San Pedro de Atacama Region

General Information

San Pedro de Atacama is a Chilean town in the Antofagasta Region, overlooking the Licancabur volcano, located east of Antofagasta and southeast of Calama and the Chuquicamata copper mine. San Pedro de Atacama is a gateway to one of the largest and most arid deserts of the world: the Atacama Desert.
San Pedro de Atacama developed over the centuries, around an oasis in the Puna de Atacama, an arid high plateau. Its first inhabitants were the Atacameños, who developed basketworks and ceramic pottery crafts that can be appreciated nowadays by tourists in the several souvenir shops as typical products of San Pedro de Atacama. The "Atacameños" became one of the largest pre-Columbian settlements in northern Chile.
The Inca Empire extended throughout America and arrived in San Pedro de Atacama displaying its political and religious beliefs in the period between 1450 and 1550 AD. During this century, the Inca Empire managed to control San Pedro de Atacama and the various communities living in the area. But it was not until the arrival of European settlers, from 1492 onwards, that the Inca power was replaced. Today these communities are making an attempt to regain their identity through the preservation of their past. Its towns and pukaras (fortresses) let visitors travel through the ruins to understand how life used to be long ago.

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Géiseres del Tatio

The El Tatio Geysers: A High-Altitude Spectacle. The craters of El Tatio (4,200 m) awake very early in the morning. If you are visiting S...

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Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama

The Iglesia San Pedro de Atacama (Church of San Pedro de Atacama) is a Catholic church in San Pedro de Atacama. Constructed during the Sp...

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Laguna Cejar y Tebinquinche

The color of the water of Laguna Cejar is deep emerald green and on its banks, you will see deposits of white salt crystals. Swimming is ...

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Laguna y Salar de Tara

Salar de Tara is located east of San Pedro de Atacama, going towards Bolivia, approximately 100 km of the Paso Internacional de Jama. On ...

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Lagunas Escondidas

Lagunas Escondidas or Hidden Lagoons are located in San Pedro de Atacama on the side of the Salar de Atacama. It is a magical and practic...

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Lagunas Miscanti y Miñiques o Lagunas Altiplánicas

The Lagunas Miscanti and Miñiques, also called Lagunas Altiplánicas, are located about   4,000 m above sea level. The landsca...

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Close to Rio Grande and Géiseres del Tatio, this small town of no more than 20 houses and a church, is located about 4,000 m above sea l...

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Monjes de la Pacana

The Monjes de la Pacana or “Pecan Monks” are the remains of large volcanic eruptions over millions of years ago, which once flowed in t...

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Piedras Rojas

This place is located at an altitude of 4000 msmn. ‘Piedras Rojas’ is named after the color of the surrounding rocks that got red color...

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Salar de Atacama y Laguna Chaxa

The Salar de Atacama (2,300 m) is the largest in Chile and its high salinity, let it appear with a white and rough surface, in various wa...

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Salar de Pujsa

Salar de Pujsa rises in the middle of mountainous reliefs, wavy planes, ravines, water sources, lagoons and mountain streams that is why ...

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At 3,500 m above sea level, Socaire is known as what once was a leading gold mining area. This village has about 380 inhabitants, who are...

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Toconao has a population of 600 inhabitants engaged in agriculture, stone cutting, making handicrafts and mining of salt in companies est...

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Valle de la Luna y Valle de Marte

Lunar Landscapes in the Atacama Desert. The strange rock formations and dunes of Valle de la Luna, the changing colors of Valle...

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Valle del Arcoíris

Valle del Arcoíris is located at 3.500 m in the vicinity of Santiago de Rio Grande or Rio Grande and very close to the Petroglyphs de Hi...

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Volcán Lascar

Located southeast of San Pedro de Atacama at a height of 5,600 m above sea level, this volcano is fully active. Its last activity occurre...

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Volcán Licancabur

Licancabur (5,916 m) is the main protector of the city of San Pedro de Atacama and considered one of the highest in the area. From the to...

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Volcán Sairecabur

With its 6,026 m altitude exceeding somewhat the Volcán Licancabur, this volcano is considered one of the classics for mountaineers beca...

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