Located in San Pedro de Atacama's oasis, 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 the programs include accommodation, transfers to and from the airport, meals and drinks, and a menu of more than 40 exploration routes. Huge dunes, salt pans, impressive volcanoes, and cloudless skies inspired each of the explorations' design. These can be completed hiking, cycling, horseback riding, or through a combination of hiking and by van. 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 the observatory, you’ll be able to discover the deepest mysteries of the desert: its contrasts, geography, the sky, wildlife, and culture. Explora Atacama: 22º55’6.16” S 68º12’16.10” W - The details, the simplicity, and the real joys of life are central elements to explore.
The base is a hotel built for linking man to temporary space- present and past- and the mysteries of nature. Explora Atacama is located in the Ayllu de Larache (initially a kin-based community of the ancient Aymara people), near the village of San Pedro de Atacama. The 17-hectare (42-acre) grounds comprise 20 indigenous parcels, some with timeworn pathways and buildings that Explora is committed to preserving out of a profound respect for the area’s original inhabitants.
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.
Rooms - The 50 rooms of Explora Atacama are designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of exploration. At Explora, a disconnection from everyday routine is actively sought, which is why the rooms are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, which is only available in the hotel’s common areas.
Dining - The dishes have been designed to enable guests to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile, and healthy. Furthermore, based on the luxury of the essential, seeking to offer pure flavors from quality ingredients. Bringing out the best of each product is the motto. A superb Chilean wine always accompanies the dishes. Also, carrying a menu of Premium wines for those that would like to try other alternatives."Quincho (BBQ Area)" - Just a short walk from the hotel is the Quincho – an inviting BBQ area that includes a renovated, old traditional adobe house and its patio. On special occasions, a get together is organized with the guests for a traditional spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish, and other local dishes – all accompanied by Andean music, song and dance performances by accomplished local artists. "Explorer Bar" - The Explorer’s Bar is the guides' meeting place for planning explorations. Stocked with liquor and Chilean wines, the bar is frequently the meeting point of returning groups at nightfall.
The Spa - Surrounded by pampas grass and other local flora, the 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. Turi Puri Massage Room - The massage center is located near the hotel, in a restored Colonial adobe-straw building. Turi Puri, which in Kunza, the language of the area’s early inhabitants, means “House of Water” invites you to discover a new level of inner peace, outer harmony, and revitalized energy.
Observatory - 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, the Explora’s observatory was inaugurated, 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. Offering nightly viewings, depending on weather conditions.
Stables & Horses - 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, special classes will enable you to participate in the horseback exploration programs suitable for new riders.
Puritama Hot Springs Reserve - 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 based in the same area, Atacama, Patagonia and Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. Recommendation: arrive walking from Guatín. The trail borders the Puritama River, has a moderate grade, and passes through a beautiful green landscape.