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It doesn’t matter if you plan to visit the Atacama Desert for 2 days or for more than 15! It is a destination so rich in experiences that it adapts to you perfectly. Whether to get up at dawn to enjoy the spectacle starring the steam fumaroles from the craters of El Tatio as soon as the sun rises, or contemplate the strange rock formations and dunes of the Valle de la Luna, Valle de Marte and the Cordillera de la Salt.
Referred to by as one of the driest places on Earth, the Atacama Desert occupies the northern third of Chile. Is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east.
The Atacama region’s fluctuating temperatures and unique biology make it a fascinating destination worthy of exploration.
Due to its elevation and cloudlessness it’s also a place for astronomical observation.
The Atacama altitude averages about 2,438 meters (8000 feet) above sea level. Some parts at about 3,900 meters (13000 feet), and the extreme high reaches push to over 5,700 meters (19000 feet).
That is why it is the highest and driest desert in the world!
The best season for visiting Atacama Desert are from September to November and March to May.
The warmest months are January, February, March, October, November and December.
During February there are more chances to have some rainy days.
Best time for excursions.
High temperatures during day.
It’s best to dress in layers.
Hat & Sunscreen (factor 35 or higher).
Waterproof coat / jacket or rain poncho.
Insect repellent & personal medications.
It is not unusual in the Andes.
Take it easy when you land in Atacama and try not to do anything too strenuous.
Check with your doctor before coming if in doubt.
A valid Passport.
Most countries in America and Western Europe do not require a visa.
Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Chilean flights allow, as their restrictions are limited to 50 pounds (23 kg) per person.
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