Awasi Lodge-Atacama Desert, Chile
WOW....that is a summary of our visit to Awasi...WOW! We were picked up at the airport by our guide, Gonzalo. His background was impressive and his knowledge of the area superior to none. Upon arrival to Awasi, Gonzalo mapped out our next 5 days and organized our trips. Every detail was taken care of by Gonzalo and the staff. We never had to worry, think, plan, etc. What a relief after our past few months at home and dealing with family issues. Gonzalo took us to all the major sights of the desert. He comforted me with my fear of altitude sickness. With his encouragement, I participated in activities I never would have dreamed of doing. I avoided altitude medicine completely! I loved the trip! We hiked the Valley of the Moon, swam in salt ponds, walked ON geyser fields, stargazed (with Jorge) at night identifying stars and constellations that I only read about. Only a small group of people stay at Awasi at any time. There are only 8 casitas which limits the amount of guests. The food was lovely; traditional foods with modern twists. My husband and I were touched by this experience and really can't find all the words to completely describe the scenery, accommodations, food, guides, staff, and overall effects of this magical lodge.