Meet the friendly people of San Pedro de Atacama
Located in northern Chile in one of the many oases found in the region, San Pedro de Atacama is a pre-Incan town with a permanent population of only about 2 500. A popular tourist destination, the fascination with this small corner of the country is not so much the city but the drastic, dessert-like surroundings which can be found just outside the town.
San Pedro de Atacame, or 'San Pedro' for short, was once the center of the Atacame culture. Today it has swapped this prestigious role for the title of 'archaeological capital of Chile' and the town as well as the surrounding area enjoys fairly rich archaeological findings. The majority of the residents of this small town are supported by farming (agriculture and sheep and goat breeding) though they may also find a place in the tourism trade which is the main economic activity in San Pedro.
San Pedro is situated in a geographic zone which is home to some of the highest volcanoes of the Los Andes corillera. Its extreme geographic position means that is is host to a variety of very extreme and different landscapes. It is because of this amazing variety that San Pedro has enjoyed so much tourist activity. The town itself acts as the perfect starting point for the majority of activities and excursions to be enjoyed in this rustic area. While distances from San Pedro de Atacame, Chile, are relatively short, you would need to stay at least four or five days to see most of the attractions in this geographical zone.
As San Pedro caters to a host of tourists regularly, it now has a fairly well developed tourism-based infrastructure. Visitors can enjoy a variety of lodging, restaurants, tourism agencies, telephones, Internet and post and police services. They will also be able to spend time browsing local markets where a variety of handicrafts are on offer. Why not book your stay at a San Pedro de Atacame hotel now and enjoy the vast beauty of this region for yourself...