South American nature holidays: Take a walk on the wild side.

An oasis of calm in the Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama is “an oasis amid the Atacama Desert of northern Chile”, says Mark Johanson for Bloomberg Pursuits. Here, visitors will find “glittering salt flats, sky-poking volcanoes, teal lagoons painted pink with flamingos” and the resort town’s most recent hotel opening – the 51-room Our Habitas Atacama, which opened in September. The hotel makes a virtue out of allowing guests to explore the desert by themselves, whether on horseback or by quad bike, and it is well worth it. “By night, the Atacama sky – studied by astronomers the world over due to its almost complete lack of cloud cover, moisture or light pollution – offers a priceless spectacle.”

The hotel has been designed so that guests feel like they are “entering a traditional Atacama home”. The thick clay walls are made of “temperature-controlling adobe” and the grass roofs are lined in brea, a native flowering plant, while the pottery and tapestries have been created by local indigenous artisans. “A highlight at the Atacama property is the clay sweat lodge, or temazcal.” Guests “set forth their intentions” for the treatment as a trained local guide “pours herb-infused water atop fiery volcanic stones, heating the dome-like lodge with increasing levels of steam. The idea is to detoxify your body and remove stress in your mind.”

Our Habitas Atacama from $300 a night

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