Our Habitas Opens Newest “Home” in Chile's Atacama

Our Habitas has announced the launch of its latest sustainable adventure with Our Habitas Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Atacama is known for its diverse landscapes ranging from arid desert and salt flats to volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. At Our Habitas Atacama, guests can participate in outdoor adventures, including hiking, biking, mountaineering and sandboarding as well as stargazing in one of the world’s best places to see and photograph the night sky.

The property offers 51 rooms, each designed and styled with local textiles, decor and furnishings in keeping with the brand’s philosophy of sourcing and supporting local businesses. Similarly, the hotel's restaurant and bar highlights local and seasonal ingredients, as well as its native herb garden. In addition, there is a pool and wellness area, and a dedicated gathering space, a trademark communal offering at each of Our Habitas’ “homes” for intimate events and concerts.

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Explorer Suite (Kleinjan Groenewald/Habitas Atacama)

Sustainability continues to be the highest priority throughout. Our Habitas Atacama is plastic-free, has a water management plan, avoids the removal of any trees on the property and plants equal amounts of trees for the wood used during any and all construction.

Guest programming includes workshops highlighting the Atacama Desert & Medicinal Plant practice, local ceramic and crafts, and the region’s cooking and mixology. The program also emphasizes wellness and includes daily movement, functional training, sound baths, temazcal and guided meditations. Besides the outdoor adventure experiences on offer, guests can enjoy a series of live programming and celebrations throughout the year, each in support of the artistry of the region.

Miles above sea level and with no major cities, almost no rain and arid weather, the Atacama desert is the largest fog desert in the world and has over 300 cloudless nights a year. The driest non-polar desert on Earth, this desert is home to some of the world’s biggest and most powerful telescopes and NASA observatories. The wide-open spaces and skies surrounding Atacama are ideal for stargazing.

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Our Habitas meticulously curates each property’s programming to synchronize with the surrounding environment (Kleinjan Groenewald/Habitas Atacama)

Nearby attractions include Pukará de Quitor, a pre-Columbian archeological site; Mirador de Kari, a rocky mountain plateau with an overhanging rock and a spectacular location to experience the sunset; El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) has exceptional stone and sand formations, carved by wind and water; and Licancabur, a stratovolcano on the border of Bolivia, believed to be a holy mountain by the Atacameno people, the volcano comprises part of the Andean Central Volcanic Zone, with a 19,409-foot-high cone.

Our Habitas’ impact initiatives further aims to promote social and environmental sustainability within local communities, supporting conscious tourism in Chile. The brand’s impact arm, RISE, continues to collaborate with local partners and initiatives to give back to the community by supporting cultural and environmental causes, and donating into the fund for every guest who stays at Atacama. Our Habitas RISE also aims to support Chilean communities by empowering locals through job opportunities and hospitality training.

Travelers can take a two-hour flight from Santiago de Chile (SCL) to El Loa Calama Airport (CJC) in Calama. From Calama, a transfer by road to Our Habitas Atacama is approximately an hour.

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