Patagonia South America, Easter Island & Atacama Desert

Explora

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 150 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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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

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

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    05/12/2018
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    The most incredible stay ever

    This hotel runs like a Swiss watch. We felt loved, cared for and at home in this beautiful spot. The hikes are extraordinarily led by exceptional guides to beautiful places. Their knowledge of the flora, fauna, geography and history of the area is unprecedented. They all have a special surprise for lunch on your full day hikes. The food, wines, service and staff from the van drivers to the housekeeping made sure all your needs were met. We are both fluent in Spanish but there are no language barriers no matter what language you speak. The spa, hot tubs and for those who dare a jump in the lake are a sure treat. Every penny one spends for this place is worth it. The memories will be with you forever. The office the staff works in every day will make everyone jealous!!! Thank you all for the memories.

  • rg24
    03/09/2018
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    Incredible experience and scenery

    As expected based on our knowledge of the Explora experience, everything was done with a superior level of care and thoughtfulness. The stunning landscape combined with professional and knowledgeable guides, excellent food, varied experiences tailored to our wants of the day and overall level of service made for an incredible trip for our family!

  • Betsy B
    06/12/2018
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    Love Explora!

    Explora Sacred Valley is fantastic! Has all the luxuries and special touches of all Explora properties - gorgeous setting, lovely buildings, knowledgeable and helpful staff, outstanding food, personal service... The explorations took us much deeper and closer into the culture of the Sacred Valley than we otherwise would have experienced if we just visited on our own. The guides were outstanding - knew so much about the culture and history. The entire staff gives such personal service - on our final day they created a biking excursion just for my children to fit our time frame. Explora wants people to explore, so it is an active, outdoorsy time, though we also lounged by the pool and enjoyed the spa.

  • SanctuarySeeker
    08/09/2018
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    Sacred Valley Sanctuary

    Words can't describe the view of the hotel as you drive towards it because it is truly a perfect combination of the natural landscape and sensitive architecture that seeks to align the beauty of the surrounding majestic mountains with the outline of the hotel structure. The interior was just as impressive with a very tall building space and contemporary lines. Despite the large space, the warmth and homeliness of the lodge were not only embodied in the decor but in the many friendly staff who welcomed and ensured you were looked after every step of the way. The guides were experienced, friendly and knowledgeable and most importantly you always felt safe and taken care of on the hikes. The restaurant at the lodge had an incredible view over the expansive private corn fields and served an excellent menu throughout the day and evening. The fire was on during the evenings and as I sat there drinking my pisco sour and snacking on the canapes after a wonderful day of exploring the Andean countryside and mountains, my only thought was.... can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow.

  • FarAway14764198672
    26/11/2018
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    New Yorker in the Desert

    Everything from stunning natural surroundings the desert and the mountains, to a perfectly designed hotel that fits into the landscape extremely well, to a wonderful staff at the hotel and guides on the wonderful excursions was top of the grade. This is our third family outing to this hotel; fourth to San Pedro (the other hotel shall remain nameless, but didn't come close to the Explora.

  • jbournemd
    17/09/2018
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    luxury adventure

    Explora is a pioneer of the luxury adventure experience. They work hard to be good stewards of the surrounding environment. They shine in providing support for guests outings, including transportation for one way hikes, and providing guides no matter how small the group. I did 3 trips with just the guide, driver, and myself.

  • cqrsmith
    09/12/2018
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    Explora is the best way to experience Easter Island

    Explora is an all-inclusive resort that provides top-notch service, knowledgeable guides and a wonderful architectural setting. There are a number of explorations provided each day from which to choose. The explorations provide options on physical exertion. The dining is excellent with a tasty and varied menu from which to choose.

  • kimcalifornia
    16/09/2018
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    Quiet Beauty in Rapa Nui

    Our time staying at explora Rapa Nui was so beautiful and peaceful. From the lovely architecture of the hotel to the fabulous guides, our trip was remarkable in every way. Even though it is a long flight to get here, Easter Island's remoteness is very attractive. It is serene, green and pleasant weather. The history of the island is fascinating. Our hikes and talks with the guides were fun and stimulating. We were really surprised how at home we felt there!

Awards & Press

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"Top 25 All- Inclusive Resorts - World", Travelers´Choice 2019, explora Patagonia.

2019

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"Top 25 Hotels - Peru", Travelers´Choice 2019, explora Valle Sagrado.

2019

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"Top 25 Hotels - Chile", Travelers´Choice 2019, explora Patagonia, explora Atacama and explora Rapa Nui.

2019

Premio Nacional de Medio Ambiente Recyclápolis, explora.

Premio Nacional de Medio Ambiente Recyclápolis, explora.

2018

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"Top Resorts in South America", Readers' Choice Awards 2018, explora Patagonia, Rapa Nui, Atacama and Valle Sagrado.

2018

South America’s leading Expedition Company, explora.

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South America’s leading Expedition Company, explora.

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel, explora Patagonia.

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Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel, explora Patagonia.

2018, 2017, 2016

Chile’s Leading Resort, explora Patagonia

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Chile’s Leading Resort, explora Patagonia

2018, 2016

"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

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

2016

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