The Atacama desert is the most arid desert in the world. It covers an area of approximately 105,000 km² in the north of Chile, so this is one of the largest deserts in the world and it has a quarter of all the lithium of the planet.
The Atacama Desert is considered the best place on the planet to observe the sky and develop astronomy due to following characteristics: its height with respect to the sea level, the scarce cloudiness, the almost nonexistent humidity of the air, the distant light and radioelectric pollution make the visibility of night sky very clear. Because of this, more than a dozen observatories are located in this place such as the “Paranal”, as well as the most advanced and powerful astronomical complex on the planet: “ALMA” which is the largest astronomical project in the world; and La Silla, among others. Chile holds 40% of the world’s astronomical observation, however, in the coming decades, the sector will develop other projects that will make the north of the country concentrate nearly 70% of the world total.
Within this vast territory, there are many areas and visual attractions that await travelers:
-Valley of the moon
-Salar de Atacama
-Geisers del Tatio
-Various lagoons: Example: Cejar.
You can add this destination in your tailormade tour or you can find it in these programs:
North of Chile Programs: