I met with the wonderful folks of A&K, and the reps from the Alto Atacama Glamping hotel. What a wonderful experience for those who’d like to have a unique holiday – and to visit Chile.
As their website notes:
THE ALTO ATACAMA: AN ECOLOGICALLY HARMONIOUS LODGE
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the only lodge in the San Pedro region that is totally enveloped by natural surroundings. Located in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, just over a mile from the plaza of San Pedro, the Alto Atacama’s design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its environment and appear as a part of the terracotta-colored ridge that rises behind it. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquility and silence, and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor lounge spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself, and unlike any other hotel property in the region. Environmental sustainability and a strong connection with the local culture have put the Alto Atacama in a category of its own, as has its “Andescape” concept of decorative flora and stable of friendly llamas and alpacas, local cuisine, and Leave No Trace-schooled guides. Veronica Poblete, creator of Andescape, is a Paris-trained landscape designer and botanist, and ex-Harvard lecturer who has developed this new concept using local flora and ancient agricultural techniques.
The Alto Atacama seeks to open a traveler’s eyes, to explore, to feel, to connect, and to return revitalized and changed by a truly authentic experience one will never forget. Rather than simply taking photos as a passive traveler, Alto Atacama encourages guests to get off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the desert’s varied and eerily beautiful landscapes by foot or bike. More than half of Alto Atacama’s staff is indigenous, and their personal stories and histories enrich a guests’ understanding of the region. Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, and exploring ancient Incan ruins and petroglyphs are just a few of the 30 adventurous excursions offered, always led by highly trained local guides.
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My partners at A&K notes that they have joined up with this hotel partner to offer you a totally unique and magical experience in the twinkling gem of Chile: the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert. Although you will find it hard to step away from your perfect slice of hotel heaven, we suggest you leave a night in our hands; be prepared for the unexpected and be wowed by a special evening under the stars.
In this brand new expedition, exlusive to me with A&K, we will take you into the middle of the mighty Atacama where you will dine alfresco to the sounds of a crackling fire. However, don’t panic, this is definitely more glamping style than camp-fire cowboy. You will find yourself fine Childean wine in hand with some lip-smacking food created by the Alto tacama team filling your stomachs – then time to curl up in soft blankets and watch the twinkling star filled sky.
A most memorable night in an otherworldly landscape….
You can certainly do can do this 3 night all-inclusive PRIVATE programme with A&K at Alto Atamaca, priced from $3,375 per person USD in double accommodation. It includes round trip transfers from Calama Airport (private service), 1 night Glamping including cocktails, outdoor dinner, and star-gazing, 2 nights loding in Alto Atacama Desert Lodge in Catarpe room category, daily activities, private excursions and spa tours (private guide & driver), full board – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers, and open bar.
Contact me for more info!