National Monument in Historic Sector
On March 28, 1980 the Chilean government approved the Supreme Decree Nº2344 that declared the buildings surrounding the church in San Pedro de Atacama as a historic and conservation area called “The Historic Sector”. Consequently the Terrantai Lodge building and the area surrounding it are governed by laws mandated by the Chilean National Monuments Council due to its unique and exclusive location in this historic section of town.
Building and room size
Terrantai Lodge is a nineteenth century, historic home with original Atacameño architecture. It´s structure including the original interior spaces were preserved; materials from the area such as adobe, lake mud, and lake rocks were used. The construction of the hotel took place in 1996. The corridors and rooms were kept according to the parameters indicated by the laws mandated by National Monuments Council; therefore the rooms and bathrooms are small due to its privileged location in the Historic Sector.
Splash Pool or Small Pool
During the construction of Terrantai Lodge in 1996, the indigenous communities living in the ayllus (the original agricultural and residential areas) had no drinking water. And as an act of respect and solidarity, the administration of the time decided that the dimensions of the small pool inside the hotel would only measure 6 meters long, 3 meters wide, and 1.20 meters deep. Although the water difficulties in the indigenous ayllus have been partially resolved, the size of the pool will remain the same to remember the importance of water conservation and respect for natural resources in the Atacama Desert.
Our town is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert. It is a remote location that prevents normal WiFi function. Terrantai Lodge has a special contract with the wired and wireless company Entel, but even so, the signal transmission is sometimes intermittent. Also the more than 70 centimeter thick adobe walls of the hotel prevent efficient transmission. We suggest using WiFi in the hotel's reception area and library.