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Last updated: 03 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Susan d’Arcy

The Atacama Desert is the driest place in the world; an otherworldly landscape that looks more like the moon than earth. Tierra Atacama provides a place to stay that matches that majesty. Sustainable, authentic and suitably dramatic, its contemporary buildings feel sculpted by nature rather than constructed by man.

Its elemental ambiance, pure air and profound silences encourage meaningful wellness experiences and Uma Spa’s vast lengths of window, pink-toned stone walls and bamboo canopy provide the necessary nurturing cocoon. In the heart of the desert, this spa celebrates water.

Soak in the spectacular outdoor infinity pool or the al fresco hot tub, contemplating the Licancabur Volcano. Take yoga classes on an outdoor platform overlooking the endless desert or simply snooze in a wicker hammock strung between ancient desert trees. Active options include horseback rides through ethereal valleys and heart-thumping hikes for a salty float in high-altitude lagoons.

Surrounding area

The resort is enveloped by a rugged plateau in Andes of northeast Chile. It feels like wilderness but is only about 10 minutes’ drive from San Pedro de Atacama. The town is a bit of a tourist trap, but still has picturesque adobe streets, laid-back locals and atmospheric cafes.

The nearest airport is Calama El Loa, a 90-minute drive away, which has connections to Santiago International Airport.

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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Spa
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free
Yoga

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
*
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types

Apartments
Bedrooms
Cabins
Suites
Tents
Villas
Yurts

Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities
WiFi

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed