World’s Best Mountain Lodges – Atacama Desert, Chile

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa – Atacama Desert, Chile

Tierra Atacama

Amid the surreal, lava-sculpted, salt-glazed landscapes of northern Chile, there is Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa, a stunning figment of glass and adobe surrounded by natural beauty of incredible proportions. From afar, the lodge blends into the windswept plateau, landscaped into the native vegetation and built inside the clay walls of a centuries-old cattle corral.  From within, it is a different story. The grandeur of the volcano-dotted Atacama Desert is on display everywhere here, to be gazed at through immense windows of each guestroom, from private terraces or the cozy lounge, even from the infinity pool.

The focus at Tierra Atacama is getting out into those landscapes to discover their myriad wonders—the snow-dusted volcanoes and bubbling, steaming geyser fields; the moonscapes and the glittering salt pans; and all the wild creatures that have made this harsh but spectacular place home. Join the lodge’s guides to explore Atacama on hikes, horseback rides, cultural excursions, and much more, and cap off each day at the pool or the spa. As the sun goes down on Licancabur volcano, sip cocktails around an open fire on the terrace and watch the desert sky fill up with a million stars … read more —> http://www.nationalgeographiclodges.com

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