Northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery. Only a short drive away from the country’s largest salt flat, spotted pink with flamingos and its edges crinkled by volcanoes. It is located east of Antofagasta, overlooking the Licancabur volcano. Native ruins nearby now attract increasing numbers of tourists interested in learning about pre-Columbian cultures. Tourists also visit for other popular activities including sand boarding and stargazing, with the views of the stars from the Atacama unrivalled across the continent.
San Pedro de Atacama grew, over 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 now be appreciated by tourists in the several souvenir shops as typical products of San Pedro de Atacama.
San Pedro de Atacama has a high altitude desert climate, characterized by abrupt changes in the temperature, strong winds, great solar radiation, scarce rainfall, and great thermal fluctuations between the day and the night. San Pedro de Atacama is said to be the driest place on earth.