The 8-10 nights journeys across the Uyuni Salt Flat and Atacama Desert involve deep explorations, culturally rich itineraries and accommodation in Explora Mountain Homes
March 12, 2021: Offering serenity, awe and adventure, the Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni private guided nomadic journey from Explora, takes travelers 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.
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 Lópex of Ancestral restaurant in La Paz. True adventurers will be tempted by a hike to Tunupa volcano, a sacred protector of local villages.
The Travesia Explora Atacama & Uyuni route includes two new Explora Mountain Homes and one new Explora lodge purpose-built for adventure and set in isolated locations in the Andes. 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.
Explora offers Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni with departures available daily. Each traveler (or couple) will travel in their own 4x4 vehicle with a private local driver and Explora-trained, bilingual guide (English and Spanish). The season runs April 15-December 15. The all-inclusive rates range from USD $6,104 to USD $8,008 per person, depending on the length of the journey. For more information, to make reservations, email Explora.