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What We Love

  • Friendly, multilingual guides know the area’s geology and wildlife
  • More than 20 excursions by Jeep, horse, bicycle or foot suited for varying fitness levels
  • Large private terraces with panoramic mountain views
  • Environmental efforts: Wastewater is reused to irrigate the organic garden
  • The spa's Finnish sauna and steam room

What To Know

  • The village center is a 20-minute walk away
  • The lodge has one restaurant, with a limited menu
  • Excursions are not designed for young children and are weather-permitting

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

After trekking through the massive sand dunes and vast salt flats of the Atacama Desert, I wanted to retreat someplace where I wouldn’t lose sight of the unique landscape that brought me to northern Chile in the first place. Eco-friendly lodge Tierra Atacama was just the place. Built in harmony with its surroundings, the 32-room property has breathtaking views of the Andes.

Constructed from adobe and stone, the boutique hotel manages to be both elegant and rustic. It’s the type of place where you can linger in the sprawling lobby before rinsing off the day’s dust without fear of seeming uncouth. The living room area, with its long couches covered in natural hand-woven fabrics, is the perfect setting for exchanging stories of flamingo and llama sightings with other guests.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/253/pgal-73999-1273782092-612×355-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that you’ll never forget that you’re in the Atacama.”}

The guestrooms, minimally furnished in shades of brown and beige, have private terraces that look out at the still-active Licancabur Volcano, and exterior showers that bring new meaning to the word “outdoorsy.” And while the L’Occitane products in the bathroom sooth the skin, this region is the world’s driest altiplano, so you might yearn for some professional attention.

Uma Spa uses saline minerals and volcanic mud in many of its treatments. Before my hydrating message I take a dip in the relaxation room’s indoor pool. Unlike the one outside, it’s heated and has jets that relieve the tired muscles that come with the excursions the staff plans for guests.

In the evening the lobby lights are dimmed and a fire crackles away. I sidle up to the bar, which is made from old railroad crossties, and order a frothy pisco sour as an aperitif. The adjacent restaurant uses ingredients from an on-site organic garden to prepare dishes such as Chilean sea bass and Patagonian lamb chops. After dinner in the desert, I sit by one of the outdoor firepits with a glass of carménère in hand, and the clear night sky’s brilliant stars glimmer overhead.

How to Get There

Tierra Atacama Hotel And Spa
Calle Séquitor S/n
San Pedro de Atacama, undefined Chile

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 985 Reviews
First class service in a beautiful setting
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Tierra Atacama is a beautiful oasis outside of San Pedro de Atacama. We spent 4 nights at the hotel. From the moment you arrive, the staff takes care of your every need. Very personal service. They provide everything. The rooms are large with a nice outdoor patio for the east-facing rooms. Very comfortable beds. It had both air conditioning and an overhead fan which gave us a nice choice. The room had both an indoor and outdoor shower. I would have preferred to have the sink separated from the bedroom for noise/light purposes, but that wasn't a big deal.

While you can choose to book only the room, I would strongly suggest the all-inclusive package. The food in the restaurant was generally very good (with the exception of one trout dinner which was not very good). The breakfast is a buffet with lots of hot & cold options -- everything you could want. The lunch and dinner are menu based with a couple starter options, 3 entree options & a few dessert options. What we didn't discover until the 3rd day was that there is an alternative menu if you don't see anything you like (I wish this was explained to us earlier). There is a statement in very tiny letters on the main menu, but we didn't notice it. All beverages are included (beer, wine, alcohol) unless you want a bottle of their premium wines. Though we though their house wines were very good (4 red choices & a few whites). We didn't spend any time at the pool or spa, but other guests told us it was very good.

One of the highlights for us were the activities. Right when you arrive they sit down with you to describe the activities and understand any physical limitations you might have. There is something for everyone. You can try it all or do nothing -- the choice is yours. Generally, there are 1/2 day morning and afternoon departures to see the sights. We had something planned for each day. Given that we are active, we opted for some of the hiking trips. You have to remember that the hotel is at 8,000 ft of elevation and some of the trips get you up to 15,000 ft. I would highly recommend the geysers (6:30 a.m. departure) and the Moon Valley walk. Also, there is an evening visit to view the night sky -- which is amazingly brilliant given the clear skies and lack of light. The guides are all very knowledgeable and personable. All the excursions were free.

My only negative about the hotel was that their vans could use an upgrade, especially given that most of the time you have a drive of 45 to 60 minutes to get to the excursion (90 minutes for the geysers). They are old 9-12 passenger vans that are hard to get in and out of and the air conditioning systems are somewhat marginal. If you were in the back, it was hard to hear the guide. I noticed that other hotels had more modern mini buses with the larger windows and better comfort. They need to spend some money for an upgrade.

Desert with a view, with depth, with context and perspective. Go to Tierra
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing hotel located 1.4km outside of San Pedro de Atacama.
Hotel is sustainable, very chic, contemporary with Mid-century soul.
Architeture invites guest like your rich-uncle´s estate to wander around and explore every little corner.
Rooms are lined up around inner flower garden that offers olfative comfort, flowers are amazing. Room looks like Mid century chic, bed is super comfortable.
Staff Paula, Claudia and Rodolfo are amazing. Guides Lily, Carolina and Leo are super knowledgable, JP the Guide is very attentive and smart. Ema the driver is so sweet. Food is a la carte with delicious choices and fish, meat and veggie dishes. There is also gluten free options. Wine list is great and non-alcoholic drinks superb Try mojito with ginger without alcohol.

A Desert Oasis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 4 wonderful days here! A flawless experience! Loved the atmosphere, gardens, friendly staff, great service, excellent food , and beautiful facilities. They offer such a wide range of activities and excursions to pick from. Loved having an active guided hike in jaw dropping beautiful scenery, coming back to discuss the day with guests from all over the world at the bar or pool. The diverse scenery and beauty contrasts so much with the Patagonia area we had just come from. Stunning! Loved every minute here!!! Great job Tierra! A heartfelt thanks!

Fantastic resort- top notch rooms, food, tours
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a family around the holidays. The hotel was great all around,
starting with an efficient airport transfer, a greeting upon arrival with a welcome drink and a meeting with a guide who discussed our desired excursions.

Rooms were fabulously appointed with lovely decors, nice bed, and a great view from the back patio.

The all inclusive food and drink was excellent including many quality and interesting choices at each meal.

The Excursions were comprehensive, varied, and guides and excursions were top-notch.

Fabulous visit, and highly recommended resort!

The Best - Simply the Best...!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a terrific experience... Wonderful rooms, exceptional food, very well organized and executed tours and excursions, great service. The Tierra chain is truly the best...

The additional outdoor shower was a very pleasant plus (and can be very romantic...)!

"Boston", the bartender was terrific - we were introduced to Pisco Sours, with Rica Rica (yum and perfect in the dry heat of the Atacama). And while all of the guides were excellent, Lilly can only be described as truly "special"...!