Atacama In Chile

"Under a sky of infinite stars, the driest desert in the world rests waiting for that longed flowering."

Overview

This region in northern Chile owes its name to the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world.  It covers an approximate area of 105,000 km², being delimited by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east. It is also the heart of Chile’s mining industry, highlighting its massive copper and lithium deposits. Its pristine skies make it the world’s capital of astronomy. Its flora and fauna are conditioned by aridity, which is why cacti and Andean rodents and camelids abound. As for the human presence, it is at least 12 thousand years old and in pre-Hispanic times, it was part of the Inca Empire.

Climate & Temperature

Desert, with almost no precipitation and considerable fluctuations during the day and night in the plateaus (eg, in San Pedro, 13° C – 30° C in summer and 10° C – 25° C in winter). On the coasts, it is more stable (18° C – 22° C).

Cities

San Pedro de Atacama is its tourist and cultural centre. Other cities: Calama, Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta.

Airports & Connections

Calama Airport (CJC) with daily connections to Santiago (1,225 kms/2:05 hrs.).

Ground: Uyuni, La Paz (Bolivia), Tacna, Arequipa, Lima (Peru), Salta (Argentina).

Distances:

CJC – San Pedro: 100 km (1:30 hrs.).

San Pedro – Hito Cajón: 47 km (1:25 hrs.)

Places & Activities

Valley of the Moon, Salar de Atacama, Geysers del Tatio, Altiplanic Lagoons. Astronomy, unique desert landscapes, plateau aboriginal culture, hiking, mountain biking, etc.

Experiences

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