One of our best trips ever was a three week trip four years ago to Chile and Argentina. We left just after Christmas and our first stop after Santiago, Chile was four nights in the Atacama Desert located in northern Chile. We stayed at Tierra Atacama – a luxurious resort which only added to our appreciation of the area.
The desert here is beautiful in a desolate kind of way. There is plenty to do – including lots of hiking and nature tours, bird watching and visits to the town of San Pedro. In hindsight I wish we’d had a week.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Atacama Desert here are a few interesting facts:
The Atacama Desert is the driest place in the world. The average rainfall is 15 mm per year. Reportedly some weather stations in the Atacama Desert have never seen rain.
The desert sits on a 1000 kilometer strip of land east of the Pacific Coast and west of the Andes.
The landscape of the Valley of the Moon is reportedly just like that of the moon.
Other posts from this part of the world you might find interesting or helpful:
- Trepidation,fear, awe & wonder – Climbing Volcano Toco in Chile
- A Desert Hike with a Puritama Hot Springs Finish – in Chile’s Atacama Desert
- Three Perfect Days at the Tierra Atacama Hotel in the Atacama Desert
Have you ever been to the Atacama Desert? Does a trip there interest you?