San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago Study Tour

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San Pedro de Atacama is a small town and commune in El Loa Province, Antofagasta  Region. Although known as the driest desert in the world, Atacama is filled with the culture and history of the pre-Hispanic communities known as Atacameños and Aymaras. San Pedro de Atacama is also widely recognized for its geographical richness, such as the topographic phenomena observed in the Licancabur volcano, the Tatio geysers, and the archeological sites called the Moon and Death Valleys. For these reasons and more, San Pedro de Atacama more than the driest desert in the world and has a lot to teach about Chile.


Leave San Pedro de Atacama to the west until arrive in the Guatín Valley. In this rocky canyon, walk through an of old shepherds’ path, characteristic due to being surrounded by huge and ancient cacti. Continuing on this path, you will arrive in the famous Puritama Hot Springs, with its volcanic thermal waters that reach an average temperature of 33 °C.

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