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Natural Feature in San Pedro de Atacama Region

Valle de la Muerte

Around 3.5km west of San Pedro, this striking valley should figure high on any itinerary to the region, with jagged rocks, a towering sand dune and dramatic viewpoints of the distant cordillera. The name Valle de la…
Archaeological Site in San Pedro de Atacama Region

Pukará de Quitor

Dominating a curvaceous promontory over the Río San Pedro, this crumbling 12th-century pukará (fort) was one of the last bastions against Pedro de Valdivia and the Spanish in northern Chile. The indigenous forces fo…
Spring in San Pedro de Atacama Region

Termas de Puritama

These idyllic volcanic hot springs puddle together in a box canyon, about 30km northeast of San Pedro en route to El Tatio. Their temperature is about 33°C (91°F), and there are several falls, pools and changing roo…
Archaeological Site in San Pedro de Atacama Region

Aldea de Tulor

Circular adobe structures huddle together like muddy bubble-wrap in the ruins of Tulor, the oldest excavated village in the region. It’s an interesting diversion 11km southwest of San Pedro. You can get there by you…
Observatory in San Pedro de Atacama Region

La Silla

The European Southern Observatory is home to an array of powerful telescopes, with many important discoveries emerging from astronomical research conducted here. You can learn more about the site on a public tour, c…