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Things to do in Bolivia - Stay in a Salt Hotel

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Life is too short to sleep in boring hotels.

Don’t get me wrong. I love staying in hostels as much as the next aging backpacker, but I’ve never been willing to spend extra money just to sleep in a place where the sheets match the pillow cases. A night inside a stargazing dome, on the other hand…?

Seeking out unusual hotels in South America was a bit of a challenge. Rather than all out luxury or gaudy themes, the unusual hotels of South America most often slipped under the radar. The best ones we found took advantage of their rare surrounds or were built from uncommon materials.

Want to stay strange? We’ve got luxury haciendas, seashell-shaped suites, and geodesic domes. Here are the 11 unusual hotels in South America that you really can’t miss!

Palacio de Sal | The Salt Hotel | Bolivia

Palacio de Sal - Hidalgo Tours bus on the Salar

Palacio de Sal - Exterior View of the Room
Things to do in Bolivia - Stay in a Salt Hotel

Plan your Trip: Booking.com | Read More: Stay Strange at Palacio de Sal

SkyLodge | The Hanging Luxury Capsules | Peru

Unusual Hotels in South America - Skylodge

Photo by NaturaVive

Where: Urubamba, Peru
What makes it unique?: SkyLodge is a collection of transparent luxury capsules suspended some 1,300 ft above the Sacred Valley. The pods are accessible only by a series of ferratas and ziplines, so getting there is half the fun. Hope you’re not scared of heights!
Price: $400+
Plan your Trip: Natura Vive

Hacienda el Porvenir | The Traditional Hacienda | Ecuador

Unusual Hotels in South America - Hacienda el Porvenir

Horseback Riding in Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Unusual Hotels in South America - Hacienda el Porvenir

Where: Cotopaxi, Ecuador
What makes it unique? Hacienda el Porvenir is a family-run hacienda offering guests a traditional Ecuadorian experience at the base of Cotopaxi Volcano. Sleep on indigenous-style mats in the Machai rooms or get a luxury room with a view in one of the cozy suites. For the adventurous types, Hacienda el Porvenir is set on a sprawling grounds and guests can rent bikes to explore the extensive network of trails, go for a guided horseback excursion, or learn a new skill on the high ropes course.
Price: $43-$210
Plan your Trip: Booking.com | Read More: Stay Strange at Hacienda el Porvenir

EcoCamp | The Domes of Patagonia | Chile

Unusual Hotels in South America - Ecocamp in Torres del Paine

Photo by NOMADasaurus

Where: Torres del Paine, Chile
What makes it unique? Ecocamp offers genuine comfort, good service, and fine dining in one of the world’s most beautiful national parks. If you’re braving the O Circuit, consider spending all that money you saved by camping to rest your tired everything.
Price: $650+
Plan your Trip: Booking.com | Read More: Ecocamp Patagonia on NOMADasaurus!

Elqui Domos | The Stargazing Domes | Chile

Unusual Hotels in South America - Elqui Domos

Unusual Hotels in South America - Elqui Domos
Unusual Hotels in South America - Elqui Domos

Where: Pisco Elqui, Chile
What makes it unique? Valle del Elqui is recognized as one of the world’s best spots for stargazing. At the Elqui Domos, you’ll sleep inside a surprisingly spacious private dome with stargazing hatch so you can get into the constellation spotting yourself.
Price: $155+
Plan your Trip: Booking.com | Read More: Stay Strange at the Elqui Domos

Las Olas | The Seacastle Suites | Bolivia

Unusual Hotels in South America - Las Olas

Unusual Hotels in South America - Las Olas
Unique Hotels - View from the Sea Tower at Las Olas

Where: Copacabana, Bolivia
What makes it unique? Sleeping inside of a giant snail might not be high on your to-do list, but perhaps it should be. Las Olas is a collection of 3-story terra cotta suites offering spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. At <$100 per night, it is undoubtedly one of the best value unusual hotels in South America.
Price: $60+
Plan your Trip: Hostal Las Olas | Read More: Stay Strange at Las Olas

Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve | The Jungle Ecolodges | Chile

Unusual Hotels in South America - Montaña Magica

Unusual Hotels in South America - Reino Fungi

Unusual Hotels in South America - Canopy Village

Photos from HuiloHuilo.com

Where: Huilo Huilo, Chile
What makes it unique? The properties of Huilo Huilo are way the hell away from anything else in Chile, but the uncommon properties are totally worth it. At the Huilo Huilo Biological reserve, you can spend the night in Montaña Magica, a volcano shaped hotel with daily eruptions, or  Reino Fungi, a fungus hotel. Can you think of anything weirder?
Price: $530+
Plan your Trip: Montaña Magica (Booking.com) | Reino Fungi (Booking.com)

Uros Floating Village | The Floating Village | Peru

 

Where: Puno, Peru
What makes it unique? Get a taste for Uru hospitality with a homestay on the totora reed village floating on Lake Titicaca. While the accommodations are basic at best, the experience of sleeping on a reed island is truly unique to the region.
Plan your Trip: Uros Khantati

 

Loma Wasi | The Traditional Farmstay | Ecuador

Unusual Hotels in South America -  Loma Wasi Village

Unusual Hotels in South America -  Loma Wasi Village
Unusual Hotels in South America -  Loma Wasi Village

Where: Near Otavalo, Ecuador
What makes it unique? Indigenous cultures are fading fast in South America’s rapidly modernizing countries, but there are still some places where people truly live off the land they inhabit. At Loma Wasi, you’ll stay in a simple room on a working farm where you can care for the livestock, learn about local medicine, or dine on homegrown vegetarian meals.
Price: $30 + food
Plan your Trip: Booking.com

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