San Pedro de Atacama

Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

The desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama—which rivals Patagonia as a wilderness destination—sells itself, but to explore the remote salt flats, volcanic formations, and meandering rivers with a group is almost a shame.

The Altitude: 8,015 feet.


A picturesque outpost in the rugged Chilean outback, San Pedro de Atacama can be a place of extremes: sultry days give way to downright bone-chilling nights in winter (June to August), and somehow, the parched desert burgeons with wildlife both weird and wonderful (vicuñas, flamingos, and miniatu