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
Explora Patagonia was exceptional. Every single thing you could need was thought of and attended to. The hotel and rooms were thoughtfully and beautifully designed. Meals were of the highest standard and small treats found in our room
The staff were charming and efficient and very well managed by beautiful Marie Sol
The guides for the walks were intelligent, Carr ng and informative
A truly wonderful experience
We have traveled all over the world and were looking for a romantic adventure for our honeymoon that offered real exploration and didn’t feel like a cruise ship. Explora exceeded our expectations on every front. Amazing chef. Wonderful knowledgeable staff. Great hiking and riding. And Patagonian beauty. Would def. book w them again.
A beautiful, very upmarket environmentally responsible resort. Everything was superbly delivered - it just needed more options for activities. The environment is gorgeous and the staff are fun and personable. The activities are fabulous - just not a lot of challenging walks - so don't go expected tough hikes!