San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most visited towns in Chile due to its proximity with the Atacama desert. The town is also the main departure and arrival point for the many tours into/from the Uyuni desert in Bolivia, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. This being said, you can understand that visiting San Pedro de Atacama isn’t a cheap. It’s however a destination that should be on everyone’s list.
Few “budget” backpackers decide to no visit the surroundings of San Pedro de Atacama as the sights such as geysers and highland lagunas can also be seen on the Bolivian side, as part of the Uyuni tour. Well aware of this, we still made the choice to visit a few places on the Chilean side. We didn’t mind much doubling up on visits to natural wonders that can’t be seen anywhere else. We were not disappointed. Continued