Hotel Altiplanico, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Follow the dusty track out of town towards the ruins of an ancient fortress at Pukara de Quitor and just when you think there is nothing else to find, you will come across the Hotel Altiplanico. Fifteen minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of San Pedro’s main street Caracoles lies a group of sixteen low adobe houses created out of local wood, mud, straw and stone, which together form an authentic village true to the style of the altiplano, or high plateau grounds.
The Altiplanico has real character and individuality, and each of the 16 rooms is in fact its own little rustic ‘house’, with private terrace and charmingly ethnic but well-equipped bedrooms and bathrooms offering cool airy space and simple comfort. The hotel considers that television and telephone (there is one line from reception) disrupt its atmosphere, but you will find a lovely outdoor swimming pool, internet access, laundry service, massage options, and a relaxed café/bar where breakfast is served. For dinner, you can choose whether to walk into the town or relax in the cosy restaurant on site.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Join a shared excursion to observe the vast night skies of the Atacama Desert. The altitude of the town as well as the remote location makes this one of the best spots for astronomy, for both amateurs and experts alike.
The day begins by heading south from San Pedro de Atacama to Cejar Lagoon (the floating lagoon). This small lagoon has impressive white edges of crystallised salt and is intensely turquoise in colour, providing a home for flamingos and tagua birds.