San Pedro de Atacama travel guide

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You're Going to Love San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro De Atacama is a town in the north of Chile. It is one of Chile's most popular tourist destinations, with visitors attracted by the stunning landscapes in the area and the many archaeological sites.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit San Pedro de Atacama

1. Museo del Meteorito

This museum has a fascinating collection of meteorites and information on how to hunt them in the desert.

2. Los Flamencos National Reserve

The reserve is known as Chile's most diverse and is a haven for nature lovers.

3. Geysers del Tatio

Located 12,000 feet above sea level, here you'll find the third-largest geyser site on earth, with more than 80 active geysers.

4. Valle de la Luna

The "Moon Valley" is an otherworldly landscape of caves, craters, gorges, and salt mines.

5. Church of San Pedro De Atacama

This church is a national monument and a fine example of colonial architecture using adobe.

Where to Eat in San Pedro de Atacama

La Pica Del Indio on Tocopilla serves local dishes and is renowned as one of the best restaurants in town. La Estaka on Caracoles specializes in Latin dishes and is vegetarian friendly.

When to visit San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 65
1 night at 3-star hotel
San Pedro de Atacama in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 65
1 night at 3-star hotel

San Pedro De Atacama has a cold desert climate, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 47 to 62 degrees. It can get very cold at night during winter and visitors should be aware that mild altitude sickness is a possibility due to the town's 8,000ft elevation.

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How to Get to San Pedro de Atacama

Plane

There is no airport in San Pedro De Atacama. The nearest airport is El Loa Airport (CJC) at Calama, around 70 miles to the northwest. The airport has regular flights from Santiago and some services from other cities in Chile. A minibus transfer to San Pedro De Atacama will cost CLP$12,000.

Car

San Pedro De Atacama lies on the main road from Argentina, which crosses the Paso de Jama. The road is paved as is the road from Santiago, but inexperienced drivers should take care when driving at altitude.

Bus

San Pedro De Atacama has good bus services from cities across Chile and also connections from Jujuy and Salta in Argentina. The fare from Calama is CLP$2,500.

Airports near San Pedro de Atacama

Airlines serving San Pedro de Atacama

Iberia
Good (547 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (560 reviews)
Sky Airline
Okay (28 reviews)
JetSMART
Okay (10 reviews)

Where to stay in San Pedro de Atacama

Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa is a luxury hotel on Camino Sequitor. The Hotel Diego de Almagro offers a budget option in a good downtown location.

Popular neighbourhoods in San Pedro de Atacama

Centro - San Pedro De Atacama is a small and compact town, with the center comprising 12 small blocks. Caracoles is the main street and is pedestrianized. Here, you will find the town's main shopping areas, attractions like the Iglesia San Pedro De Atacama, and the Museo del Meteorito.

Calama - this is a larger town to the northwest, which has an interesting frontier feel and more shopping and accommodation.

Toconao - this is a small, quaint village with a pretty square, just south of San Pedro De Atacama.

Where to stay in popular areas of San Pedro de Atacama

Most booked hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

Terrantai Lodge
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 251+
Casa Lickana B&B
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 85+
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 347+
Altiplanico Atacama
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 157+
Noi Casa Atacama
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 331+
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How to Get Around San Pedro de Atacama

Public Transportation

San Pedro De Atacama has no public transport system but is small enough to comfortably explore on foot.

Taxi

Taxis in San Pedro De Atacama are rare but can be booked from your hotel. Expect to pay an initial fare of CLP$400 and then CLP$3,000 per mile, but you can also negotiate a fixed fare based on your destination.

Car

Roads in and around San Pedro De Atacama can be in poor condition. Driving into the mountains or the desert also requires care. Car rental is available from El Loa Airport from CLP$34,000.

The Cost of Living in San Pedro de Atacama

Shopping Streets

There is basic shopping on Caracoles and local crafts can be purchased in the museum shop.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in San Pedro De Atacama costs CLP$717 and a loaf of bread is CLP$867.