Ancient cultures and travelers from all over the world intermingle in this age-old town with dirt roads and adobe homes. In this starting point for an unforgettable trip you will discover the most stunning views on the planet amidst its endless beauty. Once night falls, there is nothing better than to enjoy gazing at the endless amounts of stars twinkling across the sky of the driest desert in the world.

Choose one of the three hotels that we mentioned below and travel to San Pedro de Atacama with this luxury program!

Itinerary

ALTO ATACAMA DESERT LODGE & SPA

Is the only lodge in the San Pedro region that is totally enveloped by natural surroundings, locating in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, just over a mile from the plaza of San Pedro. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquility and silence, and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor lounge spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself, and unlike any other hotel property in the region. Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, and exploring ancient Incan ruins and petroglyphs are just a few of the 30 adventurous excursions offered, always led by highly trained local guides.

The hotel has:

- 42 rooms divided in three categories.
- Caúr Restaurant, with a maximum capacity for 120 people.
- 6 pools.
- Spa: 2 rooms for massages, whirlpool , wet sauna, dry sauna and Scottish showers.
- Bicycles available.
- AM Spa Activity: Trilogy treatment (included in the rate).

TIERRA ATACAMA HOTEL

Escape to a world of clear night skies, high altitude lagoons and moon-like valleys at Tierra Atacama. High in the northern desert of Chile, our boutique Atacama lodge encapsulates exquisite design, authentic experiences and an intimate, home-from-home atmosphere, where a sense of both adventure travel and pure relaxation lingers in the air. Your experience of Atacama is made all the more unique through our personalized excursion plan, offering a huge array of activities from horseback riding to volcano hiking, as well as soothing sessions in the Uma Spa, complete with a menu of treatments influenced by the desert climate, native flora and ancient therapies.

The hotel has:

- 32 rooms: 16 “orientes” with 35m² facing the volcano and 14 habitaciones “Poniente” views of the gardens and mountains with 37m², and Two family rooms sleep up to six with one master bedroom and two rooms with twin of 97m². ·
- Lounges with views of the Licancabur Volcano and Uma Spa.
- Heated indoor pool with bubble beds, jets and cascades, steam rooms as well as relaxation areas with volcano views.
- Deck with an outdoor infinity pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor wooden hot-tub and more relaxation beds around the pool.
- Spa: Services include a full range of massages and facials, with specialist treatments based on the local desert elements.
- Bikes available.

EXPLORA ATACAMA HOTEL

Located in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama Hotel was built in a 17-hectares plot as a base from where to explore the desert, the Andes highlands, and its surroundings. We have more than 40 explorations that can be completed hiking, by bike, by van, horseback riding or in our observatory, you’ll be able to discover the deepest mysteries of the desert: its contrasts, geography, the sky, wildlife and culture.

The hotel has:

- 50 rooms up to 50 m2 (538 ft2).
- 4 interconnected outdoor swimming pools, sauna, massage room, outdoor jacuzzis and rest area.
- Explora Atacama has over 20 raised and trained horses at a renowned ranch in Central Chile.
- Astronomical sessions in our private observatory
- Quincho: area for roasts with typical dances.
- Puritama Hot Springs: exclusive thermal area.
- Store equipped with outdoor clothing, explora products and local crafts.

ALTO ATACAMA HOTEL 

Quitor room:  This room has the view from the private terraces of these guestrooms looks out on to the garden area of the hotel.

Catarpe room: This room has Spacious private terrace  with view of the Catarpe Valley and the Salt Mountain Range.

Suite Tilo room: Spacious private terrace  with panoramic view of the Oasis, the Salt Mountain Range and the Andes Mountain Range. Bathroom with prívate patio for sunbathing with outdoor shower.  Special amenities: welcome cheese board with fruit and sparkling wine.

TIERRA ATACAMA HOTEL 

Laskar room: Rooms with double bed, bathroom with shower, large terrace oriented the gardens and south view.

Superior Oriente room: The intimate Oriente Rooms are awash with nude and cocoa tones, with large canopy beds facing wide, sliding glass doors and the Licancabur Volcano views which lie beyond.

Poniente superior room: Capturing the same spellbinding views of the Licancabur Volcano as the Oriente, the Poniente Rooms promise more space and special, subtle touches.

Family room: If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, our expansive Family Rooms are the answer. Accommodating up to six people, the Family Rooms are sprawled over two levels, with two twin rooms downstairs and a master bedroom upstairs, each featuring their own en suite bathroom.

EXPLORA ATACAMA HOTEL 

Tulur room: Rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²), 8 of them are interconnected rooms, ideal for families. Views to the hotel’s grounds.

Yali room: Rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²) with views of the desert landscape.

Catur Suite room: Rooms measuring 50m² (538 feet²) with balconies and country views

ALTO ATACAMA HOTEL 

– Lican Antai Culture 

For the Lican Antai culture tour, the first stop is the archaeological site of Tulor. At 2400 years old and well maintained, the site has been of great value in understanding many aspects of local history. Then, you will travel to the village of San Pedro to explore the old city and its church. Finally, visit Pucará of Quitor: a prehispanic village that provides an outstanding example of original native heritage.

Duration: Half day | Difficulty: Low

– Full Moon Walk 

This night time trek is only possible during periods of complete illumination from the light of a full moon. You will begin by travelling the Cordillera de la Sal, and through the appropriately named Valley of Mars. Once you have scaled to a decent height, enjoy views of the Catarpe Valley, the oasis of San Pedro, Salar de atacama, The Andes and Cordillera de Domeyko, all visible by the unique and eerie light offered by our celestial cousin.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes | Difficulty: Low

– Route of the Shepherds 

Recreating an ancient route taken by migrating local shepherds and their flocks for many centuries, you will begin this full day hike in the wetlands of vado Machuca. Following the line of a nearby river, the tour passes abandoned ruins of old Stone structures used by the shepherds, though some are still inhabited to this day. The trek continues to Peñaliri, a now deserted village though noteworthy for its well maintained agricultural terraces. Finally, the last few kilometres of this trek will take you on a scenic journey to the Rio Grande, where you will stop for some well earned local food.

Duration: Full day | Difficulty: High

*Check for other available excursions.

TIERRA ATACAMA HOTEL 

– Cornisas

This excursion can be done in the morning or afternoon. Departing the hotel in a van, we will head down the old San Pedro-Calama road to a tunnel that offers spectacular views of the region’s volcanoes. After enjoying a moment at 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) above sea level, we will descend to the main dunes of Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley), an enigmatic landscape that invites contemplation.

Duration: 3 hours | Difficulty: Low

– Machuca / Río Grande 

This walk occurs in Machuca at around 4,000 meters (13,200 feet) above sea level and follows the Peñaliri Riverbed. Along the way, we will see llamas, alpacas and local birds. After lunch in the old mountain village of Peñaliri, we will continue along the cactus-filled, deserted terraces of the gully. We will finish our walk in the village of Río Grande, surrounded by typical crop plantations – garlic, corn and other vegetables of the high plains.

Duration: 5 – 6 hours | Difficulty: Medium

– Copa Coya

This excursion is a high-altitude hike that starts at 4,300 meters (14,100 feet) above sea level in the area of the Tatio Geysers. We will arrive by van and start the hike near Copa Coya Hill with its striking volcanic rock formations. During our journey, we might see fauna such as vizcachas and vicuñas as well as yareta, one of the longest-living plants in the world capable of enduring the extreme climate of the high plains. We will also see old shelters, frozen streams and wayside shrines, typical of the area. This excursion is ideal for acclimating for later volcano ascents.

Duration: 6 – 7 hours | Difficulty: High

*Check for other available excursions.

EXPLORA ATACAMA HOTEL 

– Horseback Riding Through The Moon Valley 

Departure from explora horse stables toward La Sal Mountains, crossing the Chula sand dunes. We trot and gallop our horses until we reach The Moon Valley. During this horseback ride we go through pristine and solitary landscapes, experiencing the desert’s emptiness. For riders used to gallop and trot for long spans.

Duration: Full day (6 hours) | Difficulty: Advanced

– Guatin / Puritama 

Departure by van from explora to Guatin, a small shepherd village, where we begin an uphill hike that leads to the edge of the ravine of the Puritama River (Puritama means hot water in Kunza language). We walk for 45 minutes surrounding the ravine until we reach the river’s edge, where old Atacama settlements and the source of Puritama hot springs are located. Here, we have a light snack and enjoy the warm water pools. This exploration offers archeological and anthropological nuances, and an opportunity to get to know the local flora and fauna. Return to the hotel by van.

* Recommended for travelers who want to get acclimatized to the next level hikes that reach 4.000 m.a.s.l. (13200 feet). Please bring a swimsuit and sandals. Towels will be provided.

Duration: Half day  (2 hours 30 minutes) | Difficulty: Medium

– Skies

This exploration is a star-gazing session from our own observatory*. It is a different way of exploring the Atacama Desert, the skies of which are the clearest on Earth and therefore, one of the best places to practice astronomy. We begin with a brief open-sky explanation of the Milky Way, its origins and the main constellations, to then gaze at the stars and planets through the telescope. * Telescope with advanced optics and a main high-resolution and sharpness, 40 cm diameter mirror. This exploration is subject to weather conditions.

Duration: 30 minutes | Difficulty: Low

*Check for other available excursions.

ALTO ATACAMA HOTEL 

  • Daily activities AM+ PM (1 full day or 2 half day excursions daily).
  • AM Spa Activity: Trilogy treatment .
  • Transfer in & out to Calama airport / hotel / Calama airport. And San Pedro Village until 11:30 pm.
  • Bicycles available 24 hours to San Pedro Village.
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner & appetizers).
  • Open bar (Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks).
  • Great selection of chilean wines (Reserve wines, eight different varieties).

TIERRA ATACAMA HOTEL 

  • Daily activities AM+ PM (1 full day or 2 half day excursions daily).
  • Transfer in & out to Calama airport / hotel / Calama airport.
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Open bar (includes mineral water, drinks, juices, wines and liquors from the house). * Liquors and premium wines available at additional cost.
  • Two half-day excursions or a full day excursion daily (excursion shared with other passengers).
  • Use of Uma Spa (massages, treatments and therapies with extra charge).

EXPLORA ATACAMA HOTEL 

  • Transfer to Calama airport / hotel / Calama airport.
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Open bar (except premium wines).
  • Exploration program with bilingual guides (Spanish / English).
  • Entrances to reservations and national parks.