Driving out to the Salar De Atacama, a travel companion of mine was busily prattling away, daring me to pay attention to him and not to the surreal landscapes buzzing past. I politely nodded – agreeing to what I couldn't say – and nonchalantly turned back to the colors. San Pedro is a place that demands quiet devotion and rewards silent reverence.
Where to begin in detailing the justified hyperbole?
Perhaps El Taito – the highest geyser field in the world at 4300 metres. Watching dawn arrive in azure waves over perfectly-coned volcanoes, side-stepping geysers firing clouds of steam that dance and fade into the cold, blue and emerging sky and listening to the agitated earth burble and gurble, think dozens of restless teapots, is a treasurable experience.
Valle de la Luna? Named after its similarities to our moon, the jagged valley transforms itself as the sun sets. After climbing a steep sand-dune, visitors sit and wait for the show to commence. In the horizon, stand a ring of volcanoes, part of the Cordillera de la Sal. As the sun wanes and waves good-bye, the scene explodes into a collage of intense purples and reds. The volcanoes ware a beautifully quilted sweater of a dizzying array of colors. The sky is electric.
There is more to see and experience here than any proposed itinerary could handle. Pick a few select spots and enjoy the magic. Only on your tip-toes.
This place resembles the moon landscape, following the meeting of the desert with mountains, creating interesting rock and sand formations. It is around 20 km from San Pedro de Atacama, Calama, in the Cordillera de la Sal. This is one of the most visited places in the area because it's easy to get to. It is recommended to go at sunset. It's not as hot and you can see the mounds change colors.
An trip to see the geysers, salt flats, Valley of the Moon, colored lagoons, and the night sky was a really incredible experience. It's the world's driest place and, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.
Located 95 km from San Pedro de Atacama, at 4321 meters this is the highest geyser field in the world. At dawn more steam jets emanate these boiling waters, so it's best to get up early. From San Pedro, tours usually leave between 4:30 and 5:30 am.
Laguna Cejar is a magical place where you can forget all your troubles and just marvel at nature. When you're in the water you can feel the salt on your body. If you stand up, your upper half will be icy cold but your lower half nice and warm. It's an odd feeling.
Located about 4,500 meters above sea level, it´s real beauty is in the contrast of the turquoise waters with the brown surrounding desert. It's a shame not to stop here and walk around a bit. For the more adventurous, there is a hike that takes just over two hours and leaves from the entrance (this is done with a guide from the park). The road to get there is paved until Socaire and then there´s a gravel road in good condition, so you do not need a 4x4 vehicle. Its waters feed another beautiful lagoon, the Miñiques.
A little over 50 km from San Pedro de Atacama, near the village of Toconao and within the Salar de Atacama, you can find this lagoon. It's surrounded by a layer of salt up to 70 inches deep. Without a doubt, the stars the area are the pink flamingos (Chilean, James's and Andean) which nest here. It is usually one of the places chosen by tourists watch the sunset (not that impressive).
You see this entrance gateway of Antofagasta in photographs, but it's definitely more majestic once you there. Seeing the action of wind and sea erosion is startling, and being surrounded by barren sea cliffs to the west is unmissable. The union of the desert and the sea is really an image that can not be missed.
The locals call it Miñiques are situated in the highlands reguion chileno.Estan in San Pedro de Atacama, a desert puero altiplano.Sua heavy water are blue and white church of the village is as lime, inóspitos places where you can not understand how you can live
This mountainous and sandy valley is a few km from San Pedro de Atacama and is crossed in order to reach the Cordillera de la Sal, on a gravel road that is in acceptable condition (about 3 km). It is here that people normally use the dunes of the valley for sandboarding.
When you're riding through the world's most arid desert, the Atacama, on the side of the road in northern Chilean you'll see this impressive 7-meter tall concrete hand, work of a Chilean artist. It's a very beautiful piece that becomes an icon of the region
On the side of the beautiful square of St Peter, characterized by almost immaculate white, the largest in the area. It is constructed of adobe and a fence surrounding the same material. Adobe tower was added in 1964, replacing an older one made of wood. In the interior, the roof shingles cactus, covered with mud and straw. Declared a National Monument in 1951.
The sea is one of my favorite places because it relaxes me quite a lot and helps to clear my mind to think about myself, about my problems but somethingmore important is that it inspires me too. At sea, on the beach any picture works well for me, a cloudy day and the sea is a very spectacular background for a beautiful photograph that expresses all my feelings.
I normally go to visit my maternal grandfather's grave, in the cemetery of the city of Antofagasta .... it's a long journey to get to the second level of the cemetery where it is located.... one day I was coming where the grave of my grandfather is and I realized that the view from where his remains are resting is really beautiful ... and I came across it only this afternoon ... I hope you enjoy the picture ... greetings!
This beach, with soft white sand and calm blue sea, is 30 minutes from the city. It has beautiful sandstone formations from wind erosion. You can watch beautiful sunsets which turn the water orange and violet and contrast with the driest desert in the world. You can fish, windsurf, dive and do other water sports. It's an ideal place to relieve stress, and relax within nature with its million year-old cliffs. The climate is nice and is suitable for swimming and water sports. The cliffs change colour at sunset and sunrise, and the wind and sea erosion has created picturesque and fanciful shapes.