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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge


View of the desert over San Pedro River

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Poolside bar


One of 6 pools at the lodge




Alto Atacama


The Lodge at night


Stulish, comfortable bedrooms


Bedroom terrace


Outdoor bar at night


Excursion picnic


Dining Room

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Chile

Stunning boutique desert hideaway on the banks of San Pedro River

Only available as part of a tailor-made tour created by our Chile specialists

Alto Atacama nestles in a valley of sublime beauty, in the shadow of the Pukará de Quitor ruins and with the San Pedro River winding its way alongside. The lodge is a beautiful work of architecture - inside and out - and blends seamlessly into its surroundings very much like the typical dwellings of the area and is located 10 minutes outside of the oasis village of San Pedro; it's a superb base for visiting the Atacama Desert.


The property's exceptional design extends into Alto Atacama's 42 rooms. All are spacious, comfortable, and conducive to a good night's sleep after an action-packed day. The decoration is rustic yet elegant, with local crafts adding warmth and character. All rooms have their own private terrace, perfect for enjoying a good book, or simply relaxing and admiring the views of the gardens and the mountains.

Activities & Experiences

Activities on offer from Alto Atacama include guided tours to the surrounding desert and mountains, climbing, trekking and mountain biking. At night, the crystal clear sky is perfect for star gazing, and the resident expert can explain what's what in the heavens. Guests can also indulge in a variety of relaxing treatments in the Puri Spa where they use water from glacial snow and aromatic herbs to create serenely relaxing and rejuvenating therapies. 

Facilities & Services

Alto Atacama has six small outdoor pools surrounded by extensive decked areas, overlooking the beautiful Catarpe Valley. There's an outdoor bar and restaurant, perfect for enjoying the desert mountain views. The cuisine blends Mediterranean flavours with local organic ingredients, many of which are seen and collected during excursions in the area. The spa has a sauna, hammam, and indoor & outdoor hot tubs. There is also a cosy indoor lounge area, library, and dining room decorated with local crafts and furniture.

Weather & Seasons

The Atacama Desert is a year-round destination, with a considerable fluctuation in temperature between day and night whenever you visit. In winter (June to August) the average daytime temperature is 22ºC, dropping to around 4ºC at night. In summer (December to February) daytime temperatures are around 28ºC, falling to a pleasant 16ºC at night. 

Getting Here

14 hour flight from London to Santiago, followed by a 2 hour flight to Calama and then a 1 hour transfer by car. 

Consider Also

Our Chile and wider Latin America specialists can tailor-make the perfect tour for you in this stunning part of the world. Perhaps something like our suggested 12 night tailor-made Highlights of Chile holiday. Some of our other recommended places to stay in the region include:

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Santiago

Palacio Astoreca Valparaiso

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon, southern Peru

Titilaka Hotel, Lake Titicaca, southern Peru

More ideas for Adventures in South America

Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us a message outlining your requirements.

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