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Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Best for: Honeymoon, Culture History, Spa
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa is a comfortable boutique lodge on the outskirts of oasis village San Pedro in Chile's incredible Atacama Desert. Offering superb desert adventures and warm hospitality, Tierra Atacama is a great option for lodging in San Pedro.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
A sister property to Chile's Portillo Ski Resort and Hotel, Tierra Atacama is a family-run lodge that provides guests with great wilderness adventures combined with high levels of comfort and service.
The guest rooms at Tierra Atacama all have private terraces with views of majestic Licancabur volcano, except the Family Rooms which overlook the gardens. A great deal of attention has been given to the interiors: cow hides, hand-made textiles and crafts and warm chocolate and sand-coloured tones provide a soothing rustic chic backdrop to the 32 well-appointed rooms.
Meals are prepared using local ingredients prepared in a style that considers health conscious yet hungry guests. The wine list is extensive, including boutique and organic wines, and guests have the opportunity to sample different varieties according to their choice of menu. The bar, fashioned from recycled oak railroad ties, serves a wide variety of drinks, including old favourites as well as Chilean standards like the pisco sour. One of Tierra Atacama’s highlights is its indulgent Uma spa, with steam bath, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and a wide variety of rejuvenating massages, facials, body wraps, scrubs and alternative therapies on offer. There is also an indoor and an outdoor pool and plenty of areas for relaxation with chairs and comfortable loungers and a very relaxed living area and library.
While the less energetic will get little farther than the spa, the bar and the cushion-scattered terrace where flaming torches ward off the evening chill, the adventurous can set off with Tierra Atacama’s expert bilingual guides on half day and full day 4WD excursions (all included within the rate) into the surrounding Atacama desert. These activities include visits to shimmering flamingo-filled altiplano lagoons, El Tatio geysers, hot springs, local villages and blinding white salt flats. Other adventure activities on offer include hiking, biking, horse riding and even volcano climbing. Specialist trips that focus on bird watching, wildlife, stargazing, and even dune surfing are also possible subject to availability.
When to go
Day time temperatures are luminous and agreeable all year round. A characteristic of the desert climate is the marked fluctuation in temperature between day and night. In winter (June, July and August) the average temperature is 22ºC during the day and at night it goes down to around 4ºC; temperatures can occasionally go below freezing. In summer (December to February) the temperature varies between 28ºC during the day and 16ºC at night. During these months the temperature can reach 32ºC. January-March can sometimes receive a little rainfall and cloudy skies.
On February 2, the biggest festival in San Pedro, Festival de la Candelaria, features a large parade of bands and dancers.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Tierra Hotels, Chile - The Spirit of Chile Offer
Book 9 nights staying in any of the Tierra Hotels on an all inclusive basis and receive a 15% discount as well as other fantastic benefits.
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Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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