Chef Juan Pablo on Awasi Atacama

Awasi Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

At a Glance

  • Completely private, customized tours for all guests

  • All meals and private excursions included

  • Exceptional personal service

  • The ten private adobe cottages all have private patios and outdoor showers

  • The restaurant, serving delicious locally inspired fare

  • Pleasant pool area to relax by

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Best time to Visit

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Day time temperatures are luminous and agreeable all year round. A characteristic of the desert climate is the marked fluctuation in temperature between day and night. In winter (June, July and August) the average temperature is 22ºC during the day and at night it goes down to around 4ºC; temperatures can occasionally go below freezing. In summer (December to February) the temperature varies between 28ºC during the day and 16ºC at night. During these months the temperature can reach 32ºC. January-March can sometimes receive a little rainfall and cloudy skies.

On February 2, the biggest festival in San Pedro, Festival de la Candelaria, features a large parade of bands and dancers.

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Insider's View

A private guided trek offered by the hotel in the Valley of the Moon which very few tourists know about is the perfect way to experience this stunning landscape.

Each room is assigned a private guide and vehicle to really get the most of your experiences. Activities are designed based on your interest and a schedule created to work around your preferences.

Let Brian guide you through their extensive wine lists and the key wine producing regions of Chile at lunch before taking their afternoon excursion to the salt flats to watch pink flamingos sail across pink streaked skies at sunset.

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Awasi Atacama or take a look at our itineraries to Northern Chile

Description

An intimate boutique hotel, Awasi is located in the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama in the North of Chile, set amid vast desert landscapes. It is a unique and harmonious retreat for those wanting to experience the Atacama Desert in comfort and style.

With just ten stunning cottages, superb cuisine, the finest private excursions and a highly personalized service, Awasi ranks with South America’s best retreats. It is located only a few blocks from San Pedro’s historic Central Plaza. This boutique hotel has been exquisitely designed, mixing local materials including stone, adobe and wood with a chic bar, wide outdoor lounges and a swimming pool with comfortable chaise lounges for relaxing.

The rooms are spacious with private patios, solariums, outdoor showers, reading armchairs, beautiful wooden floors, fine linen sheets and traditional alpaca blankets. The chef has designed a varied menu, using many ingredients native to the area, such as purple potatoes, patasca, quinoa and chañar.

Each room at Awasi is assigned a private guide and a comfortable and modern 4WD vehicle to embark on special outings to the numerous volcanoes, dry salt lakes, and other natural attractions that make the Atacama experience unforgettable. The 4WD vehicles are equipped with both communication and GPS system, allowing guests to reach places that are not easily accessible. There are plenty of options to choose from: Visits to El Tatio Geysers, Salar de Atacama to see flamingos, the Moon Valley, Chiu Chiu, Toconao and Quebrada de Jerez, Plateau of Turi, Pukara Lasana and the highland lakes of Miscanti and Miñiques. Hiking tours, mountain biking tours, horseback riding tours and cultural tours to the surroundings are also offered.

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Accommodation

Accommodation at Awasi comprises ten luxurious and spacious cottages made of stone, adobe and wood, in an authentic Atacameñan style. The bedrooms have king-sized beds, wicker chairs, elegant writing tables, chaise longues, outdoor showers and private patios. Bathrooms are decked out with a bath, indoor shower, and Awasi's own brand toiletries.

Childcare

Children are welcomed at Awasi and cots and extra bedding can be provided on request in some of the cottages. There are many child-friendly activities on offer including star gazing, visits to local craftsman and the opportunity to learn about the local flora and fauna. It is important to note that small children may not always adapt easily to the high altitude.

Facilities

Awasi has an outdoor pool, spacious outdoor lounge areas warmed by open fireplaces, a library and chess tables, open air bar and restaurant serving a fusion of Chilean and international cuisine, featuring lots of regional organic produce supplied by local farming communities. There is also an outdoor grill for barbecues and an open kitchen with seating for cookery classes.

Activities

Activities on offer at Awasi include art classes, bird watching, astronomy, cycling, sand boarding, cooking classes, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, private guided tours into the surrounding desert landscapes, swimming, trekking and photography classes.

Reviews

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Jules Maury (Staff)

Awasi is simply beautiful.  The suites are a stunning mixture of thatched roofs, sumptuous beds, adobe walls, gorgeous vibrant fabrics and fabulous indoor and outdoor bathrooms.  Their lounge and dining area is nestled under more thatch with comfy sofas, fires they light every night, tables decked in linen and a dcor that should be regularly featured with award in every design magazine known.  Everything including the bar and outside areas looks across to a small but charming pool to relax beside in the heat of the day. There are only 8 rooms and you are very much made to feel as if this is your home.  Awasi is unique in that if offers every guest their own guide/driver to take you on the excursions into The Atacama each day. You decide and create what your day should include then they will make it happen.  Incredible food and wine, fabulous service and a totally intimate experience only missing the views that other lodges in The Atacama can claim fame for.  Somewhere that very much caters to couples who want to be very much pampered in a small intimate property.

 

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Katie Aston (Staff)

The attractions of the Atacama desert with its mesmerizing desert scenery, mountains and volcanoes, salt flats and geysers are endless and the Awasi Atacama is the only luxury lodge in the village of San Pedro de Atacama to offer a private experience for its guests. Each room comes with its own vehicle and guide which means you can tailor your experience to your interests, whether photography, adventure (mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding), local culture or wildlife. The lodge is discreetly hidden behind adobe walls which typify the region and is totally dedicated to the privacy of its guests. With only 8 rooms but lots of relaxing open-air terraces, cosy sitting areas, fire-pits and a small outdoor pool there is plenty of space for guests to keep to themselves or mingle with other guests.

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(Press)

You don't expect to find one of the world's top hotels in the world's driest desert. Awasi is a peaceful retreat from the hurly-burly. Each of its eight adobe 'cottages' comes with a guide and a 4x4 to take you exploring, but without TV or DVD. The point is nature - volcanoes, salt lakes, hiking and biking, and flamingos by the thousand.

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(Press)

Awasi, a luxury hotel built in local materials (adobe, wood, stone and straw) which have been cleverly used to create an environment of casually refined simplicity. The open, beautifully landscaped external areas include a shaded pool set within ancient stone walls, and the extremely comfortable accommodation comprises eight double rooms in adobe cottages. With 43 staff the quality of service and attention to detail is as remarkable as the setting. Cooking in the middle of a desert can't be easy and yet the food is consistently good, serving a selection of home-cooked delicacies including purple potatoes, pasteca (a traditional pork stew) and quinoa; and at dus an oven is stoked for the next day's bread. And no other hotel in the area allocates a four-wheel-drive or a vehicle and a driver to each room. This means that you can go anywhere you want at any time, and hiking, riding, climbing or bike riding can be arranged. And after a day's exploring, the Awasi's outdoor bar with its open fire is the place to relax with a glass of cold white Chilean wine.

Offers

Awasi Atacama, Chile - Complimentary Nights 2018

Pay for three and stay for four at the Awasi Atacama, Chile between May and September 2018.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please contact a specialist for more information.
Book from 30 January 2018 to 21 December 2018
Travel from 01 May 2018 to 30 September 2018
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Awasi, Chile & Argentina - Free nights and savings

Book all three Awasi lodges (Atacama, Patagonia & Iguazu) and enjoy huge savings, as well as 3 complimentary nights in connecting cities to complete your trip. Or combine 2 of the Awasi properties for 2 complimentary nights in the city hotels.

Complimentary nights are valid at selected partner hotels in Santiago, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires & El Calafate, when spending 10 nights or more between the Awasi properties.

Alternatively, combine any 2 Awasi properties and benefit from large discounts and 2 complimentary nights in the above cities, when spending 7 nights in the Awasi properties.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions.  Please contact our specialists for more information.

Book from 12 October 2017 to 31 December 2018
Travel from 05 February 2018 to 31 December 2018
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Experiences

  • Atacama ATV Lake Safari

    Drive across the vast lunar Atacama desert on ATVs for an exhilarating adventure! Explore the driest desert on Earth and reach stunning lagoons where you can hop in for a refreshing swim, before crossing back over beautiful sand dunes and riverbeds.

  • Awasi family adventures

    Families have endless options to enjoy as they explore the Atacama - sand boarding, mountain biking and learning about the wildlife. The Northern Hemisphere summer months are the best time to visit, so this fits in perfectly with school vacations.

  • Stargazing in the Atacama

    The pristine skies of Atacama Desert are a stargazer’s paradise. The altitude and bone-dry atmosphere make them incredibly clear, and you can see the planets, stars and galaxies up close with philosopher-cum-astronomer Alain Maury.

  • Toconao & Salar de Atacama

    Head into the Atacama Desert to visit the atmospheric village of Toconao, before continuing to the great Salar de Atacama, a huge saltpan where flamingos and many bird species feed against a majestic backdrop of the high Andes.

Vacation Ideas

  • Atacama to Lake Titicaca in Style

    Santiago Wine Region, San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni, La Paz, Lake Titicaca

    from $9800 pp 12 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • Chile in Ultimate Luxury

    Atacama Desert, Santiago, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Millahue

    from $13400 pp 13 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Awasi is located in San Pedro de Atacama in the North of Chile, surrounded by the Atacama desert, about 8000ft above sea level and 1,670km north from Santiago.

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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Awasi Atacama or take a look at our itineraries to Northern Chile

Chef Juan Pablo on Awasi Atacama

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