Immersed in the arid Atacama Desert, this beautiful place is visited by thousands of tourists from different countries every year who are amazed with its landscapes, gastronomy, and astronomy. What's not to love about the archaeological capital of Chile?
It is a commune in northern Chile, from the province of El Loa in Region II of Antofagasta, located 22 º 54 ‘39.7’‘south latitude and 68 º 12’ west longitude 00.2’’. It has a population of 4,969 inhabitants, where 61% is rural and 39% corresponds to the urban population.
The town square is without a doubt, one of the main attractions of Chile’s archeological capital. There is nothing better than to watch time go by under its enormous pepper. On one side of the square you will find the San Pedro de Atacama Church; undoubtedly one of the most beautiful churches in the north of Chile.
Downtown San Pedro still preserves the structure and construction of the Spanish colonial influence, antique adobe houses with interior yards, and roofs made of clay and hay. The main street is Caracoles where you can find nice restaurants, tourist agencies, and stores, which welcome tourists from all over the world.
Among the places of San Pedro de Atacama to be aware of is “Valle de la Luna”, named for its resemblance to the lunar valley, here you can see "Las tres Marias”. Also the Geysers del Tatio is a major tourist spot, where water vapor rises to the surface through fissures in the crust. Tourist attractions like the Pucara de Quitor the town of Toconao and the lagoon of Cejar, where you can swim and enjoy the gravitational effect produced by the condensation of salt. This is what San Pedro gives us in its entirety.
This place has always drawn my attention to colors and beauty of landscapes that exist here, it is a different beauty…a natural beauty.
For anyone who wants to go to this beautiful place I have some recommendations: First, the clothing. In the morning it is very hot but very cold at night so you should bring clothes for all types of weather; the basic elements that should be used are sunglasses, sunscreen, parka, flashlight, and a hat for the high radiation from the sun; for those who are planning to do a lot of climbing, it is advisable not to exercise until the body adapts and if you have hypertension do not climb higher than 4000 meters.