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Top Choice Museum in San Pedro de Atacama

Museo Gustavo Le Paige

Even if museums aren't your thing, make an exception for San Pedro's superb Museo Gustavo Le Paige. The Atacama is nirvana for archaeologists because of its nearly rainless environment, which preserves artifacts for…
Top Choice Chilean in San Pedro de Atacama

La Casona

A high-ceilinged dining room with dark wood paneling and an adobe fireplace in the middle, the classic La Casona serves up sizzling parrilladas and Chilean staples such as pastel de choclo. There's a long list of Ch…
Top Choice Museum in Arica

Museo de Sitio Colón 10

See the 32 excavated Chinchorro mummies in situ at this tiny museum below El Morro. They were discovered when an architect bought this former private home with the intention of converting it into a hotel. You can ga…
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Cafe del Sol

On weekend nights, this ramshackle corner resto-bar comes alive with live Andean music and dancing (CH$3000 cover after 11pm). Other nights, it serves a good range of mains in the cozy wooden interior with dim light…
Top Choice Chilean in Arica

Los Aleros de 21

One of Arica's more highly esteemed restaurants, serving up a good selection of meats and seafood dishes with a few pasta and chicken dishes rounding out the picture. Good wine list, too.
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El Wagón

Almost single-handedly taking on the task of preserving the region's culinary traditions, this rustically decked-out dining hall serves up a fantastic collection of seafood plates, with inspiration for recipes comin…
Cafe in San Pedro de Atacama

Café Export

This is a funky cavelike spot with an intimate interior: low candlelit tables, roaring fire and prehistoric-style daubing on the walls. Despite off-putting touts hovering on its doorstep, and the loud music, it is h…
Pizza in San Pedro de Atacama

Casa de Piedra

Thin-crust pizza steals the show at this main drag eatery, with homemade tomato sauce and Gouda cheese; you just add the toppings, CH$800 per pop.
International in San Pedro de Atacama


Come for the homemade pastas and the fusion of altiplano and Mediterranean fare served inside an old school building a stroll from the main strip. There's a welcoming bar and a terrace with a bonfire out back.
Chilean in San Pedro de Atacama

Food Stalls

The cheapest eats in town are served in rustic shacks in a parking lot behind the taxi rank on the northern edge of town. Expect simple set lunches of cazuela, mains and dessert, and all-day empanadas for snacking.