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Explora Atacama

The explora Atacama is based 20 minutes walk from the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. There are 50 rooms housed in three long buildings, positioned to form a central square planted with large trees for ample shade. On the fourth side of the square is the building which houses the lodge’s public spaces. The views from the lodge’s broad terraces enable you to enjoy Atacama’s vast chain of volcanic mountains. The rooms are tastefully designed with wooden ceilings and floors made of stone and tiles. Yuli and Tulur rooms vary mainly in the view, the Catur Suites are larger. The hotel has a swimming pool.

In their own words:
"explora was founded to encourage a new attitude towards travel. We love nature and enjoy liberty; we suggest a philosophy of travel born out of the desire to explore the natural and cultural environment of the remote, for ourselves and our guests. We look for unforgettable experiences achieved to the best possibilities of every person, respecting each others limits and preserving the environment."

Explorations in the Atacama are done on foot, horseback or bicycle, varying in length and also difficulty. In fact there are over 50 different explorations offered at explora Atacama!

Sample 5 Day / 4 night Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive at explora Atacama
Reception at the Calama airport and transfer to the explora Atacama Hotel, located close to San Pedro de Atacama.

moon valleyDay 2 | Morning Pukara and Chiu Chiu / Afternoon Valley of the Moon
EXAMPLE EXCURSIONS
Morning - Length: 4 hours. Leave explora by van toward Calama, stopping first in Chiu-Chiu, to visit the region’s oldest adobe church. Continue on to Pukará de Lasana, an ancient Atacaman Indian village. Return to hotel or continue on to the airport in Calama. Available: Morning. Altitude: 2,400 meters. Other: It is recommended that guests choose this excursion for their last day, so that they can continue on to the airport nearby.

Afternoon - Length: 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours of walking. Distance: 3 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van (30 min.) to Valle de la Luna. Walk through the Cordillera de la Sal until arriving at a lookout point where we wait for sunset. Return by van (20 min.) to explora. Available: Afternoon. Altitude: 2,400 to 2,500 meters. Level: Easy to medium. Description of terrain: Walk is over relatively flat, sandy terrain. The last 10 minutes of walking is up an irregular trail to the lookout point. Descend approx. 3 meters of rock and then down a sand dune.

salt flatDay 3 | Morning Archeaological Tour / Afternoon Atacama Salt Flat
EXAMPLE EXCURSIONS
Morning - Length: 3 1/2 hours. Leave explora by van to the superb Padre le Paige Museum. Guided visit through the museum. By van to Tulor, followed by a walk around the ancient village to view the ruins. Continue by van to the Pukará de Quitor, by foot around the ancient Atacaman Indian fort, with an option to climb to the top. Return by van to explora.

Afternoon - Length: 3 to 3 1/2 hours of traveling in van. Leave explora in a van to the Salar de Atacama, visiting the Laguna Chaxa. Return to explora via the town of Toconao. It is preferable to do this excursion in the afternoon, to view the sun set over the salt flat.

tatio geysersDay 4 | Full day Tatio Geysers and Puritama Hot Springs
EXAMPLE EXCURSION
Length: 10 hours. Leave explora by van to the Tatio Geyserfields. Stroll around site to view the spectacular geysers. Breakfast. Drive to the Puritama Hot Springs for a swim followed by a buffet picnic lunch. Return to explora by van.

Day 5 | Depart explora Atacama
At the agreed upon time, transfer to the Calama Airport where you will board the flight to Santiago.


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2013 Rates

rate in Canadian Dollars rate in Canadian Dollars rate in US Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Single Double Single Double
Tulor ( 4 Nights ) 3,943 2,883 3,720 2,720
Yali ( 4 Nights ) 4,213 3,159 3,980 2,980
Suite Catur ( 4 Nights ) 5,894 4,579 5,560 4,320
Club Exploradores (past Explora clients) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%
Explora Passport (combine Explora packages) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%


Rates are valid from April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014

2014-15 Rates

rate in Canadian Dollars rate in Canadian Dollars rate in US Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Single Double Single Double
Tulor ( 4 Nights ) 4,155 3,053 3,920 2,880
Yali ( 4 Nights ) 4,452 3,392 4,200 3,200
Suite Catur ( 4 Nights ) 6,190 4,664 5,840 4,400
Club Exploradores (past Explora clients) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%
Explora Passport (combine Explora packages) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%


Rates are valid from April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015

* Prices are subject to change until time of booking. Please inquire about 3, 5, 6, 7 or 8 night stays.

Accommodations

The lodge has 50 rooms, each with a small living area and hydromassage bath.

(16) Tulor Rooms - measuring approx. 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.), these rooms have a view to Cordillera de la Sal.

(34) Yali Rooms - measuring approx. 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.), these rooms have a view of the countryside.

(4) Catur Suites - measuring approx. 538 sq. ft. (50 sq. m.), these rooms have balconies and views of the countryside.

What’s Included At Explora Atacama:

Transfers Calama Airport - Explora - Calama Airport. • Accommodations • Full board. 3 Meals per day and open bar • Daily explorations with bilingual guides and equipment; boats, horses and vehicles (max group size: 8 travelers per guide) • Entrance fees to National Reserves.

What’s Not Included At Explora Atacama:

Gratuities • Airfare to/from Calama • International Airfare

* Rates are per person, in US$ and CA$ * The Canadian dollar rates shown above have been calculated at an exchange rate of 1.06 and are subject to change until time of payment.


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