Atacama really seems kind of an anomaly. In the driest region of the entire Earth, the Atacama Desert. Yet there is this super-popular spot, way up in the high mountain desert, with like a whole host of activities to do. These include seeing the Valley of the Moon, the Valley of Death, the glowing red rocks formation, stargazing tours, active geysers, the pink flamingos, the Pre-Incan Fort Quito, the Yearba Buena petrogyphs, floating in crystal blue lagunas on the desert plain, taking a balloon ride over the desert, and a wide assortment of volcano tours. Atacama is not a joke. There’s a ton to see and do there.
I also have to say that I thought there was something genuinely otherworldly about the place. First, there is the Valley of the Moon and the Valley of Death, both of which are certainly other worlds. Then, I actually had an encounter there with a phenomenon that shouldn’t have existed.
With all that being said, I thought the situation with the cafes there was surprisingly tough, especially considering the number of visitors. The issue is that practically all the places feel somewhat like a Star Wars cantina… even when they’re empty! – which is quite the trick. Now I have no problem with Star Wars cantinas, just to be clear. They’re just not so good for working.
San Pedro de Atacama. It’s an unusual place. Driest unusual place on the Earth, I would guess. Cafe scene there needs a bit of work though. Tons of visitors. If anyone is thinking of opening up a nomad cafe, it’s probably a good spot. Might already be something new there.
Have a great stay in Atacama folks! Watch out for those unexplained phenomena now!