Why did you enjoy traveling to this destination?
The Atacama Desert is the most unique desert I've ever been to. It is the driest desert in the entire world and also one of the oldest. Many landscapes here-including the salt flats-seem other-worldly against the backdrop of the Andes mountain range. The beauty you observe is desolate yet peaceful and magnificent.
Best time of year to travel here:
December through February is ideal, but shoulder seasons are great too! No matter the time of year, you must go for sunrise or sunset.
What tips can you offer someone interested in traveling to this destination?
It is best experienced with a small of a group as possible! Walkways through the salt flats are narrow and smaller crowds make for a more peaceful environment. Bring binoculars for the flamingos!
Is this destination best for families, couples, etc?
Great for families (although keep in mind the high altitude of the area for younger and elderly travelers), couples...really, anyone! I think it is an incredibly romantic place.