San Pedro de Atacama




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4 Tocopilla,
San Pedro de Atacama,


The desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama—which rivals Patagonia as a wilderness destination—sells itself, but to explore the remote salt flats, volcanic formations, and meandering rivers with a group is almost a shame. Enter the rustic-chic, eight-room Awasi, which specializes in delivering curated experiences meant for travelers looking to feel “lonely.” All excursions—from an all-day trek along the Rio Grande, to a horseback ride in Death Valley, even a soak in the Puritama hot springs—are private, and the savvy guides, from a geologist to an experienced rock climber, are well versed in the intricacies of the landscape and the animals that live within it (vicuñas, flamingos, and an endless variety of smaller birds). Back at the hotel, each of the roomy, thatched bungalows has an enormous bathroom, outdoor shower, and a reading chair, and Andean-inspired gourmet meals are paired with notable Chilean wines. After dinner, alpaca-wool blankets and a roaring fire encourage guests to linger on plush couches in the courtyard, beneath the world’s clearest night sky.