A friendly, family-run guest house with good breakfast---nothing fancy, but decent. There are a couple of reasonable restaurants across the road. Chanaral is as good a place as any to break the journey on Route 5, and it's the nearest town to Parque Nacional Pan de Azucar. The attractions of the town to the tourist are not obvious and it appears to have seen better days. However if there is a Chilean equivalent to Americana to describe ordinary 21st century Chilean culture in a gringo-free zone (Chileana?) this is one place to find it. They even had an Andean-style Carnival at the last weekend in February when I was there.
Property: Hostal Los AromosAddress: Pasaje Los Aromos No. 7 | Centro, Chanaral, Chile
Location: Chile > Atacama Region > Chanaral
Ranked #5 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Chanaral
Number of rooms: 65