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.
"Restaurant and rooms good. Trips and horse riding excellent."DB, London
“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
"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
“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
The most amazing stay!!
"Explora is probably the best kept secret of Latin America. It may seem expensive at first glance, but they take care of your every need once they receive you at the airport, until they drop you off for your flight. The fact that the only things you need worry about during your stay are limited to the food and drink choices and the excursions to choose from (besides what to wear) helps you to focus on purely enjoying yourself!"YC, Singapore
“Explora en Atacama just fantastic.”CS, Exmouth
"They have it just right in everything-rooms, service, guiding, activities and dining."FL, Dewsbury
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
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.
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.
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Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.