Explora Heads to the World’s Largest Salt Flat and Driest Desert with ‘Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni’ Across Chile and Bolivia
* Opening in September 2021 *
Journey 8 – 10 nights through the striking beauty of the Uyuni Salt Flat and Atacama Desert, with deep explorations, culturally rich itineraries and accommodation in Explora Mountain Homes
Immerse deeply in discoveries from destination to destination on Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni, a new private guided nomadic journey from Explora across the border of Chile and Bolivia. Running 7 to 11 nights, Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni invites travelers to witness the endless white expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flat, the world’s largest salt flat, and the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert, with mesmerizing scenery and explorations from every angle along the way. Like Explora hotels in remote destinations across South America, Explora Travesías are inspired by the art of travel, celebrating remote-yet-culturally rich regions through in-depth exploration with private guides heightening the experience.
Travesías Explora Atacama & Uyuni checks all the boxes. Available in either direction from Uyuni, Bolivia to Calama, Chile, the journey weaves along the Qhapaqnan section of the ancient Inca trail through a supernatural highland world both sheer in its immensity and dotted with volcanoes, vibrantly colorful lagoons, flamboyances of flamingos, steaming geysers, and monumental rock formations.
Hiking, biking, and excursions by van take travelers to local villages and breathtaking terrain, including places so removed even some locals don’t know about them. Connecting with farmers and experiencing their ancient cultures is also a highlight, with travel along old community trails and opportunities to learn about quinoa cultivation and highlands shepherds, and savor a culinary experience from Bolivian Chef Mauricio López of Ancestral restaurant in La Paz. True adventurers will be tempted by a hike to Tunupa volcano, a sacred protector of local villages, and everyone will be in awe of stunning sunrises and sunsets – with zero chance of rain.
Explora Mountain Homes and Lodge
The Travesia Explora Atacama & Uyuni route takes travelers to two new Explora Mountain Homes and one new Explora lodge purpose-built for adventure and set in isolated locations in the Andes. Designed by architect Max Núnez, head of the Masters in Architecture Program at Universidad Católica de Chile, the two Explora Mountain Homes, Ramaditas and Chituca, are essential spaces of prefabricated, minimalistic, and light construction to ensure as little interference as possible with the ground beneath and the surrounding territory. Each private Explora Mountain Home is arrayed for comfort and restoration with space for up to 8 travelers in 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a separate dining area serving indigenous cuisine created from local ingredients and a lounge pouring local wines. The new Explora lodge, Explora Uyuni, has 6 rooms and can host up to 12 travelers.
Start Your Adventure
Explora offers Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni with departures available daily from Explora Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, or Uyuni Lodge at the foot of Tunupa volcano in Bolivia, with a one-person minimum per journey. Each traveler (or couple) will travel in their own 4×4 vehicle with a private local driver and Explora-trained, bilingual guide (English and Spanish) from either country. The season runs April 15-December 15.
Opening all-inclusive rates are available for a limited time starting at USD $6,104 per person for an 8-night itinerary; USD $6,867 per person for a 9-night itinerary; USD $7,280 per person for a 10-night itinerary; and USD $8,008 for an 11-night itinerary.
Established in 1993, Explora proposes traveling based on the deep exploration of remote destinations whereby every hotel has been designed as a headquarters from where to explore the surroundings, combined with guided explorations and deep experiences. Traveling with Explora always includes accommodations, transfers, meals, and beverages, and the option to choose and join daily guided explorations with bi-lingual and Explora-trained guides. Currently, Explora offers travel in seven remote destinations in South America; Torres del Paine, Easter Island, and Atacama in Chile; the Sacred Valley in Perú; Salta and El Chaltén in Argentina; and Uyuni in Bolivia. In 2020 Explora was honored as the world’s leading expedition company from the World Travel Awards.