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Atacama Desert

Explore a fascinating living desert

The Atacama Desert has often been compared to the surface of Mars, and indeed if you’ve watched the likes of Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets, it will seem strangely familiar as the desert has often been used for film shoots. NASA tests much of its exploration equipment here, and the Atacama is generally of great interest to scientists questioning how life can survive in places with so little water.

From your comfortable lodge in the quaint desert town of San Pedro an expert guide will take you to the ‘’Valley of the Moon’’, to soda lakes on top of the world and to the El Tatio Geysers where towering eruptions of steam occur each morning. Civilisations have tenaciously survived here for millenia as petroglyphs and perfectly preserved mummies testify. Flora and fauna have also found ways to thrive.
 
Andean flamingo flock to feed on algae in the salt lakes, hummingbird and sparrow eat the insects and seeds, and there are colonies of Humboldt penguin along the coast.
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Accommodation:
Awasi Atacama
Located in the ancient settlement of San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama offers you an utterly exclusive experience. With just 10 beautiful suites, each with its own private guide and 4x4, you are free to explore the surrounding desert at your own pace and to indulge your interests.
Accommodation:
Tierra Atacama
Tierra Atacama is a family-owned boutique hotel and spa on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama. The desert which surrounds you calls for outdoor adventures, but you’ll be more than glad to come home to Tierra Atacama at the end of the day.