My recommended hotel in The Atacama Desert, Chile


Fly from Santiago to San Pedro to Atacama – 2 hours
Arrival airport – San Pedro de Atacama
Transfer time – 1 hour

Hotel Alto Atacama

This amazing hotel is located in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, just over a mile from the local town and plaza of San Pedro. I opted for the the inclusive 3 night package which offers great value as you get all meals, drinks and excurions included in one price. On arrival we were greeted by the excursion concierge who gave us lots of great information on the choices of trips that we could go on. You get one full day or 2 x half day trips included each day. My choices were as follows:

Valley of The Moon
This tour allows guests to enter a sanctuary of nature and geology. The Valley of the Moon is a spectacular geological formation created through the conflicting pressures of the Andes and the Cordillera de Domeyko. As one of the most breathtaking and iconic views in the entire region, travellers from all over the world migrate here to enjoy the sun setting over the Valley.

Atacama Salt Flats and Toconao Village
This varied tour starts with a visit to Toconao, a local village known for its masonry and architecture which is typical of the area, as well as its important agricultural heritage. Next, continue to Tamarug´s forest, a woodland region en route to the National Reserve of Los Flamencos, one of the most iconic and memorable spots to enjoy the renowned sunsets of the Desert.

The Full Moon Walk
This night time trek is only possible during periods of complete illumination from the light of a full moon. You will begin by travelling the Cordillera de la Sal, and through the appropriately named Valley of Mars. Once you have scaled to a decent height, enjoy views of the Cartarpe Valley, the oasis of San Pedro, Salar de Atacama, the Andes and Cordillera de Domeyko, all visible by the unique and eerie light offered by our celestial cousin

The local town of San Pedro is just 20 minute away and you can book a free transfer and pick up from the hotel. A lovely little quaint town with lots of unusual artisan shops, art galleries, quirky bars and restaurants.
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