Explora Atacama Est. 1998

Hotel Explora, San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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Explora Atacama was built in a 17-hectare plot as a base from where to explore the desert, the Andes highlands, and its surroundings.
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, we actively seek disconnection from everyday routine, which is why our rooms are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, which is only available in the hotel’s common areas.
The Lowdown
Type
Boutique Hotel
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Views
Desert
Garden
Valley
Style
Casual
Colonial
Desert Oasis
Eco
Romantic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Adventure Travel
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Reunion
Social Event

Venue Setting

Located in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, 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 our programs include accommodation, transfers to and from the airport, meals and drinks, and a menu of more than 40 exploration routes.

Huge sand dunes, salt pans, impressive volcanoes and cloudless skies inspired the design of each of our explorations. These can be completed by hiking, cycling, horseback riding or through a combination of hiking and by van.

EXPLORATIONS

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.

Check all our explorations

OUR FOOD

Our dishes have been designed to enable guests to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile, and healthy. Furthermore, based on our luxury of the essential, we seek to offer pure flavors from quality ingredients. Bringing out the best of each product is our motto. Our dishes are always accompanied by a superb Chilean wine. We also carry a menu of Premium wines for those that would like to try other alternatives.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Insurance

N/A

Capacity

Seated
100
Buffet
N/A
Standing
100
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1998
Curfew
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
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, we actively seek disconnection from everyday routine, which is why our rooms are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, which is only available in the hotel’s common areas.

SPA
Surrounded by foxtail plants and lush native vegetation are four, interconnected, ambient-temperature pools – ideal for relaxing, building back strength and enjoying the deep desert silence after a day of intense exploration. Near the pools are sauna and steam bath facilities, and open-air Jacuzzis.

STABLE AND 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, we offer special classes that will enable you to participate in the horseback exploration programs suitable for new riders.

PURITAMA HOTSPRINGS RESERVE
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 where we are based: Atacama, Patagonia and Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.

QUINCHO
Just a short walk from the hotel is our Quincho – an inviting BBQ area that includes a renovated, old traditional adobe house and its patio.
Here, on special occasions, we get together with our guests for a traditional spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish, as well as other local dishes – all accompanied by Andean music, song and dance performances by accomplished local artists.

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 we inaugurated explora’s observatory, 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 the main mirror of 40 cm in diameter with extraordinary resolution and sharpness. We offer nightly viewings, depending on weather conditions.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Amenities
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms

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