San Pedro de Atacama is a town in the middle of the Atacama Desert, and near the Andes mountain range that has become a tourist attraction for adventurers and tourists from around the world. It is notable for its vicinity to several natural tourist destinations such as Geyser Geysers, the beautiful valley of the moon and the countless lagoons and salt lakes that cross geography. This is the third most visited in Chile and currently has a growing activity for their invaluable astronomical heavens.
San Pedro de Atacama is located approximately 1670 kms. North of Santiago, Chile (Capital City). One of the easiest and most expedient to get to San Pedro is to Calama, the nearest town, which is linked to San Pedro by excellent paved highway, and of course a lovely desert landscape.
In Calama can be reached by air or by land (bus or car for a great Pan-American Highway). No doubt the plane is the fastest way because after landing in the city to get to San Pedro is about 98 km inland. From Santiago, there are 5 daily frequencies on weekdays and 3 daily on weekends through Lan Chile.
What to see in San Pedro de Atacama?
The town also seems to be frozen in time, is endowed with numerous tourist attractions as the Church of San Pedro, and Incan houses that retain their structure and building materials such as designing the Incas.
As a place of pilgrimage for many Chileans who found refuge in their time in this area and then they fell in the town, San Pedro de Atacama has a reputation as a town of hippies, and so the nights (especially in the summer time) is transformed into a multicultural town where tourists share campfires and music until dawn.
San Pedro de Atacama – Chile:
However, over the past 10 years San Pedro has accommodation for all types of tourists are from hotels to cabins and spa type campsites for travelers with less budget. Budget tourists should spare no expense to hire some of the excursions to the lakes and / or Geyser Geysers.
The climate in San Pedro de Atacama, a desert climate prevails tall (2,346 feet) and is characterized by unstable and abrupt changes in temperature, strong winds, high solar radiation, low rainfall (annual average 35mm) and large thermal oscillation between day and night.
To visit San Pedro de Atacama is recommended summer because the temperature in summer is between Decembers to February is 30 degrees celsius in the day and 16 pro 30 degrees Celsius at night. These days there are also showers and thunderstorms due to the Bolivian winter. During the winter (June-August) temperatures range between 22 and 4 degrees Celsius.
Recommendations for tourists:
For the strong the thermal oscillation is required summer attire for the day and winter clothing for the night and to visit the Geyser Geysers. For the same boots and shoes suitable for walking shoes, sandals are not recommended due to the amount of sand and dust of the streets or tourist attractions to visit.
Do not forget to wear glasses or sunglasses, sunscreen with a higher filter PF 35, moisturizers for hands and body hair and a good hat.
It also recommends drinking plenty of water, because even if you do not notice the dry air takes its toll. In San Pedro de Atacama is potable, nevertheless contains a large amount of arsenic is why it is advisable to drink only bottled water sold in stores.
The schedule of trade kiosks, shops and municipal offices is from 9:00 to 14:00 h and 17:00 to 22:00 hours. Hours restaurants and travel agencies: 8:00 am to 01:00 am.
It is recommended to carry cash, checks Chilean pesos or national credit cards are accepted in a few stores, is in San Pedro there are no banks or ATMs.
Telephony and mobile Internet service operating in San Pedro de Atacama, however, this has not always speed that tourists are used to, but come on, is what has to be in San Pedro.
For those who are likely to have blood pressure problems, these people should be careful because as San Pedro de Atacama is about 2500 meters, some tourists suffer altitude sickness or puna, with symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, nausea and sleep. If you experience these symptoms, it is advisable to drink coca tea, do not exercise until the body adapts.
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