Atacama Desert. Meet, Discover and Explore in Depth

Atacama, Chile

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"Top Resorts in South America",
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desert alive

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"Top Resorts in South America",
Readers' Choice Awards 2018, Condé Nast Traveler.

in-depth exploration

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"Top Resorts in South America",
Readers' Choice Awards 2018, Condé Nast Traveler.

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Atacama Desert

Located in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, explora Atacama was built in a 17-hectare plot as a base from where to explore the desert, the Andes highlands, and its surroundings. All our programs include accommodation, transfers to and from the airport, meals and drinks, and a menu of more than 40 exploration routes.

Huge sand dunes, salt pans, impressive volcanoes and cloudless skies inspired the design of each of our explorations. These can be completed hiking, cycling, horseback riding or through a combination of hiking and by van.

CHILE BOLIVIA Salar de Atacama Trip in van: 1 hour Pacific Ocean San Pedro de Atacama Calama explora Atacama

Why explora Atacama?

explora Atacama was designed as the perfect base from where to explore the desert, the Andes highlands and many surrounding natural areas. Through more than 40 explorations that can be completed hiking, by bike, by van, horseback riding or in our observatory, you’ll be able to discover the deepest mysteries of the desert: its contrasts, geography, the sky, wildlife and culture.

explora Atacama has over 40 different guided hikes, bike rides, high mountain ascents and horseback rides, in groups of maximum 8 travelers. All our explorations have different difficulty levels ranging from easy to expert, and different durations, half day or full day.

Over 40 explorations

explora Atacama has its own stables and horses, which have been bred for the particular altitude and geography of the Atacama region.

Equine culture

explora Atacama has its own in-house observatory, equipped with a professional telescope. At night –if weather permits– we organize guided star gazing observations.

Our own observatory

The Puritama Natural Reservoir is owned by explora, and is part of our conservation program. explora travelers have exclusive access to a private hotspring-pool within the reservoir.

Puritama hotsprings

explora Atacama is located on a 17-hectare (39 acres) plot of land, which was once owned by local Atacameño families. We have carefully preserved the original layout of the grounds, as well as the native floral species which grow within the oasis.

Location

At explora Atacama we hold the Quincho experience, which consists on a traditional roasted lamb barbeque with assorted, locally produced meals such as Quinoa salad. As well as the meal itself, travelers enjoy a presentation of local music and dance presentations.

Quincho experience

explora Atacama has 4 outdoor swimming pools, 2 open air jacuzzis, 2 saunas, 2 steam rooms and a relaxation area. The Turi Puri, is an original 90 year-old adobe building, located within the hotel grounds.

SPA

explora Atacama works with local communities as part of our Sustainable Development program, which also includes a series os environmental practices to minimize our  presence in the area.

Sustainability

explora Atacama is ideal for families, since it has interconnected rooms and outdoor activities which are suitable for all ages.

Family friendly

Explore the Atacama Desert

Horseback riding through red soil esplanades, walking on landscapes that seem like taken from another world, cycling through the Andes highlands, reaching summits of more than 5,000 m.a.s.l. (16,404 f.a.s.l.) or taking it easy in the Puritama hot springs are some of the experiences you can enjoy.

Hotel & Services

Hotel & Services

explora Atacama was built in a 17-hectare Atacameño plot, also including our stables with horses specifically trained for Atacama’s geography, an area with jacuzzis and pools, and a traditional adobe house that also includes a quincho or barbeque area: a place to enjoy a traditional barbeque and local music and dances.

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Our rooms

Designed to blend in with the landscape and with views to the gardens, our hotel’s comfortable rooms ensure our travelers a deep rest after a day of exploration.

Suite

Catur Suite

4 Catur suites measuring 50m² (538 feet²). With balconies and views of[...]

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Tulur

Tulur Room

19 Tulur rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²), 8 of them are interconnected[...]

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Yali

Yali Room

27 Yali rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²). Views of the desert landscape.

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Reviews

  • ParkerM777
    18/04/2019
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    Desert Magic

    We arrived at Explora Atacama with great ambition and high expectations, as we had previously visited Explora Patagonia and found it to be a transformative hospitality experience. We were so pleased that our expectations were met and exceeded. The warm welcome we received from Maureen, the gracious and charming manager, after a long (and snowy!) journey across the Andes, set the tone for the entire visit. The Explora Team - from the guides, to the waiters, to the hospitality staff - are warm, engaging, and genuine. The Explorations are varied and fascinating, and the guides move deftly and expertly from geology to flora to fauna to history, depending on your interest. The guest orientation, which was something new for us, was fabulous, and one of our favorite parts of each day was the planning session in the Guide Room for tomorrow's excursions. Stargazing is a real treat. The food is healthy and well prepared, and the bar - THE BAR!! - is a spirited place to gather at the end of an eventful day, with the friendliest bartenders on the planet. It is truly unfair to single out any particular member of the extraordinary Explora team, but we are especially grateful to our Spirit Guide, Cecelia, who capably led us through a high-mountain ascent that truly pushed our boundaries.

    I don't think we've ever felt better cared for.

  • mlp27
    02/02/2019
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    Perfection!

    We cannot say enough about how wonderful the lodge, staff and guides were. The atmosphere is relaxing, seemingly simple but actually sophiticated luxury. Meals were excellent, amenities all top notch. But above all, the excursions made this an amazing experience; how we were advised on what to do to adjust to the altitude for hiking, the variety of hikes offered, the quality of the guides we went out with-all made for an especially memorable visit to the area.

  • FarAway14764198672
    26/11/2018
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    New Yorker in the Desert

    Everything from stunning natural surroundings the desert and the mountains, to a perfectly designed hotel that fits into the landscape extremely well, to a wonderful staff at the hotel and guides on the wonderful excursions was top of the grade. This is our third family outing to this hotel; fourth to San Pedro (the other hotel shall remain nameless, but didn't come close to the Explora.

  • jbournemd
    17/09/2018
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    luxury adventure

    Explora is a pioneer of the luxury adventure experience. They work hard to be good stewards of the surrounding environment. They shine in providing support for guests outings, including transportation for one way hikes, and providing guides no matter how small the group. I did 3 trips with just the guide, driver, and myself.

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