San Pedro de Atacama
Set in an oasis inside the San Pedro de Atacama desert at 2440 m.a.s.l. and 1.670 kilometers away from Santiago de Chile, San Pedro de Atacama town is a very crowded village. It is full of tourists due its proximity to the Hito Cajones/Abaroa border crossing, gateway to the biggest salt flat in the world: the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia. San Pedro de Atacama town is also close to the Paso Jama border crossing with Argentina.
The town of San Pedro the Atacama is small, with no buildings over two floors, no paved roads and offers varied tourist services. The town is surrounded by mountains and feature an eternal blue sky.
From San Pedro de Atacama it is possible to hire services to take you to unique places to see pink flamingos in the salt flat basin, experience geysers in the geothermal fields and enjoy the spectacle that the unique Bolivian highlands have to offer.
San Pedro de Atacama Tourist Atractions
4 to 5 days are required to really get to know the main tourist attractions in and around San Pedro de Atacama, due to the long distances between each point of interest. The most visited tourist attractions of the area are:
- San Pedro de Atacama town
- Moon Valley
- Toconao and Atacama Salt Flat
- Del Tatio Gayser
- Puritama Hotsprings
- Pukara de Quitor
- Dead Valley
- High Plateau Lagoons
- Tulor Ruins
- Sand dunes
San Pedro de Atacama Festivals
In San Pedro de Atacama the main festivals take place in June. The festivals include typical dances, masses in the street, pilgrimages and a little parade along the main street of San Pedro de Atacama.
June 28: Saint Peter and Saint Paul, anniversary of the patron saint of San Pedro de Atacama.