explora Atacama: 22º 55’ S, 68º 12’ W
The details, the simplicity and the real joys of life, are central elements to explora
Our base is a lodge built for linking man to temporary space- present and past- and the mysteries of nature. explora Atacama is located in the Ayllu de Larache (initially a kin-based community of the ancient Aymara people), near the village of San Pedro de Atacama.
The 17-hectare (42-acre) grounds comprise 20 indigenous parcels, some with timeworn pathways and buildings that explora is committed to preserving out of a profound respect for the area’s original inhabitants.
Surrounded by foxtail plants and lush native vegetation are four, interconnected, ambient-temperature pools – ideal for relaxing, building back strength and enjoying the deep desert silence after a day of intense exploration. Near the pools are sauna and steam bath facilities, and open-air Jacuzzis.
QUINCHO (BBQ AREA)
Just a short walk from the lodge is our Quincho – an inviting BBQ area that includes a renovated, old traditional adobe house and its patio.
Here, two to three times a week, we get together with our guests for a traditional spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish, as well as other local dishes – all accompanied by Andean music, song and dance performances by accomplished local artists.
The Explorer’s Bar is the meeting place of our guides for planning explorations. Stocked with liquor and Chilean wines, the bar is frequently the meeting point of returning groups at nightfall.
TURI PURI MASSAGE ROOM
Our massage center is located near the lodge, in a restored Colonial adobe-straw building. Turi Puri, which in Kunza, the language of the area’s early inhabitants, means “House of Water,” invites you to discover a new level of inner peace, outer harmony, and revitalized energy.
Our store carries all the items necessary for taking explorations, along with local artisanal goods and books of the area.
Endowed with one of the clearest skies in the world, Atacama offers a spectacular view of the night skies. This special attribute prompted us, several years ago, to open our own private observatory, the largest of its kind in the country.
We offer nightly viewings, depending on weather conditions. Be sure you also include some celestial explorations during your stay.
Our dishes have been designed to enable guests to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile, and healthy.
Furthermore, based on our luxury of the essential, we seek to offer pure flavors from quality ingredients. Bringing out the best of each product is our motto.
Our dishes are always accompanied by a superb Chilean wine. We also carry a menu of Premium wines for those that would like to try other alternatives.
STABLES AND HORSES
explora Atacama has over 20 horses raised and trained at a renowned ranch in Central Chile that belongs to the Ibáñez family, the owners of explora. Each has been rigorously prepared for riders of all ages, levels of ability and experience. If you are a beginner, we offer special classes that will enable you to participate in the horseback exploration programs suitable for new riders.
GAELA HOURCQ, HORSE EXPERT
Of French nationality, Gaela has over 15 years of professional equine experience, having worked in prestigious stables in England, Ireland, France, United States, and Japan. She has been with explora for five years supervising the breeding, raising, breaking, feeding and care of the horses.
PURITAMA HOTSPRINGS RESERVE
Over 15 years ago, explora bought the Puritama Hot Springs, whose innovative architecture has gained critical acclaim.
8,000 hectares (approximately 19,770 acres) of land – a hot springs area currently in the process of being declared a nature reserve that represents a fundamental part of the Fundación explora.
The area is currently in the process of being declared a nature reserve that represents a fundamental part of the Fundación explora, a private, nonprofit foundation created by explora to promote and develop the natural and cultural heritage of the areas where we are based: Atacama, Patagonia and Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.
Recommendation: arrive walking from Guatín. The trail borders the Puritama River, has a moderate grade and passes through a beautiful green landscape.