An adventure in magnificence and style in Atacama Desert
If Patagonia is Chile's southern land of liquid and glacial poetry, then Atacama is its mirror image. Equally poetic, it is situated in the arid far north, and marked by the Chilean Altiplano, or high mountains and plains to the East, and the stoically desiccated Atacama desert along the coast. Atacama is extraordinary in its beauty, geographical scope, and in the diversity of its natural and cultural attractions. It has Andean peaks, volcanoes, salt flats, geysers, hot springs, mysterious petroglyphs, pre-Columbian ruins, and endless landscapes so rugged and that NASA uses them to test robot vehicles designed to explore other planets. Chileans call it all El Norte Grande - The Great North.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The San Pedro Oasis
In 1557 the Spaniards founded a mission with a chapel on the banks of the San Pedro River at 2,445 meters above sea level. With the largest population in the Atacama, it became the administration center for the Spaniards. To the North lies the Pampa del Tamarugal, to the East, the Altiplano and the Cordillera de los Andes, the Salar de Atacama and the Cordillera de Domeyko to the south, and to the west, the Pampa, the Cordillera de la Costa and the Pacific Ocean.
The area is characterized by blue skies and mild temperatures throughout the year. The Atacama Desert has a continental climate with temperatures that range from 86 degrees F during the day to 32 degrees F at night. In San Pedro de Atacama, the average winter temperature is 71 degrees F during the day and 39 degrees F at night. During the summer, temperatures range from 80 degrees during the day to 60 degrees at night. There may be some light rain.
The Sierra or mountain area has a transition climate with average temperatures of 68 degrees F in the summer and 48 degrees in the winter. There is a chance of rain during the summer.
The Altiplano is a highland steppe with average temperatures ranging from 50 degrees F to 23 degrees. During the winter, there are rains and snowfall.
 
Flora and Fauna
The llama, alpaca, guanaco and vicuña, all part of the camel family are indigenous to the region. Flamingoes are also seen year round. Cacti represent the most common vegetation.
 
Access
Via Santiago de Chile / Calama. There are daily flights on several airlines. The flights are approx. 2 hours and 50 minutes. From Calama to San Pedro de Atacama there is a 103 km. ride over paved roads.
Tuned with creation's permanent change, indifference gives place to the recovery of astonishment, and a feeling of being a part of totality. To feel, "that's enough" for the day.
 
A Totally Different Hotel
Built on the Ayllú (neighborhood) de Larache in San Pedro de Atacama, explora en Atacama is a small town built around a three patio. Rooms are lined up with corridors opening to a patio. Corridors meet in the main building, crossed by two ample passages; the Pasaje del Sol and the Pasaje del Agua. Architecture evokes the nature and culture of Atacama.
To travel is to pass, to arrive and leave. Architecture is permanence. The hotel assures hospitable refuge inviting to enjoy the various and disperse, in freedom and security. More than a home, the hotel is an experience, an open balcony towards surrounding beauty. In a desert, the hotel is water; in the burning sun, it builds a shadow.
explora is a foundational experience of architecture in the remote. Atacama produces an encounter between nature and men, between moving and stopping, between the ephemeral and what remains.
Rooms: The hotel has 50 rooms (32.9 square meters) all with telephone and jacuzzi. There is only one kind of room. Additional beds for children under 12 years old are available, (one extra bed per room).
 

Services:

  • Room Service
  • Shop
  • Phone in all the rooms with international direct dial service
  • Meeting or music room equipped with TV, video, laser disc.
  • Laundry
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • 4 saunas
  • Massage
  • Stables
  • Puritama river hot springs with 2 saunas
Programs
Explorations: a daily choice, all year around. Guest of explora may participate freely in the wide range of explorations we have developed. Everyday there are different options chosen according to the wishes of visitors: by van, horseback, on foot or on mountain bike, always with the help of selected guides, the wonders of nature are within reach.
 

We have designed 3 different programs:

  • 3 nights / 4 days
  • 4 nights / 5 days
  • 8 nights / 9 days
 
2006-2007 COST PER PERSON
VALID FROM January 1ST. 2006 TO AUGUST 31ST. 2007
Program
4 days / 3 nights
5 days / 4 nights
9 days / 8 nights
Room Type
Single
Double
Single
Double
Single
Double
With a view and silence
2,250
1,546
3,020
2,060
5,390
3,640
Additional bed up to 12 years old
300
400
800
Family Rates: Double, Triple or Quadruple Up to 18 years old
600
800
1.600
 
  • Rates are valid until 31 of August, 2007
  • Rates are per person, expressed in US Dollars.
  • Rates do not include tax or tips.
  • Rates and programs are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Children under 2 years old are free, accommodated in the same room with their parents.

INCLUDED :

  • Transfer Calama - explora en Atacama - Calama
  • Daily explorations with bilingual guide (groups up to 10 guests) including transfers in van, horses, and bicycles. Each van is equipped with radios for direct communication with the hotel and guides.
  • Lodging
  • Full board
  • Open bar

Transfer schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

 

Reservations & Cancellations

  • 30% of the reservation total value must be paid at the time of confirmation. The remainder is due 30 days before arrival at explora.
  • Changes to confirmed reservations will be subject to approval and room availability of and are accepted only before 30 days prior to arrival to explora.
  • The following penalties shall be applied to cancellations:

    • 60-30 days prior to arrival: US$200 per room.
    • 29-10 days prior to arrival: 30% of total reservation value.
    • 9-0 days prior to arrival: 100% of total reservation value.
A. HIKES
1. Catarpe, Duration: 2½ - 3 hours. Itinerary: Quebrada del Diablo - Valle Quitor - Tambo Catarpe. Easy.
2. Quebrada del Diablo, Duration: 2½ - 3 hours. Itinerary: Vilama. Medium.
3. Valle de la Muerte, Duration: 2½ - 3 hours. Itinerary: Valle de Quitor, visit Pukará de Quitor. Medium.
4. Chulacao, Duration: 2 hours. Itinerary: Mine and its surroundings. Medium.
5. To Termas de Puritama, Duration: 2½ hours. of hiking. Itinerary: Arrival to hot springs, picnic buffet and possibility to bathe. Medium.
6. Las Cornisas, Duration: 2½ - 3 hours. Medium
7. Rio Grande*, Duration: 1½ hours by van to Machuca. On foot 5 to 6 hours (includes picnic). Coming back 1½ hours by van. Medium
8. By The Foothills Of The Láscar At 4.500 Meters (14,800 feet)* Duration and itinerary: Departure: 8 a.m. By van 2½ hours. to Salar de Tara, then to Laguna Lejía, picnic at an altitude of 4.200 meters. Ascension by van to Volcán Lascar at an altitude of 4.500 meters. Descending on foot for and 2½ hours. Views. Medium. Second Option: On foot between Tumbre and Talabre Viejo 2½ hours. Easy.
9. Valle de la Luna, Duration: ½ - 1 hour. Only on full moon. Easy. Note: This exploration is only programmed for moonlighted nights.
10. Walk Through The Ayllus, At Solor or Sequitor or Cucuter.
*Both hikes are also within the concept of traveling in Atacama which is the idea of the explorations of Group B.
 
B. TRAVELING THROUGH ATACAMA
The extended territory and its different points of interest allow excursions in small groups by van, that last half or one day. These excursions capture profound landscapes, natural events and inhabited places that bare the ingredients and surprises that make the experience unforgettable.
1. Callejón de Varela, Itinerary: Departure at 7:00 A.M. to Laguna Lejia - Breakfast. Picnic at Salar de Aguas Calientes at 4.000mts. Visit Lagunas and Socaire. Back at the Hotel at by 6:30 P.M. Note: It might include a 2 hour walk down the gorge from Laguna Miscanti.
2. The Heights Of Tatio, Itineraries and departure time: To experience the geysers in action, departure is before 6:00 A.M., otherwise, at 8:00 A.M.
There are two alternatives:
a) Bathing in the Termas de Puritama and on foot to Guatin.
b)
Through Turipiti and Machuca Valley with picnic, on foot by Bofedal and Valley.
3. Visit To Tulor, Duration 1½ hours round trip.
4. Visit To Salar, Duration: 2½ - 3 hours - Flamingos.
5. Toconao And Quebrada de Jeré, Duration: 2½ hours A good opportunity for an afternoon cup of tea.
6. To Caspana, Duration: Departures are at 7:30 A.M. Itinerary: Ascent Tatio. Breakfast. Arrival to Caspana. Depending what time it is, first picnic and then two hours on foot visiting the agricultural terraces. Note: This exploration is recommended on departure day to finish at the airport and avoid coming back to the hotel. (explora takes the luggage directly to the airport).
7. Plateau Of Turi, Departure at 7:30 AM to El Tatio, arrival at Toconce through Linzor. Visit the Terraces. Picnic at Toconce at Turi. Following a visit to Pukará Turi. Visit Aiquina. Note: This exploration is recommended on departure day to finish at the airport and avoid coming back to the hotel. (explora takes the luggage directly to the airport).
8. Visit To Pukara Lasana/Chiu-Chiu, Recommended on departure day, allowing to have a light lunch at the Hotel.
 
C. TRAVELING THROUGH HISTORY
1. Conference In The Hotel
An archaeologists or anthropologists points of view of the history, geography and cultural aspects of Atacama.
2. Museo Le Paige (San Pedro)
Guided tour to the museums' collection, with its tombs,ceramics, and forms of cultures that have lived and padded throught Atacama.
3. Tour To Archeological Sites
According with visitors' interest, a tour can be arranged to specific archeological places.
 
D. HORSEBACK RIDING
1. Valle de Quitor, Duration: 2½ - 4 hours visit Pukará and Catarpe.
2. Valle de la Muerte, Duration: 2½ - 3½ hours through Valle Quitor. Itinerary: Valle de Quitor. Valle de la Muerte. Optative Pukará de Quitor.
3. Through The Ayllus,
a. Beach and Sequitor. Duration: 1½ - 2 hours.
b. Solor: Duration 2 - 2½ hours.
c. Cucuter and Poconche. Coming back via Sequitor. Duration: 3½ hours.
d. Tulor and Beter. Coming back via Sequitor. Duration: 3 hours.
 
E. BICYCLING
1. To Valle de Quitor, Duration: 2½ - 3½ hours. Itinerary: Valle de Quitor, optative visit to Pukará. Church.
2. Quebrada del Diablo, Duration 2½ - 3 hours. Itinerary: Quebrada del Diablo/Catarpe. Difficult
3. Piedra de la Coca, Duration: 3½ - 4 hours. Early departure. Itinerary: To return there are two options, by Valle de la Muerte or by highway. Difficult..
4. To Tulor, Duration: 3½ hours. Surrounding Ayllu. Sandy - Difficult. Optional: Without surrounding Ayllu - 2 hours.
5. To Solor, Duration: 2 hours. Itinerary: To Solor.
6. Sequitor And Ayllus, Duration: 1½ hours. Itinerary: To Sequitor along the beach.
7. explora Challenge, Challenge, to who climbs the furthest from trail to Paso Jama. Views and downhill. Paved road.
 
F. CLIMBING HILLS AND VOLCANOES
1. El Toco; 5.600 Meters Altitude
Duration: One journey, in vehicle up to an altitude of 4.600 meters, on foot to the peak - 3 hours. Itinerary: Quebrada del Diablo/Catarpe. Note: Requires acclimatization in San Pedro and previous training. Authorization subject to physical fitness. Mountain clothing required.
2. Volcan Lascar; 5.400 Meters Altitude
Duration: One journey in vehicle up to an altitude of 4.700 meters, on foot to the peak - 3½ - 4 hours. From October to April. Note: Requires acclimatization in San Pedro and previous training. Authorization subject to physical fitness. Mountain clothing and anti-smoke mascara are required (provided by the Hotel).
3. Volcan Sairecabur; 6.100 Meters Altitude
Duration: One journey in vehicle up to an altitude of 5.200 meters, on foot to the peak - 4- 5 hours. Note: A previous ascent to Volcan Lascar is necessary.
4. Volcan Apagado; 5.700 Meters Altitude
Duration: One journey in vehicle up to an approximate altitude of 5.000 meters, on foot to the peak - 4 hours. Degree of slope is more elevated than in other volcanoes of the zone. Note: Requires acclimatization in San Pedro and previous training. Authorization subject to physical fitness. Mountain clothing is required.
5. Volcan Licancabur; 5.900 Meters Altitude
Duration:
2 - 3 nights, depending on physical fitness. Note: Requires acclimatization in San Pedro and previous training. Authorization subject to physical fitness. Mountain clothing is required. This exploration has to be programmed 60 - 90 days in advance so as to adequately prepare it. Visa is required for entering Bolivia.

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