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Tierra Atacama

Tierra Atacama is the perfect retreat for nature lovers seeking both serenity and adventure.

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Aerial Shot - Alto Atacama, Atacama Desert, Chile

Alto Atacama

Situated in the lush Catarpe Valley just outside San Pedro de Atacama, Alto Atacama is set against a strikingly remote backdrop; the Salt Mountain Range looms in the distance, blending in with the adobe-walled property and giving a sense of isolation despite being only a mile from town.

The hotel’s forty-two rooms are sprinkled throughout the property, and all are decorated in a harmonious earth palate, with regional touches like hand-woven blankets in vibrant reds and orange hues. Many have private terraces overlooking the meticulously cared-for gardens. Shared spaces include a cozy living room with a fireplace, an outdoor lounge to take in the gorgeous sunsets and the aforementioned gardens, lovingly referred to as the “Andean Park,” constructed as a tribute to the surrounding terrain. And of course, Alto has a roster of over 30 excursions, ranging from horseback-riding on the sand dunes to exploring the nearby Incan ruins.

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Awasi Atacama

Located off one of San Pedro de Atacama’s main streets, Awasi Atacama is the area’s most exclusive property with only ten rooms and private excursions.

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Bedroom at Explora Atacama, Atacama Desert, Chile

Explora Atacama

Explora Atacama opened in San Pedro Atacama in 1998, and it is now known for outstanding adventure excursions. The hotel is set on forty-two acres, and its fifty rooms and common spaces are focused around a central square, giving it the look and feel of an adult summer camp. The property boasts a lovely garden, four pools and a small area for spa treatments.

The luxury resorts in the area, such as Tierra Atacama and Alto, offer more comfortable bedrooms and more on-property, pampering amenities. However, for outdoorsy travelers, the Atacama Desert’s real attraction is its stunning wilderness, and the Explora offers the best excursions and excellent guides. Although they are all group tours, the maximum number of participants for each activity ends up being only around eight (because of the van size). Offerings include serious mountain hikes and multi-day voyages into neighboring countries, so for serious adventure types and climbers, or horseback riders (it has its own stable), this property remains the standout choice.

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