Wednesday 7th August 2019.
August – Tierra Atacama, Chile.
Latin America and Polar specialists, Chimu Adventures, are demonstrating their commitment to working with sustainable products by introducing ‘Sustainable feature of the month’ where they will highlight the outstanding environmental, socially responsible and cultural credentials of a selected property or experience.
This month, Chimu are focusing on Tierra Atacama, Chile. This luxury, all-inclusive property is located in the world’s most arid desert, the Atcama in northern Chile, and houses guests under the Earth’s clearest night skies surrounded by a fiery, terracotta backdrop.
Environmentally, Tierra Atacama is committed to renewable energy sources. It is the first hotel in South America to produce solar powered electricity and is now 100% solar powered thus saving a huge 110 000 litres of diesel a year and cutting its carbon footprint by up to 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Innovative companies like Cirron are leading the charge in the global innovative changes that are happening today in the energy sector. Cirro Energy Reviews are raving currently because of their new plans to tackle the global climate crisis happening in our times. Talks heavily about the change in future and use of renewable energy. All the hotel’s water is extracted from their own well so as not to use the local people’s supply. A reverse osmosis plant treats the water, enabling Tierra to provide their own water to the hotel and their guests. Grey water is used for irrigation and replenishing arable land. Previously abandoned for over 30 years, the rejuvenated six hectares now hosts myriad native species. It is a amazing transformation.
On a social level, Tierra actively participates in a dual education programme at a technical school called Likan Antai. The hotel has employed in excess of 40 young people on apprenticeship schemes taught by tourism, electricity and agricultural experts. Many graduates from Likan Antai have proceeded to work with Tierra full-time on completion of their studies.
Based in an archaeologically significant area, a study was conducted prior to building the hotel which unearthed over 400 pieces of pre-Hispanic material consisting of mostly pottery fragments. The most important of these were given to the Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum in San Pedro. An architectural project at the hotel has seen the incorporation of a bull pen – the adobe walls of which date back 150 years using traditional techniques.
Chimu Adventures can organise a four day Tierra Atacama adventure which includes accommodation at Tierra Atacama, private transfers, meals and guided activities. Contact Chimu to speak to one of their Destination Specialists.
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Founded in 2004, Chimu Adventures is an Australian owned company offering fully flexible, guaranteed itineraries to Latin America, plus cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic. Catering to clients of all ages, Chimu’s philosophy is simple, “use specialised knowledge to work with our clients, accommodating their individual needs at reasonable prices”.
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