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  • Explora Atacama
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Exceptional experience-driven hotel with its own brand of adventurous and totally unpretentious luxury, epitomised by an included programme of special tailored activities.

An exceptional first class property, Explora Atacama is situated within a stone’s throw of snow-capped volcanoes, shimmering salt plains, Andean peaks and some of the world’s most advanced astronomical research centres. With all this and more on its doorstep, the hotel has something to offer everyone – from individuals, families and groups to the most adventure-seeking travellers. 

Explora specialises in its own completely unpretentious brand of luxury: you can speed across salt flats on a mountain bike or just relax by a pool watching the most intensely vivid sunset you'll probably ever see. 

Your stay includes numerous excursions per day, tailored to your individual interests and fitness. Activities range from climbing and trekking to cycling and horse riding in the sand dunes, as well as less strenuous pastimes such as archaeological tours and sunset trips to the Moon Valley, with its beautiful sandstone rock formations and striking colours at dawn and dusk. The lodge even has its own observatory for night-time observation of the Atacama's famously starry skies. In between adventures, the grounds are a wonderful place to relax and admire the spectacular lunar surroundings.

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What our clients say

  • "They have it just right in everything-rooms, service, guiding, activities and dining."

    FL, Dewsbury
    Jan 2014
  • Highlight of our trip! Very well run set up, with a wide choice of activities, that were always available (the hotel was about half full, so there was no issue with a shortage of guides).

    ND Bristol
    Feb 2015
  • "Explora en Atacama is vvvvv good. Atacama Desert - this was the most amazing place in the world and we have travelled a lot. The hotel was excellent thinking about our needs all the time. We were concerned about the trips with a 5 year old but we should not have been. The guide David was particularly good, keeping a watchful eye on Tom all the time so we could relax and ejoy the excursions thoroughly.”

    GM, Woodford Green
    Dec 2013
  • “For me this was perfect and worth the money. I really appreciated being able to tailor the trips during the day and if necessary have a guide too. The food was excellent.”

    ME, Angel
    Sep 2013
  • “Explora en Atacama just fantastic.”

    CS, Exmouth
    Nov 2013
  • "Restaurant and rooms good. Trips and horse riding excellent."

    DB, London
    Jan 2014
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Our expert's view

Kathryn Rhodes
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

This explora property is exquisite, and while there’s so much to be said about the exceptional activities it’s a beautiful place to come back to at the end of the day too. In the early evening the views of the towering Andes to the north and east are simply magical, with beautiful pastel shades of blue and pink, and best enjoyed from the outdoor deck with a glass of chilled Chilean wine.

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    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Charlotte Daubeney (2)
    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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