows, doorways) using it.  Once more, for those who’re coming from Uyuni you’ve already seen with hundreds of those cactus and in all probability took a whole lot of pictures as nicely. It’s attainable to do an hour hike (4km) by way of the valley to take pleasure in the surroundings.

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A door of the house in San Pedro de Atacama made of cactiA small door in San Pedro de Atacama product of cacti.

Another fascinating valley to go to in the Atacama is the Rainbow Valley as you’ll be able to guess from the identify it boasts totally different colours (not exactly the rainbow colors however nonetheless fairly impressive for a desert). Rocks and the ground listed here are colored in reddish, brownish, greenish and whitish colours. The valley is situated 90km from San Pedro, it’s a brief Three-hour tour.

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Stargazing in the desert

For us it was one other highlight of Atacama or truly any desert, the sky there’s simply absolutely beautiful, I’ve by no means seen so many stars and constellations in my life (not, truly I did see it once again in Namibia), imagine how much you’ll be able to see on the market with a telescope. The stargazing tour could be very fascinating and instructional. Just keep in mind, shut to the full Moon you gained’t give you the chance to see a lot, the Moon is just too vibrant.

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Cultural experience

You may be stunned how many fascinating villages, town, and archeological websites are hidden in the vasts of Atacama desert. Most of the cities could be visited as a part of a tour and are often mixed with visits to some natural points of interest like lakes and geysers. Don’t anticipate native villages and ruins being as impressive as Machu Picchu these are more of a nice place to stop for lunch or to purchase souvenirs sort of locations.

Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs. In all probability one among the most fascinating archeological sites in the Atacama desert. Yerbas Buenas is situated 50km away from San Pedro de Atacama, it’s less than an hour drive. There are tons of of petroglyphs in the area. They date 10 000 years back and have been created by the Atacamaño people who inhabited the region at that time. To get more out of the visit we’d recommend coming right here with a guide that may present some fascinating information about the petroglyphs and the history of the region. The petroglyphs are often visited as a part of a tour to the Rainbow Valley. Entrance payment CLP 3000/US$4 per individual.

Recommended excursions

Chacabuco village. One in every of the several deserted nitrate cities in the area, in all probability the best-preserved one. The town was founded in 1924 throughout the nitrate growth in Chile however after the invention of the artificial analog, all the mines have been shut down by the finish of the 30th. In contrast to the different mine towns, Chacabuco history continued in the second half of the 20th century when it was used as a focus camp for political prisoners of the Pinochet regime. We love visiting ghost towns in the desert like this one among Kolmanskop in Namibia. Chacabuco is an fascinating place the solely drawback is the location, it’s quite far from San Pedro, about 200km however like other websites that may be visited as a part of a tour.

Toconao village. The identify of the city from the Kunza (a native language spoken by the indigenous) means “place of stone” referring to the volcanic rocks liparite the material that was used in the development of the city’s buildings. The primary points of interest of the village are the church, one in every of the oldest in Chile, and the bell tower. Toconao is situated 37km south from San Pedro, it’s a well-liked stop on the means to the Atacama salt flat. There’s a small valley Valle de Jere close to the town, it’s a small green oasis next to the river, simply a good shortstop on the method.

Socaire city. A small village 100km south from San Pedro, one other stop on the method to the Atacama salt flat. A small church and local handicrafts are the major highlights of the city. Many buses and tour stop right here on the method to the salar. We wouldn’t advocate driving that far just to see the village however it’s a nice stop for those who’re going that method.

Machuca village. The closest to San Pedro, only 44km away, this small village with only 20 houses represents a conventional local village of the region. All houses have a comparable development, one-story stone buildings very comparable to the homes you stay in Uyuni. Machuca is often visited on the approach to Tatio geyser. It’s a comparatively new vacationer destination however in the previous couple of years, locals opened right here a number of motels and eating places when you lease a automotive it may be a good place to keep in a single day to experience the local tradition.

A tiny village of Machuca surrounded by the desert, Atacama, ChileMachuca village, Atacama desert, Chile

Useful gadgets to take with to the Atacama

For those who’re planning to camp in the desert, you’ll want;

Day 1. Biking in the desert

Morning

Lease a bicycle in San Pedro and cycle to the Dying Valley first, earlier than it will get too scorching, explore it, cease for pictures. From the city, you’ll have to cycle along the street nevertheless it’s only 3 km from the city to the entrance.

From there go back to the street and cycle in the direction of the Devil’s Throat. The street that method has significantly less visitors.

On the approach cease at Pukará de Quitor, about 2 km from the Dying Valley entrance. To get to the viewpoint you’ll have to stroll for 1,5 km.

Continue to the Satan’s Throat, about four km. You possibly can cycle in the canyon or depart your bike and explore it strolling.

Go to El Túnel, another 600 m.

As soon as carried out cycle all the approach back to San Pedro, 7 km.

Complete biking distance – 16 km + the distance you’re going to cycle/walk inside the parks.

Afternoon

Going out for lunch and resting in your lodge once more earlier than the night biking mission. It’s great to stay in a place with a pool at the moment of the day you just want to sit there perpetually.

Night

Take a bike and cycle to the Moon Valley, it’s about 7 km to the entrance. From there you’ll be able to cycle inside the park there are numerous fascinating things to see or for those who’re drained or don’t have a lot time simply go straight to Piedra del Coyote (a viewpoint) that is just 1 km away to see the sundown.

Rock formations called Tres Marias, Valle de la Luna, AtacamaTres Marias in the Moon Valley of the Atacama desert.

Day 2. Be a part of a tour/lease a automotive

Morning/afternoon

After the intensive biking day becoming a member of a tour and just sitting in a automotive isn’t a dangerous concept. The day before today there was a lot of desert, sand, and rocks so why not to visit one in every of the lakes or geysers for a change.

Recommended excursions & actions

Evening/night time

An ideal approach to end the day is to do stargazing in the desert. To get a probability to observe the night time sky and study a lot about constellations, planets and the solar system in common, the best choice is to be a part of the Astronomical tour, the place you’ll get a probability to take a look at the night time sky via a telescope. For many who are on a tight price range just strolling out of the town away from electric lights is a good various.

Crystal clear blue water of the Miscanti lake, Lagunas Altiplanicas, AtacamaMiscanti lake one among the Altiplanic lagoons lakes in the Atacama

Day 3. Mountaineering & camping in the desert

Morning

You’ll be able to do a tour in the morning and go to some archeological websites in the Atacama;

Late afternoon/evening

I’d recommend combining both activities because to find a respectable tenting spot you’ll have to walk out of the town anyway which suggests each activities may be finished in the second half of the day. You may begin in the morning but to spend the whole day in the desert you’ll want a lot of water, plus sitting in the tent in the afternoon heat is unbearable. At night time you’ll get another probability to admire the night time sky coated in billions of stars.

Day 4. Mountaineering again to San Pedro

Morning

Get up early to take pleasure in the dawn in the desert, make breakfast, pack your tent and start heading back to the city.

Campbell with a backpack ready for hiking and camping in the Atacama desertMountaineering and camping in the Atacama desert was a lot of enjoyable!

As for renting a automotive we didn’t do it in San Pedro, we checked round and for the two of us it labored out costlier per day than becoming a member of a tour. I assume for those who’re extra individuals or lease for a couple of days it could be value it.

Food in San Pedro

There are numerous eating places and cafes in the town, all costly. Breakfast options from CLP 2500/$Three,5, set lunch from  CLP 3500/$5, family pizza CLP 10 000/$15, massive sandwich CLP 2300/$Three,Three, espresso from CLP 1000/$1,5, and so on.

Cooking will save a lot of cash, attempt to find a lodge/hostel with a kitchen. There are not any supermarkets in San Pedro, solely small outlets the place you should purchase pretty much every part you need for cooking. Costs in outlets for the similar things are totally different don’t be lazy and shop around a bit to find the greatest. We bought most of the stuff in SYS minimarket at Calle (road) Caracoles.

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