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Weather and temperatures

  •  San Pedro de Atacama has a high altitude desert climate characterized by abrupt changes of temperatures, strong winds intense solar radiation, scarce rainfall (35mm annual average) and great temperature oscillations between day and night.
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    In summer (December to March) although the temperature fluctuates between 25-30°C during the day and 16°C during the night, the sun nears the Tropic of Capricorn, causing radiation and strong evaporation, provoking sometimes rains and electric storms.
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    During the winter (June to August) the weather is very dry, it seldom rains the days are pleasantly cool with temperatures around the 20°C, nights are cold with an average temperature 4°C and often drops below freezing.
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    Sandstorms can sometimes occur.
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    Don’t forget that we are reaching some nights an altitude of 4100m. The temperatures can then easily fall until -10°C during winter time.
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    The 10 days trail starts at an altitude of 2 400 meters above the sea level and the highest point reached will be of 4 100 meters.