Situated between the Andes and the Pacific, the world’s driest desert seems almost anti-human with its saltwater lakes, geysers, and congealed lava flows. But beyond the sparseness, a unique and deeply moving beauty unfolds. Preserving this is the self-appointed task of the owners of the Awasi. The eight thatched huts of the hotel are made of adobe, air-dried bricks of clay and sand. All the furniture and fabrics are based on traditional models and made by local craftspeople.