The art of travel

At explora we are inspired to travel for the pleasure of the journey and by the richness of the experiences that it brings. We have called our philosophy art of travel, and it is based on three pillars: remote areas, in-depth explorations and luxury of the essential.

An adventure travel, Chile, Bolivia, Atacama, Uyuni. All inclusive vacations, explorations routes

Remote areas

 

We operate exclusively in remote areas

We believe remote areas aren’t just far away. They are a chance to withdraw and detach from everyday life, observing our existence from afar. The distance seems to reorganize the different aspects of our life, putting them into perspective, widening our horizons and filling us with fresh, new ideas.

Hinking trips. Argentina, El Chaltén, Chile, Patagonia. Adventure travel. Wilderness vacations

In-depth exploration

We are not satisfied with simply offering passive contemplation

We want our travelers to interact and engage not only with reason, but also with senses, emotions and physical activity. Our passion for in-depth explorations requires appropriate guidance, which is why our guides are fundamental at explora.

Andean intercultural lunch

Luxury of the essential

For us, luxury is about the experience, not appearance

In a world where imitations proliferate, we offer the luxury of getting close to something in its original state.

Founder's Vision

For many years, I traveled throughout Chile and the surrounding region, enjoying the appealing combination of its unique natural environment and cultural expression.

In the 1970s and 80s, the country was not well-known and few travelers came from overseas to enjoy the things which Chileans — such as my family, friends and I — did. That was when we decided to create explora, to open up Chile and make it known to the world. In doing so, we needed to meet two requirements.

First, the explora experience had to do justice to what already existed and not follow the path of traditional tourism, which often fails to recognize Chile’s appeal. Chile has very special characteristics which are best appreciated by experienced travelers who are able to discern the uniqueness of its environment.

Second, we decided to offer those same aspects of Chile in the very way in which we personally enjoyed them: that is, combining interaction with nature and local cultures with relatively demanding physical activity, which is necessary if you want to see the best of what the country has to offer.

Then, at the end of the day, even under the most difficult circumstances, to provide those comforts and pleasures which reward the effort made.

At that time, no one offered a service to travelers which was even close to our idea. So we had no choice but to invent it. In this we were always guided by my personal tastes. More than 20 years since then, thousands of visitors have come to Chile and enjoyed memorable experiences with us, so we must be doing something right.

Of course, certain things have changed along the way. We don’t invent from scratch anymore, but we do keep on innovating.

Some impulses can never be cured.

We wish you a good journey,

Pedro Ibáñez
President and Founder
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Explorer's manifesto

Leave home – 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.

Pack light – 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.

Go far – 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.

Walk – 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.

Ask questions – 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.

Stop – 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.

Protect nature – 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.

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