San Pedro de Atacama is a small town near the Andean mountain range in the north of Chile and its geographical location is precisely what makes it so special: being the driest desert in the world and located in the middle of multiple natural landscapes that give it a unique stamp. The different walks you will be able to do vary from rivers and lagoons to volcanoes and giant dunes, here are some of our suggestions.
For those who like to enjoy the early day there are natural scenes that can only be witnessed at dawn, such as a sunrise in the Tatio Geysers: more than four thousand meters above sea level the geothermal soil reacts with the temperature change of dawn, generating vapor fumaroles that create a stunning and unique landscape. For those who travel without a car there are many tours options for this destination.
For those who wish to enjoy the morning, the local agencies offer visits to the Lagunas Altiplanicas with specialized guides. Troughout the tour who will pass by several local villages like Toconao or Socaire, two historical villages relating about how the grazing and the agriculture allowed the survival of the inhabitants of this desert for hundreds of year. Last but not least, the tour will end at the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, a real picture postcard. For those who have more time, the agencies also offer a full day tour that in addition to these destinations includes finishing the day at the Mirador de Piedras Rojas to contemplate the unique geological formations of this area.