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.

Sacred Valley Peru Cusco, Machu Picchu

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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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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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

  • Louise W
    25/03/2018
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    Incredible stay. Could not recommend more.

    Where to begin... What an incredible stay we have just had. The hotel is located right in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. The view from the hotel is breathtaking. Right from the start the experience is fantastic. Wonderful staff. Beautiful room. Stunning views from every angle. The guides are amazing and help to recommend the right activities for your interests. We did 3 full-day hikes to complete the W. Challenging but well worth it. The landscape is incredible. You're looked after so well. We even had a table cloth and hot soup and coffee with lunch at the top of the mountain! Could not recommend this place more. Well worth the money.

  • Sunrise305
    22/02/2018
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    Heaven on Earth

    Our five days at explora Patagonia were fantastic. Even if you were to never leave the hotel it would be worth the trip because the views are beyond compare. But of course, you will leave to hike Torres del Paine right at explora's doorstep. That too is an extraordinary experience. And then each night you will enjoy a good meal and a warm bed so you can do it all over again on a different trail (our faves were French Valley and Gray Glacier). Yes, this place is ridiculously expensive. But you only pass this way once. My best tips: Try to fly into Puerto Natales from Santiago to save a very long drive. Stay no less than five days. Bring layers because you will be hot and cold on the same hike. And really good hiking boots (my wife and I both bought Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX on Amazon and were quite happy with them), And a WATERPROOF outer layer cuz it rains often.

  • Lgcreel
    12/03/2018
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    Outdoor adventures

    Beautiful hotel and helpful staff. Food was excellent and everyday was filled with activity. We stayed for 3 days and did several hikes and two mountain bike trips. Good spot for the adventurous. Spa is new with pool, sauna, and steam. Angel is a great guide!

  • Ktorreslockhart
    19/02/2018
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    Once in a lifetime experience

    We went to explora Valle Sagrado in Peru for our honeymoon and it was an absolutely fantastic experience. The staff was incredibly welcoming and thoughtful with an uncanny attention to detail about every aspect of the guests trip. We had excellent advice and guides-- the rooms were stunning and the food was top notch and the spa was stunning with excellent services. There is a huge attention to detail and ensuring that each guest gets exactly what they would like out of the experience. Cant recommend it enough and can't wait for our next explora trip!

  • Lisa C
    22/03/2018
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    Dream trip, dream location

    Rapa Nui has been on my bucket list for years and my dream came true at explora. Every detail is considered at this wonderful hotel: quiet location with gorgeous views, friendly & attentive staff, comfortable rooms, delicious food (especially any lamb dish) and outstanding excursions. We spent time each day with a guide planning the next day's excursions, making sure we saw the highlights and beyond. Our priority was to hike rather than spend all of our time in a van and to see as much as possible without being in large crowds. I think our largest group was six people and in addition to the main destinations, our guides took us to places that I doubt most visitors see: into tiny mountain-top caves with moai and petroglyphs that are hundreds of years old, down cliff-side paths with stunning sea views. Our guides were one of the highlights of this trip, with their passion for the island's history & culture, and boundless curiosity. The staff, in general, was fantastic, from bartenders who remembered our names to the hotel hostess (Paulina) who arranged a wonderful lunch for us in Valparaiso following our stay (and a stargazing session on the hotel property. And contacted our previous hotel to get a copy of the immigration paper I lost). There is no other place like this on the island, and it's worth every penny. If you're going to one of the most remote places on earth and you want the best experience, stay at explora.

  • Jerry E
    15/02/2018
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    A wonderful base for an exciting adventure

    My wife and I spent 5 nights at explora Rapa Nui and enjoyed everything from the room to the food to the guided explorations. The guides were knowledgeable, had a good command of English and were very caring. They have a good vegetarian menu for each meal.

  • Annalisa S.
    01/03/2018
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    So amazing that I come back again :-)

    There is no word to describe the explora experience. I've been here the first time last June 2017 and I was so happy with them that I also went to their lodge in Easter Island. This year i went with them for a Travesia Expedition between Argentina and Chile and I then decide to spend few more day here in Atacama. What they offer is not only a place to discover but a true experience of life!

  • Ambnmaputo
    10/02/2018
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    The best of the best

    Our experience at explora Atacama was exceptional from the moment they picked us up at the airport until they returned us 5 days later. All of the hotel staff including the guides are very friendly and helpful. My husband experienced a stomach virus soon after our arrival and when I mentioned to the guide that he would not be hiking with us the guide immediately called someone and they checked on him and took him a bottle of something to drink that helped him to a speedy recovery. Each day the guides helped us plan the next day's explorations and their knowledge of every trail made each exploration an unforgettable experience. The food and drinks are a wonderful treat after returning from our explorations as well as the comfortable and attractive rooms.The pool area is a welcome spot for a break between explorations if you can squeeze in the time. I cannot offer enough praise for every guide we had. They know all about every plant, bird, bug, and geography that we encountered and offered patience and encouragement as we adjusted to the altitude. I would recommend a visit to explora to anyone who likes a vacation filled with activity followed by the best of accommodations and food.

Travel Awards

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

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

2018

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

2017

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

2017

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

2017

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

2017

South America’s leading Expedition Company, explora.

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South America’s leading Expedition Company, explora.

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel, explora Patagonia.

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Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel, explora Patagonia.

2017,2016

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

2016

Chile’s Leading Resort, explora Patagonia

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Chile’s Leading Resort, explora Patagonia

2016

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