- This strikingly designed low-slung building is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Atacama Desert, providing its well-heeled guests with a full range of guiding services, first-rate cuisine and superlative views of the mountains and Andean high plains.
- Be at one with nature at boutique stay Explora Atacama, just outside the high-altitude Chilean village of San Pedro. Designed by architect Jose Cruz, the hotel’s clean lines blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature reserve.
- At night, take in Andean music and dance performances, stargaze from the resort’s private observatory or toast ¡Saludo! and nurse pisco sours in the Explorer’s Bar.
- Ideal base from which to explore the desert and salt plains.
- Hotel has its own observatory. Amazingly clear skies in Atacama.
- Superb facilities and plenty of pampering. Saunas, steam baths and heated open-air Jacuzzis. Four outdoor pools.
- Take advantage of a plethora of included guided excursions, such as horseback riding and hiking through the otherworldly desert, then unwind in the nearby hot springs or quartet of interconnected pools.
- 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.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Of French Nationality, Gaela Has Over 15 Years Of Professional Equine Experience, Having Worked In Prestigious Stables In England, Ireland, France, United States, And Japan. She Has Been With Explora For Five Years Supervising The Breeding, Raising, Breaking, Feeding And Care Of The Horses.
Over 15 Years Ago, Explora Bought The Puritama Hot Springs, Whose Innovative Architecture Has Gained Critical Acclaim.8,000 Hectares (Approximately 19,770 Acres) Of Land – A Hot Springs Area Currently In The Process Of Being Declared A Nature Reserve That Represents A Fundamental Part Of The Fundación Explora.the Area Is Currently In The Process Of Being Declared A Nature Reserve That Represents A Fundamental Part Of The Fundación Explora, A Private, Nonprofit Foundation Created By Explora To Promote And Develop The Natural And Cultural Heritage Of The Areas Where We Are Based: Atacama, Patagonia And Rapa Nui, Or Easter Island.
Explora Atacama Has Over 20 Horses Raised And Trained At A Renowned Ranch In Central Chile That Belongs To The Ibáñez Family, The Owners Of Explora. Each Has Been Rigorously Prepared For Riders Of All Ages, Levels Of Ability And Experience. If You Are A Beginner, We Offer Special Classes That Will Enable You To Participate In The Horseback Exploration Programs Suitable For New Riders.
San Pedro De Atacama Boasts Some Of The World’s Clearest Skies And Is, Therefore, One Of The Best Places To Practice Astronomy. For That Reason, In 2008 We Inaugurated Explora’s Observatory, Which Has Become One Of The Best Private Chilean Observatories. Its Dome Houses A Potent And Advanced Optics Telescope, The Meade 16” F/10 Lx200r Advanced Rd, And A Main Mirror Of 40 Cm In Diameter With Extraordinary Resolution And Sharpness.
Just A Short Walk From The Hotel Is Our Quincho – An Inviting Bbq Area That Includes A Renovated, Old Traditional Adobe House And Its Patio.here, On Special Occasions, We Get Together With Our Guests For A Traditional Spit-roasted-lamb, Beef And Fish, As Well As Other Local Dishes – All Accompanied By Andean Music, Song And Dance Performances By Accomplished Local Artists.
Today I chose a mellow bike ride to Laguna Cejar. The ride began right from the lodge and covered 18 kilometers over flat dirt roads. The morning was cool and the scenery was spectacular. Because I was the only person signed up, I got a private tour and my guide and I were able to ride at our own pace.Laguna Cejar is a popular saltwater lagoon that is home to flamingos. One of the two lagoons is deep enough for swimming, and reaches an astounding 16 meters deep. Because of the 85% salt content, swimmers float high on the surface of the water; the sensation of floating is very unusual, but the cold water means most swimmers don’t stay in for long. Another group had just left so we had this unique desert swimming hole all to ourselves.
This was the most stunning scenery of the trip so far, and that is saying something because every day up to then had been spectacular. A two-hour drive from the lodge led us to the high altiplano environment above 12,000 feet. This walk descended into a salt-flat lagoon with flamingos, and other birdlife. Along the way we also saw vicuna, which is a smaller cousin to the llama that thrives in the high-desert environment.
Trying to squeeze as much in as possible, I departed again on an evening activity as soon as I returned from the full-day hike. The evening activity was an easy tour to the nearby oasis town of Tocanao and the Flamingo Salt Flats. Tocanao is a shock of green garden in the lifeless desert. A nearby freshwater spring has been channeled into a shared garden where residents grow mangoes, papaya, guava and other tropical fruits that are known to be the best in the Atacama due to the salt-free water that flows here. A quaint town square and humble church typify Atacama lifestyle, and we stroll the streets and into the garden. After a cool verdant walk, the path suddenly opens into the harsh desert landscape once more where the river runs dry.
Because I had an evening flight I was able to participate in one more activity and it would prove to be the most exciting and most challenging. Myself and one other active traveler, whom I had become friendly with because she was also on many of my acclimatization hikes, were to summit the dramatic Cerro Toco at 18,386 feet. We departed early hoping to beat the wind, but when we reached the starting point it was quite windy and cold. We didn’t let that stop us, and our guide helped us slowly and safely ascend the peak. It took more than two hours to walk the short 2-kilometer rise of about 400 meters, every step a challenge in the thin mountain air.
If you had told me upon arrival that at the end of my adventure, I would summit an 18,000-foot peak I would have said you are crazy. But that is in fact what happened, and the outstanding guides at Explora Atacama guided my adventure perfectly. The trip flowed with ease, and while it was very active, the lodge, service, spa and food provided the rest and nourishment to keep going strong each day.
Be at one with nature at boutique stay Explora Atacama, just outside the high-altitude Chilean village of San Pedro. Designed by architect Jose Cruz, the hotel’s clean lines blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature reserve. Take advantage of a plethora of included guided excursions, such as horseback riding and hiking through the otherworldly desert, then unwind in the nearby hot springs or quartet of interconnected pools. Rooms are understated and low-tech; meals are a locavore’s dream come true. At night, take in Andean music and dance performances, stargaze from the resort’s private observatory or toast Saludo! and nurse pisco sours in the Explorer’s Bar.
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.
The Explora Atacama has a total of 50 guest rooms comprising 27 Yali rooms measuring 33 sq m, with views of the surrounding countryside, 19 Tulur rooms of the same size with views of the Cordillera de la Sal, and four Catur Suites measuring 50 sq m, with balconies and stunning views of the desert landscape. The rooms and suites all feature a small living area, hydromassage bath and wonderfully comfortable beds. There are no televisions in the rooms.
4 Catur suites measuring 50m² (538 feet²). With balconies and views of the countryside.
27 Yali rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²). Views of the desert landscape.
19 Tulur rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²). Views of the Cordillera de La Sal, or Salt Mountains.
The dining room is a prime example of this lack of intimacy. Large and stylish, it feels more like a chic cafeteria than a destination for haute cuisine. The kitchen’s delicious food more than makes up for this detail. At breakfast, quinoa with apples and cherimoya juice provided the perfect tasty fuel for a day of physical exertion. At night, soups, salads, and fish dishes shine.
Our dishes have been designed to enable guests to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile, and healthy.Furthermore, based on our luxury of the essential, we seek to offer pure flavors from quality ingredients. Bringing out the best of each product is our motto.Our dishes are always accompanied by a superb Chilean wine. We also carry a menu of Premium wines for those that would like to try other alternatives.
The Explorer’s Bar is the meeting place of our guides for planning explorations. Stocked with liquor and Chilean wines, the bar is frequently the meeting point of returning groups at nightfall.
The excellent facilities at Explora Atacama include a vast patio area featuring four outdoor swimming pools, saunas, open air Jacuzzis and steam baths, a massage room, observatory, stables with thoroughbred horses, shop, WiFi access in the public area, games room and library.
Surrounded by foxtail plants and lush native vegetation are four, interconnected, ambient-temperature pools – ideal for relaxing, building back strength and enjoying the deep desert silence. Near the pools are sauna and steam bath facilities as well as open-air Jacuzzis.
Surrounded by pampas grass and other local flora, our four pools are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the quiet of the desert after a demanding exploration. The temperature of one of the pools ranges from 25°C to 28° C / 77°F to 82°F. In the nearby area are the sauna, steam baths, and outdoor hot tubs.