MONEY EXCHANGE

You can find  currency exchange offices in Toconao road with Caracoles. However, for better exchange rates, we recommend you convert your money in Santiago.

To find the exchange rate in Chile, visit the Central Bank of Chile’s website.

ATMs

When visiting San Pedro de Atacama, you will find that most tourist agencies, shops and restaurants only receive cash. There are four ATMs in the village, so make sure you bring enough cash for the trip and withdraw money before reaching the village, e.g. at ATMs located within the Calama El Loa Airport.

ATMs in San Pedro de Atacama

  • Salcobrand Pharmacy (BCI): Caracoles 241, Tocopilla intersection.
  • Cruz Verde Pharmacy (BCI): Caracoles 359, Toconao intersection.
  • BCI Bank: Vilama 425-D, Caracoles intersection (Business hours: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm).
  • Banco Estado: Gustavo Le Paige, in front of ex Museo Arqueológico (Business hours: Thursdays, from 1 pm to 5 pm)

WEATHER

Whether you visit San Pedro de Atacama during winter or summer, you must bring a good sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses with UV filter and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Why? Because you will be exposed to a very strong UV radiation, therefore protection is essential.

In San Pedro de Atacama, you will enjoy sunny days almost year-round. Located 2,400 meters above sea level, the weather in this village is mild and dry. However, remember that temperatures tend to lower at higher elevations.

Weather in San Pedro de Atacama

Next 24 Hours

Clear
now

24.4ºC
6%

South
10 km/h

Clear
15:00

25.1ºC
6%

South
11 km/h

Clear
16:00

25.7ºC
5%

Southeast
11 km/h

Clear
17:00

26.4ºC
5%

Southeast
10 km/h

Clear
18:00

23.9ºC
7%

Southeast
7 km/h

Clear
19:00

21.4ºC
9%

Northeast
1 km/h

Clear
20:00

18.8ºC
12%

Northwest
5 km/h

Clear
21:00

16.9ºC
14%

Northeast
0 km/h

Clear
22:00

14.9ºC
16%

Southeast
1 km/h

Clear
23:00

12.9ºC
19%

Northwest
2 km/h

Clear
0:00

13ºC
19%

Northwest
4 km/h

Clear
1:00

13.2ºC
19%

North
2 km/h

Clear
2:00

13.3ºC
19%

North
3 km/h

Clear
3:00

13.1ºC
19%

North
4 km/h

Clear
4:00

12.8ºC
19%

North
2 km/h

Clear
5:00

12.6ºC
19%

Southeast
1 km/h

Clear
6:00

12.3ºC
20%

Southeast
0 km/h

Clear
7:00

12ºC
20%

Southwest
2 km/h

Clear
8:00

11.7ºC
20%

West
2 km/h

Clear
9:00

14.4ºC
17%

Southwest
2 km/h

Clear
10:00

17ºC
14%

South
5 km/h

Clear
11:00

19.7ºC
12%

South
7 km/h

Clear
12:00

21.4ºC
11%

South
8 km/h

Clear
13:00

23.1ºC
9%

South
9 km/h

Clear
14:00

24.9ºC
8%

South
10 km/h

Next Days

Clear
today

26.4ºC
10.1ºC
14%

South
11 km/h

Clear
tomorrow

26.2ºC
11.7ºC
14%

Southeast
12 km/h

Clear
Sun
21 Apr

25.7ºC
11.2ºC
15%

Southeast
12 km/h

Clear
Mon
22 Apr

25.8ºC
11.2ºC
18%

South
11 km/h

Clear
Tue
23 Apr

26.6ºC
10.2ºC
15%

Southeast
12 km/h

Cloudy
Wed
24 Apr

26ºC
10.6ºC
11%

Southeast
10 km/h

Cloudy
Thu
25 Apr

27.2ºC
12.5ºC
10%

South
8 km/h

Fall – winter season

From April to September, temperature in San Pedro de Atacama ranges between 9 ° C and approximately 24 ° C. It is a season of clear skies, total lack of rain and colder nights due to thermal oscillation. It is an ideal season for those who want to avoid crowds and get better rates.

Spring – Summer Season

From October to March – high season in San Pedro de Atacama-  temperature ranges between 13ºC and  25ºC, with highs of 32 ° C. A season with hot days and occasional rainfall due to the Bolivian Winter phenomenon (January-April). Highlights of the season: Fiesta de la Candelaria ( January 31 to February 3) and Santo Carnival (seven weeks before Easter).

WHAT TO WEAR

What to bring to San Pedro de Atacama? Well, everything! Regardless of the season, you can feel cold and hot on the same day, especially if you are visiting nearby attractions or  taking tours early in the morning or in the evening.

Keep in mind that in tourist spots such as El Tatio geysers or some highland lakes, temperatures can reach below zero, so it is recommended to dress in layers and also wear hat, gloves and comfortable shoes. Tourists who choose to bathe in the natural hot springs, should bring swimsuit, sandals and a towel.

Those who venture into the desert or the salar, must wear pants to avoid the discomfort of sand in contact with the skin when facing wind gusts. Therefore, you should also bring a windbreaker.

If you consider visiting Puritama hot springs during your journey to Quebrada de Guatin, don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, towel and sandals.

As mentioned , always remember to wear a hat (hopefully one that can tie to your neck), sunglasses, sunscreen and bottled water. San Pedro de Atacama is one of the areas with the highest ultraviolet radiation in Chile.

Basic garments

  • Coats
  • Pullover
  • Windbreaker
  • Shorts
  • Hat / Cap
  • Thermal hat
  • Sneakers
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Flip – flops

GAS

In Toconao street you will find the only gas station in San Pedro de Atacama. which belongs to Copec company. You won’t find gas stations between Calama (airport) and San Pedro de Atacama, and on the roads to other tourist attractions such as Chaxa and Cejar lagoons. Therefore, it is very important to fill up the tank before touring the area.