Tierra Atacama

Atacama Travel Tips

Atacama Desert Weather & Temperatures Packing List

What Should I Pack for the Desert Weather?


The weather of San Pedro and the Atacama Desert is extremely dry with moderate/cool temperatures in the most part, due to an average of 1mm of rainfall each year and towering altitudes. San Pedro de Atacama is at 7,900ft (2,407m) above sea level, and excursions can be as high as 18,480 feet (5,600m). Temperatures vary depending on the season, elevation and time of day, with highs of 32⁰C/89⁰F at the height of summer, to -2⁰C/28⁰F on a winter’s night. The summer also brings an increase in humidity, with rainfall not completely unusual at this time of year.

MonthsSeason in ChileTemperature DayTemperature Night
Dec - MarSummer32°C16°C
Mar - JunFall24°C8°C
Jun - SepWinter22°C-2°C
Sep - DecSpring26°C11°C

Given the range of temperatures and landscapes here in the Atacama Desert, we recommend dressing in layers, with a warm jacket or fleece to hand for the cooler moments during the day. Take a look at our suggested packing list to help you prepare for your trip and face the weather of San Pedro de Atacama:

  • Walking/hiking shoes
  • Swimsuit, warm weather clothing, sun cream, sun hat and sunglasses
  • Warm jacket, trousers, sweater, fleece, windbreaker, gloves and hat
  • Binoculars for wildlife-watching and camera equipment for capturing your surroundings
  • Day-pack for excursions into the Atacama

There isn’t a dress code at the hotel, though a smart/casual approach for dinner would not be out of place.

IMPORTANT: From May 16, 2020 Australian Passport holders need a visa to enter Chile. This must be obtained online via the following link; https://tramites.minrel.gov.cl/Solicitudes/visa.aspx