Attention Atacama desert is awarded as the best romantic destination in South AmericaSo is! As you are reading, the World Travel Awards, which are known as the Oscar awards for tourism, has awarded the Atacama Desert as the Best Romantic Destination in South America for the second consecutive year. A true oasis of nature and love in the north of Chile!
It is not for less, because San Pedro de Atacama, the main village in the driest desert in the world, is a place to escape at any time of the year, with the clearest and clearest skies in the world and a landscape of colors and reliefs unique in our planet.
Surrounded by volcanoes, including the highest volcano in South America, the mythical Licancabur, geysers that allow us to feel the force of nature expelling waters at high temperatures emerged from the depths of the earth, highland lagoons surrounded by native flora and fauna protected and completely natural hot springs. All this and much more! It makes the desert be awarded with this important popular vote award.
San Pedro de Atacama, a perfect place for your honeymoon
If you are one of those travelers who are looking for the perfect place to visit as a couple, combining days of rest, sun and pleasant temperatures at any time of the year, completely clean skies to admire the stars, exquisite restaurants, bike adventures and the most beautiful sunsets of the planet, without a doubt San Pedro de Atacama is the best destiny of South America for the mieleros.
Today there is a high range of hotel offerings with the widest range of prices, which mostly offer massages, meals and tours, which help the visitor to have a well guided and contained experience in the desert.
The Atacama Desert and its surrounding towns are a destination to forget about television and every earthly event, because it seems like a place from another planet.
Walk the famous Valley of the Moon and Death Valley, and feel next to your soulmate as if they were walking on the moon or the planet Mars, full of mystery, silence, reliefs and colors that provide the most romantic sunsets ever seen in another place on the planet.
And if they are a couple that likes adrenaline and a bit of action, in the Valley of Death you can make sandboard from a giant dune or, almost complete with bicycle or horseback.
After dusk, after a rich shower, going out to enjoy the gastronomic offers that the town of San Pedro has is a gift for the palate. In the main restaurants of Caracoles Street, dinner can be a time to get to know the typical music of the area played live by locals, illuminated by the light of the fire, delighting with exquisite dishes that you would never imagine to find in the driest desert of the world.
And if you still have energy and interest, nothing more romantic and interesting than to end the day contemplating the infinite sky that this oasis presents to us, making us remember how small we are.
Enjoy the waters of this oasis
It seems incredible, but this desert named the driest in the world due to the almost null rainfall that it presents, has a huge amount of offers of different modalities of experiences linked to water, that connect you with your soul mate and have made the Desert of Atacama is the Best Romantic Destination in South America.
We leave for one of the richest and unforgettable experiences, the Termas de Puritama. Located 35 km from San Pedro de Atacama and 3,475 meters above sea level, inserted in a large stone ravine, you will find these hot springs that in the indigenous language means "hot waters".
If you go with a tourist agency, they usually go to the hot springs to return to the Tatio Geysers, but if you go directly to the hot springs you can arrive by private vehicle or take a tour from the center of San Pedro de Atacama.
Another unforgettable experience to live as a couple is the Laguna Cejar and Tebinquinche. Inside the enormous Salar de Atacama, these highly salty waters are found amid a beautiful landscape of turquoise colors, volcanoes and the greatness of this salt deposit that hides a huge lake under its surface.
After floating in these turquoise waters, you continue the journey through the Ojos del Salar, two freshwater wells in the middle of the driest desert in the world and, finally, in the Tebinquinche lagoon, where you can enjoy a delicious aperitif contemplating the reflection of the Andes in its waters, together with the whiteness of salt. The sunset, with ocher colors and strong tones, offers a true spectacle before our eyes.
And finally, the trip towards the Miscanti and Miñiques lakes, also called Laplands Altiplánicas given its location at 4,500 meters above sea level, are a true mystical experience given the explosion of emotions to see such a breathtaking landscape like this destination.
The love between the Licancabur volcano and Quimal
How to question that the Atacama desert has been awarded as the most romantic place in South America, when even very well known is the legend between the eternal love that the highest volcano in Latin America, the Licancabur and its beloved Quimal have.
The locals of northern Chile say that the young Licancabur could not flee from his destiny that would lead him to be the most important mountain for the inhabitants of the desert. But that did not interest him, since Quimal was always in his mind, the young woman of a unique and imaginable beauty. They spent each afternoon sitting on the edge of the salt flat watching the sun die behind that lonely mountain range without mountains, which would later be called Domeyco. Both fell in love passionately and promised never to separate.
Every year in the months of February and August the promise of eternal love blossoms with the shadow of Licancabur that caresses the lonely Quimal in the distance and fan their feelings. And on the other side is Lascar, the jealous and grumpy volcano forever spitting smoke and fire, scaring the locals because their love for Quimal never corresponded.
You know, San Pedro de Atacama invites from its legends of origins of the volcanoes to its most beautiful natural landscapes accompanied by hotel architecture, to a meeting of the most romantic that you can see in South America, which is why today the World Travel Award It awards with this worldwide recognition.