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Explora Atacama - 6 Nights Itinerary

The hotel’s treks, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, and mountain climbing, as well as stargazing sessions, are quintessential ways to explore and discover the landscapes, history and culture of this unique region.

Every evening the hotel’s guides meet with guests in the lodge, bar or living room area. There, they will explain all of the next day’s available “Explorations” and help you choose the best excursion option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is 8 travelers, and a bilingual Explora guide leads every Exploration.

The following list includes descriptions and details of the hotel’s Explorations.

NOTE: Explora reserves the right to alter, change or eliminate parts or the totality of these Exploration itineraries without prior notice, when this is necessary for the well-being or safety of the hotel’s guests. Please make sure to speak to an Explora guide daily to know the exact Explorations being offered.

 

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Explora Atacama: Highlights

Chile, Atacama Desert, Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Horseback Rinding, Mountain Biking.

Explora Atacama: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Optional activities to choose - Trekking (Moderate)
Day 2: Optional activities to choose - Mountain Climbing (Moderate)
Day 3: Optional activities to choose - Horseback Rinding (Moderate)
Day 4: Optional activities to choose - Mountain Biking (Moderate)
Day 5: Optional activities to choose - Trekking (Advance)
Day 6: Optional activities to choose - Mountain Climbing (Advance)
Day 7: Optional activities to choose - Horseback Rinding (Advance)
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Explora Atacama: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Optional activities to choose - Trekking (Moderate)
Moderate Trekking:

1: Guatín: Punta del Inca

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Distance: 4.2 kms / 2.5 miles Max. Altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet Highlights: Vilama River, local flora, waterfalls, birdwatching, panoramic views Description: Departure from Explora by van taking the road toward the Guatín settlement and the confluence of the Puritama and Purifica rivers. Most of the hike is through a garden of Cardon and Opunsias. The hike follows the river through a canyon, crisscrossing it several times and eventually climbing down two dry waterfalls (approximately a 10 foot/ 3 meter drop). Finally walking out of the canyon we enjoy splendid panoramic views of Atacama. Return to the lodge by van. Family recommended.

 

2: Kari

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Distance: 5.5 kms / 3.3 miles Max. Altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet Highlights: Kari Ravine Canyon, salt walls Description: Departure by van on the road to Calama. Trekking through the Kari Ravine, a small canyon formed by water erosion, surrounded by enormous salt walls. Return to the lodge by van. (*) This Exploration can be cancelled due to certain climate conditions under which natural processes can take place.  Family recommended

 

3: Kamur

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 9 kms / 5.4 miles Max. Altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,600 feet Highlights: Valle de la Luna, Cordillera de la Sal  salt mountainslandscapes, panoramic views Description: Departure from Explora by van to the Valle de la Luna, where travelers will be able to appreciate the variations of sunlight and the spectacular landscapes of the Cordillera de la Sal. Return to the lodge by van.   (*) This Exploration can be cancelled due to certain climate conditions under which natural processes can take place

 

4: Guatín: Puritama

Nights of acclimatization needed: 1 Type: Half day Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Distance: 5 kms / 3 miles Max. Altitude: 3,500 meters / 11,200 feet Highlights: Ancient cacti gardens, Puritama Hot Springs Description: Departure from Explora by van to Guatín. The trek begins with climbs and descents, finally gaining a total of 270 M (880 Ft) along the way to Puritama, located 3,500 m. (11,500 ft.) above sea level. We begin walking eastward above a ravine for approximately 45 minutes, surrounded by ancient cacti. The trek descends into the ravine through pre-puna vegetation until reaching the bottom, where we find some ancient settlements and a river. The terrain is rocky at times. We will arrive at the Puritama Thermal Baths for a chance to enjoy the hot springs and warm pools with a light snack (bathing suit required; towels provided).  Return to lodge by van. *This hike is for travelers who wish to acclimate for hiking at the next level of 4,000 M (13,200 Ft) and above. Family recommended

 

5: Machuca Río Grande

Nights of acclimatization needed: 2 Type: Full day Duration: 4.5 to 5.5 hours Distance: 16 kms / 9.6 miles Max. Altitude: 4,000 meters / 12,800 feet Highlights: Machuca, riverbed hike, picnic lunch Description: Departure from Explora by van toward the picturesque village of Machuca (3930 M/ 13100 Ft). Downhill trekking on a slope along the riverbed. Picnic lunch at Peñaliri. A trail along the edges of the cropped terraces of the Rio Grande Village. Return by van. Daypack required.

 

6: Quebrada de Nacimiento

Nights of acclimatization needed: 2 Type: Full day Duration: 5.5 to 6.5 hours Distance: 12 kms / 7.2 miles Max. Altitude: 4,500 meters / 14,400 feet Highlights: Panoramic views of the volcanoes, Quebrada Nacimiento, rock walls and riverbed hike Description: Departure by van south to Socaire. We will ascend up to the entrance of the Quebrada de Nacimiento Ravine with panoramic views of the volcanoes. Picnic lunch. Descent along old shepherd’s trails following the river and surrounded by magnificent rock walls. Return by van. Daypack required.
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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Optional activities to choose - Mountain Climbing (Moderate)
Moderate Ascents:

1: Jurinquinca (short version)

Nights of acclimatization needed: 3 Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 4 kms / 2.4 miles Max. Altitude: 4.900 meters / 15.680 feet Highlights: Panoramic views of the mountains, volcanoes and the Atacama Salt Flat Description: We leave the lodge by van and head to the base of the Jurinquinca Hill. The ascent starts at 4,500m, where we begin hiking upwards along a route with no trail. When we reach the top, we see the Andes mountain range, with views of the Licancabur and Colorado volcanoes, as well as parts of the Salar de Atacama salt flat.
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Optional activities to choose - Horseback Rinding (Moderate)
Moderate Horseback Riding:

1: Dunas de la Chula

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 2 hours Distance: 20 kms / 12 miles Max. Altitude: 2,500 meters / 8,000 feet Highlights: Cordillera de la Sal salt mountains, panoramic views, rock formations Description: Departure from Explora on horseback to Cordillera de la Sal. On the way we are surrounded by panoramic views of the ayllus, the salt lake and the Andes Mountains. The trail follows along dunes and rock formations.

 

2: Solor / Beter

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 18 kms / 11 miles Max. Altitude: 2,400 meters / 7,680 feet Highlights: Tulor and Beter Ayllus, San Pedro Oasis, dunes, ruins Description: Departure from Explora on horseback to the southern ayllus of Tulor and Beter. We walk around the oasis and the desert, and then gallop through the dunes and nearby Beter’s ruins.

 

3: Las Cornisas

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 20 kms / 12 miles Max. Altitude: 2,700 meters / 8,640 feet Highlights: Cordillera de la Sal salt mountains, panoramic views, dunes Description: Departure from Explora on horseback to Valle de Catarpe. We trot and gallop before climbing the cornices of Cordillera de la Sal, where you can enjoy panoramic views. We return by descending the dunes to Valle de la Muerte (“Death Valley”). Family recommended.
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Optional activities to choose - Mountain Biking (Moderate)
Moderate Biking:

1: Circuito de los Valles

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours Distance: 45 kms / 27 miles Max. Altitude: 2,600 meters / 8,320 feet Highlights: Lunar landscapes, panoramic desert views Description: Departure from Explora by van along the road that connects San Pedro to Calama. We start from the Llano de la Paciencia, heading to the Moon Valley on packed gravel roads. The scenery is mesmerizing and the terrain is not technically demanding, though there are several climbs and descents.
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Optional activities to choose - Trekking (Advance)
Advanced Trekking:

1: Kulamar

Nights of acclimatization needed: 2 Type: Full day Duration: 4.5 hours Distance: 10 kms / 6 miles Max. Altitude: 4,200 meters / 13,440 feet Highlights: Salt flats, Salar de Aguas Calientes, panoramic views, picnic lunch Description: We leave the lodge by van and head to the Altiplano and the Salar of Atacama. We begin walking toward one of the many salt flats of the Altiplano. We might see flamingos or other small birds in and near the lagoon. After descending we walk along the edge of the salt flat. We begin our ascent until reaching the Salar de Aguas Calientes, from where we have a spectacular view. Finally, we descend to the lunch spot we will choose based on the climate conditions.

 

2: Copacoya

Nights of acclimatization needed: 2 Type: Full day Duration: 4.5 to 5 hours Distance: 7 kms / 4.3 miles Max. Altitude: 4,500 meters / 14,400 feet Highlights: Panoramic views of the volcanoes, wind eroded rocks, El Tatio Geothermal Fields, geysers, picnic lunch Description: We leave the lodge by van and head to the El Tatio geothermal fields. The hike follows an ancient “llaretero” road with panoramic views of the volcanoes. We continue downhill until arriving at the bottom of the gorge. Next, we hike uphill following an area of wind eroded rocks until arriving at several abandoned settlements. We continue along a steep ascending slope until reaching a windy saddle. Then we begin descending and have picnic at the El Tatio Geysers. We return to the lodge by van. **This is one of the acclimatization hikes required for high mountain ascents.
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6
Optional activities to choose - Mountain Climbing (Advance)
Advanced Ascents:

1: Cerro Toco

Nights of acclimatization needed: 3 Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 3 kms / 1.8 miles Max. Altitude: 5,604 meters / 17,933 feet Highlights: Panoramic views of Chile and Bolivia. Surrounding volcanoes Description: Departure from Explora by van. We begin the ascent at an old sulfur plant and the ACT (Atacama Cosmology Telescope) at 5,300 m (17,380 ft.). We climb along a steep, but well-marked path for 1 to 2 hours. Toco is an ideal introduction to high mountain climbing and offers panoramic views of Chile, Bolivia and the surrounding volcanoes.

 

2: Lascar Volcano

Nights of acclimatization needed: 3 Type: Full day Duration: 4 to 6 hours Distance: 4 kms / 2.4 miles Max. Altitude: 5,591 meters / 17,891 feet Highlights: Lagoon Lejia, active volcanic crater Description: Departure from Explora by van to the Lejia Lagoon, where climbing begins and from where it should take us between 2.5 and 4 hours to cross the rock and volcanic ash. Arrival at the crater allows the appreciation of its activity. It’s possible to continue up to the summit (another 40 minutes). Climbing down is by rope, taking 1.5 hours. Lunch. This hike starts at 5,000 meters altitude.

 

3: Jurinquinca Hill

Nights of acclimatization needed: 3 Type: Full day Duration: 5 hours Distance: 12 kms / 7.2 miles Max. Altitude: 4,990 meters / 15,968 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, birdwatching, flora and fauna Description: We leave the lodge by van and head to the quaint village of Machuca. We begin hiking to the top of the Jurinquinca Hill, crossing several ravines along the way, ad observing the local vicuñas and birds. Once we reach the base of Jurinquinca, we begin our hike to the top. The hill has three “fake peaks”, which help travelers to gradually acclimatize to the height along the way. This hike starts at 4,100 meters altitude.

 

4: Saciel Volcano

Nights of acclimatization needed: 3 Type: Full day Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours Distance: 3 kms / 1.8 miles Max. Altitude: 5,674 meters / 18,157 feet Highlights: Sairecabur Volcano, Saciel Crater, panoramic views. Description: Depart from Explora by van (2 hrs.) to arrive at a sulfur mine located between Bolivia and Chile and on the folds of the Sairecabur Volcano (5,300 M / 17,400 Ft). Begin ascent along a steep, unmarked rocky trail. One will find much more wind on this ascent compared to the Cerro Toco. After 2 hours trekking, we we arrive at the edge of the Saciel Crater and the summit with a spectacular view of inside the crater. Depending on the wind conditions, we decide where to safely descend. Return to the van and back to the hotel.

 

5: Corona Volcano

Nights of acclimatization needed: 4 Type: Full day Duration: 9 to 10 hours Distance: 4 kms / 2.4 miles Max. Altitude: 5,291 meters / 16,931 feet Highlights: Panoramic views of the volcanic arc of the Andes, lunch in the Altiplano Description: Departure from Explora by van to Talabre. The ascent begins by trekking across volcanic rocks and boulders, taking between 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on snow conditions. On the summit, we enjoy amazing views of the entire volcanic arc of the Andes, including the Lascar Volcano. We descend through numerous volcanic rock fields for 2 to 2.5 hours. We have lunch on the Altiplano.
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7
Optional activities to choose - Horseback Rinding (Advance)
Advanced Horseback Riding:

1: Valle de la Luna

Nights of acclimatization needed: 0 Type: Half day Duration: 4 hours Distance: 26 kms / 15.6 miles Max. Altitude: 2,600 meters / 8,320 feet Highlights: Sand dunes, salt flats, panoramic desert views Description: Departure from Explora on horseback to Valle de Catarpe. We trot and gallop before climbing the cornices of Cordillera de la Sal, where we can enjoy panoramic views. We return by descending the dunes to Valle de la Muerte (“Death Valley”).
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Explora Atacama: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Price per person
SeasonSuite CaturTulurYali
DoubleSingleDoubleSingleDoubleSingle
Mid SeasonUS$ 4,794US$ 7,413US$ 3,223US$ 4,984US$ 3,643US$ 5,634
Summer SeasonUS$ 5,812US$ 7,789US$ 3,904US$ 5,232US$ 4,415US$ 5,917
Included in the price:

 

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and bar
  • Pick up and drop off from and to airports
  • All excursions
  • Use of relaxation areas, Wi-Fi service in public areas, and national park entrance fees

 

Not included in the price:

 

  • Massages (extra)
  • Selections from the exclusive wine list (extra)
  • Laundry service (extra)
  • National and international phone calls (extras)

 

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