Patagonia South America, Easter Island & Atacama Desert

Explora

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One of “The Best New Hotels in the World in 2017”, Travel + Leisure's “It List”.
explora Valle Sagrado, Cusco, Peru.

explora, art of travel

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the southernmost tip of the world

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desert alive

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off the beaten track

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at the heart of the Inca Empire

About explora

About explora

Founded in 1993, explora is a travel company that owns and operates hotels and Travesías -nomadic journeys-, in 7 remote destinations of South America.

We propose a way of traveling based on in-depth exploration of the surroundings, the luxury of the essential and a sustainable development.

Our explorations are what make us unique, that’s why we are constantly developing new routes. For this year, we offer over 2.236 miles of routes and more than 100 different explorations.
Founded in 1993, explora is a travel company that owns and operates hotels and Travesías -nomadic journeys-, in 7 remote destinations of South America.
BOLIVIA ARGENTINA PERU SOUTH AMERICA Atlantic Ocean Pacific Ocean CHILE TRAVESIA explora UYUNI explora ATACAMA TRAVESIA explora SALTA explora RAPA NUI TRAVESIA explora EL CHALTEN explora PATAGONIA explora VALLE SAGRADO

Hotels

Our hotels have been purposely designed as a base from which to explore the remote territories of South America. They each respond to the unique beauty and characteristics of their location.

Patagonia hotels in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia South America

Patagonia, Chile

At the end of the world lays more than just beauty: Glaciers, majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and gauchos dot this mythical land.

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explora Argentina

Patagonia, Argentina

After more than 10 years exploring northern and southern Argentina, we decided to open explora Argentina in 2020 in “Los Huemules” Natural Reserve.

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Sacred Valley, Peru

Sacred Valley, Peru

Sacred Valley –located at the heart of the ancient Inca Empire–is a particular mix of natural and cultural beauty that has attracted explorers for centuries.

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San Pedro de Atacama, Atacama Desert

Atacama, Chile

The Atacama Desert is also known as the driest place on Earth. A territory which is so vast, that time and direction seem to have no meaning.

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Rapa Nui, easter Island hotels

Easter Island, Chile

Unique and off the beaten track, Easter Island hides the mysteries of a unique and enigmatic culture: every explorer’s paradise.

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Travesias

explora Travesías are nomadic journeys in which we drive across remote territories, blurring borders and accessing hiking routes in some of the world’s most isolated landscapes.

Trekking in a salt flat in Travesia Uyuni. Adventure travels in the Altiplano of Bolivia

Uyuni, Bolivia

The Bolivian Altiplano is one of the world’s most pristine territories, of which the famous Uyuni salt flat is only one of many surprises.

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Salta Argentina, a landscape for hiking trips, mountain bike rides, and horseback rides in the best vacations. Travesia Salta

Salta, Argentina

The colossal Andes Mountains, natural border between Chile and Argentina, guard multi-colored valleys of sublime silence.

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El Chaltén, an adventure in Patagonia for family vacations

El Chaltén, Argentina

Patagonia is a territory shared by Chile and Argentina. Windswept and distant, it is a unique land of contrasts and sheer beauty.

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Why explora?

We believe in the power of an experience, which is why for over 20 years, we have introduced our travelers to the remote areas of South America through meticulously planned exploration programs.

Reviews

  • Simone DAustin
    16/07/2018
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    Fabulous experience - would recommend Explora to anyone

    We like to plan a trip to a colder climate to escape the summer heat. We were aware that it would be winter in Chile but Patagonia has been on our bucket list. We were so fortunate to have been recommended to stay at EXPLORA! From the moment we were picked up at the airport in Punta Arenas until our final goodbyes to the staff, we had a marvelous time. Explora obviously has lots of practice in making sure that every bit of your stay is interesting and comfortable. They do not overlook any detail. The hotel is lovely. Every room has gorgeous views of the Paines. The staff was attentive and very friendly. We were pampered in every respect. The guides were fantastic. They are extremely knowledgeable about the area and provided details on the flora, fauna and geologic development of the area. We were thoroughly happy with our stay. We will absolutely go to Explora again!

  • Brendan D
    02/05/2018
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    An amazing experience

    explora Patagonia exceeded expectations. Firstly, what a stunningly beautiful location right in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park with views that change frequently, each one a feast for the eyes. Enter the hotel to the warmest of welcomes from Kareen and members of the Explora staff who without exception were truly magnificent. The facilities of the hotel accommodate ones every need, beautifully appointed bedrooms, warm and inviting areas to relax, a delightful bar and dining room with windows that showcase the snow-capped mountains, lake and waterfall.

  • Leonardo M
    08/07/2018
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    The Jewel of the Sacred Valley (Cuzco)

    I took my wife to spend a couple days at Explora - Sacred Valley. The idea was to disconnect from e-mails and enjoy what this outstanding hotel can offer to the ‘viajantes’ from the Spa to advanced trecking in the mountains which are closed to the Hotel. They assembled a wonderful team of personal mountain guides from different geographies in Peru and also they are able to explain what historical value those Inca trails have. The guides studied Inca history - so they will be able to bring more color to the experience you are having. It is wonderful! In addition, you can select from various alternatives if you want to make a hard mountain trecking which will cover the entire day or a light trecking which cover the half day. One important remark is that they pay a lot of attention to the beginners in order to provide for them an adaptation process during the stay because with this process you can reach high altitudes - close to thirteen thousand feet at the mountains. It was a tremendous experience and worth each day we dedicated at this hotel.

  • walkpl
    04/05/2018
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    I LOVE THIS LODGE - AMAZING

    I have been lucky enough to stay in all of the explora's in South America. I love to hike and I love their concept and locations. Up to now...the one in Torres del Paine in Chile was my favorite.... but with my recent stay in the Sacred Valley...it is a real toss-up. This place has only been open a little bit and although the rooms are simple (they are in all the exploras) the views are always spectacular. Right outside my window was an amazing field of Quinoa in all colors backed by the dark blue-green of the Andes. Their all-inclusive idea is wonderful as the only thing you have to worry about is which hike or excursion you are going to take the next day.

  • Ron D
    27/06/2018
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    Best Experience Ever

    Go with your mind open to new and exciting experiences - no preconceptions or expectations- and you'll have a time of your life. The Travesia is incomparable. Atacama desert wonderful with loads to see. Our trip was marred by snow closing border crossings however, you can't control nature.

  • CYLIMO
    14/05/2018
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    Jewel of the Atacama Desert- Enriching experience

    If you think you know what to expect from a desert, you will get a lot more surprises. explora Atacama ensures you get all the best, if not unique, experiences of your explorations in the area. They also have the best horses that you can ride for some of the excursions. If you are up to adventure, explora team will be with you to experience it all. I did the Travesía package to Salta, Argentina as well, it completed experience overall. The change of landscape and colors from desert to the valley as well as the experience of the farmhouse on exclusive 5000 hectares of land of Explora was also rather unique. I would certainly try another Travesía with explora again.

  • coeurs2018
    07/07/2018
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    Learning vacation

    Explora is a journey closer to the history, culture, archeology, joy, and adventure at on Rapa Nui. If TV in the room is a must, don't go. If intelligent, interesting, happy company suits you: take the trip! Oh, and the meals are sublime!

  • bbirdgeneau
    17/05/2018
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    Hiking into History

    explora provided a full experience of Rapa Nui. As we were taken from one site to another by our knowledgeable guides, we learned about the history and meaning of the famous moai. Several of our guides were local Rapa Nui, who gave an authentic view of the land. Seeing the island by hiking was a great way to see lesser known sights that we could only access on foot. The lodge is tastefully designed to blend into the landscape with a cozy lounge to relax and plan our next day's activities. Although I would have liked to see more local food on the menu, we enjoyed the meals and especially the local appetizers served at a traditional dance demonstration and a local style barbeque dinner.

Travel Awards

"Staff of the Year", The Hideaway Report's Grand Awards 2018, explora Valle Sagrado.

2018

"Favorite Hotels of 2017", The Hideaway Report's Grand Awards 2018, explora Valle Sagrado.

2018

Travellers´Choice 2018, explora Rapa Nui and explora Patagonia.

Travellers´Choice 2018, explora Rapa Nui and explora Patagonia.

2018

"Our Favorite Hotels in the World", Gold List 2018, explora Rapa Nui and explora Atacama.

2017

"The Best New Hotels in the World", It List, explora Valle Sagrado.

2017

"Travel Top 100", Readers' Travel Awards 2017, explora Patagonia.

2017

"Top Resorts in South America", Readers' Travel Awards 2017, explora Patagonia.

2017

South America’s leading Expedition Company, explora.

South America’s leading Expedition Company, explora.

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel, explora Patagonia.

Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel, explora Patagonia.

2017, 2016

"Our Favorite Hotels in the World", Gold List 2017, explora Rapa Nui.

2016

Chile’s Leading Resort, explora Patagonia

Chile’s Leading Resort, explora Patagonia

2016

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