What We Love
- Guests can choose from fifty guided natural expeditions part of their all-inclusive stay
- The property’s indoor heated pool is equipped for champagne storage thanks to a mini-fridge
- When the weather allows, the hotel restaurant serves spit-roasted lamb—a local specialty
- Hydro-massage bathtubs in each of the guest rooms
What To Know
- The hotel almost exclusively uses indigenous materials and local produce
- You’re five hours from the nearest town
- It’s an uphill, 330-foot climb to the onsite spa
- The lodge hosts optional evening lectures on topics like glaciology and ornithology
Standard-setting ecolodge featuring dramatic Patagonian panoramas and haute seasonal cuisine on the shores of Lake Pehoé
With a backyard that consists of the granite steeples of Torres del Paine National Park, it was crucial that the Explora brand’s most remote outpost didn’t eclipse its spectacular setting. Though guests might be inclined to balk at the absence of typical conveniences like televisions and WiFi, they’ll soon realize that the rugged backdrop makes for the ultimate entertainment—best viewed from the Jacuzzis at the lakeside spa and on more active adventures like hikes or horseback rides led by the hotel’s bilingual guides. Rooms, which include six 450-square-foot Exploradores Suites, are rustic refuges outfitted in slate and blonde beech wood and shimmer with natural light. The glorious landscape continues to play a starring role at the restaurant (be sure to indulge in some full-bodied Chilean wines), where wall-to-wall windows ensure that practically every table is treated to a sweeping lake view. The Explorer’s Bar is a required stop for a Pisco Sour, ideal for sipping as you plot your next day’s pursuits.
In the Area
This far-flung property is about a five-hour drive from Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s southernmost region. The lodge can arrange for complimentary transfers between November and March (steering your own four-wheel drive is also always an option). Guests here are undoubtedly lured by the great outdoors, and Explora ensures naturalists of all levels are catered to—offering everything from mellow walks through the neighboring lenga forest and treks to Grey Glacier to horse rides that traverse the pampas. For a hands-on approach to Andean culture, visit the lodge’s own estancia, where Chilean cowboys will give you a crash-course on ranch skills.
How to Get There
Perfect in every way. Magnificent location in the park. Excellent service. Wonderful food. Probably one of the finest resort hotels I have stayed in the world. We were sorry to leave and definitely will be back.
“Experience” is the operative word here. It’s not just a 5 star hotel - it is an experience. We travelled to Explora Patagonia with 2 other couples from the USA - our ages range from 57-73. We loved every aspect of our stay.
- The food is fresh and fantastic. We have no idea how they have such great fresh produce in such a remote area. Lunches provided on the full day excursions were also heavenly.
-The rooms are just right. They are pretty simple in style, but have a nice bath and sitting area with the most killer view in the whole world. My husband just chimed in and said he thought the room and bathroom were smaller than he expected. Nice, but he wished they were a bit larger. They seem to be cleaned 2-3 times a day. Everything is spotless.
-***The excursions***This is what you come for. There is something for everyone. We are a very active group and one man did two all day hikes that were 22K each. We also had two folks do an all day advanced ride on horses. There are walks/hikes/horseback rides for all levels. There are some super short and easy walks. I met two ladies who only took one very easy hike in 5 days. They wanted low impact and were able to have that and were very happy with their choices. So you don’t have to be super fit to have a good time, but I do not think it is a good place for anyone who has major challenges. Everyone goes out during the day.
-Do NOT miss the BBQ! They hold an incredible bbq every few days that is a wonder and delight. Not going to give away any of the fun...
-The STAFF - THE BEST! They attend to every detail. Every excursion leaves on time. The guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. Between us we had zero complaints. The wait staff in the dining room are great.
-Easy to meet other guests - We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other guests mostly thru the excursions. The groups are kept small and it is so easy to talk to people. Everyone is interested in nature and Patagonia. It makes for a unique experience. You don’t normally chat with perfect strangers in a hotel situation, but here we met some lovely folk from all over the world.
This place is nestled in between some great locations, beautiful sunset, picturesque locales and great caring hotel staff.
Best location for the mountains. You can not go wrong with this place.
Dining room is located just abouve a river and the view is wow.
Great hotel with most attentive staff. Excellent food. Good walks and treks very well organised with knowledgeable Guides. Most enjoyable experience and so would heartily recommend Exploration Atacama.
amazing hotel! wonderful guides- amazing people
we had such a great experience- the view itself is stunning- easy to just sit and stare out the window all day! guides are patient, well informed and willing to help you set up excursions based on your abilities.