From Salta to San Pedro de Atacama
- Published: Thursday, 01 September 2016 16:26
Northwest Argentina is one of the most visited regions in all of the country and South America. Every year, both Salta and Jujuy provinces welcome thousands of tourists who come to delight themselves with the views, colors, food and the welcoming locals.
Thanks to its strategic location, there are plenty of circuits that include this area; whether you’re traveling from the North or you started in Patagonia or Buenos Aires, the Salta and Jujuy area is a must. One possible (and very interesting) connection is crossing the Andes towards (or from) San Pedro de Atacama.
This pretty little town is located North of Chile (II Region) and is considered its archaeological capital. Between some of the highest Andean mountains, around 4000 people live in this beautiful high altitude desert at about 2500 meters above sea level.
San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most visited towns in the area, especially by European tourists, making it a cosmopolitan little village in the middle of many natural beauties.
San Pedro’s church is an old adobe building from the colony days and a National Monument. Together with the archaeological museum, these are two attractions you cannot miss if you visit the place. Within a radio of a few kilometers, many interesting spots can be visited: the surreal Chaxa lagoon waits for the visitors full of pink flamingos, El Tatio is a geyser field blowing steam and hot water to the sky, the Quitor Pucará are the remains of an ancient fortress. Also one of the biggest radio telescopes in the world (ALMA) is constantly putting its eyes into space, helping scientists to understand where we come from. Apart from these, visitors can also enjoy thermal water springs, salt flats, sights of volcanoes and impressive rocky valleys and dunes at Valle de la Luna and Valle de la Muerte.
San Pedro is located 1000 kilometers away from Santiago and well connected with several flights every day. There is plenty of people exchange from Northern Argentina through the Paso de Jama. Some bus companies offer services to and from Salta (check prices and schedule here). Keep in mind that visitors can also catch the bus in San Salvador de Jujuy and Purmamarca.
Come and discover the Chilean counterpart of Northern Argentina, a region full of amazing views and ancient cultures between the Andes and the Pacific.