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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Awasi

This intimate eight-room hotel, designed by a Chilean architect and featuring Bolivian textiles and outdoor fireplaces, is the only all-inclusive property in the Atacama desert that pairs guests with their own guide and driver (included in your Vacationist rate!). It's exclusivity at its finest.

The Scoop

The desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama—which rivals Patagonia as a wilderness destination—sells itself, but to explore the remote salt flats, volcanic formations, and meandering rivers with a group is almost a shame. Enter the rustic-chic, eight-room Awasi, which specializes in delivering curated experiences meant for travelers looking to feel "lonely." All excursions—from an all-day trek along the Rio Grande, to a horseback ride in Death Valley, even a soak in the Puritama hot springs—are private, and the savvy guides, from a geologist to an experienced rock climber, are well versed in the intricacies of the landscape and the animals that live within it (vicuñas, flamingos, and an endless variety of smaller birds). Back at the hotel, each of the roomy, thatched bungalows has an enormous bathroom, outdoor shower, and a reading chair, and Andean-inspired gourmet meals are paired with notable Chilean wines. After dinner, alpaca-wool blankets and a roaring fire encourage guests to linger on plush couches in the courtyard, beneath the world's clearest night sky.

Insider Tips

The more familiar you are with the excursions packet before arrival, the better. Guides will look to you to help plan your stay, and you'll want to be sure your itinerary focuses on your tastes and interests (hiking, biking, wildlife, and more).

The five round rooms (Nos. 1-5) have the most personality, with arched doorways, lofty domed ceilings, and prime positioning.

Guests who stay for more than three nights are able to acclimate for the higher-elevation experiences, including a drive to the watering hole at the Tara Salt Flats and a hike to the top of the Lascar Volcano.

Awards and Recognitions

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It List
- Travel + Leisure

100 Ultimate Escapes
- Robb Report

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Calama's El Loa Airport (CJC), which is approximately 60 miles (1.5 - 2 hours) from the hotel. The hotel offers complimentary transfers.

Tocopilla 4, Antofagasta, Primera Region, Chile

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Internet Access
In-Room Amenities
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Private Patios
Dining & Nightlife
  • Dining Room
  • Private Dining
  • Room Service
  • Bar
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Rates Include:
  • All hotel taxes and hotel fees
  • 2-person occupancy
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch, picnics, dinner and snacks
  • Beverages (including alcohol)
  • Private transport from/to airport
  • Private outings (each room is assigned a personal tour guide with a 4x4 vehicle)
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love San Pedro de Atacama

A refreshing oasis in the heart of one of the world's driest deserts. Savor an extra-sweet South American escape with salt plains, volcanoes and unique rock formations creating a stunning sense of beauty.

Don't Miss

Be Prepared: Awasi provides guests with a branded water bottle, but travelers should also bring serious hiking gear, such as a Gregory day pack, Julbo sunglasses, Merrell trekking boots, and the region's best wilderness guide, A Wildlife Guide to Chile (Princeton University Press, $20).

Sunrise Snack: Salón de Té. Breakfast at Awasi is served at 8AM, but for those up with the first light (perhaps because of the town's roosters) there's Salón de Té, on San Pedro's main drag, for coffee, tea, and a slice of cauliflower and broccoli quiche served on mosaic-tiled tables. Breakfast for two $10. 295-B Caracoles. 011-56-55-851-510.

Top Shopping: Paseo Artesenal. The artisan market just off the Plaza de Armas, this is the place to buy llama and alpaca blankets and woven Altiplano figurines similar to those used on Awasi's table settings.

Local Culture: Museo Gustavo Le Paige. For an up-close look at the desert's history, head to the octagonal-shaped museum, where Atacameño textiles and ceramics are on display. Ask for a complimentary admission ticket from Awasi's front office. Tickets $5. 011-56-55-851-1000.

Picturesque panorama of stunning Southern American scenery.

Picturesque panorama of stunning Southern American scenery.

Why Go Now

November 2011
Festival of Foreign Colonies
One of the main music and dance festivals of the country.
Locations throughout Antofagasta.

January 2012
Northern Chile International Film Festival
Shorts, documentaries and animated films shot in the region by Chilean and international film-makers.
Daily and in the evenings at venues throughout Antofagasta.

December through February
Many travellers consider this the best time to travel to Chile as the weather is mild and rainy days are few.

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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