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1. Posted by chapter11 (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

I'm an active, outdoorsy sort, and I have plans to be in Chile next month for several days. I'll be arriving in Santiago and heading north. What are your recommendations for the can't-miss activities, hikes, sights, etc.? I'm looking for that something I've never seen before anywhere else. Any ideas?

Josh Roberts

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2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I really enjoyed this great trip I took from Arica (sea level) to 4500/meters to visit the Parque National Lauca, the Volcanoe and Lake Chungara are spectacular!

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Another side trip I really enjoyed was renting a car and driving through the Atacama desert going to San Pedro de Atacama and the surrounding lunar landscape (think its called the Valley of the Moon). Really wierd desert landscapes.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

I really enjoyed this great trip I took from Arica (sea level) to 4500/meters to visit the Parque National Lauca, the Volcanoe and Lake Chungara are spectacular!

It's right up on the border with Bolivia (I think the snow capped Volcano actually is in Bolivia). Maybe you could do some hiking up there. Personally, I had trouble just breathing and walking around up there.

5. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Another side trip I really enjoyed was renting a car and driving through the Atacama desert going to San Pedro de Atacama and the surrounding lunar landscape (think its called the Valley of the Moon). Really wierd desert landscapes.

Have to agree, the landscape around San Pedro is spectacular.

Another good trip is a visit to El Tatio Geysers. You have to start driving at about 2.30am in order to arrive at sunrise when the geysers are at their most impressive. Well worth getting out of bed for!

6. Posted by chapter11 (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

Thanks everyone. I jotted down your suggestions and am off to investigate.

Josh Roberts

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7. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Hi
San Pedro is the most common place for tourists, but by now, is almost a fantasy town. If you really want to see real places take it just as point of departure. El Tatio and Caspana are places less altered. don´t forget the salars (Salar de Atacama is the bigger, but are a few)
Don't forget there was an earthquake there almost a month ago and some of the places I would have recommended before are not available now. Where you should go is Chungara Lake, specially if you like to see wild animals almost at hand reach and great landscapes.

I´m in Santiago, but that is my birth place and will be in Calama some days of july. Whatever you need, send a message.