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An Atacama Desert Adventure in Chile


Photo: Christopher Sturman

Though stark from a distance, the world's driest desert is an expansive, exotic landscape studded with oases, majestic dunes, and thermal pools. This is an ideal destination for those who enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Bonus: romantic sunsets and starry nights. The 1.8-mile-long Death Valley hiking and biking trail starts in the village, runs through stunning natural salt sculptures, and ends with a descent down a sand dune.

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Inspired by: Dream Trips | 2008 — by Clark Mitchell, Published Jan. 2008

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    Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

    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-chilli

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    Restaurante Ckunna

    Located in what was once San Pedro de Atacama's first schoolhouse, the restaurant offers contemporary twists on Altiplanic staples: filet of novill

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    Café Adobe

    The local favorite centers on a crackling bonfire. Try the lomo a lo pobre, a traditional Chilean dish of grilled beef served with crispy French fr

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