Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is a superb retreat outside San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. With rustic chic accommodation, a fabulous desert adventure programme and great service, Alto Atacama is elegant desert living at its finest.
Chile is a country of great extremes. With the Atacama Desert in the north and the Torres del Paine National Park in the south, any itinerary in Chile inevitably involves a fair amount of flying, unless you have lots of time of your hands.
At 2,500m, the Atacama Desert is both the driest and highest desert on earth. In this harsh, often eerie, yet starkly beautiful desert landscape there is a lot of sunshine, and although the temperature drops below zero at night, generally the year-round climate is pleasant and the transparency of light, unique. The mixture of volcanoes, salt flats and high altitude wetlands is unparalleled. With so much diversity in this small part of Chile, the excursions on offer are endless. We’ve whittled down our top five must-do excursions…
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The Chilean Lake District is a fairy-tale land of snow-capped volcanoes, mountain pastures, emerald forests, lush-green rolling hills, turquoise lagoons and crystal-clear lakes. All these varied landscapes make it the most spectacular adventure playground and the perfect holiday destination for the outdoor enthusiast. With such a wide variety of things to see and do, we have narrowed down the top five things that are not to be missed in the Chilean Lake District.
Chilean Lake District, Chile
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Tierra Chiloé is the latest branch of Chile's famous luxury lodge group, Tierra. Remote in location, intimate and unique in design, this is a truly special place to stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Tierra Chiloé was constructed with an avant-garde geometric design (actually inspired by the famous houses built on stilts, or palafitos, near Castro town) and is nestled in the magical landscape of Chiloe’s unblemished archipelago, offering exceptional service. The guides and staff are second to none, and will do everything in their power to make your stay extra-special. The hotel has just 12 exclusive rooms, and this intimacy is a large part of it's charm - you will feel as if you are at home as soon as you arrive, especially after putting on the cosy woollen slippers they leave for each guest! Every room has it's own view (the size of a full wall and a great television replacement) over the beautiful nearby lake and fields; you'll be able to sit for hours just relaxing or reading and enjoying the scenery when you aren't out enjoying the various excursions on offer. For those to like to indulge a bit too, the lodge also boasts an excellent Spa with a modern Jacuzzi, dry sauna, steam room, and a massage room.
The lodge offers a wide array of stimulating activities which are suitable (and modifiable) for all levels of fitness. When you arrive, their expert guides will talk you through the excursion menu, and help with making the decision on the best plan for your stay based on your personal preferences. You'll have the option to go on short or long hikes, kayaking trips, visit the island's towns such as Castro and Dalcahue (and their lovely handicrafts markets!) as well as other more cultural experiences. They also offer each guest the opportunity for a trip out on the lodge's traditional wooden boat, the Williche. You won't be stuck for things to do here, and the flexibility is such that if even just one guest wants to do an activity, the staff will do their best to ensure this can be carried out, which is a lovely touch.
Every guest room and public space at the hotel is a subtle expression of the region’s cultural identity, taking the traveller on a dream journey through Chiloé’s rich cultural heritage, a voyage of unique sensorial experiences. Each night, you will receive a different printed mystical story or poem on your bed, representative of the ever-present beliefs in witchcraft that the islanders still have to this day.
Tierra offers an intimate space, a warm refuge in the midst of a rugged natural landscape where the force of the rain and wind, the deep green forests and the momentum of the sea dominate the geography of this remarkable island. The hotel also places high importance on using natural products (it grows most of it's own produce in the back garden!) and links with local communities. Excursions and activities are arranged to work alongside and involve the locals as much as possible, offering them opportunities for work and personal growth.
When to go
The main season runs from November to April - the Chilean spring/summer, when all activities are possible. It's also worth visiting in autumn, when it's still very beautiful for simply relaxing and hiking. The small ski resort being built on the volcano means that even winter brings its own draw. The area is prone to rain all year but is wettest in July and driest between January and March. Visit in early February to catch Frutillar's classical music festival.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Santiago, Valparaíso, Chiloé, Puerto Varas, Bariloche and Buenos Aires
Experience the best of South America's Lake District on this all-encompassing itinerary. Combining Chile and Argentina, this itinerary includes outdoor wilderness, an array of luxury hotels and an adventure not to be forgotten.
Santiago, Atacama Desert, Chiloé, Torres del Paine and Millahue Valley
Hide away in some of Chile’s most luxurious and utterly romantic boutique hotels, and take in an array of dramatic and stunning scenery on this luxury honeymoon itinerary.