Part of a collection of boutique adventure lodges in South America, Explora Atacama is the perfect bolthole for active and curious travelers. Tucked away in Ayllu de Larache, a community of descendents of the Aymara people, this Explora retreat is poised just outside San Pedro de Atacama. Explora does everything to ensure that you really dig deep into the landscape, culture and heritage of the Atacama Desert. From exciting adventures like hiking, biking and climbing, to awe-inspiring stargazing at the property itself, one thing is for sure: you will never be bored. Top that all off with lip-smacking Chilean cuisine, rejuvenating spa experiences, and charming staff.

Rooms at Explora Atacama

Explora keeps the decor of its rooms pared back, with neutral hues that mimic the desert outside. Pops of bright colors are added in the form of bed throws and window frames, accompanied by landscape views. Bathrobes, slippers, jetted tubs, king-size beds, toiletries and local infusions are among the amenities provided. You won’t find any TVs, minibars or Wi-Fi here, but you won’t really need them—nature does all the entertaining. If you fancy a drink, head to the bar, as they’re included in your full-board package. Take your pick from a 355 sq ft Tulur or Yali Room, or upgrade to one of the 4 Catur Suites, sprawling for 538 sq ft. These flaunt lashings of light, living areas, and outdoor spaces.

Experiences at Explora Atacama

What makes Explora Atacama stand out from the rest is its mind-boggling offering of activities and expeditions, all included in your room rate (along with full-board food and drinks). The hotel’s top highlights are:

17 hectares of grounds with indigenous heritage.
Wide array of guided excursions, such as hiking, climbing, biking, horse riding and wildlife watching.
Stargazing observatory with an advanced optics telescope.
High-end Chilean fare, paired with wine at lunch and dinner.
Spa and hot spring pools (with temperatures of 77°F to 82°F).
Sauna, steam room and al fresco hot tubs.
Bar with most drinks included.
Picnics provided on day trips.
Atelier’s pick

If you’re an adventurer, you’ll be besotted with Explora Atacama. But if anyone in your party leans more towards relaxation, they’ll be taken care of too, thanks to an indulgent spa, hot springs, pools, and fine dining.


3.5 miles from San Pedro de Atacama Airport.