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Atacama, Chile

A theatre of stars play out in the world’s clearest night skies.

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Chile’s Atacama Desert may be the driest desert in the world, but what it lacks in water, it makes up for with picture-perfect scenery.

Atacama highlights

Browse below to see the top experiences that can feature in your bespoke Atacama itinerary.

• Sample some of Peru’s culinary offerings on a tour of local markets in Lima. This is one of the best places in the world to eat ceviche.
• Renew and recharge in the gorgeous Sacred Valley. A few days here are recommended to prepare you for the coming altitude.
• Adventure in the Sacred Valley with adrenaline pumping activities such as biking, hiking or by native Paso Horse.
• Enjoy a ‘pachamanca’ local Peruvian dinner. For the Incas, this rustic yet highly symbolic dining ritual named for the Quechua words pacha “earth” and manka “pot” represented a celebration of the cycle of life. Digging an earthen oven and cooking food underground pays homage to Pachamama, the Incan fertility goddess.

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when to GO

 Sept to Nov and March to May / shoulder season

timeframe

1 to 2 weeks, and longer if you’re combining with Easter Island, Peru, and/or Bolivia.

FLIGHTS

San Pedro de Atacama

CURRENCY

Chilean peso

languages

Spanish

 

hotels we love

Nothing but the best. Browse below to see the hotels that can feature in your bespoke Atacama itinerary.

AWASI ATACAMA

The beautiful Awasi Atacama is tucked away on a historical site surrounded by an ancient wall used by shepherds for centuries. Just a stone’s throw away from the town of San Pedro De Atacama, Awasi is the perfect base from which to explore the magical surrounds of the region.

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TIERRA ATACAMA BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA

Arkaba’s true luxury is delivered by the fact that its 60,000 acres are shared by just 10 guests, taking the definition of exclusivity to a new level in Australia. Located in the ancient and awe-inspiring grand scale landscape of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a genuine blend of conservation and tourism. There’s also the Arkaba walking safari with camping in signature swags under the stars for those looking to leave the luxuries of the 150 year old homestead behind for an incredible four-day wild bush adventure in the outback.

EXPLORA ATACAMA: 22º 55’ S, 68º 12’ W

The beautiful, simple Explora Atacama is situated within 42 acres of pristine grounds in the Ayllu de Larache (initially a community of the ancient Aymara people), near the gateway town of San Pedro de Atacama. A stay at the Explora Atacama is all about reconnecting with the natural and cultural surrounds of the Atacama Desert on a series of truly unforgettable adventures.

ALTO ATACAMA Desert Lodge & Spa

The exceptional Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa blends effortlessly into the Catarpe Valley in the Salt Mountain Range, just outside of San Pedro de Atacama. Influenced by local village architecture, the designers who built this magnificent retreat are some of the finest in Chile, creating a tranquil haven in the heart of the terracotta-coloured desert.

Why book with Us?

Because we’ve been there!

Travel Expertise

Marie-France spent 10 nights doing Explora’s Travesias from the terracotta mountains in the Atacama Desert to the endless white of the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, experiencing two of the world’s most fascinating locations in the journey of a lifetime.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s plan your trip! We look forward to getting started on your bespoke Atacama itinerary.

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