Never been to Chile? Take in a little pampering at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa which is situated among the Cordillera de la Sal which translates to “Salt Mountains.” You stay in low-slung, earth colored hotel houses with dimly lit rooms, all decorated with natural local materials like alpaca wool, stone and wood. Ask to see the salty cachiyuyo growing on their patio as well.
Given that you’ll be staying in the Atacama Desert, be prepared for some solitude and reflection time. After all, why else did you travel so far from home?
The Atacama Desert skies are known to have some of the clearest skies, so you take in all that the darkness has to offer from their observation platform or from a late night walk.
SPACE (San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations) also offers tours that feature Alain Maury’s take on the firmament and include see Jupiter, other planets and stars using 10 telescopes they have on hand.
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