san pedro

de Atacama. Located in Northern Chile, close to the Argentine and Bolivian borders, east of the Pacific coast and west of the Andes Mountains. Known as one of the driest places on Earth, and sitting at 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) above sea level in Chile’s Antofagasta region, this destination is unlike any other with its extreme landscapes, ecosystems, and incredible sights. It’s one of the top destinations in Chile and the closest you’ll get to planet Mars.. for now at least!

WHERE WE STAYED

tierra atacama

This boutique hotel is such a VIBE! And the location couldn’t have been in a better spot right on the main street in town. Each room is a private bungalow with the most stylish interiors and the pool is not to be missed.

Looking for luxury in the desert? Then this all inclusive hotel is for you… this is where luxury meets adventure in San Pedro and it’s at the top of my list.  

other recommendations

hotels

hotel desertica

hotel alto atacama

awasi atacama

hotel cumbres san pedro

We stayed here for our first trip to Atacama and had the best time. Just a short walk off the main road with very spacious rooms, your own private little balcony, and an excellent staff. 

Noi casa atacama

explora

WHERE WE ate

la estaka

Our favorite restaurant in town! Grab a table by the fire pit outside and enjoy the live music… we went for all the steak and red wine but they have an amazing menu for everyone if red meat isn’t your thing. Portions are large, food is great, and atmosphere is relaxed, cozy, and fun! 

More of an upscale feel, especially for this desert town, with an international cuisine and beautifully presented dishes. We sat in the front dining room both times and love its intimate feel with the adobe walls, decorated with murals and textile works, and a fireplace in the corner. 

heladeria babalu - Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!!!! And it’s GOOD.

la casona

ckunna moomba

restaurants

adobe

other recommendations

chelacabur

If you’re looking for your local pub or sports bar.… this is it! Like literally the only bar in San Pedro. They have a great selection of beers, sports on every tv, and loud music… beat the crowd if you want a table!

roots bar

Reservations at most restaurants in San Pedro are not needed unless a you’re visiting during a holiday but it is worth checking in advance to make sure you don’t miss out. As with other restaurants throughout Chile, a 10% tip is typical and recommended.

WHERE WE ATE

adobe

Our favorite restaurant in town! Grab a table by the fire pit outside and enjoy the live music… we went for all the steak and red wine but they have an amazing menu for everyone if red meat isn’t your thing. Portions are large, food is great, and atmosphere is relaxed, cozy, and fun! 

More of an upscale feel, especially for this desert town, with an international cuisine and beautifully presented dishes. We sat in the front dining room both times and love its intimate feel with the adobe walls, decorated with murals and textile works, and a fireplace in the corner. 

HELADERIA BABALU - ICE CREAM, ICE CREAM, ICE CREAM!!!! AND IT’S GOOD.

la casona

ckunna moomba

other recommendations

restaurants

la estaka

roots bar

If you’re looking for your local pub or sports bar.… this is it! Like literally the only bar in San Pedro. They have a great selection of beers, sports on every tv, and loud music… beat the crowd if you want a table!

CHELACABUR

HOW TO GET THERE

If traveling from outside of Chile, connect through Santiago before you fly into the mining city of Calama. From there, take a short one hour drive along the desert highway to the town of San Pedro de Atacama, your home base for your desert experience. 

Depending on where you book lodging, transportation to and from the airport may be included with your reservation. If not, reserve transportation in advance through TransVIP.

When you arrive to the town of San Pedro, you’ll quickly realize just how small and remote it is. There’s one main drag lined with tour operators, shops, restaurants, hostels and hotels and a few side streets. Welcome to desert!


travel

WINE TOURS, OF COURSE!

If your accommodation offers an all inclusive experience, then no need to worry or plan your itinerary in advance (check out our top hotel picks for some of the best all inclusive options)… these luxurious stays have packages including accommodation, transportation, meals, beverages, and excursions. Planning out your activities with either full day or half day experiences will be one of the first things you do upon check in! 

If you don’t book an all inclusive stay, check out CosmoAndino Expeditions as your tour operator. We’ve used them twice personally and once for family who came to visit and have always had a a great experience! You can read our exact itinerary here but below are your must see’s and do’s… 

excursions

VALLE DE LA LUNA 
VALLE DE LA MUERTE  
LAGUNA MINIQUES  
SALAR DE AGUAS CALIENTES 
LOS FLAMENCOS NATIONAL RESERVE
EL TATIO GEYSERS FIELD 
BOLIVIA’S UYUNI SALT FLATS 
SANDBOARDING
STARGAZING

how to get there

If traveling from outside of Chile, connect through Santiago before you fly into the mining city of Calama. From there, take a short one hour drive along the desert highway to the town of San Pedro de Atacama, your home base for your desert experience. 

Depending on where you book lodging, transportation to and from the airport may be included with your reservation. If not, reserve transportation in advance through TransVIP.

When you arrive to the town of San Pedro, you’ll quickly realize just how small and remote it is. There’s one main drag lined with tour operators, shops, restaurants, hostels and hotels and a few side streets. Welcome to desert!

travel

what to do...

excursions

If your accommodation offers an all inclusive experience, then no need to worry or plan your itinerary in advance (check out our top hotel picks for some of the best all inclusive options)… these luxurious stays have packages including accommodation, transportation, meals, beverages, and excursions. Planning out your activities with either full day or half day experiences will be one of the first things you do upon check in! 

If you don’t book an all inclusive stay, check out CosmoAndino Expeditions as your tour operator. We’ve used them twice personally and once for family who came to visit and have always had a a great experience! You can read our exact itinerary here but below are your must see’s and do’s… 

Valle de La Luna 

Valle de la Muerte  

Laguna Miniques  

Salar de Aguas Calientes 

Los Flamencos National Reserve

El Tatio Geysers Field 

Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats 

Sandboarding

Stargazing

weather + when to go

San Pedro de Atacama has a very mild and dry climate making it perfect as a year round destination. Expect warm sunny days and brisk cool nights. 

April to September - winter average daytime temperature ranges from 9C/48F to 24C/75F 

October to March - warmer and the most crowded due to summer vacations in Chile with day time temperatures around 27C/81F and evening temperatures around 16C/61F 

One thing to keep in mind is that you can experience a big change in temperatures throughout the day depending on if you’re in town or on an excursion due to winds or a change in elevation. The town is at 2,443 meters/8,105 feet above sea level and most of the excursions are at much higher elevations so dressing in layers is highly recommended. 

info

important details

Currency: Chilean Pesos 

Tips: bring cash, you’ll receive a PDI tourist card at the airport upon arrival into the country, don’t lose it, you’ll need it for check in at your hotel and will avoid paying a local tax.  

Holidays: check the Chilean holiday schedule as tours and excursions may not be available on a public holiday. Our first trip to San Pedro de Atacama was over September 18th, Chile’s Independence Day, and September 19th, Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army and it was such a great experience celebrating and taking in the Chilean culture!    

More resources here, here, and here!

weather + when to go

San Pedro de Atacama has a very mild and dry climate making it perfect as a year round destination. Expect warm sunny days and brisk cool nights. 

April to September - winter average daytime temperature ranges from 9C/48F to 24C/75F 

October to March - warmer and the most crowded due to summer vacations in Chile with day time temperatures around 27C/81F and evening temperatures around 16C/61F 

One thing to keep in mind is that you can experience a big change in temperatures throughout the day depending on if you’re in town or on an excursion due to winds or a change in elevation. The town is at 2,443 meters/8,105 feet above sea level and most of the excursions are at much higher elevations so dressing in layers is highly recommended. 

info

important details

Currency: Chilean Pesos 

Tips: bring cash, you’ll receive a PDI tourist card at the airport upon arrival into the country, don’t lose it, you’ll need it for check in at your hotel and will avoid paying a local tax.  

Holidays: check the Chilean holiday schedule as tours and excursions may not be available on a public holiday. Our first trip to San Pedro de Atacama was over September 18th, Chile’s Independence Day, and September 19th, Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army and it was such a great experience celebrating and taking in the Chilean culture!    

More resources here, here, and here!

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