San Pedro de Atacama at the northern margin of the large Salar de Atacama in northern Chile is a beautiful desert town that offers spectacular scenery of the volcanoes east of the Atacama Basin. Accommodation varies from expensive exclusive resorts to simple backpacker-type cabins, all within walking distance of the town centre.
Ice Breaker (Sept. 2 from 19:00):
Agua Loca Restaurant, Caracoles 130, +56 9 94790499:
The conference will be held in the Coyo Altai municipal centre
less than 2 km from the “down town” San Pedro:
The Conference Dinner(Sept. 8) will be at the Pirka Lodge about 6.5 km southwards out of town: http://www.pirka.cl
We did not and could not provide for fixed accommodation. We talked to several hotels: you will have to make your own reservations through internet websites to get their best prices. The first weeks of September are holiday season in Chile so please make your reservations as early as possible. For logistic reasons, we recommend to stay in a hotel close in town (not the fancy ones way out in the desert).
For more information see here: Accommodation
If you intend to share a room, please send us an e-mail and we will try to get you in touch with other interested.
Please provide the following information:
Double room, triple room, or quadruple room, hotel or cabin.
The nearest airport is Calama in northern Chile.
Please let us know no later than four weeks before the meeting of your arrival time, air line and flight number.
We will inform you about a shuttle service on the afternoon of Sept. 1 resp. Sept. 2. Alternatively, there is public bus service to San Pedro (100 km). There are abundant flights from Santiago de Chile every day to Calama.
Air line connections in Chile have suffered some problems lately, so please provide for sufficient time to change flights and to arrive early.
Two Conference Field Trips for all participants (including accompanying persons):
One-day excursion to the Purico ignimbrite shield and La Pacana Caldera.
One-day excursion to Lascar volcano and 1993 tephra deposits.
Post-Conference Field Trip 1 (Sept. 9 to Sept. 15)
Seven day post-conference excursion to Arica – Parinacota and Lauca National Park in northernmost Chile (1000 US$, max. 18 participants) Note: The excursion will end Sept. 15 in Arica. Please make your return travel arrangements accordingly.
Post-Conference Field Trip 2 (Sept. 9 to Sept. 12)
Three-day excursion after the last day of sessions tot he volcanic cordillera, the famous El Laco magnetite deposit and a climb to Lascar – Volcano’s crater and the 1993 pyroclastic flow deposit (350 US$, max 10 participants). The excursion will return to San Pedro (morning of Sept. 12) and then we provide transport to Calama airport (midday) and to Antofagasta (late afternoon). Please make your return travel arrangements accordingly.