Deserts, Stars and theRoad to Bolivia – San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking – 6.5/10
San Pedro de Atacama is most commonly visited as a launching point for the trip across the Salar de Uyuni and into Bolivia. It is certainly the place to head for this reason as there are jeeps leaving on a daily basis, but it is also a beautiful little town in its own right.
Most backpackers visit on their way up through South America, coming from Northern Argentina or other areas in Chile on the hunt for a taste of desert action and the opportunity to see one of the world’s most unique sights. Whilst many will expect to book their trip to the salt flats on arrival and leave the next day there is certainly the potential to get stuck for a few days exploring the desert which sprawls out into the horizon. The town itself is very pleasant if a little quiet (as you’d expect for a town dropped in the middle of the desert!), but it is the surroundings which may capture the imagination of the backpacker.