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Atacama Desert Tours

Atacama Desert tours usually start from the pretty town of San Pedro de Atacama in the north of Chile, close to the borders with Bolivia and Argentina. Stay at least three nights in the Atacama and take tours into the desert each day. Atacama tours offer an adventurous vacation in the world’s driest desert, with diverse landscapes and beautiful scenery. We recommend travelers include these tours while in the Atacama Desert.

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5 Best Atacama Desert Tours for 2021


Tour Name Price Duration Description
La Paz and Atacama Desert Tour from $1590 8 Days Stark contrasts: From the Bolivian Capital to the wonders of the Atacama Desert! Astounding contrasts as you journey from La Paz to the crystalline...
Uyuni, the Atacama Desert & Potosi from $1270 3 Days This 3-day Uyuni desert and Atacama Deserts tour combines the desert playgrounds of Bolivia and Ch...
Magic Triangle of the Andes from $ 10 Days The Magic Triangle of the Andes Tour takes you through majestic deserts of South America, past diverse landscapes in Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina....
Atacama Desert and Santiago from $1800 8 Days This Santiago and Atacama Tour is a tour of contrasts. Santiago de Chile has a mild climate, with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the...
The Highlights of Chile from $4675 14 Days Discover the highlights of Chile on this 14-day tour, exploring the countries diverse climates, landscapes and cultures. Begin your trip in Santiago...

Atacama Desert Travel FAQs

Thinking about an Atacama Desert trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests.

How far is Atacama desert from Santiago?

The most popular area of the Atacama Desert is around San Pedro de Atacama. This is a two-hour flight from Santiago to Calama, then an hour by road to get to this attractive desert town and tourist hub. Once in San Pedro de Atacama, there is a wide choice of day trips into the desert.

How do you to get to the Atacama Desert?

Given the long thin nature of Chile and large distances, most travelers will take a flight to get to the Atacama Desert. Calama is the most commonly used airport and has several flights a day from Santiago as well as flights from Lima a few times a week. Other areas of the Atacama Desert can be reached from the cities of Iquique, Arica, and Antofagasta.

What region of South America is desert?

The main desert region of South America is along the Pacific Coast. This includes most of the north of Chile where the Atacama Desert is found and all of Peru’s coastline. There are other smaller desert regions in South America too, including the Tatacoa Desert and La Guajira – both in Colombia.

When is the best time to visit Atacama?

Atacama Desert tours run year-round. Most of the year the skies are clear and sunny. June to August is considered winter in the Atacama and this brings the lowest temperatures with nights and early mornings often below freezing, the strong sun raises temperatures to around 20°C by day. In summer, from December to February, nights are less cold, but still take warm clothing. Day time temperatures are around 24°C on average. Occasionally in January and February, heavy rain moves in from the Andes and can impact on tours.
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Covid-19 Update: Chile has begun reopening!

Entry requirements:
Currently travelers are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
Negative PCR test, taken maximum 72 hours before travel
Complete an online sworn statement from 48 hours before travel
Health insurance including Covid-19 cover
Currently all travelers must enter through Santiago international airport
Further travel details can be found on Chile.travel
More entry requirements info at IATA Travel Centre
Flights:
Most international flights have resumed, including from the USA and Europe, though not yet from Australia and New Zealand
Domestic flights are operating
Local laws:
The current status of each area of Chile can be found here. This is based on the daily numbers of infections. We recommend visiting areas under levels 3, 4 and 5.
There is currently a countrywide curfew from midnight to 5 am.
Updated Dec 31, 2020

Elsewhere in South America:

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Open without quarantine?Covid-19 test required before travel?
BoliviaYesYes (PCR)
BrazilYesYes (PCR)
ColombiaYesYes (PCR)
Ecuador & GalapagosYesTravelers who can prove they've been vaccinated do not need a test to enter mainland Ecuador. Otherwise, an antigen or PCR test is required.
Galapagos Islands require a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.
ParaguayYesYes (PCR or LAMP)
GuyanaYesYes (PCR)
Peru & Machu PicchuYesYes (PCR or antigen before travel plus antigen on arrival)
AntarcticaNo-
ArgentinaNo-
ChileNo-
FalklandsNo-
French GuianaNo-
SurinameNo-
UruguayNo-
VenezuelaNo-
Updated Mar 22, 2021
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