It is time for my next adventure! Yes! One of the most beautiful scenes and landscapes of Chile are in San Pedro de Atacama. I already bought my tickets, I’m heading to San Pedro de Atacama the next 27th of December, until the 6th of January 2018. Oh yeah, I’m spending new years alone at one of the most popular destinations of my country!
It is located in the north of Chile, 2500 meters above the sea. San Pedro de Atacama has an extreme weather: cold nights, and high temperatures during the day! Since I’m going during summer, the temperatures can go from 13ºC to 35ºC, but all this is worth it because there is so much sightseeing to do in this region!
Most of the shops, agencies and restaurants accept only cash, therefore it’s vital to carry some money with you. You may find some ATMs in the city, but due to the lack of them in town (probably like 3-4), you don’t want to lose time doing a massive queue! Also, San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most expensive cities in Chile, so be prepared!
There is a vast variety of activities to do in San Pedro de Atacama. You can enjoy the natural hot springs (bring a swimsuit!), visit the Tatio geysers (temperatures can be below zero), venture into the desert (windbreaker needed) and much more! Also, keep in mind that San Pedro de Atacama is one of the areas with the highest ultraviolet radiation in Chile, therefore sunscreen and a lot of water is a must.
Thank god new airlines have arrived in Chile, so now there are more competitive prices available. First of all, you can’t fly directly to San Pedro de Atacama. The nearest airport is in Calama, which is like one hour and a half away. The airlines that can take you to Calama are the following: LATAM, Sky Airlines and Jet Smart. I’m arriving in Calama using Jet Smart and going back home with Sky Airlines. Hence, there is no problem with combining airlines since they are low-cost!
Once you arrive at Calama, you must take a shuttle to San Pedro de Atacama. This service cost around 16 USD. If you buy roundtrip, you will probably get a small discount. Every penny counts!
So once you arrive at San Pedro de Atacama, the adventure begins! I have a lot of activities planned so far:
Day 1 (27th of December):
Flight from Santiago to Calama. Shuttle from Calama Airport to my hostel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 2 to 5 (28th of December to 31st of December):
7:30 am (day 2) to 12:30 pm (day 5): Uyuni Salt Flat tour (Bolivia!)
New year’s eve at San Pedro de Atacama!
Day 6 (1st of January):
New Year’s hangover!
Day 7 (2nd of January):
6:30 am to 1:30 pm: Altiplanic Lagoons, Atacama Salt Flat, Toconao and Socaire Tour.
4:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Cejar Lagoon, Ojos del Salar and Tebinquinche Lagoon Tour.
Day 8 (3rd of January):
4:30 am to 12:00 pm: El Tatio Geysers and Machuca Tour.
4:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Moon Valley Tour.
Day 9 to Day 11 (4th of January to 5th of January):
Open for new activities, seems like I’ll be checking on destination 🙂
Day 12 (6th of January):
Shuttle from my hostel in San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport, and back home!
Therefore, once I complete my adventure, I will come back with a new post with amazing photos and videos! Let’s see how it goes!