Latin America & Polar specialist Chimu Adventures is demonstrating its passion for responsible tourism & commitment to working with sustainable products by introducing a Sustainable Feature of the Month’

The feature will be used to highlight the outstanding environmental, socially responsible and cultural credentials of a selected property or experience. This month, Chimu is focusing on Tierra Atacama, Chile. Think vivid landscapes and starry daydreams; beauty, simplicity and wild silence.

Booking flights to Chile now. Staying there forever, thanks, bye.

 

What makes this hotel unique?

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The Tierra Atacama is a luxury, all-inclusive property located in the world’s most arid desert, the Atacama, and houses guests under the Earth’s clearest night skies surrounded by a fiery, terracotta backdrop.

Environmentally, Tierra Atacama is committed to renewable energy sources. It is the first hotel in South America to produce solar-powered electricity and is now 100 percent solar-powered thus saving a huge 110,000 litres of diesel a year.

All the hotel’s water is extracted from their own well so as not to use the local people’s supply. A reverse osmosis plant treats the water, enabling Tierra to provide their own water to the hotel and their guests. Grey water is used for irrigation and replenishing arable land.

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Tierra actively participates in a dual education programme at a technical school called Likan Antai. The hotel has employed in excess of 40 young people on apprenticeship schemes taught by tourism, electricity and agricultural experts. Many graduates from Likan Antai have proceeded to work with Tierra full-time on completion of their studies.

On top of all that, a study was conducted prior to building the hotel which unearthed over 400 pieces of pre-Hispanic material consisting of mostly pottery fragments. The most important of these were given to the Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum in San Pedro.

Pretty cool.

 

How do we book?

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Chimu Adventures can organise a four day Tierra Atacama adventure which includes accommodation at Tierra Atacama, private transfers, meals and guided activities.

Click here to find out more.