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Name:Hostal Mama Tierra
Location:Calle Pachamama 615, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Price$4000 ( pesos Chilenos ) p/person with shared bathroom
Owners:Family run
Telephone:56 55 85 14 18
Website:Spanish info and images website

Positive points of Hostal Mama Tierra

  • Very friendly, courteous and warm service
  • Extremely clean
  • Hot water showers all day
  • 24 hour water supply - the water supply of San Pedro de Atacama is switched off at night. Hostal Mama Tierra has its own supply tank that provides a constant over night supply at low pressure - showers are still best before the switch over but are at least possible 24 hours a day
  • The most comfortable, sprung beds at this price in Chile. Duvet/comforter and blankets are warm and clean. Beds don't have wooden ends, so tall people can sleep comfortably.
  • Rooms have dual light switches - one by the door and one by the bed.
  • Electrical sockets in all rooms
  • Attractive adobe construction with high ceilings - cool in the day, warm at night
  • Comfortable, covered, outside seating area complete with hammocks, the chatter of budgies/parakeets, and decorative wind chimes, lanterns and tiki-torches
  • Free luggage storage in the family house while exploring the desert or taking multi-day tours
  • Friendly, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
  • Moderately equipped kitchen (separate from family's own kitchen), more pots and pans would be a real bonus
  • Top loading machine laundry available - quite expensive, as is the whole town, water being at a premium in the Atacama
  • Common areas are open to guests who have checked out but are waiting for a night time bus (all long distance buses leave late in the evening)
  • Local information (posted regional maps and bus schedules) and tours available
  • Grocery store only one door down
  • Often meets the incoming buses - you're looking for a short, unassuming, quietly spoken lady, probably wearing jeans and a t-shirt. She had a white ute/pickup in early 2004.

Negative points of Hostal Mama Tierra

  • Curtains are too thin to not be see-through when the light is on at night
  • Bare bulb of the ceiling light is harsh on the eyes
  • Door lock can be easily reached through the window when the window is open

Local attractions and facilities

  • Atacama sites
    • Salar de Atacama - vast salt flats
    • Fortress of Quitor
    • Geysers Del Tatio - over 40 metres of steam
    • Tocopurri and Sairecahur volcanoes
    • Pakana rock structures
    • Tulor, an ancient, deserted village with round buildings
  • Good restaurants abound if you have the budget
  • Internet cafes, slow and a little expensive
  • Grocery stores
  • Souvenir shops

This was the best hostal/hospedaje/hotel/pension we found during our three months in Chile. The owner does a great job and she deserves more business.

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