Not far from the historic central plaza in the remote trading town of San Pedro de Atacama, 12 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 creates a warm welcome (as does the underfloor heating and chachacoma tea to help with acclimatising to the altitude). Each suite has a terrace and solarium with an outdoor shower, perfect after returning from a day exploring the world's driest desert. While the atmosphere is rustic and laidback, service is impeccable.
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.
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 flamingos 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.
Lover of the great outdoors
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool
Learn the secrets of Chilean cuisine at a cookery class with chef Jean Pablo Mardones
Indulge yourself with an in-room massage or reflexology treatment
Round off the day with a warming nightcap around the firepit
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Have your personal guide take you to the otherworldly Moon Valley, sweeping salt flats or spectacular El Tatio geysers
Go riding through the striking Dinosaur Valley
Cycle or walk along vast nature trails
Spot the region’s wildlife such as pink flamingos, guanacos, vicunas and grey foxes
Head to Tulor to marvel at the stars from one of the most remote locations in the world
Feel the adrenaline on a dune buggy ride or sand boarding experience
Step back in time on an archaeological tour of the desert’s ancient rock art
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