Hotel de Larache

explora ATACAMA

Hotel de Larache

Our lodge is located on a plain known as the Ayllu de Larache, once inhabited by an ancient Atacameño community. We have respected the original layout of the land and restored and maintained some of the buildings.

Opened in 1998, our lodge is situated on 17 hectares (42 acres) of grounds just a few minutes’ walk from the town of San Pedro de Atacama. In the area surrounding the lodge, we have maintained the ancient pathways and buildings which form a labyrinth that invites exploration.

There are 50 rooms housed in three long buildings, positioned to form a central square planted with large trees for ample shade. On the fourth side of the square is the building which houses the lodge’s public spaces. The views from the lodge’s broad terraces enable you to enjoy Atacama’s vast chain of volcanic mountains.

In 2008, we set ourselves the challenge of intensifying your explora Atacama experience, remodeling the furnishings and the indoor and outdoor spaces. Now that the work is complete, we are pleased to be able to offer you new facilities and services.

Observatory Observatory


In early 2008 we opened our observatory. Here we share with you the unforgettable experience of exploring the Atacama night sky, one of the clearest on Earth.

The night sky at our Explora Atacama lodge is amongst the clearest in the world and therefore one of the best locations for astronomy.

Given these conditions, in early 2008 we opened our own observatory so as to incorporate this experience into our explorations.

Located 100 meters (328 feet) from the central lodge building, the observatory has a powerful telescope, the Meade 16” f/10 LX200R Advanced RD, with advanced optics similar to a professional telescope and a primary mirror that is 40 centimeters (15.7 inches) in diameter with high resolution and great clarity.

The telescope is at the center of a dome 5 meters (16 feet) in diameter, from which you can enjoy unforgettable views of the sky and celestial bodies.

ALMA astronomical project: the origin of the universe.

Because of the excellent visibility of the night sky here, the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) chose the plain at Chajnantor, in Atacama, to set up a series of radio telescopes which will provide images of the universe with a resolution never seen before. This will enable more accurate study of the origin of the universe and the formation of galaxies, planets and stars.

The ALMA (Atacama Large millimeter Array) project is a collaboration between Europe, North America, Japan and Chile. When it begins operating in 2012, it will be the world's largest radio astronomy observatory.

January 1, 9 p.m.

To the east are Sirius and Canopus, the brightest stars in the sky; you can see the constellation of Orion and two of its stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse, the Orion nebula and the Trapezium cluster; somewhat higher up are the constellations Taurus and the Pleiades. To the south are the Tarantula nebula and the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, satellite galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds.