I loved the Altiplanico's architecture and landscaping, the hotel is made out of separate adobe buildings with thatched roofs, each with beautiful personalised detailing making each ( building) room different. Most rooms are one storey, some have a roof terrace, each room has its own very private covered outdoor seating space. The Rooms are very comfortable well insulated( by using local construction techniques) and don't have the intrusion and the noise created by modern facilities such as Air Conditioning, Televisions, telephones etc. The landscaping around the buildings is very creative and delightful with stones, sand, pebbles, and local green plants. The swimming pool and the spaces around are in character with the atmosphere of peace and quiet, but be warned water is freezing!
Breakfast is very good and plentiful, should one have early morning excursions they prepare a breakfast bag. Food in the restaurant is also good but very expensive. WI-FI is available in the public areas as well as two PC's from where one can print boarding passes. Service can be a bit slow but everybody is very kind and friendly.
The Atacama dessert is breathtakingly beautiful, it has some of the most beautiful landscapes one can imagine. Nights are so clear, ideal for star gazing. The town San Pedro de Atacama itself is rather too touristy and very disappointing.
Hotel Altiplanico is about 10 minutes walk to the town, the walk is uninteresting on an open dusty road, probably too much with the very strong sun at midday perhaps a transport facility should be available? There are bikes available for hire ( not cheap)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano, with a unique design inspired in the style of an Altiplano village. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax from the smoldering sun in the fresh covers of our private terraces and beautiful swimming pool after a day exploring the driest desert in the world. The hotel was developed following the concept of visual silence, the eye registers the hotel in its totality included in the in the immensity of the Atacama desert. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Altiplanico Hotel
- Altiplanico Atacama San Pedro De Atacama, Chile