Despite being known for its desolate and arid wilderness, the Atacama Desert is overflowing with life. Its ancient cultures offer a warm welcome to travelers, and fertile oasis sustain an astonishing diversity of life here in the world’s driest desert.

The small town of San Pedro de Atacama is a scenic haven in the Atacama Desert, surrounded by the imposing volcanic peaks of the Chilean altiplano and located close to several major archaeological and natural attractions – including the ancient sites of Tulor and Quitor, the Atacama Salt Flat, the Altiplanic Lagoons and the Tatio Geysers. As a result, the village has become a significant tourist destination due to its close proximity.

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