explora is a way of traveling to remote places in South America, where the focus is on in-depth exploration of the surroundings and the luxury of the essential.
Since the beginnings of time, humans have traveled in order to discover, conquer, colonize or trade. Many journeys have been a means to achieve other ends, to realize goals other than the journey itself. Join Explora as we travel to Patagonia, Atacama and Easter Island.
Some two hundred years ago, however, a new kind of journey began to gain importance: a journey which is not a means to something else but an end in itself.
The vision of what is different gives us a new understanding of the world and shows us new possibilities for our own lives. This widens our horizon, filling us with ideas for all of our Patagonia, Atacama and Easter Island travel.
At explora we are inspired to travel by the pleasure of the journey and by the richness of the experiences that it brings. In short, we believe that the final destination is less important than the things that happen along the way.
Remote areas are both distant and different.
They are distant because they are far from everything and to get there you have to travel long distances. Therefore, they give us the possibility to get away from the noise and pressure of everyday life and to get in touch with ourselves.
In remote areas, everything becomes clearer. The distance seems to reorganize the different aspects of our life, putting them into perspective.
The remote is also different: the surroundings are different than those we are used to and the people who inhabit them have a way of life that is different to our habits and rules.
Every journey we offer has been thought of as an exploration to enable you to get to know and, at the same time, to experience.
We want you to unfurl and satisfy your curiosity, to learn about nature and people, to get to know the geology, flora, fauna and culture of the places you visit. We are not satisfied with simply offering passive contemplation from a distance; we want things to happen.
We decided to offer in-depth exploration because we wanted our travelers to be able to interact with their environment and establish relationships with other people and to be a part of, rather than observing, each situation they encounter - engaging not only with reason but also with senses and emotions.
We believe that every journey is also internal, that as we move from one place to another, we are also moving somewhere within ourselves; that getting to know the world around us helps us to get to know ourselves.
For us, luxury is about the experience, not appearance.
We seek to offer luxury by focusing on the essential, on providing exactly what our travelers need to make every aspect of their journey as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.
For us, luxury is in the simple details, which are never superfluous. Its value does not depend on how much it costs but on its ability to enrich your Rapa Nui, Patagonia or Atacama travel experience.
We believe that the essential is also that which is authentic. In a world where imitations and copies proliferate, we offer you the luxury of getting close to something in its original state.
We offer our travelers the chance to travel to remote areas, where nature is still largely original and untouched and when we are there, we seek to interact with the people who live there in a simple, direct way, talking with them and avoiding stereotypes.
Disconnect, leave aside for a moment your history and your usual way of looking at things. When we aren't clinging to our own ideas and habits, we can learn about and gain greater enjoyment from everything again.
Enjoy the journey
Do not be obsessed with the final destination. Try to be open to the unpredictable, the unexpected and the accidental and to the things that happen along the way. Seize opportunities. Change your plans.
Too much baggage weighs us down and slows us down. It is distracting and interferes with our relationship to our surroundings. Take what is appropriate. Do not make too much effort to protect yourself from every possible risk. It is almost always true that what you lose in comfort or security, you gain in freedom.
Extraordinary things happen at the limits of possibility. Every limit is the end of one thing and the beginning of another. Explore the frontier with your own efforts and possibilities.
Forget the time
Try not to plan the beginning and end of events. Let them take the time they need. Enjoy the natural passing of time, with its periodic succession of day and night. When you travel, it sometimes seems as though the time passes differently, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
Whenever you can, walk. When you walk, you can look at things more closely and carefully. Walking is an action, the speed of which is natural and comfortable. You take one step at a time.
Deviate from the route
Often the most valuable experiences are found on the least-traveled routes. Marked routes are simply those already traveled by other people. Challenge yourself to open a new path. Be daring, discover.
Go outside when it rains
Things are different, and appear different, than when the sun is shining.
Find out about the things you see along the way; how and why they are the way they are. Curiosity keeps us alert and in a state of constant change.
Try new flavors
The food and drink in each place has its own flavors, smells and colors. Sometimes they have been prepared using recipes passed down through generations. Try them. Give them an opportunity to surprise you.
Do not stop
Movement keeps us alive and new experiences nourish us. Move about, do not stop. When you change to someplace different, new possibilities open up.
Pauses are just as important as movement. Stop and breathe deeply. Look. Listen. Take a break. There are times when there is nothing better than a siesta, contemplation of the landscape or reading a book in the shade of a tree.
Talk with people
There is nothing like conversation for getting to know other people. Talk with the local people. Tell them about where you are from, share your ideas and beliefs. Listen. Challenge your prejudices.
Listen to stories about the place
The present is enriched and better understood by hearing about the past. Listening to stories can also be surprising and fun.
Make sure that your journey through each place leaves no trace for those who come after you. Care for nature. Untouched places are an increasingly scarce treasure.