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London
Reviewed 4 January 2012

The Atacama desert has some of the most spectacular scenery and hiking mountains in the world - and hence one expects the highest quality of guides and trips. Explora Atacama delivers on this front brilliantly, with a full roster of guides who have extensive experience with guiding (more than 5+ years in most cases) and a brilliant range of hiking...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, We are very grateful for your detailed review and expertise. You’ve stayed with us before, which makes you a particularly experienced explora traveler and I am delighted to hear that in your eyes we’ve been able to improve the explora experience in Atacama. Allow me to point out that you seem to be a very active traveler, which...

Toronto
Reviewed 9 December 2011

On reflection I think this place was worth the money. The location is one of the most interesting, unique places in the world and the quality and range of excursions was truly exceptional. Our room was quite luxurious (if a bit spartan) but the common areas are quite lovely and harmonize with the surroundings. The pool is truly stunning--has to...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, Thank you very much for your reviewing your explora travel experience. Thank you for your overall very kind feedback. I am very sorry to hear about your mixed restaurant experience, which we have addressed in our team meetings, with our COO and Corporate Executive Chef. As you’ve pointed out very accurately, our rooms are comfortable and offer all...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 2 December 2011

Explora Patagonia was perfect and we expected Atacama property to match it. Alas the service was not at par. Our wake up call was missed, the guides gave different times to meet in the lobby , the guides were switched and it was utter confusion. The rooms and the food was nice. I wish the chefs offer something creative for...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, We are grateful for the time you spent on reviewing your explora experience. I am particularly grateful for ending your review on a positive note, alas your negative feedback gives understandable reason for disappointment. explora takes your feedback very seriously and reviews each comment in team meetings in order to improve and avoid miscommunication in the future. Thank...

Paris, France
Reviewed 19 September 2011

Explora Atacama is a unique experience. Until you have tried it, you might be puzzled by the price.... Is it really worth it ? Once you have tried it, you have no doubts...The answer is YES, it is a worth every penny... Explora is not about tourism, Explora is about travel and discovery. It may seems alike, but there is...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, We are very grateful for the time you spent on reviewing your explora experience. I am particularly grateful for your mention of the explora Travesia, our nomadic journeys, which we consider to be at the heart of the explora travel philosophy. From our perspective, the nomadic journeys embody the idea of a “journeys for the sake of the...

Reviewed 13 September 2011

This hotel is a little bit expensive, but it worths every penny. Good service, wonderful food, fantastic guides!!!

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear Traveler, Thank you for your reviewing your explora travel experience. Your words are music to our ears! Thank you for your very kind feedback. Please remember that after visiting one explora lodge, you are entitled to the benefits of our CESA - Club Exploradores del Sur de América - a recognition program with benefits including rate discounts and room...

Santiago, Chile
Reviewed 31 August 2011

We are serious travelers. We have been in the most fascinating, luxurious and unique hotels around the world so we had reasonably high expectations. Explora was beyond all. Is not just the Hotel or the location, the design, the rooms, the showers and bathrooms or the cuisine is also about the experience. Explora is the base camp for the best...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear Traveler, Thank you for your reviewing your explora travel experience. Your review makes a wonderful point and that is that explora is a “travel experience” not solely a hotel group. In our humble opinion, it is the experience is what distinguishes explora from other travel companies and you’ve put into very kind words what an explora adventure means for...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 August 2011

This place costs the earth, but worth every penny - not just because it came at the end of a month´s fairlly hard travelling acorss Peru and Bolivia but the standard of excellent (but unobtrusive) service is simply the best. Despite being in the middle of one of the worls´s more extreme deserts the restaurant has top notch food and...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, Thank you so very much for your kind words about explora. I am delighted to hear that you traveled as a family to explora Atacama and that all members of your family found or tried activities that you enjoyed. While every excursion can be undertaken as a family, it’s also very simple to split up in different activities...

Paris, France
Reviewed 6 August 2011

We chose the Hotel de Larache as the start point of our Travesia to Uyuni salt flat (with Explora as well). As at the 2 other Explora properties at Torres del Paine & Rapa Nui, the proposed excursions are excellent with very knowledgeable guides. However, the hotel itself is not as impressive as the 2 other Explora properties. Some equipments...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, We are grateful for your time and effort to review your explora travel experience to our three lodges in Atacama, Patagonia and Easter Island. Naturally, we wish your experience had been perfect in all three destinations. While that overall seems to the case, you’ve pointed out some shortcomings in the pool area of our Atacama lodge. Due to...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 5 August 2011

A remote and dramatic landscape where the staff makes you feel welcome, proyected and at home. A young team of guides lead you throughout a myriad of fascinating sights, feeding you on remote lakes, mountains and rivers. Fine jeeps take you to gleizers and moon valleys at sunrise bringing you back to an infinite pool for a relaxing swim followed...

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exploraSA, CEO / Gerente General at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, Thank you taking the time to review your explora experience. I am glad to read in your review that you took advantage of our full day explorations, which offer a deluxe pick-nick in a pristine outdoor location. Not all of our 50+ excursions in the Atacama Desert return to the explora lodge around mid-day for lunch in our...

Culebra, Puerto Rico
Reviewed 28 July 2011

Had a very enjoyable stay. Rooms were great - great view, minimal furnishings, great baths. Pool area - never used by guests. Service was excellent. Guides were very personable. Guests seems to be less into hiking than at the Explora Patagonia. We hiked everyday and the management was very helpful in assuring we got to hike as much as possible....

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exploraSA, Gerente General / CEO at explora Atacama, responded to this review

Dear traveler, Thank you for taking the time to review explora Atacama. We are grateful for your kind comments. I am happy to hear that you were able to experience the pool area all to yourself. After all, we thrive to create a private sanctuary in the desert. explora travelers really seem to enjoy the hotel’s pool area, it remains...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Spa
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our lodge is located on a plain known as the Ayllu de Larache, once inhabited by an ancient Atacameno community. We have respected the original layout of the land and restored and maintained some of the buildings.Opened in 1998, our lodge is situated on 17 hectares (42 acres) of grounds just a few minutes' walk from the town of San Pedro de Atacama. In the area surrounding the lodge, we have maintained the ancient pathways and buildings which form a labyrinth that invites exploration.There are 50 rooms housed in three long buildings, positioned to form a central square planted with large trees for ample shade. On the fourth side of the square is the building which houses the lodge's public spaces. The views from the lodge's broad terraces enable you to enjoy Atacama's vast chain of volcanic mountains.In 2008, we set ourselves the challenge of intensifying your explora Atacama experience, remodeling the furnishings and the indoor and outdoor spaces. Now that the work is complete, we are pleased to be able to offer you new facilities and services. ... more   less 

Additional Information about explora Atacama

Address: Domingo Atienza s/n | Ayllu de Larache, San Pedro de Atacama 7580150, Chile
Region: Chile > Antofagasta Region > San Pedro de Atacama
Price Range: $1,331 - $2,191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — explora Atacama 4.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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Also Known As:
De Larache Hotel
Resort All Inclusive De Larache
Explora Atacama San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
#4 Family Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
#7 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
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