Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert
Moon Valley, Atacama
Flamingos on the Salt Flats, Atacama
El Tatio Geysers, Atacama

A true you-need-to-see-to-believe patch of earthly beauty, this remote desert blends 4x4 adventure around thermal springs, active volcanoes and moon-like valleys with some of the world’s most incredible luxe lodging. 


Atacama Desert

Like a Disneyland for nature-loving outdoorsy types, the surreal landscape of the Atacama Desert is best explored by 4x4 and offers jetting geysers, ice-white salt flats, azure lakes, thermal springs, Sahara-esque sand dunes, lunar rock formations and active volcanoes.

Imagine the deserts of Mad Max meets the forests of The Princess Bride meets the moonlike landscape of Falcore’s home in The Neverending Story and you’re starting to get an idea of what one day in this landscape of juxtapositions might look like.

Out here, even the most commonplace events – the rising and setting of the sun or the stars twinkling in the night sky – are streaked with a touch of brilliance. 

For the less active, the base town of San Pedro hosts a fascinating archeological museum with over 380,000 artefacts as well as a luxe-lovers assortment of accommodation, an abundance of pampering options and a range of gastronomic delights unexpected in the middle of the highest and driest desert in the world. 

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