It is said that it is the driest place on earth… The Atacama Desert justly evokes an absolute dryness, an un-shakable blue sky and a scorching heat. Sheltered from the ocean breeze by the Cordillera de Domeyko to the West, while on its Eastern side, the Cordillera of the Altiplano isolates it from the snowmelt from the Andean glaciers; this region virtually receives no precipitation. Have you ever met people who have only seen rain on TV? There is, nonetheless, a particularly charming village in the middle of this desert.
San Pedro de Atacama is located in a true oasis, at 2450 meters above sea level, making it a pleasant departing point towards the South of Bolivia and its fabulous laguna and salars. To finish an expedition there is also a treat.
You will soon forget about the harshness of the altiplano. From San Pedro de Atacama, there is also a road that traverses the Andes all the way to Salta and the Argentine North, multiplying the travel options! San Pedro de Atacama, inhabited since over 10 000 years ago, has a nice museum exhibiting numerous archaeological remains. The surroundings are also worth the detour: laguna Meñiques and Miscanti, salar de Atacama, valley of the moon and Tatio geyser…