San Pedro de Atacama

Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

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

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.