Crossing through the Atacama desert, the driest desert on earth, and passing over the Domeyko mountain range on a 3250 m.a.s.l you can start to get a glimpse of the snowy andean peaks in the horizon. Then at a closer distance the Great Salt Flat spreads out with its display of minerals and a white salt lagoon in the middle. Heading down to 2500 m.a.s.l you´ll pass the passage of the capricorn and enter the Salt mountain range which on the other side greets you to an oasis. The green valley provides its life by the two mountain rivers San pedro and Vilama, whose basins remains fearless in the hardship of the extremely harsh dry climate.
San Pedro de Atacama
is a town of Hispanic colonial white construction
located in the middle of the Atacama Desert,
Region of Antofagasta, Chile.
The landscape provides magnificent surroundings whose beauty and color, is a product of thousands of years of powerful geological formation, and that now have attracted thousands of people, who visit the area every year.
The scenic mix of mountain ranges, salt flats and volcanoes often becomes overwhelming and the intense blue sky, completely clear most of the year,
Here you find the most spectacular site for an infinitely mysterious and solitary scenery.
A simple way of the daily life that coexists with nature that attracts both chileans and foreigners, many even choosing to move and start a life in San Pedro.
The local population, belonging to the indigenous group of Atacameña, mixes in the streets with faces from all over the world.
San Pedro has through the years been described as a mystical, mysterious, ancestral and magical place.
But what really makes this town special, it is the intense dose of the encounter between an ancestral past and a present full of peculiarities.
With a way of life that is daily recreated in the warm adobe walls of a people that adapts to the ever changing times while maintaining their traditions and customs.
Travelling through the harsh Atacama Desert you really encounter with the powerful climate and fast temperature changes that is a everyday fact in this land.
The dryness, the solar radiation, the strong winds, the sudden changes of temperature between day and night, are some of the fundamental characteristics that your Atacama adventure will bring. Around San Pedro the altitude measures between 2,000 – 3,500 m.a.s.l, and the climate is characterized by having an average annual temperature between 12 and 13 ° C.
As the temperature swings it can reach up to 35 ° C in summer (December to March) and the minimum degrees below zero in winter (June to September).