Before I move on to our tour through Chilean Patagonia, I would like to answer a few questions I have been asked about our hotel in the Atacama, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. Located in the Catarpe Valley on 7.5 acres, just two miles from the plaza of San Pedro de Atacama, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa appears to be nearly indistinguishable from its natural surroundings. The lodge’s design for 42 accommodations was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into the terra cotta-colored ridge that rises behind it. The Alto Atacama offers guests over 30 different excursions (see my post http://texaztaste.com/the-atacama-desert/) and is currently the only hotel in the region with an open-air observatory, making star-gazing a wonderful way to cap an already exhilarating day. The setting, the views, and the tranquility of the outdoor gardens make the Alto Atacama a destination in and of itself. I was particularly fascinated by the landscaping, and this concept of “Andescape” created by the on-site landscape architect, Verónica Poblete. Poblete, a Paris-trained landscape designer and botanist, has developed this new concept using local vegetation, emphasizing both the conservation and celebration of the Andean scenery and its ecology. Veronica sourced all the materials from the Atacama, after having roamed the surrounding villages and mountains for six months. What she has created is spectacular, a testament to the land and people who have struggled to live in this harsh but beautiful environment.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
Camino Pukará s/n, Suchor
Ayllú de Quitor, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
+(56) 2 2912 3945
PS, this is not a sponsored post…I just like what I like and write about it. xoM