The attraction for visitors today in this startling barren landscape is the rich archaeological heritage, there are immense geoglyphs, ancient cave art and excellent museums in and around the coastal towns of Arica and Iquique.
To the east, this arid landscape of shades of brown and gold gives way to the foothills of the Andes and rises up to become part of the vast Altiplano, where magnificent panoramas of snow-capped volcanoes, herds of vicuña grazing among flowers and brightly coloured lakes await.
Lauca National Park is visually stunning, and is on the route for travellers who are taking the road route from La Paz in Bolivia to Chile, via the equally sublime Sajama National Park.
Suggested itinerary featuring the Far North
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Far North, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.