explora Atacama , Chile

explora Atacama - Explore the Atacama Desert

San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding areas are one of Chile’s most enigmatic territories. The diversity of the landscape is one of the most popular attractions. Aware of this, we take our travelers to explore every corner.

Just to mention a few experiences that explora Atacama propose, we ride horses through the red land plains and huge sand dunes, characteristic of one of the driest desert in the world, visit turquoise lagoons that are located over 4,000 meters (13,123 f.a.s.l.) in the highlands, walk through geysers, and follow green riverbeds in an area where water is a limited resource.

Either on foot, horseback riding, or bike –including high mountain ascents and astronomical sessions– over 40 explorations take our travelers to the cultural richness of this fascinating territory. Our explorations are always led by a competent guide from our School of Guides and are made up of groups of up to eight travelers. They have different length and difficulty levels. The altitude of our explorations ranges between 2,800 (9,186 f.a.s.l.) and over 5,000 meters above sea level (16.404 f.a.s.l.) ; consequently, some of them need prior acclimatization. For safety reasons, high mountain hiking requires a minimum of two night acclimatization so that travelers can get used to high altitudes and then scale up slowly towards higher mountain peaks.


A minimum of four nights are recommended for an exploration experience in which you can really know what Atacama is about, although we are sure that after each exploration day you will want to extend your stay to explore more of this wonderful place. A six night program is a good option to get a fuller sense of the area and even explore highlands or volcanoes.

Spa facilities include pools, sauna and steam bath, open-air Jacuzzis. Other facilities include barbeque area, Explorer's Bar, massage room, hotel store, private astronomical observatory, horse stables.

Over 15 years ago, explora bought the Puritama Hot Springs, whose innovative architecture has gained critical acclaim. 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 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. Rooms are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, only available in the hotel’s common areas.


explora Atacama

Tulur Room

19 Tulur rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²). Views of the Cordillera de La Sal, or Salt Mountains.

explora Atacama

Yali Room

27 Yali rooms measuring 33m² (355 feet²). Views of the desert landscape.

explora Atacama

Catur Suite

4 Catur suites measuring 50m² (538 feet²). With balconies and views of the countryside.



explora Atacama

Be on your own schedule. Activities or day tours can be private or shared. Join a scheduled, multi-day group tour. All-inclusive travel by cruise ship.

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Travel Tips
Try to pick up at least a few basic greetings, directional questions, and common curiosities in the native language(s) before you leave for your trip.
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