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What We Love

  • Tasty fusion fare made with local ingredients
  • Down-to-earth but downright luxe design
  • Simple pleasures: bonfires and a star-sprinkled southern sky at night
  • Privately guided excursions to otherwise mobbed attractions
  • Divine toiletries with ingredients from the desert and oasis

What To Know

  • At 8,038 feet, altitude sickness is a consideration
  • No views from the rooms or suites
  • The property is small, and the must-socialize factor high
  • You’ll have to forgo those laps — the pool is tiny
  • Rooms and public spaces are not air conditioned
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Overview

The Review

Getting to Chile’s Atacama Desert involves quite a trek, so you may as well do it right. Behind ancient walls at the edge of San Pedro de Atacama (the kicking-off point for adventures in the arid desert), Awasi is an eight-room oasis-within-an-oasis for travelers who like high-style comforts as much as an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

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The rectangular or circular adobe homes have pitched thatch roofs and interiors done up in earthy browns, beiges, creams and greens. In the bathroom, the wonderfully fragrant toiletries showcase local pica lemon, and while I don’t typically get excited over pumice stones, Awasi’s are worth a mention; they’re extracted from ancient lava flows of the nearby Lascar volcano.

Although sampling a few pisco sours is encouraged here, this isn’t a place for cocktails-by-the-pool. Instead, you’ll want to pull on your hiking books and get out to the desert on guided 4X4 Jeep tours. The selection of private excursions and activities is Awasi’s strong suit, and since Atacama’s attractions are always mobbed, it’s a boon to have a private guide to show you the desert treasures away from tourist hordes. In fact, this in itself makes Awasi’s all-inclusive price tag worth every peso.

And then there’s mealtime. Food isn’t San Pedro’s forte, but at Awasi each meal is a feast. My highlight was a starter of quinoa tabouleh with marinated goat cheese, followed by homemade fettuccine with shrimp and artichokes in a creamy sauce of local rica rica plant. The use of local ingredients and simple flavors nod to an appreciation of place that’s at the heart of Awasi’s charm.

How to Get There

Awasi Atacama
Tocopilla 4
San Pedro de Atacama, 00000 Chile

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 655 Reviews
Dream vacation
Reviewed 10 hours ago

Thanks to Awasi and their amazing staff for a breathtaking experience. Superb and attentive service, great food and a fantastic bungalow. We would like to express our gratitude to the Awasi team: Nicolas, Brian, Paula, Daniela, Pablo, Max, Felipe, Valentina, our barman extraordinaire Luciano as well all the other people who made our 5 days memorable.
Last but not least, a huge thanks to Gustavo and Sebastian who were our guides during our stay and brought us to some of the most amazing places in the Atacama region. Who can forget a desert fox hunting a vizcacha while we were setting up for a picnic at 4,000 meters.
A vacation of a lifetime.

Relaxing stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our second stay at Awasi Atacama, this time after a week in Awasi Patagonia.

Although it is not correct to compare both places, it is not easy after the perfect stay
at Awasi Patagonia.

First major difference is the location. Awasi Atacama is located in a small oasis close to town. Most of the villas are one one side of the street. Sole rooms and the
reception were on the other side of the street, so there is not much interaction white the reception and staff this way.
They build some new rooms on the other side, and also the reception is on the same side.

Villas are great and well equipped, there is a pool and an outside bar and restaurant.

The location and climate create a relaxing atmosphere, but the quality of the staff, restaurant and service can not match Awasi Patagiona.

Patagonia is also relaxing, but so much more attention is given to the service and the interaction with the guests.

Managers are aware and the the their best to increase the level.

Before you arrive, inform them what sort of excursions you want to do, The level of activity you want, so that can give you the right guide.

It is a great place to stay and it can only get better with the motivated ‘managers

Perfect is as perfect does
Reviewed 2 months ago

Can’t rave enough. The small property is immaculate - they even clean your hiking boots! The staff are knowledgeable, extremely attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. The food is out of this world - would easily be a one star Michelin Restaurant if it existed to serve anyone other than hotel guests. The accompanying wines are all first class. Our guide Pila and driver Marco were fantastic and the lunch and breakfast served picnic style mid-trip were not to be believed. All in all it’s very expensive and worth it.

Awasi Does it Perfectly
Reviewed 2 months ago

We have been on safari in Botswana and Sabi Sands, and we were a bit worried about whether Awasi would meet our high expectations. We spent 4 nights at Awasi Atacama and 4 nights at Awasi Iguazu. Both were perfect - and more than met our expectations. Service, excursions, cuisine, attention to comfort and detail were all outstanding. In Atacama, our guide, Jimineza, was absolutely wonderful. The chef at Atacama is world class. We had some of the best, most sophisticated meals we have ever had anywhere. We could not have had a more perfect time.

Fantastic
Reviewed 2 months ago

Awasi Atacama is a fantastic place: rooms are well designed and very comfortable, food is outstanding (level of a one star Michelin restaurant), service is perfect, and having a dedicated guide and a dedicated 4*4 for our stay to discover everything around was a dream! Thank you!