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, ourhabitas.com.
Our Habitas Atacama, a new hotel in Chile, offers access to the region’s outdoor activities. Photograph by Kleinjan Groenewald.