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Atacama

Desert & Altiplano, Chile

Tips for your travel

HOW TO GET HERE

After arriving in Santiago, Chile’s capital city (SCL), you need to take a 2-hour connecting flight to the city of Calama.

At Calama Airport (CJC), a member of our team wll pick you up and drive you to explora Atacama, approximately one-hour away.

Pick-up & Drop-off

Pick-up:
We offer our travelers free in/out services from the following places:

Calama Airport: The transfer is scheduled according to arrival´s flights.

Hotels or bus terminal in San Pedro de Atacama:  The precise pick-up time will be confirmed the day before. Estimated time between 10:00 and 11:00.

Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at: reserve@explora.com   

Drop-offs:

Calama Airport (CJC): Departure from the hotel between 07:00 am and 12:30.   

Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at reserve@explora.com

Any additional requirement must be processed as private transport, with the corresponding additional cost. Please contact your booking agent or get in touch with reserve@explora.com to clear up any doubts.

How to get here

HOW TO GET HERE

After arriving in Santiago, Chile’s capital city (SCL), you need to take a 2-hour connecting flight to the city of Calama.

At Calama Airport (CJC), a member of our team wll pick you up and drive you to explora Atacama, approximately one-hour away.

Pick-up & drop-off

Pick-up & Drop-off

Pick-up:
We offer our travelers free in/out services from the following places:

Calama Airport: The transfer is scheduled according to arrival´s flights.

Hotels or bus terminal in San Pedro de Atacama:  The precise pick-up time will be confirmed the day before. Estimated time between 10:00 and 11:00.

Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at: reserve@explora.com   

Drop-offs:

Calama Airport (CJC): Departure from the hotel between 07:00 am and 12:30.   

Border crossings: Please consult alternatives at reserve@explora.com

Any additional requirement must be processed as private transport, with the corresponding additional cost. Please contact your booking agent or get in touch with reserve@explora.com to clear up any doubts.

Required
for all activities

Explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters for horseback rides and give them a bottle of water.

  • Baseball cap
  • Polar/ Wool/ Windstopper hat
  • 1st layer: Layer top and bottom
  • 2nd layer: Fleece
  • 3rd layer: Windbreaker Jacket
  • 4rd layer: DownJacket
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve T-shirts
  • Thin Fleece
  • Trekking pants and trekking shorts
  • Trekking socks (long)
  • Trekking boots
  • Liner or Wind stopper gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Buff or neck gaiter
  • Small back pack (25 lts)
  • Water Bottle

 

Optional
for all activities
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Camel Back
What to bring to Atacama desert

Climate

San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding area have a very dry and mild climate year round. The village gradually grew up around an oasis, and is situated on a high plateau, 2,443 meters (8,015 feet) above sea level, and located just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Calama, a major city served by El Loa International Airport, or “Calama Airport” (CJC).

During winter (June – September), the average daytime temperature ranges from 9º C (48º F) to 24º C (75º F) – inviting you to soak up the sun in the lodge’s relaxing lounge chairs, on the terraces or in the glassed corridors. During summer (December – March), daytime temperatures fluctuate between 13º C (55º F; early morning) and 25º C (77º F; evening), with a maximum of approximately 32º C (90º F) – a period of the year calling for an afternoon siesta before joining one of the evening explorations.

Ninety percent of the days are clear and sunny.  However, between mid-December and the beginning of March, occasional rains and snow in higher areas result in what is called the Altiplano Winter. During these months and due to unstable weather conditions in the area, some of our explorations could be subject to changes or even canceled in order to protect our travelers’ safety.

Check-in & check-out

Check-in: We recommend arriving at the hotel by midday to take a half-day exploration during the afternoon and start the acclimatization process. Check-in begins at 1:00 pm.

Check-out: We want you to be able to maximize your exploration on this day too. If you leave the hotel in the morning for a half-day exploration, you have to check out before leaving and we will arrange for the safe storage of your luggage. Check-out is by 10:00 am.*

*Lunch service is not included on check-out day.

Acclimatization

It’s important to allow enough time to become properly acclimated to the area’s altitude. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a stay of at least 5 days to have time to adjust and be able to really get to know the area and some of its natural wonders. Ideally, make sure you have at least two full days for exploration activities, and hopefully, a third day to hike up one of the mountains.

Tips

Tips are voluntary. If you wish to leave any, you can do so at the hotel reception at the end of your stay. It will be distributed among all those who contributed to making your trip a unique experience. We suggest leaving USD 100 per day per room.

Wi-Fi and voltage

  • Because we are in remote areas, Wi-Fi access in rooms and common areas is limited.
  • The voltage in Atacama is 220V.

Climate

Climate

San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding area have a very dry and mild climate year round. The village gradually grew up around an oasis, and is situated on a high plateau, 2,443 meters (8,015 feet) above sea level, and located just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Calama, a major city served by El Loa International Airport, or “Calama Airport” (CJC).

During winter (June – September), the average daytime temperature ranges from 9º C (48º F) to 24º C (75º F) – inviting you to soak up the sun in the lodge’s relaxing lounge chairs, on the terraces or in the glassed corridors. During summer (December – March), daytime temperatures fluctuate between 13º C (55º F; early morning) and 25º C (77º F; evening), with a maximum of approximately 32º C (90º F) – a period of the year calling for an afternoon siesta before joining one of the evening explorations.

Ninety percent of the days are clear and sunny.  However, between mid-December and the beginning of March, occasional rains and snow in higher areas result in what is called the Altiplano Winter. During these months and due to unstable weather conditions in the area, some of our explorations could be subject to changes or even canceled in order to protect our travelers’ safety.

Check-in & check-out

Check-in & check-out

Check-in: We recommend arriving at the hotel by midday to take a half-day exploration during the afternoon and start the acclimatization process. Check-in begins at 1:00 pm.

Check-out: We want you to be able to maximize your exploration on this day too. If you leave the hotel in the morning for a half-day exploration, you have to check out before leaving and we will arrange for the safe storage of your luggage. Check-out is by 10:00 am.*

*Lunch service is not included on check-out day.

Acclimatization

Acclimatization

It’s important to allow enough time to become properly acclimated to the area’s altitude. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a stay of at least 5 days to have time to adjust and be able to really get to know the area and some of its natural wonders. Ideally, make sure you have at least two full days for exploration activities, and hopefully, a third day to hike up one of the mountains.

Tips

Tips

Tips are voluntary. If you wish to leave any, you can do so at the hotel reception at the end of your stay. It will be distributed among all those who contributed to making your trip a unique experience. We suggest leaving USD 100 per day per room.

Wi-Fi and voltage

Wi-Fi and voltage

  • Because we are in remote areas, Wi-Fi access in rooms and common areas is limited.
  • The voltage in Atacama is 220V.


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