The wonders of the Atacama desert are a once in a lifetime experience.
On the west coast, Santiago and Valparaiso are worth a quick visit.
There are now a few luxury hotels in San Pedro de Atacama but when I went, only Tierra Atacama was there, and what a hotel!
The architecture and design are stunning. The food refined and delicious, cooked with local produce. An elegant spa and swimming pool overlook the Licancabur, which is the volcano sitting on the border between Bolivia and Chile. worshiped by the people.
The daily excursions are very enjoyable, all supervised by lovely and knowledgeable local guides.
Local activities and wonders
I did many of the excursions the hotel was offering.
Highlights included horseback riding in the Moon Valley, trekking to the Puritama Hot Springs, stargazing in the desert, seeing the Taito Geisers at 6am. You can also cycle, take walks on the slatar- dried salt lakes
This part of the world is so beautiful and untouched really that the landscape, the light and the local fauna are enough to fulfil the demanding traveler. The photos speak for themselves I think and I will not reveal too many to let you see for yourself.
While in Chile
A 2-hour drive from Santiago, Valparaiso is a port with laid-back atmosphere, cultural scene, hilly streets and colourful houses. One of the best ways to appreciate the public art is to take a tour with Valpo Street Art.
On the way to Valparaiso, you should make a stop at Emiliana wine estate, located in the Casablanca Valley. It is a beautiful property where you will be able to do wine tastings, buy your favourite wines and walk in the vineyards with the lamas.