Travel guide to Atacama desert

The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world, it is also the eyes of the planet with 40% of the main telescopes. Check out this guide to visit the desert that with its extreme geological formations will make you feel teleported to Mars.

How to get to Atacama desert?

The Atacama Desert is located in northern Chile and covers several regions of this country. The best way to access the desert and its main points is to be based in the town of San Pedro de Atacama. This town located in the region of Antofagasta.

If you go from Santiago, the capital of Chile, you can arrive by three routes:

Getting by plane to Calama it last approximately 2 hours. In Calama you have to take a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, it last 1 hour.

Getting by direct bus from Santiago it last approximately 1 day.

Getting by car from Santiago it last a couple of days taking few stops. You can rent a vehicle with us, know our office and our fleet in Santiago. You must rent a 4 x 4 car to visit Atacama

When to visit Atacama desert?

Access to the desert and its services is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit it is December because the best temperatures, but this means more visitors around. From July to September is the low season due to winter and low temperatures in the desert, but you can also visit it.

Where to stay?

As we’ve told you, most visitors take the small town of San Pedro de Atacama as base to visit the main spots around. In this small town you can find from 5 star hotels to simple hostels.

How to visit the Atacama desert?

With its salt flats, hot springs, geysers and beautiful landscapes, the Desert is one of the most striking destinations on the planet that offers you endless activities.

Many of the spots are natural reserves or national parks, others are privately owned but with paid access. You can rent a vehicle and visit all the desert destinations with freedom and flexibility. Remember we have an office in Santiago.

What spots visit?

After the immensity of rusty sandstone that will receive you on the first day, there is an entire extreme planet of active volcanoes, high plateau lakes, caves and deserts of limpid salt, monumental sand dunes and a myriad of geological shapes and surfaces that more closely resemble the scenography of a science fiction movie on Mars.

  • Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).
  • Piedras Rojas.
  • Go Stargazing.
  • Float In Laguna Baltinache.
  • El Tatio Geysers.
  • Visit Salar de Tara.
  • Chacabuco Nitrate Village.
  • Find The Flamingos At Laguna Chaxa.
  • Salar of Atacama.
  • Laguna Cejar.
  • Laguna Tebinquinche.
  • Terms of Puritama.

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(Infographic) 5 road trips you should take at least once

Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything and take a trip around the world? Well, maybe you won’t leave everything but at least you can taste a little of adventure taking a road trip for several days or weeks. We’ve prepared a list of 5 road trips, some you can make them in 2 days, other in a week or less. Remember: you can count on our cars to start your carventure!

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8 of the most instagrammable spots in Santiago

Take your Instagram aesthetic to the next level while traveling around Santiago.

  1. La Moneda or Coin Palace


  1. Costanera Center

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Un mismo edificio desde distintos ángulos y bajo una misma mirada. 🔹 El edificio central de Costanera Center, la Gran Torre Santiago, cuenta con un área total de 128 000 m², tiene una altura de 300 metros incluida la espiral (300 m hasta el último de sus 62 pisos) y está equipado con 24 ascensores de alta velocidad que pueden alcanzar un máximo de 6,6 metros por segundo. 🔹 Con estas características, la Gran Torre Santiago se convierte en el rascacielos más alto de Latinoamérica. 🔹 🔽 📷 Excelentes imágenes por @photosrame ✨ 👏. 🔹 ✔️ FREE WALKING TOUR: Museo a cielo abierto San Miguel. 🔹 -Sábado 1 de Diciembre / 11 hrs. -Domingo 2 Diciembre / 13 hrs. 🔹 ↘️ Punto encuentro Metro Departamental, Línea 2 – Boletería. 🔹 ⬇️ 👉 Conoce la historia del museo. 👉 Visita 40 murales en 6000m2 de arte público. 👉 Sal de tu casa y rompe la rutina. 👉 Distráete haciendo algo distinto y entretenido. 👉 Vuelve a visitar el museo de una forma diferente. 🔹 ↘️ Inscripciones: 🔽 🔹 ✔️ ✔️ 🔹 ⬇️ *Cupos limitados. . *English and French speaking support during the tour . Y tú ya lo conoces?. 🔹 🔹 🔼 🔹 🔹 ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ #travelphotography #citylife #travel #landscapestyles_gf #travelling #landscapelover #landscape_lovers #venezolanosenchile #photographysouls #landscapehunter #streetphotography #photography #travelingram #traveler #city #traveller #landscapes #landscape #travelgram #santiagocityscape #traveling #newyorkcity #landscape_captures #landscapelovers #landscapephotography #cityscape #travelblog #travelblogger #photographylovers

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  1. Cerro San Cristobal


  1. Cerro Santa Lucia

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  1. Barrio Lastarria


  1. La Chascona, Pablo Neruda’s Museum


  1. Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral


  1. Barrio Bellas Artes



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