San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

San Pedro de Atacama Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Dieter Titz

Chile's top tourist destination

San Pedro de Atacama is a town built in a small desert oasis in northern Chile
Adobe town with dusty streets where life moves at a slow pace
Stunning scenery around including lagoons, salt flats, geysers and the famous Valle de la Luna

San Pedro de Atacama itself is tiny. But the scenery around it may just be some of the greatest in the world. A small desert oasis in the Puna de Atacama plateau measuring no more than 3 kilometers end to end and home to less than 4,000 people, this is not an obvious tourist destination. But for domestic and international visitors to Chile alike it is a massive one.

A small adobe town with dusty streets, inside of town there is not much more to see than the general street scenery (where life for the locals seems to move at a deliciously slow pace), two museums and the Central Square with its white church. But outside, boy, outside... Where even to start? The local tourism agency recommends staying at least 4 days to see all sights.

In those 4 days you would at least get to see the El Tatio Geysers, the Atacama Salt Flats, Laguna Chaxa and Lagunas Altiplanicas, the otherworldly canyons and dunes of the Valle de la Luna which are great for hiking, and so on and so forth... And at night, don't forget to look up and gaze at the stars which shine brightly here. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • San Pedro de Atacama is a city in Chile's region of Antofagasta. It has a population of 3,899, is situated at an altitude of 8028ft and the best airport to fly into is CJC (El Loa, Calama)
  • The main spoken language here is Spanish, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP)

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San Pedro de Atacama Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

75 75 73 70 66 61 61 64 70 72 73 75

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.9 0.2 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.1 0 0.1

More San Pedro de Atacama travel resources

The Wikitravel for San Pedro is massive and very complete, we highly recommend checking it out. There is always the Lonely Planet, while places like Brendan's Adventures may offer you even more insight. We loved this blog at Globetrotter Girls.

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