Atacama Desert, Antofagasta

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Atacama Desert surprises and amazes with its landscape of giant dunes, imposing rock formations, spurting geysers, and huge salt pools mirroring the Andes. One of the driest places on the planet, the desert stretches along the Pacific coast against the backdrop of jagged mountain ridges and volcano-topped horizons. From San Pedro de Atacama you can take field trips to all the desert's attractions. Sandboard down the dunes in Death Valley, walk over the lunar landscape of Valley of the Moon, or float in a natural pool of salt water while admiring the views of Chile's largest salt flat. Cloudless nights and a lack of light pollution make the desert a perfect place to gaze at the stars. Make sure to hydrate and moisturize enough. Make Atacama Desert a centerpiece of your Antofagasta vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Antofagasta day trip planner.
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  • Overall great. This dessert was a tad bit dry for my palate, personally. Would be excellent with a nice red Chilean wine. Would recommend to friends, but maybe needed a sauce or some berries. 
    Overall great. This dessert was a tad bit dry for my palate, personally. Would be excellent with a nice red Chilean wine. Would recommend to friends, but maybe needed a sauce or some berries.  more »
  • Such a wonderful dessert. Should be paired with a lovely Chilean wine. A bit of a dry dessert for my taste but otherwise good. 
    Such a wonderful dessert. Should be paired with a lovely Chilean wine. A bit of a dry dessert for my taste but otherwise good.  more »
  • One of the best place on earth. An impressive Salar with volcanoes, open spaces, lakes, wild animals 
    One of the best place on earth. An impressive Salar with volcanoes, open spaces, lakes, wild animals  more »
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  • The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a desert plateau in South America covering a 1,600 km (990 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes Mountains. The Atacama Desert is the driest nonpolar desert in the world,[A] as well as the only true desert to receive less precipitation than the polar deserts and the largest fog desert in the world. Both regions have been used as experimentation sites on Earth for Mars expedition simulations. According to estimates, the Atacama Desert occupies 105,000 km2 (41,000 sq mi),[6] or 128,000 km2 (49,000 sq mi) if the barren lower slopes of the Andes are included.[7] Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava that flows towards the Andes.
  • Vast desert with great variety of terrain, nice landscapes, one can find small villages at up to 4,000 meters above sea level where timeless traditions linger in extreme and wonderfully photogenic settings. It is worth to stay in San Pedro de Atacama for few days in northern part of Atacama Desert and explore the area.
  • Atacama Dessert has a lot to offer! Landscapes that really blow your mind away! There's also a lot of animal life. From volcanoes to salars you'll see it all.
  • About a week is a good time to spend here. Daily trips vary a great deal in expertise and price. Choose carefully. The skies are great for star gazing. be sure to do a trip doing this.
  • Nothing less than spectacular!! This was not on my bucket list but it really should have been. Stayed fro three days which was about the right amount of time. The local guides were incredible and the food at the hotel fabulous

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