Tierra Atacama, which is located high in Chile’s Atacama desert, is racking up awards. This boutique hotel was named as South America’s Leading Green Hotel by World Travel Awards and has received TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best-of-the-Best award, just to name a few. It’s easy to see why everyone is raving about this 32-room lodge, which is designed to immerse you in nature and local culture.
Life at Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa
Designed by some of Chile’s most renowned architects, the Tierra Atacama hotel and spa expertly combines sustainable design, authentic experiences, and a home-like atmosphere. Everywhere you look, the lodge is dressed in bright whites, soft nudes, and rich cocoa tones that echo the natural environment. Located near the town of San Pedro de Atacama, the hotel features three room categories.
Whether you choose an intimate Oriente room for two, a Poniente room with a bit more space, or a Family room for up to six of your nearest and dearest, you will enjoy views that spill out over Licancabur Volcano or the Cordillera de Sal. Fall asleep in a soft bed draped in fine cotton and awake for morning coffee on your private terrace.
Then, visit the Uma Spa for a dip in the indoor heated pool complete with bubble beds. To relax in the fresh air, enjoy the infinity pool or yoga platform. From massages to body wraps, the spa offers a range of treatments featuring local ingredients, including sheep’s milk, honey, and clay. There is even a pairing menu of excursions and spa treatments designed to bridge the gap between adventure and relaxation. After a hike through Moon Valley, balance your energies with a Reiki & Crystal Massage session. After a day of horseback riding, a soak in the outdoor hot tub will prevent soreness and tired muscles.
Excursions from Tierra Atacama San Pedro de Atacama
So which excursions will you pair with those spa treatments? Once at the lodge, you and an expert guide will co-create your schedule according to your interests and fitness level. If you are lucky enough to visit during the full moon, take an easy hike into the Atacama Desert away from light pollution to see the shadows and silhouettes of the landscape.
For some fun on two wheels, take a bike ride to Cejar Lagoon to see the thick salt crust and swim in the clear water. A hike to explore Machuca and the Río Grande takes you past the village of Peñaliri. Along the way, you will see Giant Cacti, llamas, and Alpacas. The all-inclusive menu of activities includes everything from horseback. Would you prefer to search for ancient petroglyphs in Rainbow Valley or stargaze through the largest public telescope in the region? At Tierra Atacama, you can do it all.
Gastronomy at the Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa
Even in Tierra Atacama’s restaurant, there is little to separate you from nature. Gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows while enjoying a colorful salad, Peruvian corn, or a vegetarian meal of seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s chef takes a modern, innovative approach to Chilean cuisine without veering too far from traditional recipes.
At the bar, a tasting board of cheeses or a plate of handmade empanadas is the perfect between-meal snack. Be sure to order the lodge’s signature cocktail, the Rica Rica Sour. With egg whites and lemon juice, this twist on the traditional Pisco Sour gains hints of a fruity, minty flavor from local Rica Rica herbs. In addition to being the perfect complement to beverages and desserts, this herb, native to the Atacama Desert, is known to soothe upset stomachs and altitude sickness.
Whether you want to take a sunrise hike to the Tatio Geyser or swing in a hammock under an ancient desert tree, Tierra Atacama has it all. Adventure travelers and families will all find much to love here, and, in many cases, children and teens stay free.
Suites & Cabins
If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, our expansive Family Rooms are the answer. Accommodating up to six people, the Family Rooms are sprawled over two levels, with two twin rooms downstairs and a master bedroom upstairs, each featuring their own en suite bathroom. Throughout the Family Rooms you´ll find the same local touches and sophisticated feel of the Oriente and Poniente options, with an earthy color palette matching the ever-present scenery, to be admired from the privacy of your large terrace.
The intimate Oriente Rooms are awash with nude and cocoa tones, with large canopy beds facing wide, sliding glass doors and the Licancabur Volcano views which lie beyond. Step outside onto your own private terrace and take in Atacama’s most famous peak, breathtaking by both day and night. Meanwhile, sleek, en suite bathrooms are clad in cool slate and frosted glass; you can even choose between interconnecting indoor and outdoor showers.
Capturing the same spellbinding views of the Licancabur Volcano as the Oriente, the Poniente Rooms promise more space and special, subtle touches. The rooms invite guests to luxuriate under star-studded skies in Tierra’s signature outdoor showers. The Poniente Rooms also include deep-soak bathtubs in the en suites for extra indulgence. The ambience within Poniente rooms is light and airy, with neutral tones creating a tranquil space for rest and relaxation. Enjoy the private terrace, looking out towards the Cordillera de Sal and over Tierra’s gardens and solar plant fields.