Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

A theatre of stars play out in the world´s clearest night skies. View on Google maps

Teeming with such extreme natural beauty, it’s easy to forget that the Atacama Desert is the driest place on the planet. So surreal are the landscapes here that sometimes a pinch is needed to remind yourself you’re not dreaming as you warm a thermos of tea in the boiling springs of the Tatio geyser field, float weightlessly in the salty waters of Cejar Lagoon and watch the sun set over the haunting lunar landscape of the Moon Valley.

"The Atacama Desert surprised me each day with new levels of beauty and stunning landscapes. Sweeping sand dunes, sunsets with their pinky glow reflecting off the salt flats dotted with flamingos, early morning geyser visits, wrapped up in scarves and hats gripping onto hot mugs of tea and coffee, and star-filled skies are just some of my fondest memories of Atacama."

Katy Chester
Glove Travel Designer

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Hand-selected properties:

Awasi
Tripadvisor
The only retreat in the region to offer 100% personalized and private tours, Awasi is the cream-of-the-crop in Atacama if exclusivity and privacy is your thing. This tiny town bolt hole is hidden amongst the adobe walls offering total privacy with its eight beautiful cottages all with private courtyards and lovely central area full of local materials, beautiful desert plants and a twinkling little pool. The food is exceptional, the service exquisite – a true haven of authentic luxury and pampering tranquility amidst the heat of the desert.
Tierra Atacama
Tripadvisor
This laid back stylish retreat has a distinctive welcoming charm that is Tierra´s signature style. Think simple but sophisticated rooms, private terraces with outside power showers and welcoming communal areas to sit around and plan tomorrow’s fabulous adventure with your guide. Modern and sleek with friendly staff and a great spa, this 32 room haven is one of the most stylish properties in the region with a great twist on the classic excursions of the region to boot.
Alto Atacama
Tripadvisor
The most secluded, desert kissing, out of town bolt hole of the high end adventure lodge options in the Atacama this one has it all. Huge star filled skies twinkle over a secluded adobe style resort. Actually you’re just a bike ride from the charming town of San Pedro but this is as far as a desert retreat as you get here and standing on your private terrace looking over the pink hued rocks and eye popping sunsets you really feel very very far away from civilization.