The warm waters on its beaches and the aridity of its enormous desert sum up the contrasts of the North Great of Chile, that includes the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta (fifteenth, first and second respectively).
The North Grande is a peculiar area, where the aridity and dryness of the Desert of Atacama is contrasted with the fertility of valleys like the one of Azapa and oasis like the one of Pica. Likewise, they also contrast with the presence of a great biological diversity whose most representative samples are protected in the national parks and monuments Lauca, Isluga and Salar de Surire.
But the desert and the plateau do not cease to fascinate throughout its incredible geography: the Valley of the Moon, with its incredible rock formations; the 300 thousand hectares of the Salar de Atacama; the impressive Geysers of El Tatio; or the numerous thermal springs, such as Mamiña.
On the other hand, it is a territory of great archaeological, natural and cultural riches. The Geoglifos of Cerro Pintado and the Pukarás of Quitor and Lasana, tell us about the high degree of development to which the original towns of the area arrived.
This is an area that serves both to enjoy quietly and to launch into the adventure of exploring. It is endowed with all the necessary infrastructure and services to attend the visitors.
The place also concentrates a great number of activities for athletes, ranging from routes from the volcanic ridges like the 5,920 meters high lincanbur, to the descent of imposing dunes with boards, going for horseback riding in various locations.
“The most visited places are the Valley of the Moon, Death Valley, Geysers of El Tatio, Cejar lagoon, Temenchique lagoon, but new tourist attractions are also emerging,” said the tourism official in San Pedro de Atacama.
As for the most visited time, a large number of tourists are received between September and March, so if you are looking for a more contemplative trip, the rest of the year is the ideal time.
A place that, according to the locals, the pachamama (mother earth) gives everything necessary to survive, from plants, animals and even colors, and whose only problem is the difficulty of knowing all the ins and outs that it offers.