By Unique Travel Destinations | June 13, 2009
Stunning landscapes call for equally uncommon abodes for the thirsty travelers who are drawn to travel from far and wide to experience it up close. Such is the setting of the Atacama desert in Chile, and now there is a new hotel befitting such backdrop, with an architectural vocabulary that understands the precarious balance between nature, design and the needs of travelers. When you enter the new Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa, this equation is felt immediately. A perfect ensemble!
Tierra Atacama is located north of Atacama desert near the Licancabur volcano. Designed by Rodrigo Searle and Mathias Gonzales, this 32-room gem of a small boutique hotel is made of traditional building materials like stone, mud brick and rammed earth. These are perfect to protect the interior from the extreme desert weather conditions. Textile, furs and crafts are all handmade by local crafters. Uma Spa (water in Aymara language) follows the same principles. Spa treatments are made with volcano mud, local herbs and essential oils and salts from Atacama desert.
The restaurant serve Andean and Chilean-inspired meals with quinoa, vegetables and herbs from the on-site garden and meat from the area.
Tierra Atacama is a sustainable project concern about local development but also about water thematic. Waste water is recycled and reused to water the gardens. Irrigation system follow ancient technique that help the endemic flora, and the hotel’s water comes from its own desalination plant.
In short, Tierra Atacama lives in harmony with his unique and fragile environment.