Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

The Alto Atacama Lodge & Spa embodies casual luxury in a serene setting – the Catarpe Valley (3km from San Pedro de Atacama). The hotel’s architecture influenced by the local village blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings. The terracotta-colored Salt Mountain Range across the property transmit a real feeling of remoteness.

After our stay in San Pedro and at Alto Atacama we consider Ckelar Restaurant one of the best in the region. A treat of fusion food made with local, organic produce is served perfectly paired with local wines.

Complete with its own stargazing observatory and viewing platform, you have the opportunity to focus on the magnitude of the magnificent night sky of Chile’s north from one of the best locations in the world to view the stars. The ‘Puri’ spa and its 6 outdoor pools and Jacuzzi allow you to relax and unwind after enjoying one of the over 35 a-la-carte excursions.

Our tips
  • The Catarpe as well as the Quitor rooms are similar in area (51 m²) and come with a terrace with views either to the Cordillera de Sal or the Catarpe Valley.
  • If you look for something special, the Tilo Suites (71m²) are the perfect choice. There are only 10 Tilo Suites with a private patio and also feature an outdoor shower. Two of these suites are connected (for families).
  • You can exchange a half day excursion with a Spa treatment
  • The hotel is a stone’s throw away from the iconic Pukara (Fort) of Quitor, worth a visit (if you decide to stay at the hotel for a treatment at Puri)
  • We loved having a seat at the outdoor terrace of Ckelar restaurant and enjoy our meal with views of the Salt Mountain Range
  • Take a book about Atacamenian culture, your guestroom terrace with views of the Salt Mountain range is the perfect setting for relaxed reading
  • Once a week the hotel offers an outdoor Atacamenian (quincho) barbecue, if you can’t match it you still can enjoy a ‘Rica Rica sour’ at the outdoor lounge space next to the nightly bonfire (warm clothes recommended)
  • The llama farm is really a treat for kids (but every guest can feed them with the pods of the surrounding carob trees)


We used this hotel in the following journeys:

CL-005 – Chile for Connoisseurs

San Pedro de Atacama Chile
Architecture & Design, Eco-friendly
Living room & bar
Catarpe Room Terrace
Tilo Suite
Tilo Suite (bathroom with outdoor shower)
Excursion to Death Valley
Ckelar by night
Ckelar's terrace
Ckelar's Gastronomy
Pool BBQ 'quincho'
Alto Atacama aerial view
Puri Spa

Join the inner circle

Stay updated with the latest news and stories, contemporary culture and discounts.

My account Wishlist