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Explora Atacama


5 days

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GET UP TO TWO FREE NIGHTS IN YOUR STAY AT EXPLORA HOTELS A new opportunity to explore Patagonia, Rapa Nui, and Atacama. You can: Stay 3 nights and pay for only 2 Stay 4 nights and pay for only 2.5 Stay 5 nights and pay for only 3 For travels by or before March 31, 2020.


The Atacama Desert is a plateau in Northern Chile, composed of 128,000 km2 of stony terrain, salt lakes, and felsic lava. It’s the driest desert on Earth, and it is its unique topography and clear skies that make it one of the most astounding places on Earth. Explora Atacama deluxe hotel provides its guests with an all-inclusive program to explore this fantastic region. The hotel has a great location and boasts panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. There are 50 rooms, all designed to blend in with the landscape and offer views to the beautiful gardens. Unlike many hotels, the rooms at explora do not have televisions or Wi-Fi so you can better connect with your surroundings.

Furthermore, there are four swimming pools, sauna, steam baths, and outdoor hot tubs where you can relax. Along with the impeccable service and comfort, the mealtime is also treated with the most exquisite detail. They only use local ingredients for most meals, and they are always accompanied by a superb Chilean wine.

Massive dunes, salt pans, impressive volcanoes and cloudless skies inspired the design of their 40 exclusive explorations. You may choose to go by van, horseback, bicycle or foot. The expeditions at explora Atacama can be a couple of hours long or a full day; gentle or more physically demanding. It has an in-house stable with specially trained horses as well as an in-house observatory which are exclusive to guests. San Pedro de Atacama is within walking distance, and visitors have exclusive access to the Puritama Hot Springs. Contours Travel suggests a minimum stay of four nights to explore this area.


  • Experience the magic of the Atacama Desert from this luxurious all-inclusive lodge
  • Choose from an extraordinary selection of excursions, including scenic journeys by car, hiking, cycling and horseback rides
  • Relax in the spa at the end of the day, with four, interconnected, ambient-temperature pools, sauna and steam bath facilities, and open-air Jacuzzis.
  • Enjoy outdoor bbq’s under the stars in the traditional Quincho area
  • Explora has a private observatory so you can experience the incredible night sky during your stay, with nightly viewings
  • Explora’s kitchen uses the best ingredients to create healthy and delicious meals, paired with excellent Chilean wine
  • The best destination for horse lovers, with over 20 horses raised and trained at a renowned ranch in Central Chile


  • Accommodation in selected room and all meals with Open Bar (includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine and liquors). Premium wines and vintage liquors available for an additional cost.
  • Return transfer airport/ hotel/ airport
  • Two half-day excursions or one full day excursion daily in small groups with other guests.
  • Wi-Fi service in public areas


Day 1 Calama/San Pedro de Atacama

On arrival into Calama Airport you will be met and transferred to Explora Atacama. In the evening, one of the guides will meet with you in the lodge bar to tell you about the explorations planned for the following day and help you with the difficult task of choosing between the different options, all of them exciting.
Explora offers over 35 different explorations. On foot or horseback or by bicycle, a couple of hours to a full day, gentle or more physically demanding. Explorations are safe and are made up of groups with a maximum of 8 people, accompanied by an expert bilingual guide. All our guides speak excellent Spanish and English. Extensive explorations include open-air picnics.

Day 2 San Pedro de Atacama

Day to explore Atacama. Suggested excursion options include:
– Atacama Salt Plains: a great option for your first exploration, as no acclimatisation is required. Transfer to the town of Toconao and take a gentle 45-minute walk towards Laguna Chaxa. Enjoy great views over the salt plains, with opportunities to see flamingos at some times of the year.
– Yerba Buena Petroglyphs: visit the petroglyphs in Yerba Buena before continuing to Rio Grande, one of the prettiest small towns in the Atacama region. Return by van to the hotel.
– Devil’s Gorge: a steep uphill drive will bring you to the Vilama lookout point, with panoramic views of volcanoes. Hike along the Cordillera del Sal and then descend through Devil’s Gorge, surrounded by stunning rock formations.

Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama

Another day to explore the region with your specialist guide. Suggested excursion options include:
– Altiplano Salt Plains: depart by van to the southern part of the Altiplano where you can see Miscanti Minique Lagoon, Aguas Calientes and Tuyayito Lagoon at over 39,60m above sea level. After a short walk, we’ll have lunch before returning to the hotel.
– Kari Ravine Canyon: hike through the ravine, a small canyon formed by water erosion, surrounded by enormous salt walls.
– Kamur: travel to the Valley of the Moon for stunning views over this otherworldly landscape and the Cordillera del Sal.

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama

Another day to explore the region with your specialist guide. Suggested excursion options include:
– Copacoya: travel by van to El Tatio geothermal fields. From here we hike an ancient road with panoramic views of volcanoes. Descend to the bottom of a gorge and then hike uphill, until reaching a windy saddle with rewarding views. Picnic lunch at Tatio Geysers and return to the hotel.
– Biking Cejar Lagoon: an easy ride to the Atacama Salt Plains area until reaching a set of lakes where Cejar Lagoon is located. Time for a dip in the salty waters, before returning to the hotel.
– Horseback ride to Quitor Fortress: an easy ride through the northern oasis to the viewing place of the Quitor Fortress. Pass the Cordillera del Sal on your return to the hotel.

Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport for your onward flight.


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