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Experience the authentic beauty of Atacama staying at Tierra Atacama located on the edge of San Pedro De Atacama. At Tierra, you will be welcomed with our casual and friendly service to ensure you are comfortable as if you were in your own homes. Enjoy a range of outdoor activities from hiking, biking, volcano climbing, and horse rides to exploring the flora & fauna. When night falls, be sure to take in the brilliant stars while relaxing in peace in the Atacama Desert
Witness the beauty scenery of the Altiplanic landscape, with its mountains, many contrasts and extraordinary colours.
Enjoy the spectacular views of the Licancabur volcano and spot bird life.
Hike to Chile’s most active volcano, Lascar Volcano, and see its active smoke vents and multiple craters while enjoy the panoramic view of the Salar de Atacama and Laguna Lejia.
Take on horse riding and discover the desert scenery while sprinting through the sand dunes.
Observe the universe with the naked eye just above the Atacama Desert.
Relax and spend time in the Uma Spa with both outdoor and indoor swimming pools.
Enjoy one of the welcoming private corners of the hotel such as a seat by one of the terrace fire pits, lounge next to the pool or relax on one of the shady outdoor decks.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Arrivals in Atacama. All meals and activities included.
Day 2 & 3: All meals and activities included.
Day 4: Complete your stay at Tierra Atacama. Departure transfer to airport.
** 5 and 6 day tours are also available.
ON 4 WHEELS
Altiplanic Lagoons (Aguas Calientes & Tuyajto)
At an altitude of approximately 13,000 feet (4,000 meters), we will take you to the remote lagoons of Aguas Calientes and the surprising salt flats of Tuyajto with all of its colors and contrasts. During this full-day excursion, we will also show you the area of Piedras Rojas (Red Rocks) with formations that are out of this world. Weather permitting, we will have lunch at Tuyajto so you can fully enjoy your experience or we will go to an authentic Atacameñian restaurant in the small town of Socaire to learn more about their culture and to support local business.
Altiplanic Lagoons (Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons)
We depart the hotel towards the highland lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, which are at an altitude of 4,200 m / 13,860 feet. The scenery here is ideal to make a stop in our journey and contemplate the beauty of the Altiplanic landscape, with its mountains, many contrasts and extraordinary colours. Lunch is taken in a local restaurant in the village of Socaire, a small way to give much needed support to the local community. Salar de Tara
Heading east from the hotel, we travel towards the Argentinian border and the Salar de Tara. As the terrain rises, enjoy marvellous views of the Licancabur volcano and spot bird life, salt lakes and areas of marshland. At a height of 4200m/ 13,860 feet approximately igneous rock plugs from the "nuns" of Tara, a marvellous sight in the middle of an amazing plateau. Continue to Tara itself, where lunch is enjoyed.
The Tatio Geisers
The Tatio Geisers are located at an altitude of 4300m /14,190 ft. The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the zone and consists of huge steam columns which reach heights of 12m/almost 40 ft. Breakfast is served as dawn breaks. On the way back to the village, there is the opportunity to spot families of vicuñas and if we are lucky, foxes, vizcachas and Andean ostrich. We stop in the hamlet of Machuca before returning to the hotel by vehicle.
To the north of San Pedro and reached by van via a steep road, is the tiny village of Machuca at an altitude of 4000 m / 13,123 feet. The village of Machuca has a privileged site surrounded by nature and in its only street we can see the roofs made of cactus and maybe taste barbecued llama, offered by the villagers. The church is of special interest for the cultural significance and birds and llamas can be seen in the area.
Puritama Hot Springs
This journey has established itself as a unique experience in an environment where water is an unexpected finding! Hidden at the bottom of a steep sided gorge, surrounded by vegetation, the River Puritama has 8 natural pools, with water which has an average temperature of 33 ºC/ 91ºF at an altitude of 3500 m asl (11,482 feet). Following a lovely bathe, we return to the hotel by vehicle.
This journey allows participants to appreciate the surreal beauty of the landscape from many viewpoints in the Salt Mountain Range, such as the scenery of Death Valley, Moon Valley and the Andes mountain range. Includes short walks in areas with rocky outcrops, scenery formed by the wind the rain and the temperature changes of the desert. A must for photo buffs!
Atacama Salt Flat (Chaxa Lagoon & Flamingo Reserve)
The journey starts with a brief visit to Toconao village where the square and the historic church are the main attractions. Also visit a local family who lives off the sales of their handcrafts. Continue to the National Flamingo Reserve in the Atacama salt flat. There are three types of flamingo to be found here, living off the microscopic lagoon life. The views of the Andes as the sun sets are truly amazing.
WALKING & HIKING
A fun excursion for the morning or afternoon. On arrival at the old road to Calama, the walk starts with a visit to some archeological sites and wonderful views of the volcanoes of the region. At a height of around 2600m/ 8580 feet, descend via the huge dune to Death Valley- an unforgettable experience!
An amazing morning or afternoon hike through incredible scenery. We depart the hotel by vehicle towards the Mirador de Kari, located 2,550 meters / 8,370 feet above sea level. Here, you will appreciate a strange phenomenon where water, wind and temperature extremes have joined forces to produce this unique gorge in the Salt Mountain Range. We walk between dried-up clay riverbeds, calcium carbonate and lime rock formations and finish the walk in a labyrinth like area. Return to the hotel by van.
Devils Canyon & Vilama
A morning or afternoon excursion. Depart the hotel by vehicle and head to Devil's Canyon to start the walk. The altitude here is approx 2,450m/8,038ft. We walk on flattish ground for about an hour, on the dry river bed through formations of lime which are part of the Salt Mountain Range. We continue along an ancient caravan route, passing by petroglyphs which show the former commercial activity in the area and finish at the old settlement known as Vilama. Return to the hotel by vehicle.
Guatin / Gatchi
Depart the hotel in a vehicle towards Guatin Valley (2,800m/9,186ft). The confluence of two rivers takes place here; one coming from the warm thermal springs of Puritama, and the other is the Purifica River, whose waters are from the Andes Mountains. This unique mix of warm thermal spring water and cold clear mountain snowmelt gives rise to the new river which supports the unique ecosystem of the Guatin Canyon. We walk here, alongside waterfalls and rocky climbs whilst marvelling at the amazing Candelaria cactus.
Guatin / Puritama
This excursion is better done in the morning because of the temperature changes. The walk starts at an altitude of 2,800m/9,186 ft to the northeast of San Pedro. The walk is a steady uphill climb, through the valley which is scattered with igneous rocks from the volcanic explosions of the past. We eventually arrive at the Puritama Thermal Springs, 8 pools of limpid warm water where there is a chance to bathe and relax before returning to the hotel by vehicle.
Machuca / Río Grande
This walk takes place at around 4,000m/13,200ft and is a great way to acclimatize to the altitude for people who want to climb a volcano during their stay. The walk follows the river bed and on the way we can see llamas, alpacas and local birds. Stop for lunch in the abandoned mountain village of Peñaliri. Following this break, discover the abandoned terraces of the gully and continue on to the village of Río Grande, where typical vegetables are grown. Return to the hotel by vehicle.
Depart the hotel by vehicle along the road heading to Calama. We continue through the Domeyko Mountain Range to the starting point of our hike (3,000mts/9,840ft approx). The start of this hike will wind along a small gully and then open up to large rock formations marked by petroglyphs. Following dry river beds flanked by mountains we admire spectacular views from various viewpoints. After a gentle climb-descent, we will finish at the Matancilla Valley, also known as Rainbow Valley. We will have lunch here before returning to the hotel by vehicle.
Devils Canyon / Catarpe
Depart the hotel on bicycles heading north towards the Salt Mountain Range, and the beautiful Devil's Canyon. The ride takes place at an average height of 2,400m/8,000ft. After crossing the San Pedro River, we arrive at the Canyon, which is flanked by clay cliffs and has a sandy bottom in places. The ride is a constant gentle climb until we come out of the labyrinth on to the Catarpe plateau. The return journey follows the natural course of the San Pedro River until we reach the village and the hotel.
This is a morning excursion to make the most of the temperature at this time of day. Depart the hotel heading south by bike towards the edge of the Atacama Salt Flat. The terrain is mainly flat and slightly uneven in places. On arrival at the Cejar lagoon, the view of the thick salt crust which has formed around the water hole is amazing. The salt concentration is incredibly high here and one floats in the spectacularly clear waters. Following a swim and a rest, we return to the hotel by vehicle.
Windy Lookout Point / Moon Valley, the Dune
A morning or afternoon excursion. Depart from the hotel heading northeast then head north towards the Salt Mountain range enjoying marvellous views of the Andes and volcanoes. Continue along the cornices viewing the formations of Death Valley from above, before descending via the old trails into the valley itself. Once at the bottom, continue on to Death Valley and cycle through the amazing scenery before returning to the hotel. The uphill and downhill parts are steep in places and this excursion gives a great workout!
Bike Ride through the Ayllus / Atacameñan Communities
Depart the hotel in the morning or early afternoon. The nearby oases villages are typical of the local culture and in many ways their inhabitants still follow the same way of life as their distant ancestors. View the local agriculture and the unique irrigation system. This is a great way to be introduced to the village and the climate of San Pedro.
Lascar Volcano, Chile´s most active volcano, is a perfect spot for mountaineers. Leaving the hotel at 2.400 m (7,870 ft.) we will travel 100 km toward the South, passing by Laguna Lejía. We will arrive at an altitude of approximately 4.800 m (16,000 ft.), where we will begin our climb on the South face of the volcano until we reach the summit, which is at approximately 5.592 m (18,300 ft.) The hike is about 2 miles long, with an ascent of 600m (1900 ft.) Once we arrive, you will be able to see the volcano´s active smoke vents and multiple craters as well as a panoramic view of the Salar de Atacama and Laguna Lejía. We will start our descent gradually back along the same trail until we meet up with the van that will take us back to the hotel.
Including the ascent and descent, we will be hiking for four hours. This is a full day excursion in an environment that is surrounded by amazing mountains and diverse plant and wildlife. To ensure there are no issues with altitude sickness, this excursion requires acclimatization and guests are recommended to stay with us for five to seven days. Before participating in this excursion, guests must have completed at least one other high altitude hike.
The journey starts from the hotel, travelling in a vehicle for 1 hour 30 minutes to the starting point of the walk at a height of 4.800 m approx (16.500 feet) The peak of the volcano is at 5.650 m. / 18.645 feet and from the top there are great views of the Bolivian Altiplano and the Atacama Salt Flat to the west. After time for a break and a rest, the descent is taken slowly and safely down the same route until the vehicle is reached. Return to the hotel by vehicle.
If time and the weather permits we can arrange more challenging volcano walks once Toco has been successfully conquered!
Atacama on Horseback We can arrange a selection of rides with Atacameñan horses. Our saddles are Chilean (Western) style. The horses are mounted at the hotel and we travel with our guide to discover the desert scenery, gallop over the sand dunes and enjoy the views.
Depending on experience and wishes of the participants, the rides can take between 2 and 5 hours.
Chaps and hard hats are supplied in the hotel.
CULTURAL, FLORA & FAUNA
Places such as the Nacimiento and Guatin canyons, the Atacama Salt Flat and northern Chilean Altiplano are habitats which house a wide variety of differing species of birds. For example, the Salt Flats are home to the Chilean flamingo, Andean flamingo, Andean avocet and Puna Plover. The open altiplano wetlands houses Andean geese, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipes, Golden-spotted Ground-doves and Ochre-naped Ground-tyrants amongst others. Other species to be found in the area include the Chiguanco Thrush, Cordilleran Canastero, Scale-throated Earthcreeper, Andean Negrito and Horned Coot amongst many others. The time of year, migratory cycles, availability of food, temperature, altitude, etc., are all determining factors when bird-watching.
Flora & Fauna
The Altiplano is a huge plateau at an altitude of 4,000m/13,200ft. It is an area of vast expanses of land cut into by deep channels and valleys, spotted with high salt lakes and where dark masses of lava from volcanic eruptions change the terrain. Rain is rare, temperatures vacillate wildly and the atmosphere at this altitude is transparent and luminous. Although the conditions are harsh, many plant and vegetable species exist here and have adapted to the demands of the climate and terrain.
Padre Le Paige Museum/ Quitor Fortress
Through vestiges of history and the occupation of the area, we can get an idea of what has happened here in the past. The idiosyncrasies of a people and their culture come to light in visits to the archeological museum in San Pedro de Atacama as does the visit to the "pukara" or Fort of Quitor.
Rupestrian art displays many forms of expression- man has tried to record experiences, common elements, symbols and signs. The description and understanding of them through the science of archaeology gives us the tools to understand. Petroglyph: an inscription or engraving on rock, fundamentally made by hand and with another hard object. These places are now in the middle of nowhere, yet once were important stops on ancient trade routes, they lie witness to the travellers, shamans and merchants of the past who converged here and left evidence of their stories.
ASTRONOMY IN THE STARY DESSERT
The skies above the Atacama desert are some of the best in the whole world to observe the universe. The high altitude and dryness create a privileged setting to see the constellations, stars, planets and galaxies. This is why Tierra Atacama has designed, together with the Ahlarkapin Observatory, a new astronomy excursion that gives guests a unique chance to discover the southern skies while learning about its scientific and ancestral significance. First guests will observe the sky with the naked eye and later discover amazing visualizations through one of the largest private telescopes in the area to observe planets like Mars and Saturn.
One of the highlights of this excursion is learning the important meaning the cosmos play in Andean culture together with the traditional scientific astronomy that has grown immensely in the Atacama region through large international astronomy projects. Depending on the time of year you can see the Southern Cross as well as the different Atacameñan constallations such as the Andean Llama.
Full Moon at Tierra Atacama
Want to feel the true magic of the Altiplano? We´re delighted to present our special full moon experience. Choose from a night trekking in the desert with moonlit shadows or driving to the spectacular viewpoints of moon valley where you can try your hand at night photography. Upon returning to Tierra Atacama, enjoy extended spa times by luxuriating in the indoor heated pool or the outdoor Jacuzzi where you can watch the moon making its way across the night sky.
Valid for stays on 13, 14, 15 May 2014 or 12, 13, 14 June 2014
Get Local in San Pedro
Follow our “insider tips” and then make some finds of your own for the best way to discover the rustic village of San Pedro de Atacama. See the historic church with its cactus wood roof and enjoy the lively scene in the plaza. Pass through ancient wooden doors leading to hidden interior patios, many with open fires, and stock up on a wonderful selection of artisan wares. Before returning to Tierra Atacama for dinner, enjoy our invitation for a cocktail and aperitif alongside the locals in a local restaurant
Valid until 30 September 2014
Departs - Daily
About the Hotel
Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of
San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time
owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its
excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra
Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and
sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and excellent service.
Oriente King/Oriente Twin
Oriente Rooms offer a more romantic setting for guests. Views of the Licancabur volcano are seen through the sliding glass doors that lead to a private terrace.
Featuring a bed with dossel (roll down shades), a frosted glass enclosed bathroom, an outdoor shower in addition to the indoor shower, private terrace and spectacular views of the Licancabur Volcano. Please note these rooms do not have bathtubs. These rooms can be set up with two twin beds or one king bed.
Poniente King/Poniente Twin
Poniente Rooms are slightly more spacious than Oriente Rooms, offering dramatic volcano views through large picture windows as well as views of the Salt Mountain range from the terrace.
Poniente Rooms are slightly larger than Oriente Rooms, and ideal should an additional bed be required for a teen or child. These feature a private terrace with outdoor shower overlooking the Salt Mountain Range and the hotel gardens. Poniente Rooms offer views of the Licancabur Volcano through large windows. These rooms can be set up with two twin beds or one king bed.
These are ideal for larger families and offer three bedrooms, each with their own bath. Spread over two levels with a large terrace, even families of six will have plenty of space to unwind.
Our Family Rooms are ideal for larger families traveling together. Spread out over two levels and connected via an internal stair case, these rooms sleep up to 6 people with one master bedroom with a private bathroom upstairs, and two rooms each with two twin beds and their own bathrooms downstairs. A large private terrace upstairs looks over the hotel gardens.
Amenities (included in all rooms)
Safe deposit box
Accommodation with private facilities.
Transfers to and from Calama Airport.
All meals, mineral water, sodas, juices, house wines & liquors during stay.
Daily excursions accompanied by local guide.
Full use of all the hotel facilities, including pools, saunas and jacuzzi.
What's not included ?
Airport entrance/departure taxes
Passport, visa, and immigration fees
Travel protection plan
Additional hotel nights
Premium alcoholic beverages
Check in time is 3:00 pm, check out time is 11:00 am.