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Explora Atacama

4 Days FROM USD 1,817

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Located in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama was built on a 17-hectare plot. Choose from over 40 exploration routes to make the most out of your Atacama Desert experience. Constructed as the perfect base for your exploration, the lodgings are designed to blend in with the landscape and to give travelers a comfortable place to relax and recooperate after a day of exploring. Explora Atacama offers a unique experience to its guests for a cultural escape nestled in spectacular scenery. This property is located in the desert, the Andes highlands and many other natural wonders you are surrounded by. Explora Atacama features its own horses and stables and an in-house observatory where guided stargazing observations take place. Treat yourself to refreshing dive into one of the swimming pools. Or visit one of the open-air jacuzzis, saunas or steam rooms to relax and unwind. Get a good night's rest in the comfortable rooms or suites which are blended into the landscape with views to the gardens. Choose from 2 nights stay or more, contact us for details. 

Highlights Include: 

Punta del Inca Hike- Take a van to Guatín, a grazing area and junction point of the Puritama and Purifica rivers, and source of the Vilama River. There, walk along a canyon known as the Valley of the Cacti due to the existence of giant cacti. Cut cross the canyon crossing the river several times and descending along different waterfalls.

Tambo Bike Ride - Bike ride to the Catarpe Valley. Ride up to Cuchabrache, through an old road that crosses the Salt Ridge.  Ride through plaster and crystallized salt creeks. This exploration includes seeing part of the local culture and petroglyphs, as well as the San Isidro chapel.

Cyebca del Salar - Leave in a van to Toconao, located to the south of San Pedro de Atacama. Walk to the village square and then through an area of vegetable gardens. Finally, take a van to the Chaxa Lagoon, located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, an ideal place for bird watching within Atacama’s Salt Flat.

Cucuter - Horseback ride to the Moon Valley, explore its clay grounds, and see landscapes that seem to be from another world. Afterwards, go for lunch to the ayllu in Cúcuter, an oasis whose colors contrast with the desert landscape and where the whitish colors of Atacama salt flat begin to appear.

The Explora Experience

Explora has properties in Patagonia, Atacama, Easter Island and Chiloe Island. All accommodations are built right in the middle of the awe-inspiring areas surrounded by spectacular nature. The Explora functions as the headquarters of your trip from where you can choose from a plethora of activities included in your stay. You will be accompanied by expert guides and comfortable in the unique lodgings offered. Explora proposes a way of travelling based on in-depth exploration matched with an essence of luxury and high-end service.  With over 150 excursions, you can truly personalise your experience and immerse yourself in all these South American locations have to offer, from culture, to nature to relaxation. Discover other Explora properties here:  Explora Sacred Valley, Explora Rapa Nui, Explora Patagonia. 

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Trip Code: CL4EA

Travel Style: Tailor Made Journey

Location: Atacama, Chile

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Arrive at Calama airport in the morning, pickup and transfer to Explora Atacama. The journey is just over one hour, on arrival you will settle in before an exquisite lunch.
Time to relax in the hotel and enjoy its facilities.

This afternoon, meet with a guide to discuss your activities for the following day.

Arrive Atacama Desert

Explora Atacama have a set of activities where you can choose from onsite, allowing you to create your own personalised experience deep in the Atacama Desert. Below are suggested options you may like to choose from through-out your stay.

After breakfast you will head to Catarpe Valley for some biking through the Valley and with spectacular views of the Licancabur Volcano in the distance. Lunch at the hotel.
In the afternoon you will head to the Atacama salt flats, located at 45 minutes where you will enjoy the blue waters of the Cejar Lagoons, famous for their mineral and salt content that will allow you to float surrounded by the impressive surroundings of volcanos and the dessert while the sky turns into pastel colors asn the sun sets.
Back to the hotel for dinner. After dinner, around 9pm you can do the one-hour Astronomy tour which takes place at the observatory deck, located at 5 minutes from the hotel. You will have an unforgettable experience exploring the Atacama night sky, one of the clearest on Earth.

This afternoon, meet with a guide to discuss your activities for the following day.

Exploring the Atacama Desert

You will depart before 6am and head 90 km Northwest to the Tatio Geysers, located at 4,300 mts above the sea level which made them the highest geothermal field in the world. Set off in the early morning to see the 100 geysers erupt water and let off steam to heights of up to 50 metres. On the way back to the town, drive downhill through a wonderful landscape where you can spot guanacos, vicuñas, flamingo-like birds and rodents. After a nice outdoor breakfast, you will optionally enjoy the Bathing in the Termas de Puritama.
This afternoon, travel across Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) to reach the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the main attractions of this region. Located 19km from San Pedro de Atacama, the valley's landscape resembles the surface of the moon with small but sharp crested hills created by the wind. You will visit in the late afternoon when the setting sun brings out the best of the valley's incredible colours.

This afternoon, meet with a guide to discuss your activities for the following day.

Exploring the Atacama Desert

Morning departure to Calama Airport to connect with your ongoing flight (airport).

Depart Explora Atacama

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Combine your journey with a tour to the mystical Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on the planet. Bear witness to one of the most ancient and logic-defying mysteries as you gaze upon the giant stone Moai, the watchful guardians of the island. Or perhaps experience the islands savage beauty, enjoying scenic hikes or relaxing on white sandy beaches. Find out more here Find out more.

  • Explore the Chilean capital of Santiago, before heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South America. Head to El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and from here visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Find out more

  • Additionally, you can take an incredible journey and bear witness to the awe-inspiring and stunning beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. See incredible wildlife at Ainsworth Bay or be mesmerised by the colossal Pia Glacier on a 5-day cruise that will take you to ‘The end of the World’. Find out more.

Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Deluxe Daily 4 USD 1,817

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We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

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