You would think that the world’s driest desert lies somewhere in the Middle East or Africa. But in fact, the world’s driest desert is right here in Chile. The Atacama Desert didn’t received a single drop of rain, since record keeping began, until 2015 when it rained so much in 1 day that there was flood!
If you have a car or can rent one in Chile, I would highly recommend driving there; it’s always nice to do a road trip. But if you prefer to fly, the nearest city would be Calama. You can fly to Calama and then from there, you can easily take a bus or van to San Pedro de Atacama. The bus ride is about an hour and a half.
San Pedro de Atacama is more than just a desert; there are so many places to visit and things to do. The top destinations that you should definitely visit in the region are listed in the image below.
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To get the full experience and see as much as possible, I recommend booking a tour. The best application out there where you can see a list of all variety of tours in San Pedro de Atacama and book instantly is TheBesty. Check out the app, its free to download!
There are so many different tours out there. For instance, Atacama is one of the best places where you can gaze at a starry night sky; there is a low price tour that can take you at night to observe the starry sky with proper equipment. If you like trekking, there’s a tour that leads you up to the peak of Lascar Volcano, one of Chile’s most attractive active volcano! I also wrote an article titled “Climbing Lascar Volcano, one of Chile’s active volcanos”. You should check it out!
There are also tours that take you to see the impressive steam vents of the Geysers del Tatio. On the tour, you can also visit and swim at some of the most famous hot springs in the region. This article would never end if I continue to describe the tours that exist in this region. So I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!
Drive or hop on a plane to San Pedro de Atacama, book a tour through TheBesty and begin your adventure! People visit the region all year round but the best months to go are usually in October and November. These are especially good times for clear skies!
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