San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Star Gazing and Desert Wandering

 

Unfortunately, I only had enough time to stay in Chile for two nights but this was nowhere near as long as I would have liked. Chile was on the way to Argentina.

After the most incredible experience spent in the salt flats in Bolivia, we took the 4x4s and drove across the desert on our way to San Pedro Atacama. The Atacama Desert is known as the driest desert in the world, covering a 1,000km strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains.

Lolu restaurant/bar is popular for its cocktail selection and massive empanadas!

Must-Dos
The Valley of the Moon
This 4-hour afternoon tour is a must do when in San Pedro, especially for sunset hour. It’s a photographers dream…as you walk through the desert and observe unique rock formations and mesmerizing cliffs. I went with Andres Travel and the tour should cost no more than 15,000 Chilean pesos.

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One other thing San Pedro Atacama is popular for is Star Gazing. Now I’m not a huge astronomy expert but star gazing in Chile was one of my favourite highlights on the trip. Depending on what time of the year you go, the skies are much clearer than what you would ever see in the UK. We had the chance to look at the planets and stars through some of the best quality telescopes.

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