View from Valle De La Muerte, Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert

The driest desert in the world, the Atacama Desert is a largely desolate landscape freckled with lagoons, hot springs, geysers and salt plains that stretches some 600 miles across northern Chile.

The charming oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama resides at the edge of the dazzling Salar de Atacama, close to the Bolivian border. The narrow sandy streets lines with adobe-style buildings are a gateway into the depths of Atacama Desert.

Choose between one of many possible excursions into the desert, either on foot, by jeep, horseback or mountain bike. Visit the world’s highest geysers at El Tatio, Chuquicamata, the world’s largest open-cast copper mine, climb a volcano or visit interesting archaeological sites, petroglyphs and abandoned ghost towns. For those not so active, unwind in a hotel spa ow swimming pool in a property beautifully perched beside the desert and overlooking the towering Andes.


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Salt flats, Los Flamencos National Reserve, Atacama Desert, Chile

Photography in the Salt Flats

Travel overland to the shimmering Salar de Atacama salt flats to photograph the flocks of pink flamingos that feed in this otherworldly landscape.

View from Valle De La Muerte, Atacama Desert, Chile

Hike the Atacama Desert

Explore the dramatic red landscape of the Atacama Desert, the highest and driest desert in the world, on foot.

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Desert Horseriding, Chile

Atacama Desert Horseback Riding

Saddle up and ride across the endless open desert under the watchful eye of the Licancabur Volcano.

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Atacama Desert, Chile

Stargaze in the Desert

Visit one of the Atacama Desert’s world-class telescope projects to learn about the cosmos or simply gaze at the spectacularly clear star-filled night sky,

Atacama Sunset, Chile

Highlights of Chile

Explore the length of this filament of a country, full of vast and varied landscapes, from the finger-like granite peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park in the south to the lunar-like Atacama Desert in the north, with time spent among the snow-capped volcanoes and hot springs of the Chilean Lake District.

11 days

from £6,995 pp

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Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Paul Bird

Combining the arid Atacama Desert and iconic Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes make Chile one of Paul’s most treasured travel destinations.

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