San Pedro de Atacama

Explora Atacama


Desert adventure

Explora Atacama is located in the beautiful adobe town of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by a dramatic desert landscape of salt flats, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and sand dunes. Set on a 17-hectare reserve comprising 20 indigenous parcels, Explora Atacama has been built with the utmost care to preserve the pathways and buildings that were created by the ancient Aymara people who once lived in the Ayllu de Larache.

There are 50 rooms of varying types: the Tulur Rooms with views of the hotel grounds, Yali Rooms with views of the desert, and Suites Catur which span 50sqm with balconies overlooking the countryside. All feature a contemporary design with nods to the traditional adobe-style desert homes of the region.

The setting means you are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities, or ‘explorations’ as the property calls them. From hikes to horseback rides, biking, astronomy and more – and after all of that, there’s no better way to unwind than at one of the property’s four pools. Meals are a celebration at Explora Atacama, with a menu heavily influenced by wild ingredients and indigenous techniques creating what they refer to as ‘desert cuisine’.


At a glance

  • 50 rooms

  • Restaurant

  • Spa

  • Obervatory

Community & Culture

Explora works with local communities and organizations in each destination to promote youth education, environmental care, and the strengthening of local culture and heritage. They also encourage the hiring of local labor, using local suppliers and produces.


Explora has established committees to manage their lodge’s impact at each destination and consolidated an environmental footprint monitoring system, working towards constantly improve energy efficiency while reducing carbon emissions, water consumption, and waste generation.

In 2019, they became certified neutral through a combination of internal reductions and carbon offset projects in Chile that contribute to the regeneration of native forest and to renewable energy projects. All projects are independently verified to ensure the quality of emissions capture or the generation of renewable energy.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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