Northern Chile is home to salty flats, steamy springs—and a bucolic spa set in the shadow of an active volcano. Liesl Schillinger takes in the thrill and the chill. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.
SALT OF THE EARTH
Model Imaan Hammam—a modern mermaid in a salt-and-Swarovski-crystal sculpture by hairstylist Julien d’Ys— reclines on the shore of the saliferous Laguna Cejar.
left to right: CROWN JEWEL Pack a sleek suit for swimming in waters both fresh and salty. BRANCH OUT Your suitcase should also contain all-weather boots, a rugged topper, and, of course, a shimmering dress. ALL TERRAIN The mosaicked earth inspired the white clay exfoliator at the hotel’s spa.
After an early- morning hike, reset your muscles with an indulgent soak in the Puritama Hot Springs.
IN THE CLEAR
A placid infinity pool at Tierra Atacama affords the swimmer a movie-backdrop- worthy view of the surrounding landscape.