Rooms & Suites: 52
In the midst of the driest desert on earth, the Hotel de Larache is situated within a stone's throw of snow-capped volcanoes, shimmering salt pans and the Andes.
Located at an elevation of 8,000 feet, the explora en Atacama lodge features 50 stylish, design rooms with Jacuzzis and boasting spectacular views of the desert, mountains and volcanoes. The high standard restaurant serves international cuisine and the bar and lounge area form a perfect place to exchange the adventure experiences of the day. Four spectacular outdoor swimming pools are the place to cool off. A stay at explora en Atacama comes on an all-inclusive basis and includes a number of excursions per day, tailored to one's personal interests by multilingual guides. On offer are horse riding in the sand dunes, sunset hiking to the Moon Valley, volcano climbing, cultural excursions, relaxing in explora's private hot springs, and much more. Atacama is the ultimate destination for those looking for both adventure and natural beauty. Set in a 700-mile-long desert amid six soaring volcanoes, the mile-and-a-half-high town of San Pedro de Atacama is close to the driest place on earth—in some parts of the Atacama Desert, it hasn't rained in more than a century. But there are oases: Guests can take guided excursions to hot springs and boiling geysers, or to the buoyant turquoise waters found at the nearby salt flats. Explora's multilingual guides offer guests 5-7 excursion options per day, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and visits to archaeological sites. To watch the world's best sunset, catch a 15-minute ride to Valle de la Luna, then hike an hour and a half through miniature sand mountains. Or if you really want to earn your pisco sour (a favorite Chilean cocktail), top 19,455-foot Volcán Licancábur. Rumor has it, there's a magical surprise in the crater lake at the summit.
"Tucked behind adobe walls, the graciously serviced hacienda-like compound offers 52 first-rate guest quarters opening onto a central courtyard affording views of the smoldering distant volcanoes." - Andrew Harper recommended since 2000
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Book Room #40 which offers the best view - sitting on the bed or soaking in the oversized tub, watch horses graze on green alfalfa pastures under a bright blue sky with the snow-capped Andes and Licancabur volcano in the distance.
Calama-El Loa International Airport (CJC)