Tierra Patagonia is a stunning sight, a long, low curved structure covered in washed local Lenga wood which has a silvery sheen, typical of buildings in the region. The design was inspired by traditional Chilean estancias and local buildings, yet has a distinctly modern feel. Its shape and colour help it blend into its setting by Lake Sarmiento. This is a true wilderness setting, and perfect for outdoor pursuits and simply admiring the beauty of nature.
At the beginning of your stay you have a meeting with one of the hotel's guides who explains all the possible activities, and helps you select those suited to your interests and physical capabilities. You can explore on foot, by bike, on horseback and by kayak, as you take in the stunning scenery and watch for wildlife including foxes, guanacos and a range of birds. Your camera should be at the ready to capture some very special scenes. Excursions are in groups of no more than 8 and all are led by a resident guide.
The hotel is ideal for downtime, with a spa where you can soak in a jacuzzi, enjoy a sauna and treat yourself to a massage, and there's an indoor pool with floor to ceiling windows for refreshing swims with a view. Unwind by the open fire in the lounge, look through books in the library and enjoy a chilled glass of wine in the lounge. The atmosphere is relaxed and sociable. When it comes to dining you can sample traditional Patagonian dishes based on locally sourced ingredients and presented in fine contemporary style.
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Open: Tierra Patagonia is open from the beginning of October to the end of May each year.
Location: Tierra Patagonia is by Lake Sarmiento a 25 minute drive from the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park. It is a low level building that blends seamlessly into the environment. You can fly into Punta Arenas (or Puerto Natales, open only during the summer), from where it is a 4-4.5 hour drive to the hotel.
Rooms: There are 37 rooms, divided into standard and superior categories, and 3 suites. Interiors feature pale wood, sheepskin rugs, throws and large windows. All have central heating. Each standard room has either a king size bed or 2 twins, a shower room, a bathtub in the bedroom, a supply of toiletries, safe and hairdryer. Superior rooms have similar amenities and are larger, with a window seat in the bedroom, a rain shower, bath and twin hand basins in the en-suite bathroom, and a supply of drinking water. Suites are arranged on 2 floors, with the bedroom and bathroom below and a lounge upstairs.
Activities: You have an initial meeting with a guide to plan your day to day activities, revolving around your preferences and fitness levels. Possible activities include walking, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, fossil hunting and visiting cave paintings in Torres del Paine National Park and the surrounding area. There are also trips that let you learn about ranch life and its associated traditions, including riding with the gauchos and enjoying a Patagonian asado (barbecue).
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant (see below) and a bar serving local beers and Chilean wines among other beverages. There is a lounge, library and a TV room with a supply of games. Uma Spa's facilities include a steam room, indoor pool, outdoor jacuzzi, yoga studio and relaxation rooms.
Dining: The restaurant serves hearty Patagonian dishes with modern flair. The menu offers lots of choice. The restaurant has picture windows so you can take in fine views as you dine.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Excursions can be adapted for children and families. Cots can be supplied and baby-sitting arranged on request.
Health: No particular health issues to be aware of here.
Communication: There is wifi internet access in the main areas.
Notes: The hotel operates an all-inclusive package for stays of 3 nights and over which includes return airport transfers from Punta Arenas, shared excursions (1 full day or 2 half day per day), breakfast, lunch, dinner and house drinks, use of the pool, sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diner's Club credit cards, and there are ATMs in Puerto Natales, about an hour's drive away.
Visit the contrasting landscapes of Chile; experience the Atacama desert, Chiloe Island and the jaw-dropping scenery of Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Explore three contrasting regions of Chile, with varied tours led by local guides, as you experience desert, lake and mountain scenery.
Tierra Hotels seek to minimise their impact on the local environment and work in harmony with local communities. While Tierra Patagonia was being built, the site’s vegetation was removed and placed in a greenhouse until it could be replanted, and today the grounds are home to birds, foxes and guanacos. Tierra Patagonia works alongside the Chilean Tourist Board and Forestry Association in a reforestation project aiming to plant one million trees across the country’s Patagonian national parks.