Recommended place to stay:
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
Antofagasta, Antofagasta Region, Chile|tierrahotels.com|
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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.
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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