Atacama, Chile

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desert alive

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enjoy the locations

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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. To get an in-depth knowledge of this destination, all of this is complemented with astronomical sessions in our own observatory, a high-mountain program and the Puritama hot springs.

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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. We provide a full-fledged experience taking care of every detail from the first to the last minute of your stay. This approach has earned us different awards and acknowledgments.

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, the largest in its kind in the country.

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. Every day, our guides will help you decide what you can explore based on your interests and will come along with you. Check our list of explorations.

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). Views of the Cordillera de[...]

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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

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    Tina Turner

    I had to explain to friends why I thought staying in the desert for 6 days was a good idea - now I have stories, new friends and photographs to explain. This is a truly magical place. The owners have managed to imbibe just the right balance between relaxed and energetic. All staff are a great combination of extremely friendly and competent.

  • Michael B
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    Bucket list worthy

    A luxury experience. A perfect balance of activity, nature, challenge, and exertion balanced with the appointments and service to soothe and recharge. Well planned, thoughtful and unique adventures define and differentiate the experience.

  • David M.
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    Our second time back was even better than the first!

    My wife and I were at explora Atacama in 1999 soon after it opened. We always thought it would be a great place to come back to when we had children. We just got back from a 6 day stay with our two teenagers (13 and 15). The Atacama was the perfect way for them (and us) to really push ourselves physically while also enjoying ourselves through a combination of strenuous treks (including a high mountain ascent) to less strenuous hikes and excursions. The guides were super friendly and knowledgeable and great at helping us pick out excursions during the time of our stay that fit with our goals and interests.

  • Robert B
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    First Class experience, we loved our four day stay

    We stayed at explora Atacama for four days. It was a wonderful experience and we highly recommend this hotel. We were part of a group of 11 and we did things both as a couple and with the entire group. Everything was first class, the best part being the activities that are scheduled a day in advance. We especially liked the biking and hiking and their guides are excellent – knowledgeable, friendly, supportive. over our stay, we were able to see a lot of different geography and settings.

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