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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 624 Reviews
Ultimate personalised service
Reviewed 12 hours ago

We spent 4 nights in rectangular room across road from communal areas. We loved the large room and privacy offered by being away from the communal areas, and found the road crossing no inconvenience at all. Atacama offers the most surprising variety of landscapes and wildlife, together with many adventure opportunities. Awasi's private guides enable you to tailor your adventures and experiences to perfection. Our personal guide, Barbara was amazing, flexible, knowledgeable, full of great advice and insights, and a wonderful person to spend time with.
Similarly, the level of personal attention, friendliness, and professionalism of all the staff we met was at a higher level than any South American alternatives we researched or tried.
Food and wine was also a material step up from likes of the ever popular and highly rated Explora chain.
If you are passionate horse rider, and/or prefer group experiences, then Explora would be our recommendation, and is still a high quality experience. But if you want personalised service and experiences, tailored to your abilities and interests, with an altogether higher level of food, wine, and service then Awasi is for you.
Pic below is the lunch put on by Awasi at the end of a hike through wetlands at 4000m plus, dining with vicuna, Andean geese, and other wildlife. A truly lifetime magical moment, thanks to the Awasi team.

Everything you read is true - absolutely outstanding
Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed at Awasi Atacama early November and had the most incredible time. From the moment we arrived at the local airport the staff of Awasi Atacama could not do enough for us. Our guide Christobal was endlessly cheerful, knowledgeable and considerate. He organised all the tours to fit in with our interests and timed them to perfection.
The food and drink were outstanding - I mean really outstanding and the restaurant staff were more than happy to adjust the menus to suit your personal tastes.
We have been to many wonderful places in the world and stayed in top hotels/safari lodges and I would rate Awasi Atacama right up there with the very best available. It is expensive but if you can afford it you will have a holiday of a lifetime.

Don’t hesitate!
Reviewed 7 days ago

We chose Awasi because it provides a very personal and customized tour of the area. You are assigned a guide who picks you up at the airport, guides you during your stay and drops you off at the end of your stay. We met with our guide, Cristobal, upon arrival at Awasi and, together, created an itinerary for the next 3 days that was designed around our preferences and needs. Our tours were perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed everything we did.
Cristobal was an excellent guide. I can only assume that Awasi only hires the best. He was knowledgable, friendly and took excellent care of us.
We had a square villa across the road from the main area. It was lovely and huge! It had an outdoor shower which is one of my favorite things. I would not hesitate to stay in this villa again.
The food and service were on caliber with the price. It is expensive, but you most certainly get what you pay for!
My husband and I are retired and travel extensively. We would highly recommend Awasi. Make sure you ask for Cristobal!!

Expensive but worth it
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with my best friend and I will admit I was sticker-shocked, but it was really worth the money. From the moment I emailed to ask questions about the hotel and adding an extra half day (we arrived early and left late), I could tell the service would be impeccable. They worked to accommodate us and all and we were allowed to have tours on both days. That made a huge difference already since it allowed us to maximize our time.

You will arrive to the hotel and you will immediately be greeted with a smile upon your arrival at the airport. Our guide and driver picked us up at the airport and were with us the whole time and drove us back upon our return to the airport. It was lovely, particularly because we all got along so well.

The hotel is very concerned with guaranteeing you have a good time. At one point, someone asked me how I slept and I said not well (through zero fault of the hotel) and the person was immediately concerned about my well-being. There was a humidifier in the hotel room, which is a nice touch given how dry it is, and a little gift every evening. Booking your tours will be seamless because upon arrival you will meet with your guide to discuss your interests. For example, I said I wanted to try sand-boarding and they immediately looked for a way to make it happen although it's not a normal tour. We wound up having a private lesson on our last day. The lunches and breakfast that happened while on the tours were gourmet meals. There was wine, there were eggs (freshly made!) and juices, and bread and salads, etc. etc. You will constantly be fed and fed well. At night, the various bartenders will provide you with a cocktail of your choice or that evening's cocktail along with an amuse bouche. Again, every detail is taken care of.

We also went on an astronomy tour which was more fun (and educational!) than I expected. They take you to a house with a small observatory where you will have an option of hot chocolate, wine or beer. The nights are so clear, you can see Mars, Saturn and the moon. It was phenomenal and the gentleman who gave the tour was enthusiastic and very informed about the topic which made everything even better.

Last, but certainly not least, our tour guide, Georgina, was awesome. She was so sweet and always greeted us with an enormous smile and excitement for the day. We also had a female driver and because I am the WORST, I forgot her name but she's the only female driver so you can't miss her. They both brought a great energy to everything we did, including cooking our meals while out and about! The conclusion is, you should stay at this hotel. You won't regret it! I saw another reviewer complain about crossing the street from the rectangle rooms (which are a bit cheaper) and we did it and it's totally fine. It takes less than a minute and I personally like saving a couple of hundred dollars if all it takes is crossing a road.

Fantastic guides create a very personalized experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic experience. Special thanks to Jimena and Gustavo who were incredible guiding us. Awasi exclusive guides made all the difference and Jimena went out of her way to creating a very personalized experience.
Great service as well and food was very good.