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Explora Atacama

Chile

5 days

Special Offer


Save up to US$1,000 per room when staying at Explora Easter Island or Explora Atacama!!

Travel between May and October to Easter Island and the Atacama Desert and enjoy a time of the year in which there are fewer visitors and temperatures ocilate around 24°C. Making it the ideal conditions to explore these destinations.

The discount depends on the length of stay and the type of room:

explora Atacama:
US$ 1,000 off for 4-night stays in the Yali Room and Catur Suite.
US$ 900 off for 4-night stays in the Tulur Room.
US$ 700 off for 3-night stays in the Yali Room and Catur Suite.
US$ 600 off for 3-night stays in the Tulur Room.

explora Rapa Nui:
US$ 1,000 off for 4-night stays in the Varúa Room and Raa Suite.
US$ 700 off for 3-night stays in the Varúa Room and Raa Suite.

CONDITIONS:
-Benefit valid for new bookings made as of April 9, 2019.
-Benefit valid for stays between May 1 and October 31, 2019.
-Up to 50 reservations per month in each destination.
-Maximum 5 rooms per reservation.
-Not valid for children and teens rates.
-Receive additional 5% discount if you already stayed in Explora before (The Explorer’s Benefit).
-Does not combine with other promotions.
-For single rates, a discount corresponding to half of these values applies.
-Does not permit date changes for stays beyond the benefit’s effective dates.
-Not valid for special programs.

Summary

The Atacama Desert is a plateau in Northern Chile, composed of 128,000 square kilometres of stony terrain, salt lakes, and felsic lava. It is one of the most astounding places on Earth given its unique terrain and characteristics.

Located in the stunning Atacama Desert in Chile, explora Atacama deluxe hotel provides its guests with an all-inclusive program. 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. What more, it has four swimming pools, four hot tubs, and a sauna.

The all-inclusive program consists of meals, transfers, and expeditions. Each day you can choose from a wide range of 50 excursions. They may be on foot, horseback or by bicycle, a couple of hours long or a full day, gentle or more physically demanding. Moreover, explora Atacama has an in-house stable with specially trained horses as well as an in-house observatory where guests can explore the night skies from.

San Pedro de Atacama is within walking distance and visitors have exclusive access to the Puritama Hot Springs. Set on 17 hectares of preserved indigenous land, the accommodations boast panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. All meals are mostly made with local ingredients and beverages include a large selection of Chilean wines.

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

Inclusions

  • 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

ITINERARY

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 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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