Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the only lodge in the San Pedro region that is totally enveloped by natural surroundings. Located in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, the Alto Atacama's design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its environment and appear as a part of the terracotta-colored ridge that rises behind it. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquility and silence, and the hotel's wonderful outdoor lounge spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself, and unlike any other hotel property in the region. Environmental sustainability and a strong connection with the local culture have put the Alto Atacama in a category of its own, as has its "Andescape" concept of decorative flora and stable of friendly llamas and alpacas, local cuisine, and Leave No Trace-schooled guides. Veronica Poblete, creator of Andescape, is a Paris-trained landscape designer and botanist, and ex-Harvard lecturer who has developed this new concept using local flora and ancient agricultural techniques.
The Alto Atacama seeks to open a traveler's eyes, to explore, to feel, to connect, and to return revitalized and changed by a truly authentic experience one will never forget. Rather than simply taking photos as a passive traveler, Alto Atacama encourages guests to get off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the desert's varied and eerily beautiful landscapes by foot or bike. More than half of Alto Atacama's staff is indigenous, and their personal stories and histories enrich a guests' understanding of the region. Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, and exploring ancient Incan ruins and petroglyphs are just a few of the adventurous excursions offered, always led by highly trained local guides.
Day 1: Calama > Alto Atacama Upon arrival to Calama Airport, you will be met by an Alto Atacama representative and transfer 75 minutes to your hotel.
Days 2 & 3: Alto Atacama Choose from a range of half and full day excursions to suit all levels of fitness. These include the Valley of the Moon, Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Village, Tatio Geysers, the Salt Lakes, Andean Lagoons, Salar Aguas Calientes and Tuyajto, Wetlands and Pecan Monks, Sunrise in the Atacama, Rock Art, Andean Orchards and more. There is also a resident astronomer on site to conduct star gazing in the evenings in the incredibly clear skies.
Day 4: Alto Atacama Check out of your hotel and transfer to Calama Airport.
• 3 or 4 nights' accommodation • Round trip transfer from/to Calama Airport • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Appetizers • Open Bar • Great selection of Chilean Wines • Daily Activities: 1 Full, or 2 half day tours daily • Transfer to San Pedro Village • Bicycles available
Types of Rooms available Quitor Rooms are closest to the common areas. The view from the private terraces of these guestrooms looks out on to the garden area of the hotel, framed against the Cordillera de la Sal in the background.
Catarpe Rooms are located in the gardens of Alto Atacama. Slightly larger than the "Quitors", with a more private terrace, offering an uninterrupted view to the Cordillera de la Sal Range and the Catarpe Valley.
Suite Tilo Rooms are located in the gardens of Alto Atacama, with an open view to the quiet Lagoon and the Catarpe Valley. Slightly bigger than the other rooms with a private terrace on offer as well as an outdoor shower. Two suites can be connected, ideal for families.
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Booking conditions Stays of 5 nights or longer are possible. Contact World Journeys for prices
Stays of 5 nights or longer are possible. Contact World Journeys for prices
Not included Spa treatments, laundry, telephone calls, premium wines and spirits, and gratuities.
Spa treatments, laundry, telephone calls, premium wines and spirits, and gratuities.