Atacama Desert, Chile

Experience a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile. Stay with Inspirato at our partner hotel Nayara Alto Atacama—a desert lodge inspired by and built around its natural surroundings complete with local excursions, spa, stargazing deck, and an on-site restaurant featuring traditional Chilean fare.

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Stargazing Oasis in the Chilean Desert

Situated at a high elevation of 7,900 feet, the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile is one of the driest deserts in the world and home to views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes Mountains. This arid landscape boasts an unbeatable outdoor-lovers paradise with excursions like mountain biking, hiking, geyser tours, and volcano climbing expeditions, among many others. Known as one of the world’s best locations for stargazing, you’ll find little to no light pollution when the sun goes down—perfect for peering through a telescope to see the vast and wondrous astronomical environment above you.

Quick Facts

  • Currency
    Chilean peso
  • Language
  • Time Zone
    Same as NYC
  • Average temperature
    81°F in summer; 72°F in winter
  • Elevation
    7,900 feet

Destination Highlights

  • Stargazing

    San Pedro de Atacama is home to some of the best stargazing in the world. The combination of an arid climate and little to no light pollution create the best recipe for gazing at the night sky—dazzling with the constellations and milky way in crystal clear view. Contact your Care team for the best ways to experience this once-in-a-lifetime escapade.

  • El Tatio Geysers

    Located along the northern region of Chile in the Andes Mountain range, this geothermal field is home to an array of magnificent geysers and hot springs—and is known as the largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere. Witness the beauty of this incredible landscape displaying around 90 different plant species, wild llamas, and thermal rock formations all at 14,170 feet above sea level.

  • Los Flamencos National Reserve

    Planted in the Central Andean Dry Puna (an ecoregion in the Montane Grasslands of the Andean Mountains) and covering a total of 290 square miles, this incredible reserve is split into seven unique sectors. Discover high desert features such as salt lagoons, wild plant species, volcanoes, and various bird species—including the beautiful Chilean flamingo.



  • Forecasting your Atacama Desert Vacation

    Weather in the Atacama Desert remains mostly the same throughout the year. Average highs in the winter months are around 72 degrees with lows of 40 degrees at night. In the summer, expect highs in the 80s and nighttime lows in the 60s. As Atacama is one of the driest deserts in the world, rainfall is scarce if not nonexistent.


Map of Atacama Desert

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