5.0
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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 1021 Reviews
Loved Our Stay at Tierra Atacama!!
Reviewed 1 day ago

Tierra Atacama is a wonderful all inclusive lodge to stay at in the Atacama Desert. We loved the zen/peaceful decor, the personable and caring guides, and the meal menus. The bathroom needs a little updating to include a double sink separate from the bathing area.

Couldn't be happier!!
Reviewed 3 days ago

I don't have the words to convey my experience here glowingly enough. As soon as I stepped through the front doors, I say "Wow". The setting is spectacular, and Tierra has done a phenomenal job integrating the property with the backdrop. The pool area doesn't even look real. Truly special. It was pure serenity to relax by the pool and jacuzzi, with the Atacama desert and volcano in the backdrop.

The staff could not have been any nicer. Not only was nothing a bother, but they went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. An offhanded remark that I was hungry was met with a quick "Would you like a cheese plate?", to which a complementary (and delicious) charcuterie platter was brought out to my friend and I. Every encounter we had with every person made us feel like family.

The excursions were excellent. My friend and I had two of them to ourselves, and on another, were joined by a lovely and entertaining couple. The excursion leaders were top-notch-- friendly and informative. The Atacama region is simply spectacular. Everything was done first rate-- including the food spreads that would suddenly appear in the middle of the geyser field or salt flats, compliments of Tierra. It's also worth mentioning that both dinners we had at the hotel were fabulous.

The hotel is not cheap. But there is a difference between expensive and overpriced (I unfortunately had an experience with the latter, elsewhere, later in my trip). I never once second guessed my decision to stay here. It is well worth every cent. My only regret is not staying longer. I hope to return one day! Thank you, Tierra Atacama!

An Exceptional Experience
Reviewed 3 days ago

We just returned from what might be our finest vacation experience. The quality of facilities, services and staff was phenomenal. Atacama is a most interesting destination and Tierra Atacama has to be the finest destination in the region....or anywhere in the world! The guides for the excursions/hikes were well informed, pleasant and passionate. The food was great and the kitchen team was consistently flexible to accommodate my vegan diet. We feel so fortunate to have had this wonderful experience.

If You Want to See the Atacama, Stay Here
Reviewed 5 days ago

This hotel is perfect for the desert. Located in the oasis town of San Pedro, one is surrounded by green. But once outside the adobe walls, one becomes quickly aware that one is in the desert. Some of the most amazing geology is but a short, bumpy drive away. The town itself is a bit touristy but worth a stroll....particularly the central square.
The hotel staff is friendly and professional. The offered excursions are plentiful. The rooms are spacious and the food quite good. We would return in a heartbeat.

A wonderful experience with great staff that got off to a rocky start
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, let me say that we had a truly wonderful time staying here, with great staff, food and setting and I would have given the resort a 5 except for the following. When we checked in, we were shown to room 22, which was run down and totally unacceptable for a resort of this standard and price. When we said something to the manager, Claudia, she was very responsive and moved us to room 16 which was wonderful!! I truly hope that room 22 (and any others with similar wear) will be renovated immediately. The other note of disappointment was that the van from the airport (a 1.5 hour drive) was filthy inside. This is a desert and thus a very dusty area so we expected the outside to be very dirty, with some dirt inside, but this van was truly filthy...note that none of the other vans we went in during our 4 day stay were dirty inside so I have to assume this was an anomaly.

Now onto why we had a wonderful time. The setting is gorgeous with a wonderful view of the volcano and mountains. Our new room had a great outdoor veranda and fantastic outdoor shower (indoor shower too). Claudia was very attentive, as was all of the staff. They seem to love their jobs and want to be helpful wherever possible. JP (excursion coordinator) goes into details about all of the excursions and really tried to access our interest and hiking abilities. We had some amazing guides: Kerina (sp?), Tom and Felipe, to name a few that stood out. The wait staff were all excellent (except for one surely man) but a special mention to Diego and Natalya (sp?). While a few dishes fell short, the food was overwhelming delicious and quite plentiful.

We would highly recommend staying here with the proviso that you are not in a run-down room (of which there may only be 1 or a few...I do not know).