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In the dry, barren and isolated Atacama Desert the weather has created a landscape like no other. A unique environment in which to watch the sun rise over the Valley of the Moon, the Valle de la Luna. 
The Atacama is perched at an altitude of 2,400m between the Pacific Coast and the towering Andean mountains. The dusty village of San Pedro de Atacama is the usual base for exploring this lunar landscape.

Out and About in the Atacama Desert

As the sun rises over the raggedy landscape of the Valle de la Luna it illuminates the shadows and complexities of the rock formations, and stark contrasts with the flat plains in all directions.

The Atacama salt flats are also a point of interest with the three different types of flamingos which reside there, and also various archaeological attractions and geyser fields dotted around. 
A trip into the Salar de Uyuni salt flats is well worthwhile; the vast, crunchy salt plains play tricks with your sense of perspective and provide some fun photographic opportunities!
Being so remote there is minimal light pollution and the evening’s stars are truly tremendous. You can head out with a local astronomer or enjoy the luminous star show from your doorstep.
There are also some excellent geysers that add to the overall diversity of this varied and unique land.

Our opinion

A remote, eerie and peaceful location where the hotels are simpler, but the variety and harshness of the landscapes are great.

Top tips

Wrap up warm after sunset and take a little walk to enjoy the stars.


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