The driest desert in the world offers much more than sand dunes. With a thousand kilometers of coastline, 6000 meter volcanoes, 3,000 year old ruins, the highest geyser field in the world, hot springs, white adobe villages, and massive salt flats dotted with pink flamingoes, the great Atacama offers surprises for everyone.
San Pedro de Atacama is the undisputed focal point of tourism options in the Atacama Desert. Located one hour from the airport of Calama, San Pedro is a small village made of adobe located at the edge of a vast salt flat and surrounded by volcanoes. It has experienced a small boom in hotels and four and five star all inclusive options. It is also a place that one can visit more economically, assuring lodging beforehand and choosing day activities from some of the local operators.
For those looking for superb packages that include all transport, food, day excursions and lodging in interested hotels, our suggestions follow. Ideally, one should spend at least three nights in San Pedro. After all, it’s not everyday you happen to find yourself in the Atacama Desert!
A quaint and beautiful boutique-style hotel, the Hotel Awasi offers private comfort with only eight rooms and incomparable service.
Price for 4 days/3 nights all inclusive package is USD$ 2,250 pp.
A more economic option that still offers high-quality service, Hotel Alto Atacama is a wonderful place to enjoy the magical Atacama nights and enjoy group excursions.
Price for 4 day/3 night all inclusive package is from USD$ 1,800 pp.
An option for the more adventurous of spirits, this trip will leave you feeling like a true desert nomad. You’ll have lodging in San Pedro arranged and a desert worthy vehicle to explore the surrounding mountains, salt flats, ruins, geysers and parks.
Price: USD$ 995 pp.