Nayara Alto Atacama: A Stargazing Paradise on Earth

Nayara Alto Atacama: A Stargazing Paradise on Earth

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Nayara Alto Atacama, an oasis nestled within the arid expanse of the world’s driest desert. This unique retreat serves as a beacon of intimate spaces and natural splendor, offering an authentic connection with the untouched landscapes surrounding it. But what truly sets us apart from other destinations is our unrivaled stargazing experience, complete with our private observatory and an in-house astronomer to guide your cosmic exploration.

Unlike all other resorts in San Pedro de Atacama, our sanctuary stands in the untamed heart of the desert, not in the town. Here, the stark absence of light pollution, which accentuates the brightness of the stars against the dark sky, and the soaring altitude of 2400 meters above sea level, conspire to forge the most exquisite conditions for celestial observation. As an added boon, Atacama’s arid climate gifts us over 200 cloudless nights a year. But what truly captivates the hearts of stargazers is the unobstructed panorama of the spectacular southern sky, a celestial wonder often hidden from viewers in the Northern Hemisphere.



Julianna Baraby @thediscoveryof

Yet, the allure of this region extends beyond its nocturnal splendor. The Atacama Desert, with its uncanny resemblance to Mars, plays an instrumental role in NASA’s preparation for interplanetary missions. The austere, rocky landscapes and comparable soil chemistry render Atacama a terrestrial doppelgänger for the Red Planet.

The Atacama Desert is a testament to the Earth’s endurance, having withstood extreme aridity for an estimated 10 to 15 million years and potentially even longer. Life here is a testament to resilience, with microorganisms thriving beneath the surface or within rocks, shielded from the relentless ultraviolet radiation. If life does exist or has ever thrived on Mars, it is likely that the planet’s harsh surface conditions would compel it to seek refuge underground — just like in the Atacama. Therefore, our desert haven serves not just as a window to the cosmos but also as a stepping stone toward uncharted planetary frontiers

Nayara-Alto-Atacama-with-Kiana-Kaltenegger-Icka-4O1A3783-by-Brice-Ferre-Studio-copy-2048x1377-1 The local indigenous population’s ancestral worldview imbues the starry sky with spiritual significance. They maintain that the earth reflects the sky and vice versa, underscoring our origins from stardust. This notion traces back to an ancestral star, older than our sun, that gave rise to the chemical elements forming our solar system and ourselves.


In sum, the Nayara Alto Atacama isn’t just a retreat—it’s a gateway to the cosmos and a testament to life’s resilience in extreme conditions. Whether you’re a stargazing enthusiast, a lover of local culture, or an adventurer keen on exploring the extremes of life, Nayara Alto Atacama is a destination that promises an unforgettable experience and endless discoveries.

Learn more at on social media @NayaraAltoAtacama or call our reservations team at +56 (2) 2912 3900 (Chile local call) or +1 844-865-2002 (US toll-free)