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“A sanctuary in the desert.”
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Atacama Lodge
Reviewed August 9, 2011

What an amazing place this is. It's part of the observatory that's used for the star tours in the evenings. We had lodge number one and couldn't of enjoyed it more. Your totally self sufficient (if you have your own food) with a great kitchen, drinking water, hot water, a gas heater and even an area outside where you can light a fire and do your own star gazing. Which we did and saw 2 shooting stars. It's an unforgettable place and be sure to do the tour also to see the moon and more. Loved it. We didn't have our own transportation which was a pain but haveria and Alain will organise this for you.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

My wife and I spent two nights here in a lodge whilst in san pedro. We loves every minute of it. The views alone from our bedroom window of the volcano and the mountains were worth the trip alone!

We also took the star tour on our second night. Alain is a fantastic funny guy who is passionate about what he does. His tour is funny and informative. There are plenty if telescopes and the views of the sky from the atacama are spectacular. We even got a picture of the craters of the moon on our camera.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

Located approximately 5 km south of the Chilean Town of San Pedro de Atacama this lodge is primarily for those with serious interests in Astronomy. Owned by world-class astronomer, Alain Maury and his charming wife, Alejandra,the individual lodges are spotless, spacious and are made of local materials, including real thatched roofs! As an added bonus the over 20,000 foot volcano(Llancanabur) towers in the east as seen from the bedroom window. Mr. Maury has several large reflecting telescopes for rent allowing one to view the probably unfaniliar southern sky.This place is not to be missed by anyone with an astronomical interest,.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank exquebecois
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

In April 2009 I had the opportunity to pass through San Pedro de Atacama while on a South American journey. I knew the skies of the Atacama dessert were renowned to astronomers around the world and was even more excited when I learned of Alain Maury's astro tourism facility. Atacama Lodge is not your usual place to stay for a night or so. Although available for anyone the reality is that it is really set up for amateur astronomers looking for an astro-vacation in one of the best locations for observing in the world.

The room or suite I stayed in was actually made to accommodate about 6-8 people and included a full kitchen. Construction and all fixture quality was very good. It had an nice rustic look but was all of good quality. It had a beautiful shower with a killer view of the Licancabur volcano. After a full night outside observing the rooms were nice and dark and quiet to catch some much needed sleep. They have no on-site restaurant but there many available in nearby San Pedro de Atacama.

If you want to have an astro-vacation under the most AMAZINGLY clear dark skies look no further. Need a telescope to use, no problem he has a variety of sizes available for rent a reasonable prices. Myself I used a 10 inch Meade go-to scope and after the public show was over I was able to use a 24 inch dobsonian, which was mind blowing to say the least. Alain Maury will deliver a great astronomical experience for you and then a comfortable bed. Despite the other buildings withing the Atacama lodge facility stray light was not an issue in observing at all. A great deal of work was put into ensuring the rooms do not cause a problem with night vision or astrophotography.

The Atacama desert is a long way from anywhere, to find such a facility and then be able to utilize top notch equipment with nice sized aperture rather than hauling your own telescope was a real treat. From a room rental perspective I would rate the place as a 3+ out of 5. From an astronomer perspective I'd call it a 5+ out of 5.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 10, 2017
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Stayed: May 2016
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Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2016
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Reviewed August 2, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled with friends
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Address: Casilla 21, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Location: Chile > Antofagasta Region > San Pedro de Atacama
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Ranked #58 of 139 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro de Atacama
Number of rooms: 17
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Atacama Lodge San Pedro De Atacama, Chile

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