Destinations

Alto Atacama Lodge & Spa

about alto atacama lodge & spa, atacama desert

Inspired by the traditional accommodation of the area, Alto Atacama Lodge and Spa blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings, completely enveloped by them. Situated in Catarpe Valley in the Salt Mountain Range, a mile or so from San Pedro, here you will find superb sweeping views and a unique tranquillity, as well as sumptuous spaces that allow you to make the ‘most of the outdoors.

Environmentally sustainable, with guides trained to leave no trace, you are encouraged to get off the beaten track and really explore the varied landscapes of the desert, as well as interacting with the local people. Most of the staff here are indigenous and have umpteen stories to share.

Activities here range from volcano climbs and mountain biking through desert canyons, to exploring ancient ruins, hot springs, or just relaxing with the resident alpacas.

alto atacama lodge & spa details

Style

Stunning architecture designed by some of Chile’s best architects, landscapers and designers, The lodge is totally unique, designed to become a part of its surroundings, with a natural appeal and an ecological mind-set.

Setting

Just of a mile from San Pedro de Atacama, in the shade of the Pukara de Quitor ruins in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.

Accommodation & Facilities

Rooms are elegant in design with a rustic style, all differing slightly in size and shape but all with their very own private terrace. Peppered with local artefacts and traditional furnishings, they have a real sense of warmth and authenticity, as well as being comfortable and luxurious. Rooms are available in three varieties; Quitor, Catarpe and Suite Tilo. There are 5 Quito rooms; these are the closest to the main areas with views to the gardens and a minibar. The 27 Catarpe rooms are ever so slightly larger than Quitor rooms and the terrace is more private, set in the gardens. The 10 Suite Tilo’s are in the gardens as well, with views to the lagoon and Catarpe Valley, these are a lot bigger with the other two with an additional private patio and outdoor shower.

There are extensive decked outdoor areas with 6 pools, a bar and a restaurant. Despite the beauty of the rooms, the superb surroundings take the biscuit and you are by no means short of ways to enjoy the view. There is also a spa.

Dining

Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic, in fact you will spot them as you explore your surroundings and they will sometimes be picked along the way. Cuisine is Mediterranean in style and can be enjoyed in a variety of settings, both in and out, and enjoyed alongside some fine Chilean wine.

Activities

There is a list of about 30 activities that can be enjoyed from Alto Atacama, including cultural visits, mountain biking through canyons, climbing volcanoes, drives and lunches in unique spots. Enjoy luminous sunsets and the bright stars at night, or relax in the pools and spa.

Child Policy

Children are welcome. Please bear in mind that this lodge is at high altitude and some younger children may have trouble adapting.

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