Atacama Desert, Chile

The backdrop for explorations in Atacama is as dramatic as it is unique, characterized by red rock canyons, enormous cacti, and scenic volcanoes.

Sandboard through the Moon Valley Reserve, hike the impressive Salt Mountain Range, soak in the Puritama Hot Springs, visit wild flamingos at Launga Chaxa, horseback ride to see petroglyphs, and take the most buoyant swim of your life at Laguna Cejar…all while watching for guanacos, vicuñas and llamas.

Landing in Calama, Chile, it’s just over an hour’s drive to San Pedro de Atacama and the intimate Awasi hotel—an oasis of low-key style that includes private custom guided excursions and cuisine by one of Chile’s youngest and most talented chefs. Another nearby option is the Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, which offers up stunning volcano views and a fabulous outdoor pool.