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Altiplanico Atacama

Northern Chile

Rating: Mid-range    

Altiplanico Atacama overview

Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama is on the outskirts of San Pedro, giving you the best of both worlds, the option to walk into town (about 15 minutes) to enjoy different restaurants and bars, and back at your hotel, enjoy the peace and quiet.

The hotel has more of a village feel about it, the 'casitas' have been built in three blocks with space in between filled with nature. The buildings are all constructed from adobe and have straw roofs. They fit perfectly in this bone-dry landscape with the backdrop of dramatic volcanic peaks.

Each room is different, not just in the configuration of single, double, triple or family, but also in shape and layout. What they do have in common is they each have a private terrace facing the Andes, and the newer rooms also have an outdoor shower. The decor is simple and rustic, fitted benches are made from adobe, the colours echoing the rich natural tones of nature. Bright fabrics adorn the beds and add a bit of colour to the rooms. The windows are small and the walls thick, keeping the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, though in winter months you may find this closed. There's also an large shaded outdoor seating area complete with an atmospheric fire pit. It's a nice spot from which to enjoy the southern constellations after dark. In the restaurant and bar, you'll often find local music adding to the ambience as you have a well-earned nightcap.

It's easy to explore the Atacama Desert from here, some trips are full on and involve and early start, but you can arrange for a packed lunch and it's always great to come back to the homely atmosphere of Altiplanico San Pedro.


Open: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama is open all year.

Location: The hotel is tucked away on its own stretch of land, just on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama. The closest airport is Calama, about 100kms and a 90 minute drive away.

Rooms: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama has 29 rooms each one different from the next. They are arranged in three semicircles with cultivated fields separating each cluster. There are singles, doubles, triples and family rooms each with WiFi, en-suite and individual terraces. Some of the rooms have outside showers, allowing you to enjoy the night sky even while you are showering. The walls and floors of the rooms are natural shades of earth tones giving a fresh and cosy feel. This is off set with brighter local fabrics used in the soft furnishings. To keep the rooms cool from the heat of the sun during the day and insulated from the cold at night, the windows are small and the walls are thick. 

Activities: The hotel an arrange many activities and sightseeing tours for you if you wish. There is plenty to see and do in the Atacama Desert; from salt flats to geysers, lagoons to Death Valley. Horse riding, bike riding, hiking and trekking are various ways to enjoy this unique area and explore the flora and fauna.

Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool (this is closed during the winter months), laundry service, Wi-Fi in rooms and common areas.

Dining: The bar has happy hour and music every day. The restaurant serves a mixture of Chilean, Peruvian food with inspiration from the Atacama desert thrown in. Meals are often served with quinoa, purple potatoes, scallops, and Indian corn.

Children: Children are welcome.

Health: Be aware of the effects of altitude when visiting here.

Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas and the rooms.

Notes: The hotel is part of the Altiplanico group which has also properties in Santiago, Easter Island and Puerto Natales.

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