Travelers are mesmerized by the stark beauty of the ridiculously arid Atacama Desert of northern Chile, and a number of very stylish hotels are found in the attractive desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. We recommend 2-3 days there just for the desert scenery, and and additional 2-4 days if you wish to drive up into the highlands of SW Bolivia to see red alkaline lakes in a the high, pink, orange landscapes that look like Mars on Earth. Three of the world’s six species of flamingos live on salt and alkaline lakes near San Pedro and in SW Bolivia.