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We didn't know what to expect at Explora or in the Atacama, but ended up with a truly memorable week. The property is gorgeous: they kept much of the old adobe parts/feel, while adding in a modern main building, with rooms arranged around courtyards. We were in one of their suites, and it was perfect: a view of the volcano, huge bathroom, nice big closet and separate space for dusty shoes, and a table and chairs and sofa. Bed was very comfy, and the housekeeping staff did a wonderful job keeping things tidy and replinished. I have to commend this resort for doing all they can to get things done in a sustainable way: not a plastic water bottle to be found! Even the lunches that were packed for the explorations were sustainably managed. And a note on the food: perfect! They do smaller portions than most Americans are probably used to, but we learned that part of the reason was that smaller meals help with altitude adjustment. We never left a meal feeling hungry, and they always have snacks available. I still remember the pumpkin gnocchi and crepe with manzar and ice cream. The drinks at the bar were creative and well-prepared, and the service by the pool was attentive and speedy. Of course the real story here is the daily explorations: The staff is great at making sure you see everything Atacama has to offer, and that you are exploring at the right altitude each day. We loved each outing, and every single guide (we had 4 over the course of 6 days) was well-trained, informed, spoke several languages, and pleasant to spend time with. We also liked being in small groups -- we liked everyone we met, and it was a little bonus to run into our new friends on the grounds or in the dining room. We tried out massages at their spa, and it was uber-relaxing. That is the one original adobe building on the property, and hearing the birds chirp, the wind blow, and getting a top-notch massage is a memory I will try to keep next time I go to the dentist. In terms of timing, we added an extra night because we wanted to tour ALMA (nearby astronomy project), but if we hadn't done that, 5 nights would have been perfect. You can see a ton with a 4 night stay, but I personally wouldn't go below that. The only downside was that 2 of our 6 nights we could hear a band or noise from town. I think one night was a festival, so that could have been a one-off problem. Just bring your earplugs, turn your fan on, and buck up. It's worth it!
Why travel with anyone than Explora
Explora lodges are modern and beautiful. The staff was very attentive. Airport pickup and drop off made it simple. The food is five star. The excursions are truly the highlight. The Atacama desert was surreal. The guides were so knowledgable and provided voluminous cultural, geologic and ecological information! We cannot wait for our next Explora trip
Nature at its best
Explora Atacama is a sensational destination. As with all Explora lodges it is of exceptional quality - rooms, pools, lounging areas, staff, guides & gorgeous horses at the on site stable. Truly a superb destination of immense natural beauty.
Nothing but the best adventure and luxury combined
We spent 5 weeks traveling through Easter Island, Atacama, Bolivia, and Peru and stayed a 3 different Explora Lodges. I cannot express how great these accommodations are. If you want twice a day well organized and guided hikes along with good lodging and delicious local cuisine all tucked away in remote regions of South America Explora is for you. The Atacama was our favorite of the 3 visited because of the location which offers incredible daily adventures. Check them out including new locations in Patagonia.
Beautiful hotel in a beautiful location. Guests are taken to remote places with knowledgable and friendly guides. Truly wonderful customer service from all staff members and a genuine sense of community. The food was great and there was a large choice of activities - there's something for everyone!
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