This place is about 4,000 meters above sea level and there aren't gas stations so you should bring an extra supply. Bringing your own gas also gives you a degree of autonomy so you can keep exploring at your own pace. In Chile, the months of July and August are winter and it gets pretty cold, although the days re better. January is the rainy season so that also makes the trek a bit more difficult. You can rent a car or, better yet, a 4x4 SUV in Antofagasta or Calama.
This mountainous and sandy valley is a few km from San Pedro de Atacama and is crossed in order to reach the Cordillera de la Sal, on a gravel road that is in acceptable condition (about 3 km). It is here that people normally use the dunes of the valley for sandboarding.
Our desert is very beautiful, stunning pastel colors, ochres and blues, creams and reds, white salt flats and gypsum, etc. .. mineral in photos without changing its natural state, all very beautiful. Always along the coastline on the way to the Customs of the Loa, where the longest river in our country is, but it is also at the lowest level and, in parts can be crossed on a small boost, from one side to another.
In the world's driest desert, in northern Chile, is a town called Chiu-Chiu. It is a town with pre-Columbian architecture that still exists in the ancestral form. The photograph was taken near the Inca Coya Lagoon which is a few kilometres from the village, where you can see some volcanoes that are in the Andes.