San Pedro de Atacama Travel Guide

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San Pedro de Atacama Highlights

  • Pro
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     Some fantastic natural wonders 

  • Con
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     there is not electricity after midnight 

  • In a nutshell
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     Don't miss it...but bring a (huge) bag o'money 

San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

  • El Tatio geysers

    After visiting the geysers there is nothing better to do than a re-invogorating soak in the thermal pools which are delightfully warm. So don't forget your bathing suit and a towel. Also be prepared for the fact that it will be cold and the frigid wind will be lashing at you so the stripping down part and getting out of the water part are not happy...

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  • Moon Valley

    An interesting area with stones and sand formations that per millenia the floods and the winds have given it a series of colors and texture to the desert, it presents an extraordinary attractive by its similarity with the moon surface and the natural coliseo of great dimensions. From a great dune is possible to appreciate the wonderful and...

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  • Death Valley

    I enjoyed this place so much I visited there 3 times: once for hiking, once on horseback and once for sandboarding. Most agencies will organize a hike of this place along with the tour for Valle de La Luna. Walking barefoot in this totally alien landscape on top of and down a sand-dune and admiring the spectacular volcanos in the background is an...

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San Pedro de Atacama Restaurants

  • Fancy San Pedro restaurants

    As said in the intro, everything –and, namely, restaurants- is very expensive and overpriced in San Pedro, so be prepared if you got used to the prices anywhere else in Chile.Caracoles is The street for trendy, expensive and posh restaurants (most of them try to give a “rustic” touch to their places by using mud brick building, ceiling beams and...

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  • Best food of San Pedro

    Terrific food, specially the salmon. And try teir pisco sour! It's the best in town! I really reccommend this place!Para os brasileiros:Comida deliciosa! Pedimos uma entrada de vieiras (ostiones) e o chef veio saber como queríamos. Pedimos que viesse uma entrada com sabor de Chile. E foi exatamente o que chegou à mesa. Estava delicioso. Ainda mais...

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  • Restaurants in San Pedro

    There is a great number of restaurants to choose from, and the food is simply excellent and caters to all tastes. We tended to go and eat at the higher-end restaurants because of their ambience and style. Here are a few of the restaurants I recommend: Blanco, Cafe Export, Casa Piedra, Adobe, La Casona, La Estaka and La Cave. La Cave has probably...

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San Pedro de Atacama Nightlife

  • What nightlife?

    You buy alcohol, bring it back to the hostel, and drink and be merry. No nightclubs. Keeps that Incan flavor. Ha, whatever. No suits please. It will get dirty. Casual works.

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  • Nightlife (without the 10 PM blackout)

    Lately, San Pedro has developed a sort of conventional nightlife that was nonexistent in previous years, due to the demand for this from some of the tourists than now arrive in town.Pubs on Caracoles street (mainly the one on the corner of Caracoles and Toconao) have live (and rather loud) music (so this is not the place to sit and have a...

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San Pedro de Atacama Transportation

  • By bus in Chile to and from San Pedro de...

    If you are looking for a cheaper way to get to San Pedro de Atacama than plane then bus is the other option. Distances are far but it is possible to take overnight buses.The most common route to take is between Calama (where the closest airport is) and San Pedro de Atacama which is 1 1/2 hours.I took a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena on...

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  • It's a long way to San Pedro,it's a long...

    Bus: From Santiago, the only direct buses are TUR BUS, which take about 24 hours to cover the 1667 overland kilometres (1035 miles); buses are either sleepers or semi-sleepers (both excellent and punctual) with onboard service (meals included, refreshments extra). Fares are around US$ 30 (double that in high season).Other bus lines, such as Pullman...

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  • Transportation info

    San Pedro lies very far away from Santiago - a bus trip would take a minimum of 20 hours. So the best way to get there from Santiago is by air to Calama and then take a bus or shuttle bus to San Pedro itself. The flight is around 2 hours long and LAN and Sky both offer flights.Quite a few buses operate from San Pedro or Calama to and from many...

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San Pedro de Atacama Shopping

  • Have you forgotten something?... This is...

    If you are traveling in San Pedro de Atacama and you forgot something, this is the store! ...You can find clothes, camping accessories, electronics, tours and everything you need to make your stay more pleasant. swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, sleeping bag, backpack, oxygen and much more. It is the cheapest shop for this product.

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  • Silver jewellery

    After visiting the plaza and the church nearby we passed a small group of shops including this jewellery store where I bought a silver ring. Silver Jewellery I bought a silver ring for 14000 pesos.

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  • General shopping

    San Pedro is not your average village and certainly not a place where a big LIDER supermarket would settle down, it's tourist orientated and so is the shopping. Besides your standard selection of minimarkets (small supermarkets) there are a few touristshops and a post office. That's it. Water is cheap, 5l is just as expensive as 1.6l bottles and...

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San Pedro de Atacama Local Customs

  • Calles / Streets

    San Pedro de Atacama es una ciudad muy llana donde no se ha permitido construir casas de más de uno o dos pisos y las calles están sin asfaltar por lo que conserva su aspecto ruralSan Pedro de Atacama is a flat city where it has not been allowed to build houses of more than one or two levels and the streets are without asphalt , so it keeps the...

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  • Crazy signs made in Chile ? Part II

    For those who can?t read the yellow sign there, this is the Peluqueria Reflejos 2, the barber shop Reflections 2. I never found Reflejos 1 and was afraid of getting a haircut that style that the barber could see his face reflecting on my bald head afterwards. Sorry, barber from Reflejos 2, I may as well do you terribly wrong and you are the Don...

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  • Crazy Signs made in Chile ? Part I

    In the middle of nowhere they put this funny sign saying ?When Chile grows we all grow?. If I was Bolivian this sign would scare me pretty much. But first of all I?m not very Bolivian and second the meaning is probably somewhat deeper than my imagination. Or what the heck could Chile grow in the middle of a rocky desert?

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San Pedro de Atacama Warnings and Dangers

  • El Tatio geysers

    Be careful when walking in between the many thermal sources and boiling water holes in El Tatio geothermal field: the ground crust is quite breakable and thin around most of the holes, since it is not always solid “ground”, but a series of rigid layers of carbonate that can break when stepped on; these are sometimes unnoticed, as they form...

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  • SAN PEDRO – Bugs (Vinchucas)

    Although almost eradicated, there is still some possibility of finding vinchucas (spread from Panama to central Chile, about 7 centimetres long, and slow moving when just fed), a bloodsucking, flying arthropod which is carrier of the Chagas disease (a serious organical degenerative illness); note that not all of them are carriers, but only those...

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  • Streets and roads

    There are only a couple good street in San Pedro and most of them are very narrow and surface is damaged. So be carefull when walking or maybe cyckling out there.

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San Pedro de Atacama Tourist Traps

  • Shopping

    Shop around and compare prices before making a final purchase, specifically pertaining to crafts and bicycle rentals. Don't spend yet! Skip a meal if you've been had.

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  • This place is a joke

    This little town is the jumping off point for tours going to Souther Bolivia, and buses going over the range to Argentina. As a result of this everything is overpriced and you will be rubbing elbows with lots of backpacker types. The tourists dollars have made the locals keen on making a few pesos off you while you stay in town. On the positive...

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  • San Pedro is bit of a tourist trap in...

    San Pedro de Atacama is very touristic, even though it's rustic exterior looks far from anything you have visited before, nearly every business in the town is aimed at backpackers. The isolation of the town also means you pay whatever price is on offer for food, alcohol and souveniers. There seems to be a tiny bit of resentment from the locals...

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San Pedro de Atacama What to Pack

  • You need a warm jacket..and a bathing...

    A warm jacket is necessary especially if you plan to visit the Tatio Geysers.Good walking boots because there is a lot of places you will have to reach on foot.A hat and sunscreen for the strong sun rays.A light sweater for the nights . It gets a little chilly....And of course a bathing suit for the great hot water baths !!!In the Photo my great...

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  • A little of everything

    Is necessary something comfortable not like a expensive bag or something because the town is really rustic and everything can get dirty. Different kind of clothes because during the day is hot and sunny so you will need a t-shirt and shorts or light pants, during the afternoon is necessary a sweater and during night you will need a lot of clothes...

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  • WARM clothes & bikinis for geysers visit

    The geysers are FREEZING at dawn (sub-zero) so be sure to pack all your winter gear (gloves and hat included) if you want to remain outdoors comfortably until the sun rises. I didn't bring a jacket and even though Cosmo Andino Expediciones (my kind tour agency) was loaned me one, I was still freezing away. Remember that because of the thin air at...

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San Pedro de Atacama Off The Beaten Path

  • El Tatio geysers

    If you ever wondered how Earth looked like in prehistoric times, before massive life forms appeared on the surface of the planet, here’s the answer: it was like El Tatio ("weeping old man" in Kunza tongue) geothermal field. This is a timeless landscape of geysers, fumaroles, mineral sources and strange geological shapes, all of them together in a...

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  • Caves

    We left daylight in this hole behind ? and were very lucky in meeting a couple of spanish geologists exploring the caves with professional equipment. They took us down into a long cave system which was getting as narrow as 40 cm, but also holding surprises like big halls and which spit us out at a different place of the area. Great! It was kind of...

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  • Moon Valley

    Beware ! There are a few South American countries with Valle de la luna's (Moon Valley) on their maps. I have to say that the Valle de la luna in Argentina near San Juan is the best. Everyone in San Pedro takes the bus out to the Chileno version at sunset. Expect to park along side 10 other buses. You then walk up the dunes to a cliff that looks...

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San Pedro de Atacama Sports & Outdoors

  • sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama

    Hi guys :i found a company at main square in San Pedro they offering four kinds of sandboarding toursMorning ,afternoon ,advanced (awesom sand dune) sandboarding with national park moon valley, the only company visiting the park( others go outside) and the only company offer sandboarding at night in san pedro de atacama maybe all over the world! ,...

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  • Horseriding

    Another thing to do here is to see the scenery on horseback. Like in western movies, horses and desert go well together. There are various agencies who will set you up with some horses and a guide. I will never forget my very first full-throttle fast gallop in the middle of Valle de la Muerte, or going down a huge sand-dune with the...

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  • Sandboarding

    Whether you have tried it or not you should go to Valle de la Muerte for some sandboarding. The scenery is amazing, and the experience is so much fun! You can either rent a sandboard & bike from San Pedro and cycle there, or else you can go with an instructor (which is a good idea for beginners). Whether you get the hang of it or not, you are...

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San Pedro de Atacama Favorites

  • Cactus Tours

    For the tours that I took while I was in San Pedro de Atacama I booked through a tour company in town called Cactus Tours.Cactus Tours website Address: Domingo Atienza 419 Telephone: (56-55) 851534

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  • A great English-speaking tour company

    Although you would find many tour companies in San Pedro, the quality of the tours differs. Not all speak good enough English to explain in detail the geography, history etc. I tried two tour companies and am recommending the better one - Cosmo Andino Expediciones (On Caracoles Street, just across from more famous but somewhat disappointing Desert...

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  • ATM, electricity and water availability

    I just came back from San Pedro 2 days ago and am pleased to update the VT community that there is now an mobile ATM-in-a-van that connects via satellite. (It is the first time I've ever seen something like this!) However, it only seems to accept Maestro and Cirrus cards, so be sure your cards have those. Electricity also runs all day now, although...

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