While not directly in the city center, San Pedro de Atacama is a very small town where everything is in walking distance. It’s attached to the cheapest supermarket in town, which is also extremely convenient. Literally it cost me less than $10 for three days worth food and sunscreen. Additionally, it’s centrally located to experience the beautiful landscapes and action-packed tours of the area, like sandboarding in Death Valley, exploring the Flamenco Natural Reserve, witnessing the Tatio Geysers at sunrise, and hiking the various volcanoes and mountains.
With art work and unique lamps adorning the adobe walls, the hostel has a very laid-back and cultural feel. The desert-like theme of hostel definitely fits with the surrounding area.
The owner of the hostel, Francisco, was extremely helpful in assisting mew with figuring out which tours to choose during my stay. Thanks to him, I saw Death Valley, Moon Valley, biked to ancient ruins, and sandboarded during my short two-day stay.
This hostel has many common areas, making it easy to socialize and meet other travels. First there is a communal — extremely clean and organized — kitchen, which allows you to save money by cooking dinner with other people while making new friends. Moreover, a hangout area with TV, long table and chairs, as well as outdoor seating area is also great for meeting other backpackers.
Gotta love free perks at the hostel! At Hostel Mamatierra, there’s free internet, WiFi, luggage storage, linens, and a delicious breakfast each morning, that includes hot beverages, cereal, yogurt, fruits, ham, cheese, breads and juice.
Aside for not being directly in the city center (although it’s only a 10 minute walk), I really loved the unique, cultural feel of the hostel. You really feel like you’re in an authentic desert home. Moreover, the hostel is one of the cleanest and most homey I have seen in South America, and has one of the best breakfasts.
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