Why we like this hotel

  • The first 5-star, all-inclusive luxury hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. They also have four infinity pools
  • A fantastic variety of excursions for active people who want to be out every day, hiking, biking and horseriding
  • Ideal for horseriders as the hotel has their own horses and amazing stable block
  • The best telescopic observatory in San Pedro de Atacama, along with the best guides to maximise the experience
  • Just 5-10 minutes walk from downtown San Pedro.


Explora Atacama offers a large variety of excursions to its guests. Whether you want to explore the area on foot, on bike, by horse, or on an overland trip by vehicle, there are a multitude of options to choose from. All fitness levels can be catered for and if you're a beginner, or expert, the trips can be tailored to your desires.

Please see a selection of the excursions available.

Excursions do not need to be booked in advance, but are subject to weather conditions.


There are a range of half- and full-day hikes available for all fitness levels. Walk at your own pace and immerse yourself in the natural and cultural landscapes through which you pass.

Hike through areas of large cacti and archaeological ruins, through canyons, wetlands and to geysers. There's no end of unique walking experiences to be had in this region.

Incahuasi hike from Explora Atacama, Chile

Incahuasi hike


Bike excursions allow you to cover a greater distance than hiking. There are options for half- and full-day and from beginner to advanced riders. Some excursions start right from the lodge, whereas others require transport by van to a start point.

Places to visit by bike include the Salt Mountain Range, Moon Valley and Mars Valley and along the San Pedro River.

Cejar biking from Explora Atacama, Chile

Cejar biking


An excursion on horseback gives a very different perspective on the region. The horses are specially bred and trained by Explora and riders of all abilities are catered for, from absolute beginners to advanced.

Half-day horserides available wioth routes that pass through oases, farming communities, across the San Pedro river and over sand dunes.

Solor horseride, Atacama, Chile

Solor horseride


On these excursions you’ll be taken by van to numerous locations from where you’ll undertake short-duration hikes. This allows you to access various sites on one trip and experience best of this region.

There are opportunities to visit geysers, the iconic salt-flats, archaeological sites with petroglyphs, to the border with Argentina and lagoons for birdwatching.

Taito geysers, Atacama, Chile

Taito geysers

High Mountain Ascent

Each mountain has its own character and access to these truly spectacular and remote peaks can be very demanding. Most are around two hours by van from the lodge which involves a full-day trip.

Ascents include Colorado, Sairecabur and Láscar volcanoes, plus options in the Andes and Domekyo mountain ranges.

All high mountain ascents require a longer stay at Explora to ensure that you are properly acclimatised. This is not possible on a three-night stay.

High mountain ascent, Atacama, Chile

High mountain ascent


There is a special opportunity to undertake some star-gazing under what are possibly the world’s clearest skies. You’ll be briefed by an expert before using the equipment at the on-site observatory - the largest, privately-owned observatory of its kind.

You'll be able to view objects both in our solar system and into deep space using the best equipment in San Pedro de Atacama.

Astronomy excursion from Explora Atacama, Chile

Astronomy excursion from Explora Atacama

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What our customers think of Explora Atacama

Repetitive AWE with the surreal breathtakingly beautiful views from Explora. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Lori Zukerman - USA


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Swoop says

Explora has the very best telescopic observatory in San Pedro de Atacama. Allied to this, they also have the best guides who can bring the astral experience to life in the best star-gazing destination in the world.

About Explora Atacama


Explora is located in Lickan Antay territory, very near the village of San Pedro de Atacama. It's just 10 minutes walk.

The 17-hectare (42-acre) grounds comprise 20 original parcels, some with timeworn pathways and buildings that Explora is committed to preserving out of a profound respect for the area’s original inhabitants.

Explora Atacama, Chile

Explora Atacama


San Pedro de Atacama boasts some of the world’s clearest skies and is, therefore, one of the best places to practice astronomy.

In 2008 Explora Atacama opened Explora’s observatory, which has since become one of the best private observatories in Chile.

The dome houses a potent and advanced optics telescope - a Meade 16” f/10 LX200R Advanced RD. The main mirror is 40cm in diameter which provides extraordinary resolution and sharpness.

Unfortunately, as of April 2023, the telescope is temporarily out of use.

The observatory at Explora, Atacama, Chile

The observatory at Explora

Food & Drink

Dishes at Explora have been designed so that guests can enjoy the best cuisine while still remaining agile and healthy on their excursions.

The best of each product is brought out in the preparation of the food with only high quality ingredients used.

We have a superb collection of Chilean wines to accompany our food and also stock a menu of premium wines should you wish to try an alternative.

Restaurant food at the lodge, Explora Atacama, Chile

Restaurant food at the lodge


Surrounded by pampas grass and other local flora, the pool at the Explora is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the quiet of the desert after a day of exploring.

The pool temperature ranges from 25-28°C (77-82°F).

The sauna, steam baths, and outdoor hot tubs are close to the pool.

Pool and spa at the lodge, Explora Atacama, Chile

Pool and spa at the lodge

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Felipe says

From leisure overland tours to see once in a lifetime marvels, to advanced horseback riding, high altitude volcano ascents and technical mountain bike rides – Explora has something for everyone. The awe-inspiring astral tours are not to be missed either.

Felipe Cruzat Patagonia Sales Consultant

Rooms and Pricing

Tulur room

Yali room

Catur Suite

When you stay at Explora Atacama, all food, drink and excursions are included in the room price. There are three room types:

  • Tulur - 19 rooms, each 33m², with views across the hotel grounds. Eight of these rooms are interconnected which makes them ideal for families.
  • Yali - 27 rooms, each 33m², with views across the surrounding desert.
  • Catur - Four suites, each 50m², with balconies and views of the countryside.

All rooms have a king-size double bed or two twin beds. Included are toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. There's a safe deposit box in each room, plus a jetted bathtub and hairdryer.

2024/25 season. Prices per person, based on two people sharing for four nights in high season:

  • Tulur - from USD $3,382
  • Yali - from USD $3,800
  • Cater - from USD $5,016

Seasons are as follows:

  • Quiet - May 1st to Jun 30th & Apr 1st-30th
  • Mid - Jul 1st to Oct 31st
  • High - Nov 1st to Dec 21st; Jan 2nd to Feb 27th; March 9th to Mar 31st
  • Holiday - Dec 22nd to Jan 1st; Feb 9th-17th

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