This 3 part series is touring the Atacama Desert in Chile, starting by visiting the amazing VALLE DE LA LUNA, LAGUNA CEJAR & San Pedro de Atacama. Our Self Drive Atacama Desert Tour will give you all the tips, ideas and advice for a safe and memorable self drive stay in a place that is just out of this world! Planning a trip outside your comfort zone is not always easy. Let us show you how accessible the Atacama Desert can be, and that doing a self driving tour can not only give you the freedom to see what you want but is actually more cost effective that booking all the tours available from San Pedro de Atacama the tourist hub of the desert.
In this first episode, we make our way to the Desert from Calama after hiring a car using www.econrent.cl and picking up some supplies at the local supermarket.
Lider Supermarket https://goo.gl/maps/fAb3oiNzsVobKijx6
Our accomodation in San Pedro de Atacama was the Planeta Atacama Lodge https://goo.gl/maps/Hp7ZVKTmYu6pYNJo7
San Pedro de Atacama is about 100km and a 1hour 30 minute tarmac drive from Calama. The town has plenty of hotels, hostels and B&B's to suit all budgets. If you do have a car consider that the town does not have great parking facilities so pick a hotel that has a secure carpark if you can. Food and Drink in San Pedro can be more expensive that in other Chile towns and this is understandable considering everything has to be shipped in. There are still reasonable places to eat but not all are allowed to serve alcohol so check if that is important for for you. The Valle de la Luna "Moon Valley" is an incredible first day experience and one not to be missed. Close to San Pedro the off road parts of the reserve are easy to navigate and help you get started with the driving in this area. Remember to always carry water with you as you walk around, it's amazing how quickly you can become thirsty.
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