Atacama Desert, Chile
Escape to a world of clear night skies, high altitude lagoons and moon-like valleys at Tierra Atacama. High in the northern desert of Chile, the Tierra Atacama lodge encapsulates exquisite design, authentic experiences and an intimate, home-away-from-home atmosphere, where a sense of both adventure travel and pure relaxation lingers in the air.
The essence of this unforgettable desert landscape is at the heart of Tierra Atacama. The property was designed by some of Chile’s most renowned architects, with regional sensibilities, eco-friendly design and boutique comforts firmly in mind.
- Tierra Atacama one of the first hotels in South America to produce solar-powered electricity, with a hybrid system that meets the hotel´s daily energy demand. With the help of the German company, KRAFTWERK, 588 photovoltaic panels were installed, as well as five invertors and a bank of high-efficiency, ion-lithium batteries – QINOUS. The panels use a high-tech energy management system, that allows communication between photovoltaic panels and diesel generators, the energy generated by our solar plant meets almost half of our daily needs. Thanks to the solar plant, Tierra Atacama avoids burning almost 100,000 liters of fossil fuels annually, reducing the carbon footprint by over 240 tons of CO₂ every year.
- The property is part of the dual education system at Likan Antai, a technical school where Tierra Hotels has taken on more than 50 young people as apprentices, under the guidance of experts in the fields of tourism, electricity and agriculture. They’ve also appointed graduates from this school so that they may continue working with the hotel and further their careers.
- Before building the hotel, they carried out an archaeological study wherein they discovered more than 400 pieces of pre-Hispanic material, mainly pottery fragments; the most outstanding of which were donated to the Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, in San Pedro de Atacama. In addition, as part of the architectural project, they incorporated an ancient bull pen, whose adobe walls were originally built 150 years ago using age-old techniques.
- Every day, 100 percent of the water at Tierra Atacama is extracted from their own well, to avoid tapping into the townspeople´s supply. The water is then treated by a reverse osmosis plant, enabling to provide our own water to the hotel.
- On top of this, they maximize this precious resource through their onsite treatment plant, which means they reuse the grey water for irrigation, reviving arable land. That land, which had been abandoned for more than 30 years, has now transformed into gardens brimming with native species over six lush hectares.
32 rooms styled with Atacameñan details:
16 Oriente rooms have terraces facing the volcano
14 Poniente rooms have terraces with views of the gardens and mountains.
2 family rooms
Restaurant & Bar
The hotel is a 25 minute walk to the village of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the north of Chile. The drive to the nearest airport, Calama, is approximately one hour and flights from Santiago take 2 hours.
Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 0°C to 27°F. Late September to mid April is usually the right time to do outside activities.
Good to Know
The Atacama is considered one of the best places in the world for astronomy, which explains why the largest galactic observatory has been built here: ALMA. You certainly don’t need to be a professional astronomer to enjoy the stars above you, though. You can revel in the sight of perfect, star-lit skies from the privacy of your own room at Tierra Atacama.
Uma Spa (“water” in the local Aymará language) has a heated indoor pool with bubble beds, jets and cascades, steam rooms as well as relaxation areas with volcano views.