Explora Atacama - Hotel de Larache
Explora Atacama is an all-inclusive lodge situated just a few minutes’ walk from the town of San Pedro de Atacama. In the area surrounding the lodge, they have maintained the ancient pathways and buildings of an ancient Atacameño community.
Explora Atacama was acknowledged among the world’s top 25 all-inclusive resorts in the 2020 “Travelers’ Choice” Awards by TripAdvisor. Furthermore, it was recognized as the second best all-inclusive resort in South America.
There are 50 rooms housed in three long buildings, positioned to form a central square planted with large trees for ample shade. They are tastefully designed with wooden ceilings and floors made of stone and tiles. Each has a small living area, a hydromassage bath and beds designed for deep, pleasurable sleep after a day of exploration. Finally, we provide you with a unique treat: the rooms are television-free.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.
The lodge has an extensive patio area totaling 1,700 meters2 (18,298 feet2). Within this area are four interconnected, outdoor swimming pools, two of them heated by solar panels. So, for those looking for the best Atacama hotels let us just add that in addition, we have saunas, steam baths, heated open-air jacuzzis and a self-service bar. This area has beautiful views. The deep silence is broken now and then by the songs of local birds.
About 200 meters (656 feet) from the lodge is a colonial adobe building which we have restored. After a tiring day of exploration or simply for the pleasure of it, you may come here and place yourself in the gifted hands of our experienced masseuse. In “Turi Puri”, which in Kunza means “House of Water”, you can enjoy various types of massage with essential oils, such as therapeutic, relaxing or energizing. This is a peaceful place to restore your energy and awaken your senses.
At their observatory, they share with you the unforgettable experience of exploring the Atacama night sky, one of the clearest on Earth and therefore one of the best locations for astronomy (low humidity, 300 sunny days a year and high altitude also helps). Located 100 meters (328 feet) from the central lodge building, the observatory has a powerful telescope, the Meade 16” f/10 LX200R Advanced RD, with advanced optics similar to a professional telescope and a primary mirror that is 40 centimeters (15.7 inches) in diameter with high resolution and great clarity, at 700x magnification. The guides are trained by the director of the ALMA Observatory.
Taking advantage of the warm waters of the Puritama river, they built eight pools fed by hot springs and connected by wooden walkways. This is a very special place and some of our explorations end here.
Their cuisine offers pure flavors based on the best-quality ingredients, many of which are produced locally. It is healthy and well-balanced, ideal for people going trekking, horseback riding or looking for a great Atacama restaurant while on on the explorations. They are excited to launch a new gastronomic proposal together with Virgilio Martínez, chef and owner of Central, the best restaurant in the world according to the World’s 50 Best Awards 2023. Virgilio's concept is an exploration of the Atacama Desert environment in a menu that incorporates local products and traditions. “That’s what our cuisine does; we get people to explore and discover the territory. And why not bring a memory of what travelers have been discovering during their stay to the table?”
Every day different excursions are offered: by bike, on foot, on horseback or in a group of max. 10 people by a minibus. All inclusive.
Long after you have returned home and long after you have forgotten about the creature comforts you enjoyed there, you will remember your guides, your walks, the camaraderie of your fellow guests, but most of all, this tremendous scenery. It is an environment conducive to experiencing that dream of a scenery to the fullest, summer or winter, 365 days a year.
Frequently asked questions:
Rates per person, double occupancy
Rates May 1-June 30, 2023 + April 1-30, 2024
Rates July 1 - Oct. 31, 2024:
Rates valid Nov. 1 - Dec. 21, 2023 + Jan. 2 - Feb. 8, 2024 + Feb. 18 - March 31, 2024:
Rates valid Dec. 22, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024 + Feb. 9-17, 2024
Single supplement is 70%
Child Rates for other periods:
Single supplement is 100%. Teen rate not applicable during holidays
Extra bed for those up to 12 is for sharing in parents room. Max. of 1 extra bed per room. Children under 3 are free
In addition to lodging and the more than 40 various guided explorations on foot, horseback or bicycle as well as stargazing, rate includes:
Only a 20% down-payment is required to confirm bookings. The remaining balance must be paid 30 days before check-in.
Payment policies for Holidays
When booking for periods defined as holidays, a 30% payment is required to confirm reservation, with the balance being paid 60 days before your check-in.
You can make changes to your booking without penalties up to 14 days before check-in, after which 100% of the reservation will be charged.
Booking changes for Holidays The periods defined as holidays to which these conditions.
• You may change your booking free of fines up to sixty (60) days before check-in.
The following fines apply:
• >60 or more days before check-in: No fines
• >59-30 days before check-in: 30% fine
• >29-0 days before check-in: 100% fine
You may cancel your booking up to 30 days before your check-in, free of fines. If you cancel your booking after that period, the following conditions apply:
• Cancellation 29-20 days before your checkin: 30% fine
• Cancellation 19-10 days before your checkin: 50% fine
• Cancellation 9-0 days before your check-in: 100% fine
For returns and refunds, a transaction fee will be charged depending on the payment method: 3% of the amount refunded for credit card payments and USD 25 for bank transfers.
Booking cancellation for Holidays
The periods defined as holidays to which these conditions. You may cancel your booking free of fines up to ninety (90) days before check-in.
The following fines apply:
• > 90 or more days before check-in: No fines
• > 89-60 days before check-in: 30% fine
• > 59-30 days before check-in: 50% fine
• > 29-0 days before check-in: 100% fine