Explora Patagonia is situated in a prime location inside Torres del Paine National Park, one of the few properties within the park. It is set in front of a beautiful glacier lake whose deep turquoise water contrasts with the rugged snowy peaks of the mountains beyond.
The main purpose of your visit is to get outside and enjoy this remote and beautiful region. Guides are on hand at the hotel to talk you through the wide choice of daily excursions, explaining the degree of fitness required for each to simplify your choice. You explore in small groups led by a guide, travelling on foot, by van and on horseback, for which the hotel has its stable of steeds. When you want a more leisurely option you can enjoy a cruise on Lake Pehoe on the hotel's own catamaran. If you select a full day trip you'll enjoy lunch en-route, while half day excursions allow you time to return to Explora in the middle of the day.
Back at the hotel you can take advantage of the spa facilities to treat your body to a soothing massage, a cleansing sauna or a soak in the jacuzzi. Refreshed you can head to Explores Bar to chat to fellow guests and maybe pick up some ideas for the next day's adventures. The cuisine here is flavourful and based on local produce, accompanied by fine Chilean wine, eaten as you enjoy views of the lake.
Rooms and suites are sited to take full advantage of the hotel's lakeside location, and you'll be able to look out over the lake and mountains or Salto Chico waterfall as you unwind in your seating area. Cosy with attractive wood panelled walls, pastel-hued soft furnishings, this is your private haven.
Open: Explora Patagonia is open all year.
Location: Explora Patagonia is on the shore of Lake Pehoe in Torres del Paine National Park. Most guests fly into Punta Arenas airport from where it's a 5 hour drive (390kms) to the hotel. Return transfers from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales (140kms) and El Calafate (376kms) are arranged by the hotel and included in your stay.
Rooms: There are 49 en-suite guest rooms, with attractive wood panelling, prints of local scenes and large windows, and a mix of twins and doubles. All rooms have heating. The 36 Cordillera Paine rooms and 7 Salto Chico rooms each measure 28sqm, have 2 chairs and a table or desk and views of either the mountains or Salto Chico waterfall. There are 6 Exploradores Suites, 42sqm, with a desk ,easy chair and sofa and a full width window overlooking the lake and mountains. As the emphasis is on nature and getting away from everyday cares, there is no TV or wifi in rooms.
Activities: There are over 40 excursions to choose from, and opportunities for trekking, horse riding, cruising on Lake Pehoe and enjoying the photogenic scenery. They are graded according to level of difficulty and fitness required to make your choice easier, with riding trips suitable for beginners through to experienced equestrians, and include morning, afternoon and full day trips. Full day trips include a picnic lunch. Some of the riding trips take place on the 6,000 hectare 2 de Enero Ranch and include a typical gaucho meal of spit-roasted lamb (available from September to April). Excursions take place in groups of no more than 8 guests.
Facilities: The hotel has a bar, restaurant and shop selling outdoor clothing and equipment, books and gifts. Ona Spa includes a heated indoor pool, saunas, treatment rooms and open air jacuzzis. The hotel has a stable of 26 horses for riding.
Dining: Meals are made from locally sourced ingredients, and are designed to give you ample energy to take part in outdoor activities. Chilean wines are available, with premium wines at an additional cost.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children aged under 4 stay free of charge when sharing the room with parents. A cot or extra bed can be provided for a child aged up to 12 years.
Health: No particular health issues to be aware of here.
Communication: There is complimentary wifi internet access in the reception area. There is no mobile phone coverage at the hotel or surrounding areas.
Notes: Your stay includes meals, drinks, excursions, national park fees, use of the spa facilities and return shared airport transfers. There is a minimum stay requirement of 3 or 4 nights according to season.
From north to south, desert to glacier, with the bonus of Easter Island, you experience the rich variety that is Chile.
The Explora hotel group has a strong commitment to sustainable tourism, respecting the environments and communities in which they operate. Recycling, waste management and energy efficiency are key elements of this strategy. Explora Patagonia has been working with Chilean government since the forest fire of 2011 that caused great damage to the flora of Torres Del Paine, to reintroduce native species that were lost. In 2015 the hotel began its own reforestation programme to plant lenga trees. Guests are welcome to sponsor this project.