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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

A fantastic hotel combining modern comfort and traditional design...

Excellent Five hearts from 15 votes
Alto Atacama - External View
Alto Atacama - External View

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Alto Atacama has fast become one of the most sought-after all-inclusive luxury hotels in San Pedro de Atacama and for good reason. Combining modern accommodation with traditional design, the hotel’s terracotta building blends seamlessly into its surroundings and boasts some of the best views in the area. With its own observatory and stargazing platform, it has to be one of the best places to take in the Atacameño skies.

Alto Atacama is located slightly further away from town from other properties in the area, at three kilometres or a 10 minute drive from San Pedro de Atacama and very close to the Pukara de Quitor, a pre-Inca fortress. Settled in a tranquil valley, surrounded by terracotta-coloured mountains, it has been built with materials sourced from the local area in order to blend in as much as possible with its natural surroundings and typical Atacameño building styles.

All of the hotel’s 42 rooms are spacious and come with a private terrace. All combine modern amenities with traditional decoration, including local crafts and textiles. Quitor rooms fall into the standard room category and are the smallest of the rooms, while the higher category Tilo rooms are more spacious and have their own private outdoor showers.

The lodge offers over 35 excursions, ranging from adventure activities through to cultural and historical excursions. Guests can choose from mountain biking, hiking to the Moon Valley, trips to the geysers and photography safaris, to name just a few. The lodge also has its own observatory and telescope for stargazing in the Atacama’s famously clear skies.

Other facilities at the hotel include a spa with 6 open-air swimming pools, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. There is also a cosy living room with a fireplace and leather sofas for the winter months. We also like the hotel’s strong commitment to the local area; the restaurant serves a changing menu prepared with organic locally sourced ingredients and employs indigenous guides to lead excursions.

Tranquil location, discounts available for travelling mid-week

Not as convenient for popping into town

Our rating: 
5
User rating: 
5
Price: 
5

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