Come to the Atacama desert in between Chile and Bolivia for a truly unique mountain climbing experience. Ascend snow-covered peaks towering more than 6.000 meters high as well as smaller volcanoes jutting out of the desert!
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Sprawling across northern Chile as well as going into Bolivia and Peru, the Atacama desert is a great mountain climbing destination. Witner (June to September) is the best time to come as the temperatures are not oppressively hot, but most guides offer trips year-round.
In addition to the aforementioned peaks, there are many others that are just beckoning to intrepid climbers. Among the most popular around the small city of San Pedro de Atacama are Sairecabur (5.971 meters) and Volcan Lascar (5.592 meters).
Over on the Bolivian side of the border, even farther north is Sajama National Park. In addition to being home to Nevado Sajama, the park is full of other incredible peaks to climb as well. Taking a week or more to see them all is highly recommended.
During the winter, the average daily temperatures in the Atacama region are around 15 ºC to 20 ºC in the day and drop to around freezing at night. Temperatures decrease as you gain elevation. Rain almost never falls here.
Any trip to Atacama begins with a flight into the international airport in Santiago de Chile (SCL). From here, you will fly into El Loa Airport (CJC) and transfer by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.
+56 (Chile) & +591 (Bolivia)
Chilean peso (CLP) & Boliviano (BOB)
May to October
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