If you click over to our luxury hotels in Chile page you’ll find three new detailed reviews of the best places to stay in the Atacama Desert region. It seems odd that the driest place on the planet would have the greatest concentration of high-end hotels outside of Santiago, but that’s the way it is. In many ways, these hotels top what you can get in the capital too, especially when it comes to the wow factor.

The three hotels are Awasi, Explora’s Hotel de Larache, and Tierra Atacama (with view from a room balcony pictured above).

These are true vacation destinations as much as hotels, of course, with each offering a variety of excursions with naturalist guides. Each has a different vibe though and our correspondent breaks it all out so you can decide which one is the best match. With three great hotels all in this one remote area, each tries hard to please.