Cruceros Australis

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Cruise ships have been getting a particularly bad rap lately, for obvious reasons (think Carnival Cruise Lines).  That sad fact – coupled with the one that massive cruise ships, with their mountains of wastage and consumption of energy,  share little in common with sustainable tourism – might make it seem unusual that we are writing […]

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Water Bottles for the Desert

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It’s such a simple thing to do that most travelers probably don’t even notice it.  The Atacama property of explora has just joined Tswalu Kalahari and Nimmo Bay Resort in Canada in cutting down on plastic. Tswalu bottles its water in glass bottles that it reuses, avoiding the transport of bottled water the hundreds of […]

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explora Atacama, Chile

One Way to See Atacama

Situated in northern Chile between the Pacific and the Cordillera de Los Andes, San Pedro de Atacama is an oasis located 8,015 feet above sea level. This area of desert, oasis, volcanoes, salt fields, and hot springs has for centuries played host to the pre-Columbian Andean cultures of South America. The bright and airy Hotel […]

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Park Pumalin, Chile

Fjords at Park Pumalin

Who They Are A strange concoction in the worlds of conservation and tourism, Park Pumalin consists of two tracts of land owned by Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face who also created a park out of endangered wetlands in Argentina, at Rincón del Socorro. Tompkins began buying land in Chile in 1991, and now […]

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