South America Chile Land Tour

Explora Atacama

In harmony with the surroundings and local traditions, Explora Atacama is a lodge-based trip in the Atacama Desert, near the village of San Pedro. Rising from the Pacific Ocean up to the Altiplano—the foothills of the Andes comprising a vast high plateau at the base of the volcanoes, extending into Argentina, Bolivia and Perú—the Atacama Desert is known as the driest place on earth.

Choose your own adventure over the course of a 5-, 6- or 7- day stay with more than 40 in-depth explorations that range from hikes, bike rides, high mountain ascents and horseback rides, in small groups of eight or fewer guests (4-day stays available; inquire for pricing). This unique style of Atacama Desert travel offers varying degrees of difficulty ranging from easy to expert and different durations, including half day or full day. Your home base is the exquisite Explora Atacama Lodge.

Explora Atacama’s 42 acres were once inhabited by an ancient Atacameño community and the site’s original layout has been preserved. Its terraces provide breathtaking views of the surrounding areas, including mountains and volcanoes. After a full day of activities of your choosing, end each evening with views of one of the clearest skies in the world at the observatory, soak in the Puritama Thermal Baths or even enjoy a massage in a 300-year-old adobe building. Explora offers Atacama Desert travel at its finest!

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