SANTIAGO, CHILE: September 11, 2013 -- At explora, South America’s Leading Expedition Company (World Travel Awards 2013), the guides play a pivotal role: they accompany guests on in-depth explorations of the environment and guide them through life-changing experiences. explora has developed a rigorous recruitment process to select its guides, and founded a School of Guides to train them in the “art of travel.” explora’s comprehensive training is unique in order to provide travelers with the best Rapa Nui, Atacama or Patagonia experience.

Ten new aspiring guides undergo intensive training for a week in July at the explora School of Guides in Colunquén, an hour from Santiago. Company founder, Pedro Ibáñez, covers the company’s history and philosophy, while other topics include Chilean history, guiding techniques, geology, archeology, local flora and fauna. After intensive equestrian skills instruction by explora’s professional horse trainer, (who also prepares the company’s horses for the rugged landscapes of Patagonia and the Atacama Desert), and team building activities, the graduating guides are ready for the next stage of their schooling.

Before officially becoming explora guides, the recruits undergo three months of exhaustive in-field training at the Rapa Nui, Atacama or Patagonia lodge where they will work. Most explora guides are drawn from the local region around the lodges, so they are ambassadors of the rich culture and traditions of their birthplace. This year the diverse group of young people included architects, designers, economists, a rugby player, a veterinarian and even a former Jesuit seminarist.

At explora lodges, travellers interact with the guides each evening to plan the next day’s excursions and discuss which explorations best suit their interests and abilities. Travelers spend each day with the guides pursuing hiking, cycling and horseback riding adventures. One of the key attributes of explora guides is their ability to guide while having the demeanour of a well-travelled companion. They take advantage of unforeseen opportunities, know when to respect the moments of silence yet always ensure the guests’ safety. Every guide is equipped with Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, to provide assistance in remote areas.

For more information on the three explora lodges, please visit explora’s website or call (56) 2 2395 2800, free from the U.S. at 1 866 750 6699 or write to reserve@explora.com.

About explora
explora offers its guests a new way of travelling, where three luxury lodges serve as gateways to explore some of the most remote areas in South America: the desert of Atacama, the southernmost tip of the continent at Patagonia, and Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For the more adventurous travellers, explora offers multi-day nomadic journeys, known as Travesías . Accompanied by an expert guide, personal chef and only a handful of other travellers, Travesías take guests through little-known, remote areas of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, to discover remarkable natural beauty.

explora Manifesto
Leave home, enjoy the journey, pack light, go far, forget the time, walk, deviate from the route, go outside when it rains, ask questions, try new flavours, don't stop, stop, talk with people, listen to stories about the place, protect nature.

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