Explora Atacama (4D-8D)
Explora Atacama Discount Programs: from 4 to 8 days to fit your schedule and interests.
Atacama, Chile – The first humans arrived in this area over 10,000 years ago, giving rise to what later became a rich culture concentrated in and around oases like the one at San Pedro.
Diverse and unusual forms of wildlife have found ways to develop in the midst of high volcanoes, salt flats, lagoons and ravines.
The explorations we offer in Atacama use Hotel de Larache as their base which is located in the San Pedro de Atacama oasis (22º 55’ S and 68º 12’ W); an area of surprising natural and cultural wealth.
NEW - Ethnocultural Explorations – designed for travelers with a thirst for a deeper knowledge of the places they visit (see details below).
EXPLORA PASSPORT: Combine Explora Destinations and Save!
5% Discount when combining 2 Explora destinations (Patagonia, Atacama or Easter Island)
8% Discount when combining all 3 Explora destinations (Patagonia, Atacama & Easter Island)
SPECIAL: Solo Travelers Benefit (April 15 to October 15, 2012)
Single passengers receive the same low price as passengers who share accommodations!
EXPLORA ATACAMA EXPLORATIONS
At Explora Atacama we offer over 50 different explorations. On foot or horseback or by bicycle; a couple of hours to a full day; gentle or more physically demanding.
Our series of explorations will enable you to discover the ancient culture of Atacama, its singular wildlife, and get to know in-depth the natural landscapes of this vast terrain: from the brown of the Andean mountains and volcanoes, to the white of the salt flats and the green of the oases.
San Pedro de Atacama is located at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level. Our explorations, planned to enable your body to gradually become accustomed to the altitude, can take you to heights of between 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) and 4,500 meters (14,763 feet) above sea level and if you wish, even further on our high-mountain climbs.
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 and some also speak French and German.
More extensive explorations include open-air picnics.
Every evening, one of our 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 7 to 14 different options, all of them exciting.
Our guides have substantial knowledge of the area and all have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, which guarantees that they have the expertise and skills necessary to provide assistance to people in remote places.
ATACAMA ETHNOCULTURAL EXPLORATIONS
The Atacama ethnocultural expedition is offered in partnership with cultural journey specialist Archaeological Travel Services (ATS). These ‘in the field’ learning experiences are guided by social scientists and communications professionals with years of fieldwork experience.