588 photovoltaic panels were installed by specialists, enabling them to operate during the day with 100% solar electricity. With the annual electricity generated of the PV plant totalling 335.000 kWh, the hotel avoids burning more than 110,000 litres of diesel annually, reducing their carbon footprint by 340 tons of CO2 every year!
‘This is the perfect escape if you’re looking for both a sense of adventure and relaxation. The unique eco-hotel is set within a striking desert landscape.’
Scroll down to see the ultimate top tip when staying here and to explore the nature-based activities on offer. Click on the leaf-rating tab to reveal this eco hotel’s efforts across Energy, Waste, Biodiversity, etc.
‘Set an early alarm to catch the sun as it rises from behind the volcano’
The Atacama Desert is known to be one of the best places on earth for stargazing. Expert guides are at hand, to guarantee a fascinating evening of astronomy.
Walk around the hotel gardens to discover more about the traditional crops and herbs which are grown there.
Set off early in the morning to reach the Tatio Geysers just as the sun begins to emerge above the horizon. Feast your eyes on one of the world’s most impressive geothermal sites.
The hotel has 32 rooms. The rooms and suites were designed to mirror the natural environment, a sentiment that is at the heart of everything they do. All the rooms look out over the Andes mountain range and nearby volcanoes.
Touches of local culture & handwoven throws
Shower under a nights sky glowing with stars
Large, comfortable canopy beds
Light and airy rooms
Need to Know
It’s recommended to bring clothes for all temperatures when visiting the desert. The temperatures vary wildly from day to night and at low and high altitudes.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, you’re in the desert after all. The hotel provides personal water bottles and purified water refills (to avoid the use of plastic).
There are no TVs provided in the rooms. This approach encourages guests to disconnect with the modern world and stresses, and reconnect with the surroundings.
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Tierra Atacama is located in the town of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. The town is set within the Andes mountains of northeastern Chile, an incredible landscape.
How to get there
The distance from the airport El Loa Calama to the hotel is 1hr 15 min drive (104km). The hotel picks up guests at the airport, usually in small groups.
Transfers are included in the price both to and from Calama airport and the village of San Pedro. The hotel manager will greet you on arrival to show you around.
EnergySolar power is a no-brainer in the desert, they are the first hotel in South America to produce solar-powered electricity with a hybrid system that meets the hotel’s daily energy demand...
WaterEvery day, 100% of the water at Tierra Atacama is extracted from their own well to avoid tapping into the municipal water supply. The water is then treated by a reverse osmosis plant, enabling the...Read More >>
use of this water to the hotel. Taps have airflow devices installed to reduce water consumption and cutting-edge technology is used to manage the operation of the swimming pools as efficiently as possible. Also, 100% of grey water from the hotel is re-used for irrigation.
WasteThere is a strict recycling system in place, this is all processed by the industrial recycling company Green Loa. Where possible, the hotel uses compostable bags and all plastic straws have...Read More >>
been swapped for biodegradable straws made of corn starch. Also, the hotel has a compost management system, so food waste is put to good use.
BiodiversityMore than 3 hectares of the hotel’s terrain (65% of the total area) has been planted, which has resulted in 31 species of plants including grains, fruit and vegetables and 8 native species...Read More >>
including algarrobo, chañar, cachiyuyo and quinoa to thrive in the gardens.
FoodApproximately 35% of the food provided at the hotel is produced on-site using vegetables and herbs from their garden, including; sunflowers, lettuces, corn wheat, asparagus and alfalfa...Read More >>
amongst other crops and more than 100 chañar plants. They also buy other products like potatoes, broad beans, Chañar syrup, and so on from local farmers.
Engage GuestsTo promote the hotel’s green initiatives to guests, Tierra Atacama encourages their guests to be eco-friendly by; providing guests with stainless-steel water bottles which can be refilled at the hotel’s...Read More >>
Uma water filter stations, bikes are available for guests to take out as they please during their stay and within the excursions provided by the hotel, they are led by professional guides who will teach them all about the history, culture, fauna and flora of the Atacama Desert and its people. Also, Tierra Atacama works with local astronomy experts (from Alarkapin Observatory) to teach guests about the Andean tradition of the stars, discover local ‘ayllus’ or villages on horseback, and visit the town of San Pedro de Atacama – all to better understand the lives of the Atacameños to make the guest more connected to the local culture and feel more involved in they way of life.
ArchitectureTierra Atacama was designed to be subtle so that the authentic character of the surroundings shines through, using only local materials. All the throws and textiles in the hotel were made by local...Read More >>
weavers, from the traditional alpaca and llama wool. Don Alejandro carved the llamas that decorate the living area from the soft pumice stone found in nearby Toconao.
HousekeepingTierra Atacama strives to provide high-quality, locally-sourced and eco-friendly products, thus they are continually searching for them. The hotel provides; slippers made from natural fibres...Read More >>
100% linen & paper soles which are biodegradable, Hilana bathrobes which are made from 57% recycled cotton, are hypoallergenic, fast-drying, Fairtrade and chemical-free, bamboo toothbrushes with charcoal bristles that are natural and biodegradable, biodegradable cleaning products with recyclable packaging and the amenities are Osme products which are luxurious eco-friendly toiletries, certified organic by ECOCERT and in line with de Cosmebio standards (no GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicone, PEG, synthetic perfumes or dyes, animal products and artificial colourings.
CommunityThrough the Smartrip Foundation the hotel have donated $20,000 which has helped to fund and support more than 100 small businesses, enabling them to remain in their native villages and...Read More >>
preserve the culture and identity of the area. As part of the hotel’s work to helping small businesses, 30% of products available in Tierra Atacama’s store are of local origin; specifically, LIKANA AND ONA which are part of the ‘Artesanias de Chile’ foundation which promotes traditional Chilean crafts. Tierra Atacama is part of the dual education system at Likan Antai (a technical school) where more than 40 young people are taken on as apprentices, under the guidance of experts in the fields of tourism, electricity and agriculture.
"best hotel experiences I have ever had"
One of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. The rooms are amazing with views of the mountain. The food was spectacular. The excursions were supreme. All inclusive. Definitely want to go back.
Cathy, Google Reviews
"Trip of a lifetime"
Our trip to Tierra Atacama was an incredible experience. My wife and I traveled with another couple, and from the moment we arrived, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working. They created an itinerary of excursions that catered to our interests and needs, including a full day hike through a canyon where we saw no other people for the entire day!
Tierra Atacama was by far the best resort experience I've had. Had my first yoga lesson there and nothing will live up to that experience ever again. Great food, attentive staff, and the natural assets this property is surrounded by are unmatched.
Non, Facebook Reviews
"Once in a lifetime experience"
Paradise! Best service ever. Once in a lifetime experience! Unforgettable.
Margarita, Google Reviews
"Amazing desert retreat"
Beautiful hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, design of rooms and common areas is outstanding and really make the outdoors shine while being super comfortable. Guides are very kind and flexible, really made the experience better.
"What a terrific experience..."
Wonderful rooms, exceptional food, very well organised and executed tours and excursions, great service. The Tierra chain is truly the best.
Peter, Google Reviews
"Fantastic views and excursions"
Everything is great ... the rooms are clean, spacious, with fantastic views; the excursions are also well planned and the guides are fantastic in every way; the food is just awesome and the staff is always very kind and helpful.
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