- Reviews: 182
Camping Quilarcay: A quiet, peaceful piece of "old San Pedro"
Almost all the times I’ve been to San Pedro –but two- I have stayed at campgrounds, as the nice weather and natural environment makes it an excellent choice.
In the early 90’s, I used to camp at Takha Takha Camping and Hostal (Caracoles 101-B, past Domingo Atienza to the W), where camping is US$ 8/13 a day (for 1 or 2 people), while rooms go from US$ 24 to US$ 55; the last times I went there, I stayed at the former Camping Puri (now called Puritama, after it was sold), on Caracoles 113, just metres before the Takha Takha. Here, camping is US$ 6,5 per person, and room rates are between US$ 15 and US$ 65.
Both have nice restaurants and hot showers although tent space is poor, making it impossible to have the slightest personal space in summer, and feeling rather cramped in low season. Bargaining rates is a no-no for them, and music is played for most of the day.
This time, I stayed at the rustic and peaceful Camping Quilarcay, on Lascar 30, for US$ 3 a day.
This place is really lovely, as it is in the outskirts, on a small grassy orchard where tent sites are around the main green patch. It has good, clean bathrooms and showers, although there’s no hot water (needless if you take a shower in the morning or before sunset). There are 3 roaming sheep, and ice, hot water and fridge for storage are available from the management at no charge. They rent mountain bikes at US$ 6,5/day.
They have a strict no drinking/drugs use/loud noises policy, so if you’re into that, you better not stay here.
Afternoon views from the Quilarcay are superb: the Andean range, from the Licancabur to the Lascar volcanoes and beyond, is in front of you, with no walls, wires or anything spoliling the view, and nights are really dark and silent. Having a tea sitting down on an old, massive tree while looking at the sunset colors turning the Licancabur volcano into a fiery orange cone, was what I did almost every day (if I wasn’t somewhere else).
Since the Quilarcay is some 850 metres from the plaza, and in an opposite direction of downtown from the bus stop, the owner usually picks the guests at the bus parking, on his red truck.
If you come from Calama on a bus that goes onward for Toconao, do not leave at the bus stop, but ask the driver to leave you at the very entrance of the camping, past Punta de Diamante.
- Reviews: 182
In your tent, o'course...: Where to stay in EL TATIO?
There are absolutely no lodging facilities at El Tatio, so your chances for staying there are either a tent (a VERY good one) or a very basic room at a ramshackle restaurant about 1 hour south of El Tatio, where a blind caretaker –who’s the father of a San Pedro tour driver- offers also basic –but tasty- foods and a nice talk.
There’s a semi abandoned lithium mining facility about 3 or 4 kilometres to the south, where sometimes –mostly in January/February- there’s one or two people, but don’t count on that, and bear in mind that they are not giving any touristic service: if the VHF antenna is mounted, then there’s people.
There are some adobe ruins on the NW side of the field, but unless there’s a serious high wind, you better camp in the open, as these are used as “toilets” by the tour groups.
Set your tent away from geysers and fumaroles, try to find out the predominant wind direction to avoid noxious fumes from them, and make sure the ground where you camp on, is not way too hot, as it can damage your tent’s floor, and even make you impossible to stay in it (I had to move mine from its former place because of this).
Make sure the ground is not too crusty and does not sound hollow, and that is not on the way of possible geyser leaks or overflows, and that it is not a mud geyser (they look like “solid” ground when inactive/dry, but...). Strong gusts of wind may blow in the night, so fix all the guy lines, and make sure your tent and gear are suitable for temperatures of –20ºC or lower. Bring all the fresh water and supplies you may need, as there’s nothing up there...but an amazing, prehistoric place.
It's like being camped somewhere in the early Earth ages: set a tent somewhere in the Cambrian, or early Ordovician, and compare...
Picture taken with Noblex 135S Panoramic format camera, 29 mm. rotating drum lens, f.16, 1/ 16 sec., no filter
- Reviews: 76
This is an excellent option for those who look for the comfort of the rooms with private bath and in a very good location.
The hotel has 6 rooms, double, matrimonial and triple, all with private bath, they also offer breakfast.
the cost is 42 dollars for a double room.
private parking, laundry, internet.
- Reviews: 76
This Place was built some years ago with typical materials of the zone.
It has comfortable matrimonial rooms, singles, double and triple, all totally equipped with private bath, service of breakfast, cafeteria, bar and Internet.
The Hotel offers tourist services to different attractions of the zone.
- Reviews: 1009
a simple nameless guesthouse
As soon as you come off the bus women and children will meet you trying to persuade you to see their place. If you haven't something special in mind, or you are in a low budget it's ok to go with them.
In San Pedro you have quite a lot of accommodation choices.
I finally had nothing much of a room with an outside bathroom and hot shower in a nameless guesthouse. But I had a great time in the evenings sitting in the yard facing a very green field and an endless view of the countryside. It was refreshing and quiet, very suitable for our weary bodies. I had long hearty talks with other tenants, looking at the beautiful night sky and exchanging ...our philosophies...
There was also a small kitchen where we could cook something of our own, very convenient especially for breakfast. I am sure you can easily find something like that if you ask around.
- Reviews: 152
Hostal Elim: Excellent Hotel in San Pedro
I spent two nights here in the winter of 2012 and was very pleased. The hotel is on a side street a short distance from the center and is surrounded by walls, which makes for a very quiet and secluded setting. San Pedro's climate is dry, but the management has planted and maintained a lot of trees and bushes. My room was relatively small and rustic in style, but nicely furnished and very clean. Outside hammocks and outdoor furniture were scattered about. The reception does not speak much English but was extraordinarily helpful. We got by fine with my few words of Spanish and theirs of English. Breakfast is included but early departures for outdoor outings kept me from sampling it. Highly recommended.
Very attractive outdoor areas
- Reviews: 800
Residencial Licancabur: Cool and relax - Tranquille et relaxant
Clean, hot water (mainly during daytime), cheap meals... 5000 pesos per person per day (don't ask for a private bathroom, the shared ones are very sufficient...). Though, the brother of the owner may act like a thief (we made the bad experience).
Propre, eau chaude (pendant la journee), plats pas chers... 5000 pesos par jour par personne (pas la peine de demander une salle de bains privative, les communes sont tres bien). Toutefois, le frere du proprio agit parfois comme un voleur (on en a fait la mauvaise experience).
- Reviews: 1710
Puritama Hostal: Bungalos de madera / Wood Bungalows
Está en una de las calles céntricas de San Pedro .
Tiene bungalos de madera , no demasiados , tiene un patio de tierra que aprovechan también para sembrar sus verduras y cocina en la que puedes preparar tu comida
Está bastante bien
It is located in a centrical street of San Pedro
It has wooden bungalows , not too many , it has an earth yard that they use also to grow their vegetables and a kitchen where you may prepair your food
- Reviews: 105
Hostal Sumaj-Jallpa: New Hostel in San Pedro
We were hijacked on getting of the bus from Calama, all intentions of look around gone we agreed with Nikolai to check out his new Hostal. It is based a little out of the main town but it has great amenities and was very clean. We stayed in a shared room although no one else shared for 5,000 pesos per person. The two shared bathrooms are clean and hot water all day. The ensuite was more expensive at 25,000 for the room, but its is worth striking a deal.
It has a common room with pool table, free internet access, kitchen and rentals and tours available.
A little bit out of town but in that case quiet and the walk home at night meant you could clearly see the Milky way as there is little street lighting.
- Reviews: 1096
Hostelling International: Centrally located Hostel in San Pedro de Atacama
Once we arrived in San Pedro de Atacama the first thing we did was look for a room somewhere. We ended up finding this place which had dorm rooms with 3 high bunks (6 people per room) for 6500 pesos per night. This price included breakfast and the beds had sheets provided but a shared bathroom. Like many of the buildings in San Pedro de Atacama the hostel is built of Adobe which keeps the interior cool in summer and warm in winter.
We were comfortable enough in the accommodation and if you are looking for budget accommodation then this is a good option.
This is the only hostel in San Pedro de Atacama that provides benefits for International Hostelling members.
Tours can be organised by the people at reception but we chose to walk around town and see what the different tour companies had on offer.
- Reviews: 26
Hostel La Florida: Si, es mi amigo!
If you're under 100, you will love this as the friendly atmosphere will wrap you in.
This is a very "backpacker" hostel, the best part being the great people that stop by. They are all very friendly, as is the staff. There are rooms with shared bath (clean); hot water (but only for showers); hammocks (incredibly comfortable and relaxing!); Kitchen (i suggest buying groceries and cooking to save on the outrageous restaurant prices); Tennis Table (amazing fuN!); Bike and Sandbard rent (next door, you can bargain with the dude).
Honestly, not the most comfortable as it places 6 to a room and few outlets for recharging. But hey, we met many a nice people to travel and check out the scenery.
- Reviews: 49
Hotel El Tatio: Accomodation
Too expensive (for what you get), small hot rooms, almost no hot wather, the tv didnt work and the breakfast was like in a desert....But apart from that - Ok, and nice english speaking staff
- Reviews: 122
Takha Takha: Storyin Atacama
9000 peso Single room including breakfast
( ACCEPT CREDIT CARD , foreigner pay by USD -19% IVA TAX !!! )
be careful !!
there are some big dogs inside the garden!! sometimes they do not know you are guest !!
- Reviews: 277
hostal florida (I think): Relax, relax, relax
After 10 days of intense travelling through Peru and Bolivia, we stayed in this place.
The hamocs where great. had a warm shower.
The only downside of the place was the fact that a guy with a really anoying laugh worked there.
At one evening they were quite noisy when we tried to sleep.
But all together it was a great place to stay.
- Reviews: 276
Residence Chiloe: Expensive but nice
This hotel has a large courtyard.
On one side are the cheaper twin rooms with shared bathrooms. The hot water supply is erratic and the rooms are cold because they are North facing. There is only a bit of sun for a short
time on the terrace that runs outside them.
On the other side are the more expensive twin rooms with private bathrooms and plenty of hot water. They come with a larger South facing terrace where you can have lunch in the sun.
Expensive but quiet, a couple minuted walk from the bustle of town.
More expensive rooms in the sun are bliss after 3 days freezing crossing from Bolivia. Forget the cheaper rooms if you are sensitive to cold.
Bar serving hot and cold drinks.
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