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Desierto de Atacama

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Address: desierto de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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4-Day Atacama Desert Tour: Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio and the Chilean Salt...

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A must-see during one's lifetime.

Great place to take your teenage kids to. We stayed at the Tierra Atacama hotel in San Pedro, which today is the best. It is all-inclusive and offers the best tours. Be sure... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 12, 2017
Sao Paulo, SP
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a spectacular view over the Atacama desert from a ridge 2 km from the center of Antofagasta. The viewpoint is called Ancla. One can see the desert disappearing in the ocean with the city of Antofagasta at the divide. If you want to understand the geology of the region a visit is really worth while. Ancla, the small... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Great place to take your teenage kids to. We stayed at the Tierra Atacama hotel in San Pedro, which today is the best. It is all-inclusive and offers the best tours. Be sure not to miss the following local attractions : Piedras Rojas also called Lagunas Altiplanicas Salár de Atacama Valle de la Luna Valle de la Muerte Geysers El... More 

1 Thank Cedar32
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

If you make a trip to Chile, consider including the Deserto de Atacama. It is the driest desert i the world. Some claim there has never been a drop of rain here in human history. When I went out from my lodging in the night and walked along the sand dunes, I felt as if I were on another planet.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Amazing Place, But If You go Three afferma Bolivia, nothjng could impress You like Bolivia. And Too Too many people

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Nothing grows here, only views on mountains and hills covered by stones. It seems that when it rains and this does not happen ofter the soil is covered by a sea of flowers. You're lucky if that happens.

1 Thank Patrick H
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

If you like desserts, this is a must see: the driest in the world! If you like star watching, a must see: the cleanest skies in the planet, home of the largest and most relevant observatories (NASA, European, etc.) You will never forget these skies!!!

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

I have to admit, we only drove just over 100 km firm Antofagasta on highway 5 and for a short distance on highway 25, but I had seen enough to get the general idea. If there are more spectacular sights further up the road, we missed them. We turned around once we filled up with gas at the Carmen Alto... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016

...stands for Miles & Miles of Wonderful Desert. The Atacama is the driest in the world and I will remain attracted to it until the next floods!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2015

From San Pedro Atacama and the Valley of the Moon in the north to the European Southern Observatory at Paranal, this place has an abundance of places and things to see that you will not see in other desert areas of the world.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

Although it is possible to move in the desert by fairly good roads, it is necessary to have at least 2 l water per person in the event of difficulties occurrence. One must not underestimate a power of nature, which is subject of admiration, but difficult for everydays live.

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