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4.5 out of 5
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2,016 people visited San Pedro de Atacama
This earth colored town is easy to like, and makes for an ideal base camp for adventures in the desert. With only a few thousand residents and more than twice as many visitors each month, you can feel San Pedro straining to define and hold onto its identity. Measures like banning all dancingand closing bars early have been imposed to keep the traditionally conservative town from turning into a raucous party scene. There are several 4- and 5-star hotels in town, and restaurants to match. Budget travelers will likely be unpleasantly surprised by the cost of hostels and food, but sticking to local restaurants on the periphery of town, or cooking at the hostel, can help keep costs down. Many of the nicer hotels offer tours to the spectacular scenery nearby, and there are at least a dozen tour agencies in town that will compete for your business. Some are better than others, so ask around or check reviews for the best.
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    Nelson González
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    5 Jul 01, 2013

    San Pedro de Atacama se encuentra en el desierto al norte de Chile, es un lugar fantástico para descubrir. Puedes encontrar interesantes lugares de belleza exótica como los Geysers del Tatio, El Valle de la Luna o las Catedrales de Tara. Muy cerca se encuentra el Salar de Atacama, donde podrás visitar la laguna Chaxa y contemplar Flamencos.

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    4 Dec 26, 2012

    Very cool little desert town. With an array of little restaurants, and hostels to stay in. It has a hippie outpost vibe.

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    André Kanamura
    5 Jul 31, 2012

    A beautiful place! Very well structured for tourism. Everyday is a beautiful day... And very dry also...

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    Willy A. Suys
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    5 Jul 07, 2012

    one of the most fascinating places in the North of Chile, the drive up to the Argentinian border on Ruta 27 is spectacular

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  • San Pedro de Atacama
    Wandering Tumbleweed
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Can't say enough good things about my experience in Atacama. I would return in a heart beat. I stayed at Alto Atacama and the service was truly impeccable. Most of my excursions ended up being private, and while I was there, people who had booked shorter durations kept extending their stays. In general, people under estimate the amount of time needed to visit. You need time to acclimate, to get to the higher altitude. Enjoy horse back riding, cycling, trekking, star gazing and much more. My favorite properties in order of preference 1. Alto Atacama 2. Awasi --mainly because tours are guaranteed private. 3. Tierra Atacama 4.Explora, not so much the property, but the excursions and opportunity to do a "Travesia" to Bolivia is well worth the experience. Atacama is an excellent gateway to Bolivia, and in particular Uyuni. There is so much to be said about the experience...I combined Galapagos, Atacama and Bolivia on this trip and the diversity of what I saw was truly a phenomenal experience, one I highly recommend.

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    adolfo gonzalez
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Mystical and peaceful place, with the mountain Licancabur over 6000 meters, the lake of flamingos, the third largest salt lake in the world and the Geiser Tatio, go

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  • San Pedro de AtacamaPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    San Pedro de Atacama is a great jumping off point for exploring the deserts around. It is a small, sleepy desert town with a thriving Chilean hippy scene. A nice place to kick around for a few days.

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    5 Sep 22, 2012
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    Mariana Belém
    5 Jul 31, 2012

    Fantastic!!

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    5 Feb 24, 2012
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