San Pedro de Atacama is a commune Chilena located in the province of El Loa, in the Antofagasta region. Its capital is the town of the same name that also gives its name to the San Pedro de Atacama river that borders it. It is located 1700 kilometers from Santiago and 160 kilometers from the Jama international pass, and 200 km from the Sico pass that connects with the province of Salta (Argentina). Its population is 11000 inhabitants. San Pedro de Atacama is the gateway to one of the largest and driest deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert.
In recent decades, San Pedro de Atacama has become one of the main tourist destinations in Chile, being the starting point for the various tours of the Atacameño highlands. In its surroundings there are important attractions such as the Tatio geysers, the Valley of the Moon and the Los Flamencos National Reserve, as well as archaeological ruins and other historical monuments such as the Pucará de Quitor.