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Visiting the Atacama Desert
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The Atacama Desert - Frontier of the Stars

Nothing more than bone-dry sand and starry nights? That’s what conventional tours of the Atacama Desert seem to offer.

In truth, however, this is a destination of astounding otherworldly landscapes. As the sun sets, the changes in the sky’s colors and hues are simply mesmerizing. Added to this are the desert’s hypnotic night skies – so much more than simply “starry nights.” Having the driest atmosphere on earth, this virtually uninhabited region is also free of significant light pollution, with the result being some of the planet’s clearest skies; this is why stargazing in the Atacama Desert is a no-brainer. It’s no wonder that the European Astronomical Research Organization installed two major observatories here.

What do the best tours of the Atacama Desert mean? These are about trekking over dunes, crossing their crests to discover fields (or rather seas) of flowers that bloom only every six years. Discovering the Atacama means plunging into crystalline altiplano salt-water lagoons, some of them so dense you can sit back and effortlessly float on your back, perhaps with a cold Pisco sour in hand. After becoming fully refreshed and energized, you can mountain bike to an ancient archaeological site, where you’ll try to picture how people managed to live in this inhospitable land so many centuries ago. To get back to your stylish desert lodge, how about a traditional llama ride?

Later, creative cuisine will be served for dinner, using local ingredients (some that are endemic, in fact) paired of course with a fine Chilean wine. Finally, after calling it a day, you’ll fall asleep under handwoven blankets crafted by locals.

If you’re looking for a honeymoon trip, the Atacama offers all of these experiences for you and your loved one to share, moments that add special magic for your first journey as newlyweds. Imagine sharing a hot-air balloon ride over the desert palate before rewarding yourself at the day’s end with a romantic gourmet meal at the lodge’s restaurant. These are the types of moments that encapsulate the majesty of the Atacama – a place that might even move you to tears for its beauty.

We haven’t even talked about the equally amazing lodges! These stylish properties fashioned from stone and wood perfectly blend the ancient with the ultra-modern. Their gardens are often interlaced with patios for open-air lounging, and refreshing dips can be enjoyed in their swimming pools. Adding to these relaxing vibes are spas, featuring Jacuzzi tubs, saunas and hammams. Meanwhile, workout fanatics will be more than content with the onsite fitness centers.

Each of your Atacama experiences will contribute to forming this mosaic of inspiration. After your adventure, your appreciation and even your view of the world itself will change. Simply ask one of Surtrek’s journey designers and discover what a unique travel experience the Atacama Desert can truly be.

 

 

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