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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Tips for your travel

Pick-up & Drop-off

Pick-up:
Depending on the program, we provide arrival and departure services without cost* from the following points:

  • Calama Airport: The transfer is scheduled according to arrival´s flights.
  • Hotels or bus terminal in San Pedro de Atacama: The precise pick-up time will be confirmed the day before. Estimated time between 10:00 and 11:00.
  • Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at: reserve@explora.com

 

Drop-offs:

  • Calama Airport (CJC): Departure from the hotel between 07:00 am and 12:30.
  • Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at reserve@explora.com

 

You can opt for a private transfer, which has an additional cost. Please contact your reservation executive or get in touch with reserve@explora.com prior to arrival for availability.

*Exclusive for programs with transfer included.

Check-in & check-out

Check-in: After 13:00
We recommend arriving at noon for an afternoon exploration.

Check-out: 10: 00
We want you to be able to maximize your time during your stay, which is why the possibility of going on a half-day exploration on your check-out day before leaving for the airport (if your flight schedule allows) has been considered.

In this case, you will have to check out at 07:00 before going out to explore, while we watch your bags.

* Lunch service is not included on the day of check-out and is available at an additional charge per person.

**If you want to access to a late check-out for your own convenience, we recommend that you consult availability and rates with our team.

HOW TO GET HERE

After arriving in Santiago, Chile’s capital city (SCL), you need to take a 2-hour connecting flight to the city of Calama.

Our team will take you by van from the Calama airport* to Explora in a trip lasting about 1 h. We recommend that you check the schedules of included transfers.

*Exclusive for programs with transfer included.

Pick-up & drop-off

Pick-up & Drop-off

Pick-up:
Depending on the program, we provide arrival and departure services without cost* from the following points:

  • Calama Airport: The transfer is scheduled according to arrival´s flights.
  • Hotels or bus terminal in San Pedro de Atacama: The precise pick-up time will be confirmed the day before. Estimated time between 10:00 and 11:00.
  • Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at: reserve@explora.com

 

Drop-offs:

  • Calama Airport (CJC): Departure from the hotel between 07:00 am and 12:30.
  • Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at reserve@explora.com

 

You can opt for a private transfer, which has an additional cost. Please contact your reservation executive or get in touch with reserve@explora.com prior to arrival for availability.

*Exclusive for programs with transfer included.

Check-in & check-out

Check-in & check-out

Check-in: After 13:00
We recommend arriving at noon for an afternoon exploration.

Check-out: 10: 00
We want you to be able to maximize your time during your stay, which is why the possibility of going on a half-day exploration on your check-out day before leaving for the airport (if your flight schedule allows) has been considered.

In this case, you will have to check out at 07:00 before going out to explore, while we watch your bags.

* Lunch service is not included on the day of check-out and is available at an additional charge per person.

**If you want to access to a late check-out for your own convenience, we recommend that you consult availability and rates with our team.

How to get here

HOW TO GET HERE

After arriving in Santiago, Chile’s capital city (SCL), you need to take a 2-hour connecting flight to the city of Calama.

Our team will take you by van from the Calama airport* to Explora in a trip lasting about 1 h. We recommend that you check the schedules of included transfers.

*Exclusive for programs with transfer included.

Required
for all activities

Explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters for horseback rides and give them a bottle of water.

  • Baseball cap
  • Polar/ Wool/ Windstopper hat
  • 1st layer: Layer top and bottom
  • 2nd layer: Fleece
  • 3rd layer: Windbreaker Jacket
  • 4rd layer: DownJacket
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve T-shirts
  • Thin Fleece
  • Trekking pants and trekking shorts
  • Trekking socks (long)
  • Trekking boots
  • Liner or Wind stopper gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Buff or neck gaiter
  • Small back pack (25 lts)
  • Water Bottle

 

Optional
for all activities
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Camel Back
What to bring to Atacama desert

Climate

San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding area have a very dry and mild climate year round. The village gradually grew up around an oasis, and is situated on a high plateau, 2,443 meters (8,015 feet) above sea level, and located just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Calama, a major city served by El Loa International Airport, or “Calama Airport” (CJC).

During winter (June – September), the average daytime temperature ranges from 9º C (48º F) to 24º C (75º F) – inviting you to soak up the sun in the lodge’s relaxing lounge chairs, on the terraces or in the glassed corridors. During summer (December – March), daytime temperatures fluctuate between 13º C (55º F; early morning) and 25º C (77º F; evening), with a maximum of approximately 32º C (90º F) – a period of the year calling for an afternoon siesta before joining one of the evening explorations.

Ninety percent of the days are clear and sunny. However, between mid-December and the beginning of March, occasional rains and snow in higher areas result in what is called the Altiplano Winter. During these months and due to unstable weather conditions in the area, some of our explorations could be subject to changes or even canceled in order to protect our travelers’ safety.

Acclimatization

It’s important to allow enough time to become properly acclimated to the area’s altitude. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a stay of at least 5 days to have time to adjust and be able to really get to know the area and some of its natural wonders. Ideally, make sure you have at least two full days for exploration activities, and hopefully, a third day to hike up one of the mountains.

Tips

Tips are voluntary. If you wish to leave any, you can do so at the hotel reception at the end of your stay. It will be distributed among all those who contributed to making your trip a unique experience. We suggest leaving USD 100 per day per room.

Wi-Fi and voltage

  • Because we are in remote areas, Wi-Fi access in rooms and common areas is limited.
  • The voltage in Atacama is 220V.

Climate

Climate

San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding area have a very dry and mild climate year round. The village gradually grew up around an oasis, and is situated on a high plateau, 2,443 meters (8,015 feet) above sea level, and located just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Calama, a major city served by El Loa International Airport, or “Calama Airport” (CJC).

During winter (June – September), the average daytime temperature ranges from 9º C (48º F) to 24º C (75º F) – inviting you to soak up the sun in the lodge’s relaxing lounge chairs, on the terraces or in the glassed corridors. During summer (December – March), daytime temperatures fluctuate between 13º C (55º F; early morning) and 25º C (77º F; evening), with a maximum of approximately 32º C (90º F) – a period of the year calling for an afternoon siesta before joining one of the evening explorations.

Ninety percent of the days are clear and sunny. However, between mid-December and the beginning of March, occasional rains and snow in higher areas result in what is called the Altiplano Winter. During these months and due to unstable weather conditions in the area, some of our explorations could be subject to changes or even canceled in order to protect our travelers’ safety.

Acclimatization

Acclimatization

It’s important to allow enough time to become properly acclimated to the area’s altitude. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a stay of at least 5 days to have time to adjust and be able to really get to know the area and some of its natural wonders. Ideally, make sure you have at least two full days for exploration activities, and hopefully, a third day to hike up one of the mountains.

Tips

Tips

Tips are voluntary. If you wish to leave any, you can do so at the hotel reception at the end of your stay. It will be distributed among all those who contributed to making your trip a unique experience. We suggest leaving USD 100 per day per room.

Wi-Fi and voltage

Wi-Fi and voltage

  • Because we are in remote areas, Wi-Fi access in rooms and common areas is limited.
  • The voltage in Atacama is 220V.

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