Love deserts, adventure, and cafés? Get away to San Pedro de Atacama!

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town in the center of one of the world’s most spectacular geological landscapes. In the arid Atacama Desert, where rain has not touched much of the terrain for centuries, find all sorts of otherworldly features, from gurgling geysers and hot springs to moon-like valleys and salty lagoons full of flamingos.

Make the town a stopping point on the way to the National Flamingo Reserve. Here, find the remarkable Chaxa Lagoon and take photographs of flamingos and other colorful birds around the salty water.

Take a short trip to a terrain that looks like the harsh environment of space at the Valle de la Luna. Hike through its eerie lands full of natural statues, caves and white dry lakes. For a more colorful walk with fewer crowds, head to the Arco Iris Valley, which takes its name from the Spanish for “rainbow.”

Perhaps the most memorable experience is at sunrise in El Tatio Geyser Field, where jets of steam rise from volcanic openings in the crust. Enjoy a hot bath in a spring with a dreamlike backdrop of volcanoes forming a ring around the field.

Learn about humankind’s presence in the region at the elegant San Pedro Church and the Petroglifos de Hierbas Buenas. See the artistic imprints from Atacameño people.

The climate varies with the elevation of the attractions around the town, although the weather is always extremely dry. Prepare for mild altitude sickness, as the town rests at 7,900 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level.

This area is in northeastern Chile near the borders with Bolivia and Argentina. Fly to the small airport of Calama from Santiago, Antofagasta or Iquique. The airport is about 1 hour west of the town by bus. Many buses also travel here from cities across Argentina and Chile.

Viewing the sights of San Pedro de Atacama is like seeing the world through a kaleidoscope.

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Tours, Deserts and Scenery

Top Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas
3 out of 5
Calle Tocopilla Sitio 18, San Pedro de Atacama
$164
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.4/5Excellent! (117 reviews)

"Very Nice staffs,good location, clean, stylish hotel,"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas
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Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
4 out of 5
Avenida Las Chilcas S/N, Lote 10 Parcela 2, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta
$229
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.4/5Excellent! (274 reviews)
A truly wonderful place to stay

"Staying here was one of our most blessed and favourite experiences, everything was utterly wonderful, the service, the good and the most incredible location, quiet and away for the hustle and bustle of San Pedro but so easy to get into the centre of town if we wanted, the spa was an added bonus, ..."…"

Reviewed on May 5, 2019

Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
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Noi Casa Atacama
4.5 out of 5
Tocopilla E-8, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta
$248
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.3/5Excellent! (136 reviews)

"Walking distance to main street with restaurants and shops, great breakfast and amazing staff!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Noi Casa Atacama

Popular things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Cejar Lagoon
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Cejar Lagoon

Float effortlessly in the salt water of this extraordinary lagoon situated in the heart of Atacama’s salt plains.

El Tatio Geyser Field
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El Tatio Geyser Field

Watch steamy geysers erupting and bathe in natural hot springs at one of San Pedro de Atacama’s principal attractions.

Valley of the Moon
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Valley of the Moon

Treat your eyes to the variety of colors in a deserted valley that looks like a scene from a science fiction movie.

Top activities in San Pedro de Atacama

Altiplanic Lagoons, Atacama Salt Flat & Red Stones Full-Day
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Altiplanic Lagoons, Atacama Salt Flat & Red Stones Full-Day

$99

Your day trip from San Pedro de Atacama begins with hotel pickup from the Hotels on the pick up list (Hotels list with pick up included: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor).

Full-Day Excursion to the El Tatio Geysers
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Full-Day Excursion to the El Tatio Geysers

$47

Discover one of the highest-elevation geyser fields in the world. Watch in awe as more than 100 geysers huff and puff around you, shooting streams of water and gas into the frigid air on this trip to the third-largest geyser field in the world.

Atacama Salt Flat & Toconao Half-Day Tour
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Atacama Salt Flat & Toconao Half-Day Tour

$47

Visit the Atacama Salt Flat and neighboring village of Toconao on this 4-hour tour from San Pedro de Atacama with a local guide. At 1,200 square miles (3,000 sq km), the salt flat is one of the largest in the world; you’ll see a piece of it at the Soncor section, which is home to the famous flamingos of Chaxa Lagoon, part of Los Flamencos National Reserve.

El Tatio Geyser and Machuca Tour
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El Tatio Geyser and Machuca Tour

$54

Following pick-up from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, depart towards the high plains of the Altiplano and explore the most important geothermal fields in the world at the amazing geyser fields of El Tatio.

Rainbow Valley & Hierbas Buenas Half-Day Tour
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Rainbow Valley & Hierbas Buenas Half-Day Tour

$58

Your day trip from San Pedro de Atacama begins with hotel pickup from the Hotels on the pick up list (Hotels list with pick up included: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor).

Uyuni Salt Flats Tour - Start and End in San Pedro (4 Days)
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Uyuni Salt Flats Tour - Start and End in San Pedro (4 Days)

$335

Experience the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats and some of the area’s other attractions, like high altitude lagoons, flamingos, and hot springs. This 4 day, 3 night package includes everything you’ll need to enjoy your trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the Bolivian desert.

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