©Turismo Chile

©Turismo Chile
1. Desierto Florido
2-3. La Tirana
4. Laguna Cejar

The zone of Atacama is located in the north of Chile. This includes the political regions of Arica and Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Atacama: the first 2000 km in the north of the country. The biggest city in northern Chile is Iquique, where you’ll find the Diego Aracena International Airport. Santiago is 1840 km south or a 2 hour 25 minutes flight. 

The zone of Atacama is famous for housing the Atacama Desert, the driest in the whole world,  a 1,000 Km strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains.In Atacama you can go mountain climbing, enjoy hot springs, archaeology, trekking, valleys of vineyard, 4X4 adventures and more.The contrast between the desert and the fertile valley of Azapa, the oasis in Pica or the Lauca, Pan de Azúcar  and Pampa del Tamarugal National Parks, is what makes this zone so breathtakingly beautiful.

You can’t miss the trip from the desert coast up to the Altiplano in which you’ll find endless salt flats, geysers, deep green oasis, extensive beaches, volcanoes and the incredible Andes Mountains. Among the must-see destinations are the desert dunes, the town of La Tirana, host of the famous annual festival, and the beaches of Pan de Azúcar (for camping in this area click here).

You’ll find great beaches to practice surfing and para gliding, and observe marine wildlife such as the Humboldt Penguin, dolphins, walruses and other ocean creatures.

If you like history, you’ll enjoy the Mummies of Chinchorro (the oldest of the world), petroglyphs and geoglyphs, with the most famous being the Giant of Atacama.

If you’re looking for sustainable tourism accommodations in the area, check our options below!


Where to stay in Atacama?

1. El Huarango Eco-Camping