Built on the site of an ancient cattle corral with many of the existing adobe walls intact, this eco-tourism hotel is located in the Altiplano (Andean Plateau) of the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile. Tierra Atacama offers luxury spa facilities, fine-dining, a plethora of activities and excursions, plus exquisitely designed grounds. Ancient algarrobo and chañar trees make for relaxed seating areas on shady decks while evenings are spent stargazing next to flickering fire pits.
The Uma Spa boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, an indoor heated pool, steam room and Turkish bath and a broad menu of spa treatments. Try outdoor Yoga with all-round mountain views or explore the tended garden where herbal tea and cucumber water are served. After a tough day hiking, try a fragrant soak in a wooden hot tub with fresh fruit, juice or cheese. Those on a romantic break can indulge in a rose petal bath accompanied by sparkling wine and strawberries as the sun sets over the volcano.
All rooms at Tierra Atacama are air-conditioned and feature four-poster beds, locally-sourced hand-made textiles and private patios with views towards the Licancabur volcano. Choose from Oriente rooms for a romantic setting and outdoor showers, spacious Poniente rooms or Family rooms offering one master bedroom and two twin-bed rooms, each with a private bathroom.
A broad range of activities at the hotel include guided trips to the Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons or trips to Salar de Tara for extraordinary views across salt lakes, marshland and impressive formations of igneous rocks. The Tatio Geysers are always an exciting sight where huge steam columns reach heights of up to 12m. There’s opportunity to spot vicuñas (relative of the llama), foxes, vizcachas (rabbit-like rodents) and Andean ostrich. Alternatively visit the tiny village of Machuca at an altitude of 4,000m for roofs made of cactus and the chance to try barbequed llama. Go to the Puritama Hot Springs for a bathe in warm natural pools. Journey to Moon Valley for surreal rocky landscape views and visit the Natural Flamingo Reserve. And to top it all off, there’s free bike hire!
Using fresh ingredients such as quinoa, Andean potatoes and herbs, as well as the best beef, lamb and seafood, expect top quality cuisine at Tierra Atacama and a wine menu that includes many Chilean vintages.
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