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Awasi Atacama, Atacama Desert


Old Jun 5, 18, 3:37 am
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Old Jun 5, 18, 6:22 am
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I personally was interested in Awasi, but the rustic feel is not my wife's cup of tea. Also, I have heard mixed feedback on the use of air conditioning there (hence my earlier question on it) and am glad they have them. Seemed in the past they did not or had issues with them. With the high temps, I need reassurances of air conditioning (even if they would not be needed), that's my basic requirement (at any price range, but, definitely at this one).
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Old Jun 6, 18, 8:45 am
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I think what people are missing is that the Atacama is not that hot even in peak summer - it can get warm, but it is at a very high altitude. And at night, it is cool.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 5:46 pm
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I would certainly never suggest someone visit Awasi Atacama as a hotel destination, but if you're interested in visiting the Atacama desert (which I thought was amazing, and in some ways preferred to Patagonia, even though the Awasi hotel there is superior), I'd strongly recommend. The hotel itself is luxury enough, and having a private guide makes all the difference. The scenery and excursions are amazing – here's a picture in "Mars Valley":

Also – if you make it all the way up to Atacama, I'd recommend combining with a trip into Bolivia to see the Salar de Uyuni (and the lagoons along the way). There's definitely nothing that would remotely qualify as luxury along the way, and you spend a lot of time in a car, but the landscapes are spectacular:

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Old Jun 7, 18, 2:30 am
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Can I ask why you wouldn't recommend it as a hotel? Were there other hotels you considered?
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Old Jun 7, 18, 6:41 am
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Thanks for the review. We are booked for Jan 2019 and so it was great to familiarize ourselves with the property. So far, our correspondence with the Awasi has been excellent.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by SilverSpoon View Post
Can I ask why you wouldn't recommend it as a hotel? Were there other hotels you considered?
Sorry - to be clear, it’s a great (probably the best) hotel option if you’re visiting Atacama (which anyone who enjoys nature should!). But it’s not what I would call a “hotel destination” - it’s not in the class of hotels that one would travel specifically to stay in.
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Excellent stay in April 2012

My wife and I stayed at Awasi Atacama for 5 nights in April 2012. Overall it was an exceptional stay. We had the same round room as the OP and it looked pretty much the same 6 years ago. I would like to note that some properties do not photograph well and are far better in person... I think Awasi Atacama is one of these properties.

My stay pretty much echos the comments of the OP. Our private guide, and for longer trips guide and driver, was excellent and tailored everything to our needs.

Food was always enjoyable, but not spectacular. I got the impression the Awasi tried to tailor their service level to each individual guest (based on input from you guide).

In 2012 the Awasi did not have AC. I do not like heat and often have a difficult time in tropical locations with comfort, but I did not have any problem at Awasi. One big advantage of having no AC was not having to listen to all of the compressor units buzzing incessantly. The combination of lower overnight temperatures and very low humidity made for a comfortable stay. Apparently they have now added AC...

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Old Jun 10, 18, 6:56 am
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atacama and patagonia have "4x4 vehicle" per room
iguazu apparently / unacceptably didnt open that way >
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They too loved the Patagonia property for its private guide
Iguazu...no private transportation. They took the public bus
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After receiving a PM from the FTer that suffered the epic fail in question (along with the gory details), I am no longer considering a stay
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atacama and patagonia areas can be VERY cold

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Before Awasi I was thinking "I wish all hotels are like Aman", and after Awasi I started to think "I wish all Amans are like Awasi..."

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