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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.

What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

Wonderful experience

“Outstanding/worldbeating - totally enjoyed every single aspect. Although price is high, their priorities and values are spot on - it pressed all my buttons and would look to repeat the experience in Patagonia next time.”

DH, Bigger

Tailor made holiday

Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Chris Rendell Dunn
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

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

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

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