Travel Here: A New Eco-Lodge in Chile’s Andes Mountains

Check into Our Habitas Atacama, a 51-room hotel in the northeastern town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Article by Devorah Lev-Tov

24-TMAG-PORTUGAL-HOTEL-4Our Habitas Atacama, a new hotel in Chile, offers access to the region’s outdoor activities. Photograph by Kleinjan Groenewald.

Atacama, Chile, is known for its dramatic landscapes ranging from arid desert and salt flats to volcanoes and geysers. Our Habitas Atacama, a 51-room hotel slated to open in the northeastern town of San Pedro de Atacama on Sept. 15, hopes to give visitors a thoughtfully designed access point to such surroundings, while also doing its part to preserve them. The owners plan for the entire property to be free of single-use plastic, and food waste will be collected by a local company for composting. The rooms, some with roof terraces or patios, feature tapestries and ceramics created by artisans in the area. Guests can opt to try a sound bath or a temazcal ceremony in a traditional sweat lodge, or can arrange to take part in one of the many guided outdoor excursions, including hiking, biking, paragliding and stargazing. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Almas, focuses on seasonal produce and wood-fired cooking, with dishes inspired by regional cuisine such as Machas y Rica Rica, which incorporates a type of razor clam native to Chile, and a lamb dish that exhibits clay cooking typical of the region. From approximately $543,