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Stays of Distinction

Explora Atacama

Chile

5 days

Summary

Carefully built within the San Pedro oasis, Explora Atacama’s location is a great base from which to explore the many wonders of the driest desert on Earth. 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. Each day you can choose from a wide range of excursions. They may be on foot, horseback or by bicycle,a couple of hours long or a full day, gentle or more physically demanding. Contours Travel suggests a minimum stay of four nights to explore this area.

Highlights

  • 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

Special Offer


Explora offers a $400 US flight credit and a 10% discount over total reservation costs when you book a minimum of 3 nights at Explora Valle Sagrado and 3 nights at Explora Patagonia, or Atacama, or Rapa Nui.

*Conditions apply
*Valid for new reservations and stays between August 8, 2018 and April 30, 2019. Exluding from January 3 to 21, 2019, in Patagonia.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Calama/San Pedro de Atacama

On arrival into Calama Airport you will be met and transferred to Explora Atacama.

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

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.

Day 2 San Pedro de Atacama

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.

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 retuning 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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