travelArt founder Carsten Bengelsdorff would like to share his personal impressions after staying for several days at two of these hotels:
For years, the explora Atacama has offered a perfect combination of extraordinary and active excursions with dedicated guides, great comfort, first class service and well-equipped rooms. The pool area is an architectural masterpiece and the hotel sauna offers a great view of the clear starry sky. A high quality restaurant serves creative and light meals based on local products, which are suitable for the altitude. Excursions off the beaten track allow guests to discover this beautiful region in an active manner either by trekking, ascending the volcano, or taking a bike tour on the mountain. Small groups create a sense of community. explora is the only hotel in San Pedro that also has its own stable and top-notch horses.
The Hotel Alto Atacama conveys its special charm immediately upon arrival. It is a dream destination next to the historic ruins of Quitor with a view of the canyon, which offers a glorious play of colours at sunset. The low architecture in traditional adobe style becomes part of the surrounding scenery, disguising the true size of the hotel. Various pools invite guests for a relaxing bath after the excursions. Spacious rooms are tastefully decorated with local handicrafts, and include comfortable bathrooms with rainforest showers and private terraces with a fantastic canyon view. The very friendly and helpful staff caters to client needs and gives personal advice about excursions – mainly classic tourist destinations, but also some more active excursions.
Conclusion: Clients who set high value on the comfort of the rooms and prefer a quiet, remote location will be in perfect hands at the Alto Atacama. The explora is still THE lodge for clients seeking extraordinary excursions.