explora ATACAMA


At explora Atacama we offer over 50 different explorations. On foot or horseback or by bicycle; a couple of hours to a full day; gentle or more physically demanding.

Our series of explorations will enable you to discover the ancient culture of Atacama, its singular wildlife, and get to know in-depth the natural landscapes of this vast terrain: from the brown of the Andean mountains and volcanos, to the white of the salt flats and the green of the oases.

San Pedro de Atacama is located at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level. Our explorations, planned to enable your body to gradually become accustomed to the altitude, can take you to heights of between 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) and 4,500 meters (14,763 feet) above sea level and if you wish, even further on our high-mountain climbs.

Explorations are safe and are made up of groups with a maximum of 8 people, accompanied by an expert bilingual guide. All our guides speak excellent Spanish and English and some also speak French and German.

More extensive explorations include open-air picnics.
Every evening, one of our guides will meet with you in the lodge bar to tell you about the explorations planned for the following day and help you with the difficult task of choosing between the 7 to 14 different options, all of them exciting.

Our guides have substantial knowledge of the area and all have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, which guarantees that they have the expertise and skills necessary to provide assistance to people in remote places.


Appropriate Equipment

  • A base layer of clothing: warm underwear, t-shirts or lightweight shirts ideally made from synthetic materials such as Capilene®.
  • A second layer of clothing: trekking pants and a thin fleece
  • A third layer of clothing: warm fleece or wool sweater
  • A fourth layer of clothing: Windproof Jacket
  • Comfortable trekking shoes
  • Synthetic or Merino Wool blend socks
  • UV filter sunglasses, ideally with a strap and side protection
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Daypack

Anyone wishing to climb in the high, mountains should have:

  • Mountain Hiking boots
  • Down jacket
  • Thick windproof mountain gloves
  • Polar or wool hat that covers the ears
  • Headlamp

* We provide walking sticks and gaitors at no additional charge.

* If you need to buy something, most of the recommended equipment is available in the lodge shop.

In-depth exploration

We believe that the real value of a journey is not in arriving but in the things that happen along the way.

We want you to be able to interact with your surroundings, to unfurl and satisfy your curiosity, to learn about nature and people and to discover the geology, flora, fauna, history and customs of the places you visit.

We are not satisfied with simply offering passive contemplation from a distance: we want things to happen and we want you, ultimately, to shape your own journey.

To enhance the experience of your journey, on some treks our guides provide binoculars and telescopes from Swarovski Optiks, world leader in precision optical equipment.

Everything is revealed with amazing detail… an essential visual experience in terms of scope and clarity.