Not far from the historic central plaza in the remote trading town of San Pedro de Atacama, 10 cabanas at Awasi Atacama present a luxurious retreat like no other. Inspired by pre-Inca ruins, these round rooms with thatched roofs are built using adobe, stone and wood. Alpaca blankets and simple, homely furniture create a warm welcome (as does the underfloor heating and chachacoma tea to help with acclimatising to the altitude). Each room has a terrace and solarium with an outdoor shower, perfect after returning from a day exploring the world's driest desert. Three rectangular suites are ideal for travellers with children. While the atmosphere is rustic and laidback, service is impeccable.
But what truly sets this hotel apart is that each cabana is assigned a personal guide and 4x4. Your expert guide will arrange activities according to your interests, be it off-road nature safaris (spotting everything from flamingoes to desert foxes), star gazing under clear night skies, riding horses or trekking llamas, walking through breathtaking valleys and canyons, heading out to see geysers and salt flats or driving over dunes in a buggy.
Outdoor swimming pool
Sofa terrace surrounded by trees
Library with chess tables
In-room massages, reiki and reflexology
Open kitchen for cookery classes with the chef
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Dune buggy driving
Visiting the salt flats, Moon Valley, hot springs and geysers.
BARS & RESTAURANTS:
The menu at the outdoor restaurant - candlelit in evenings - hones in on regional flavours and ingredients that can't be found elsewhere in the country, many coming from ayllus (Andean farming communes). Simple yet flavoursome, plates are inventively presented, such as pasta with spicy rica-rica or octopus causa (a Peruvian terrine). Breakfast sees fresh juices, fruit, pastries and breads alongside hot food. There is an outdoor grill, and local wines and Pisco Sours can be enjoyed on sofas around the terrace shaded by trees.
Including hiking, cycling, riding, stargazing, desert exploration and more.
1 hour and 10 minute drive
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