Atacama Desert. Meet, Discover and Explore in Depth

Atacama, Chile

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"Gold List 2018", Condé Nast Traveler.

desert alive

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"Gold List 2018", Condé Nast Traveler.

enjoy the locations

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"Gold List 2018", Condé Nast Traveler.

horseback rides in the Atacama Desert

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.

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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 Andes Mountains and gardens, our hotel’s comfortable rooms ensure our travelers a deep rest after a day of exploration.

Suite -Atacama Hotel

Catur Suite

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

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San Pedro de Atacama Hotel- explora Atacama

Tulur Room

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

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Room with a view- Yali King Size Room- explora Atacama

Yali Room

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

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Reviews

  • CYLIMO
    14/05/2018
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    Jewel of the Atacama Desert- Enriching experience

    If you think you know what to expect from a desert, you will get a lot more surprises. explora Atacama ensures you get all the best, if not unique, experiences of your explorations in the area. They also have the best horses that you can ride for some of the excursions. If you are up to adventure, explora team will be with you to experience it all. I did the Travesía package to Salta, Argentina as well, it completed experience overall. The change of landscape and colors from desert to the valley as well as the experience of the farmhouse on exclusive 5000 hectares of land of Explora was also rather unique. I would certainly try another Travesía with explora again.

  • ACLosAngeles
    04/05/2018
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    One of the Best Trips Ever

    The concept is for guests to be outdoors, in nature, so rooms are spartan. They are clean, with nice towels, bathrobes and very comfortable beds. There is no wi-fi in the rooms - because you go there to be OUTSIDE. There is wi-fi in the lobby. You go there to disconnect, be in nature, be with your family. If you can't handle it, this is not the right place for you to go.

  • Annalisa S.
    01/03/2018
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    So amazing that I come back again :-)

    There is no word to describe the explora experience. I've been here the first time last June 2017 and I was so happy with them that I also went to their lodge in Easter Island. This year i went with them for a Travesia Expedition between Argentina and Chile and I then decide to spend few more day here in Atacama. What they offer is not only a place to discover but a true experience of life!

  • Ambnmaputo
    10/02/2018
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    The best of the best

    Our experience at explora Atacama was exceptional from the moment they picked us up at the airport until they returned us 5 days later. All of the hotel staff including the guides are very friendly and helpful. My husband experienced a stomach virus soon after our arrival and when I mentioned to the guide that he would not be hiking with us the guide immediately called someone and they checked on him and took him a bottle of something to drink that helped him to a speedy recovery. Each day the guides helped us plan the next day's explorations and their knowledge of every trail made each exploration an unforgettable experience. The food and drinks are a wonderful treat after returning from our explorations as well as the comfortable and attractive rooms.The pool area is a welcome spot for a break between explorations if you can squeeze in the time. I cannot offer enough praise for every guide we had. They know all about every plant, bird, bug, and geography that we encountered and offered patience and encouragement as we adjusted to the altitude. I would recommend a visit to explora to anyone who likes a vacation filled with activity followed by the best of accommodations and food.

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