ADD TO LISTSan Pedro de Atacama attracts its fair share of travelers, most of whom go to visit the Valle de la Luna (one of the more unusual sights in Chile) and enjoy San Pedro de Atacama's trekking and hiking. Take some time to explore this San Pedro de Atacama travel guide to learn more about what there is to see and do, as San Pedro de Atacama can be worth a visit.
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San Pedro is the point for setting off into the Atacama desert. The village itself is dusty, full of backpackers drinking pisco sour and full of people trying to get you to join their tour. However: rent a bike and cycle into the wonderful dry and deserted world of Atacama and all is soon fogotten. What a magical place! Leave early, take plenty of water and suncream and go back at the end of the day to watch the landscape become all Mars-like sitting on a hill. Also: do book a tour from San Pedro to go see El Tatio geisers early in the morning. Very toursity, but when was the last time you swam in a hot pool at 4500 meters, or boiled an egg in the open air without a heater in sight?!
San Pedro is located 1.670 kms north from Santiago de Chile. To get there first you have to reach Calama.
San Pedro de Atacama is a small village located in one of the many oases which are founded in the altiplano of the second region of Chile.
The climate is desert-like in altitude and with a marked thermic oscillation .
Winter temperature: 22ºC by day and 4ºC by night (blue sky all the year)
Summer temperature: 27ºC by day and 16ºC by night (occasional rains)
No matter the season, it is recommended to take shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit, sunblock and warm clothing for the night.
As a necessary middle-of-the-desert hamlet, San Pedro de Atacama is not that bad. Besides being a great starting point for seeing what's around--among others, the Atacama desert, the salty lagoons like Salar de Atacama, the gazillion mountains, the volcanos, and the hot and often sulphorous springs--San Pedro features nice shops (credit cards accepted), reasonable restaurants, and an incredibly diverse population (tourists included). Bring good shoes, warm clothes for the night, and an appetite for adventure.
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