Atacama Desert, Chile

Desert Escape Though stark from a distance, the world’s driest desert is an expansive, exotic landscape studded with oases, majestic dunes, and thermal pools. This is an ideal destination for those who enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Bonus: romantic sunsets and starry nights. Tierra Atacama, steps from the town of San Pedro de Atacama, is bordered by ancient native algarroba and chanar trees. Inside, the 34 rooms are swathed in natural beiges and browns, and at the 4,850-square-foot spa, couples can book decadent treatments using local volcanic mud, salts, and herbs. Tierra Atacama will arrange for a sunrise excursion to El Tatio geyser, or a rock-climbing lesson in the village of Socaire. Dine at Café Adobe, a local favorite with a crackling bonfire centerpiece, orRestaurante Ckunna, located in what was once San Pedro de Atacama’s first schoolhouse. Don’t miss the handicrafts market—Mercado de Artesanías—at the corner of Ckilapana and Socaire, in San Pedro de Atacama, where you can buy downy-soft alpaca and llama wraps made by artisans in nearby Cámar and Toconao.

—Connie McCabe


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