After Antarctica, the Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth. It stretches over 40,000 square miles from southern Peru into Chile and extends for almost a third of the length of the country. It includes some of the most spectacular desert landscape and geological phenomena in Latin America.
The desert is among the top three tourist destinations in Chile, with most visitors choosing San Pedro de Atacama to the north as their Atacama holiday base. The town is reached overland from the airport at Calama, 60 miles away. There is a superb choice of guided tours from the town to suit everyone’s taste and timescale. These include world-class astrology projects, based here because of the extraordinarily clear, dry atmosphere. There is even special accommodation for visiting astrology enthusiasts.
For advice on tailor-made Atacama holidays, ring our friendly South America team on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning a trip.
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