Hiking, mountain-biking and horse riding: all of the 40 half or full-day excursions on offer at Explora are split into these three options. The hotel is at an altitude of 2,500 metres but the higher you go, the more days you have to allow to acclimatise. There are many must-dos but top of the list is a trip to the Salar de Atacama to see three species of flamingo flying over Laguna Chaxa (when the sun sets, look in the opposite direction at the mountains which are often bathed in a lavender hue) and, at certain times of the year, trekking through the Kari Ravine Canyon, which is surrounded by salt walls. There’s also a 5km hike from Guatin to the Puritama Hot Springs, which are owned by Explora’s non-profit foundation (it works to preserve the cultural heritage of the areas surrounding all seven Explora hotels in Chile, Bolivia and Peru) and a 25km flat bike-ride that takes in archaeological remains and local villages. Keen riders will want to make a beeline for the stables – Explora has its own horses, raised and trained at the owners’ ranch in central Chile – where excellent guides can cater for all levels of ability, even total beginners. One of the most popular rides is Dunas de la Chula: a gentle walk (or canter) across sand dunes and rock formations, with the immense Andes mountains and the salt lake on the horizon.