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Explora Patagonia

about explora patagonia

Contrasting the vertical form of Macizo del Paine, Explora Patagonia has been built horizontally; a long building painted to blend with its surroundings of mainly white snow and ice. On the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall, alive with an exquisite blend of absurdly beautiful turquoises and blues, it has amazing views of the Paine Massif and two out of the three Torres (towers) from which the national park gets its name.

With lots of inviting areas to relax, from the heated indoor swimming pool to the open air Jacuzzi’s, this is a wonderful place to enjoy, not just the breathtaking landscapes, but the gaucho culture too.

Interiors are warm and inviting; featuring veined wood panel clad walls and sliced in large windows, dividing you from the icy exterior. 

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Style

Architecturally brilliant, each room features huge picture windows, a wonderful lodge to welcome in your surroundings and get in touch with nature.

Setting

Right on the banks of the Salto Chico Waterfall, which, despite its ever changing landscape, remains a colour of brilliant turquoise in the Torres del Paine National Park.

Accommodation & Facilities

Each of the 49 rooms and suites promote peace and privacy, with captivating views and a sleek sophisticated design. Featuring locally sourced woods, each room has a small living area and en-suite bathroom with a hydro-massage shower. Beds are designed for deep sleep, ensuring a good nights rest after your daily excursions and there are no TV’s to be found, a wonderful treat. There are 7 Salto Chico rooms with views of the waterfall, 37 rooms with views to Macizo del Paine and 6 Exploradores suites, offering more space without sacrificing those incredible vistas.

100 metres from the lodge via wooden walkway, Casa de Baños del Ona (Ona Bath House) awaits you, with a heated indoor pool, 4 open-air Jacuzzi’s, a sauna – all, of course, with beautiful views – and a range of massage treatments. The Estancia 2 de Enero (January 2 Ranch) is located 53km from the lodge and you can sit and enjoy a cup of “mate” tea with the gauchos and watch them carry out typical ranching tasks such as shearing sheep and breaking in horses. Here you’ll also find the Quincho (barbeque area) where you can enjoy some typical Patagonian cuisine as you listen to the gauchos tell stories of the area.

Wi-Fi is available in the living room and bar.

Dining

Luxurious authentic cuisine is served three times a day, the ingredients of which are all sourced locally, providing the ultimate in healthy diets for those who are in for an adventurous few days. There is an extensive open bar; premium wines are available at added cost.

Activities

Each day you will meet with your guide to make the difficult decision of what to do the following day, there are so many things to experience; learn about the nature and people, the history and customs, the diverse eco-systems and wildlife that has been here for millions of years. Learn about the unique gaucho way of life or traverse the land by horseback - the original and most used way of travelling long distances in Patagonia. There are 14 different horse rides you can do, from beginner to expert, each going to a unique spot on the land. Trekking this incredible area is fantastic, lasting from a half to full day, with nearly 20 to choose from. Hike through forests and rivers, past glaciers, lakes and mountainous formations of magma and granite.

The guides here are all bi-lingual, excellent knowledge of both English and Spanish is standard, some also speak German and French.

Child Policy

Children welcome.

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