For those that like to travel more independently, planning a 6 day San Pedro de Atacama itinerary with a car rental is entirely possible but can be a little tricky.
This is why we cover in considerable detail how to get tickets, the driving conditions, untold secrets, and more to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch.
For your first night in Atacama, we highly recommend that you book an evening with Jorge of Atacama Desert Stargazing.
The main highlight of the day is Laguna Chaxa which is best known for its large population of flamingos that live here.
Instead of flat desert plains with formations in the distance, you'll start seeing more vegetation, wildlife, windy roads, and volcanic mountains.
It's a magical place early in the morning because this is when the geothermal activity is the highest.
With so many salt flats and lakes, you'll get to do the unique activity of floating in the hidden lagoons of Baltinache.