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Calama

A hub of northern Chile's copper mining industry, Calama acts as a gateway for exploration of the geological and archaeological sites in the Atacama desert region. One of the driest cities in the world, Calama boasts a gritty charm and features few purpose-built attractions designed to appeal to visitors. In a real desert town, Calama vacations allow visitors to observe how a functioning mining town off that well-beaten tourist path functions on a daily basis. Use our Chile online tour planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Calama.
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Choose from relaxed, simple hotels in the town center, often located right next to the odd luxury option complete with a private pool, onsite restaurant, and bar. Backpacker-friendly hostels provide comfortable lodgings to throw down your bag, refill your water bottle, and head out to explore the city. The edge of town offers a scattering of hotels, allowing you to get the sense of the expansive desert that surrounds Calama.
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