Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA?
San Pedro de Atacama is located at 2,402 meters above sea level in the driest desert in the world. This does not mean that it does not rain. The average rainfall is 35 mm, the vast majority of which falls in January, February and March, the time of the Altiplano winter. Although most days are mild, with clear skies and no rain, the best times to travel are between September and April. This is because the climate is more temperate. If you want more exclusivity in the parks, it is convenient to visit San Pedro in the low season, which is the months of May, June, October, and November
HOW MANY DAYS TO TRAVEL TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA?
A minimum of 4 days is required to visit the main attractions. If you want to climb a volcano, you must sleep more than 3 days in a row in San Pedro de Atacama or places of similar or higher altitude. This is so that your body can acclimatize to the altitude, and the excursion is safe.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Due to the great thermic variation that exists, you should take the following: warm clothes, thermic layers, adequate shoes for walking in wild areas, hat, gloves, hat, sunblock, swimsuit, towel, sandals, bathing suit, sunglasses.
WHICH CURRENCY IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA?
Although some agencies accept dollars, the vast majority only accept Chilean pesos.
ARE THERE ANY CASH MACHINE?
Yes, there is one next to the Chilean Post Office on Gustavo Le Paige Street, and two on Caracoles Street: one at the BCI bank and another located at the Cruz Verde pharmacy.
WHAT AGE RESTRICTIONS DO THE PARKS HAVE?
It is not recommended that children under 7 years of age go on tours over 3,500 meters. They can only tour at the same altitude as San Pedro de Atacama.
WHAT IS THE HEIGHT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOLCANOES?
Cerro Toco: 5.604 m
Lascar Volcano: 5.392 m
Pili Volcano: 6.046 m
Aucanquilcha Volcano: 5.176 m
San Pedro - San Pablo Volcano: 6.092 m
Licancabur Volcano: 5.920 m
HOW HIGH IS SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA AND THE MAIN PARKS AND TOWNS NEARBY?
San Pedro de Atacama: 2.402 m
Arcoíris Valley and Hierbas Buenas: 3.500 m
Toconao: 2.500 m
Socaire: 3.500 m
Peine: 2.400 m
Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons: 4.140 m
Red Stones: 4.000 m
Chaxa Lagoon: 2.300 m
Cejar Lagoon: 2.300 m
Geyser del Tatio: 4.200 m
CAN PREGNANT WOMEN VISIT THE PARKS?

Check with your treating physician.

IS ACCLIMATIZATION REQUIRED TO VISIT THE PARKS AND VOLCANOES?

Minimum acclimatization of two nights is needed before visiting a place above 4,000 meters.

WHAT TO SEE IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA?

Moon Valley and Mars Valley, Pucará de Quitor, Tulor Village, Arcoíris Valley, Hierbas Buenas,
Garganta del Diablo, Cejar Lagoon, Tebinquinche Lagoon, Chaxa Lagoon, Miscanti and Miñiques
Lagoons, Piedras Rojas, Talar Salt Flat, Aguas Calientes II Salt Flat, Lejía Lagoon, Tatio Geyser,
Puritama Hot Springs, Monturaqui Crater, volcanoes.

HOW TO GET TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

There are direct flights from Santiago (SCL) to Calama (CJC) every day on Latam, JetSmart and
SkyAirlines airlines. From the airport, you can take a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, the duration
of the trip 1 ½ hour approximately. You can arrive by land from any part of Chile via TurBus, from
Arica via Frontera, from Calama via Tur Bus, Frontera, K-Tur, Amanecer and Atacama 2000. It is also
possible to arrive in a private car.

WHERE TO GO OUT TO EAT AND DRINK?

In the center, you will find several restaurants and places where you can have a drink, have dinner
and listen to live music.

IS THERE A PHARMACY IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA?

Yes, in Caracoles street at the corner of Toconao.

ARE THERE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES?

There is a basic post, with technicians in nursing, general practitioners and dentists.

ARE THERE EXCHANGE OFFICES?

Yes, in the center there are several exchange houses.

ARE THERE SUPERMARKETS?

There are fairly well-stocked warehouses where they sell everything.

ARE THERE PLACES TO BUY HANDICRAFTS?

Caracoles, the main street, is full of handicraft stands and galleries.

IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?

There are a taxi service and public transport that goes inside the village to some ayllus. For
information on timetables ask at the town hall.

OUR SELECTION OF TOURS

  • CLASSIC TOURS

  • ADVENTURE

  • SPECIAL TOURS

  • ETHNO

  • NIGHTS IN THE DESERT

  • TREKKING

  • VOLCANOES & MOUNTAINS

  • UYUNI SALT FLATS

  • CLASSIC ATACAMA

  • ADVENTURE PACK

  • ATACAMA WITH KIDS

  • EXPEDITION 6000

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