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 is just the perfect place to discover Torres del Paine and explore the beauty of the park. The view from the hotel and the rooms is beyond words, the explorations are amazing and the guides full of knowledge. Really an unforgettable experience. Thank you so much.
We had an absolutely amazing experience with Explora and the national park. The staff is amazing, the food is amazing, and the location is amazing. If you can afford to stay here DO IT! We went in their Fall which is the perfect time. No crowds, great weather, and the hotel is empty.
Explora was amazing! It truly was an attention to detail that made the experience. The planning behind the scenes is outstanding because the experience was seamless....meals and waitstaff, choosing treks, the shuttle, etc. We hiked the base of the Torres our 1st day and the drinks and snacks at the end of the trail was quite the delightful surprise. Brie and a drink after 12 miles was the best. I think it is the small unexpected touches that make the experience memorable...the teas on hikes, the strawberries in our room, and the champagne in the spa. The guides were all extremely knowledgeable and spoke with great enthusiasm about the park (even though they must hike the same trails every week). We especially wanted to acknowledge Hugo who did 3 excursions with us and was terrific. We would recommend this time of year to anyone as the solitude in the park was spectacular. The other person who we wish to acknowledge and thank endlessly is Julio, the gentleman who greets passengers at the airport. The airline lost our luggage and I was crushed on arrival to the airport to learn that our bags and hiking gear was missing. They had already been missing for a day and we had tried (and tried and tried) to communicate with LATAM without success. Julio performed a miracle and had our bags to Explora at midnight. We cannot thank him enough for the effort he put in to make that happen. Incredibly, the airline has lost our luggage AGAIN on our return trip home and we are still struggling with LATAM to try and get them. We know Julio would have made it happen. The manager, Gabriel, was also extremely helpful with any requests we had during our stay, and was especially reassuring about our luggage. We had an incredible time at Explora and we hope our vacation budget will allow us to visit Rapa Nui or Peru!
This place is absolutely heaven on earth. Unbelievable location, killer lodge, great staff, awesome hikes, superb food, giant (and I mean giant) mountains EVERYWHERE! I've done a lot of hiking and have gone to a lot of eco-lodges in my day but this place is seriously off the chain. I'd go back every year if I could - and I might. You MUST go! Forget the cost, forget the distance - JUST GO!
While the price is not cheap, both my wife and I felt that the experience represented extremely good value for money. Each and every one of the members of staff, from drivers, waiters and tour guides showed total commitment to their tasks. We would love to return one day.