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Awasi Atacama Relais & Chateaux

Chile

5 days

Summary

Nestled behind an ancient adobe wall, Awasi’s ten secluded cottages have private patios, outdoor showers and are incredibly spacious at 50 square metres. After exploring the impressive natural scenery of the Atacama Desert with your private 4WD driver and guide, return to Awasi Atacama for a swim in the pool, a drink by the fire pit and long evening meals in the Relais & Chateaux restaurant. Contours Travel suggests a minimum stay of four nights to explore this area.

Highlights

  • Awasi offers a service that is 100% tailor-made for each guest
  • Guests are assigned a private guide and 4WD vehicle so that excursions are catered to your preferences and interests
  • Adobe structures recall the pre-Incan ruins that the lodge was inspired by
  • View the incredible Atacama desert sky from the open air restaurant and bar
  • Incredibly spacious suites feature private patios and outdoor showers
  • Enjoy sophisticated regional and traditional cuisine, made using only the best local ingredients

ITINERARY

Day 1 Calama/San Pedro de Atacama

You will be transferred from Calama Airport to the stunning Awasi Atacama hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Your all inclusive package includes:
• Private transfers to/ from Puerto Natales
• All meals
• Open Bar (includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine and liquors)
• Private excursions with 4WD and expert local guide

At Awasi, excursions are private (with a guide and a vehicle assigned to each villa) and are planned according your pace and preferences. The times, duration and routes of each excursion are defined in line with your special interests and wishes.

Day 2 San Pedro de Atacama

Awasi offers guests exclusive access to their own private guide, driver and vehicle during their stay at the lodge. Rather than choosing from structured tours, guests are free to design their own itineraries- all with the help of expert guides. Choose from excursions by van, hiking, biking or horseback riding.

Suggested excursion options include:
– Toconao & Atacama Salt Flats: an easy half day trip by car. Drive to Toconao and visit the church and historic bell tower before continuing to Chaxa Lagoon on the edge of the salt flat. Here you can observe flamingos and other native bird species. A spectacular place to watch the sunset.
– Moon Valley: just a 15 minute drive away we find the otherworldly landscape of Moon Valley. Stop at various lookout points to observe the unique geological formations created by wind and water erosion.
– MIscanti and Miniques: a full day excursion that takes you to the highland lagoons of the altiplano, which are part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve.

Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama

Another day to explore the region with your specialist guide.

Suggested excursion options include:
– Tatio Geysers: depart very early in the morning to arrive at El Tatio geothermal fields at dawn. Here you can see the famous geysers, gushing steam and hot water columns metres into the air. Enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over this incredible landscape. Return to the hotel around midday.
– Rio Grande: visit the ancient petroglyphs in Yerba Buena before continuing to the pretty town of Rio Grande. From here you can appreciate stunning views of the valley, farming terraces and giant cacti that stud the landscape. Picnic lunch is served next to the river.

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama

Another day to explore the region with your specialist guide.

Suggested excursion options include:
– Peine and Tilomonte: a full day excursion out to the remote village of Peine where you can visit the church and the historic ruins of Peine Viejo. Continue to the desert oasis of Tilomonte, a semi-deserted village of beautiful limestone houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of a carob tree engraved by Spanish Conquistadors.
– Gautin & Gatchi: drive to the valley of Gautin, Valley of the Cacti. From here we hike along the Vilama River, observing the profusion of cacti, geological formations and waterfalls. Our hike will take us to Gatchi, an archaeological site where you can see the ancient corrals used by Atacamenian people.

Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama airport to continue your South America trip. Why not extend your tour to Awasi Patagonia?

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