Why choose a luxury lodge?

  • Experience the ultimate wilderness getaway without compromising on comfort or service
  • Discover Explora El Chaltén, nestled in its own valley with miles of mountain trails on its doorstep
  • Go off-grid at Aguas Arriba in a romantic log cabin with glacier views, only accessible by boat
  • Get truly remote at Estancia Cristina, where the frontier spirit of the early pioneers has been redefined for the modern traveller.
  • Be pampered at Eolo, where the exquisite food and wine is matched only by the epic landscapes of the lodge’s setting

Luxury lodges near El Chaltén

Explora El Chaltén

Explora El Chaltén front view

Explora El Chaltén is all about experiencing the best landscapes that Los Glaciares has to offer.

The lodge is tucked deep into a valley with breathtaking mountain views, and arriving here after a scenic drive from El Chaltén feels like discovering a secret known only to a few. Its location practically demands you drop your bags the instant you arrive and hit the hiking trail. There is no driving to reach a trailhead here: instead you can walk straight out of your door and into the beautiful lenga forest that surrounds the lodge, and keep on walking until you reach the nearest granite peak.

The rooms at Explora El Chaltén lean more to the minimalist end of the luxury scale. The focus here is on getting guests outside: pure trekkers looking for somewhere comfortably high end to relax after long days of walking in the mountains will find their place here. There are a large number of trails that start at the lodge, and superb guides to lead as many hiking excursions as you desire.

At the end of the day you can enjoy superb dining, with a menu created specially for Explora by Pablo Rivero, one of Argentina's most celebrated chefs. 

The lodge has equally excellent and popular sister properties in Torres del Paine and Patagonia National Park, but Explora El Chaltén probably offers the purest hiking experience of the three.

Aguas Arriba Lodge

Window view from Aguas Arribas luxury lodge in Los Glaciares

Remote seclusion is at the heart of Aguas Arriba. There’s not even a road to get here: guests arrive by private boat, pulling up at a jetty on the far wooded shores of Lago del Desierto.

Aguas Arriba is a romantic boutique log cabin that prides itself on the truly personal and high quality service it offers to its guests: From the moment you step inside to be presented with your own cosy pair of slippers, to the end of the day when you sink into a sofa in front of the log fire, everything is smoothly tailored to making feel exactly at home.

There is a series of great walking trails from the lodge (either self-guided or with one of Aguas Arriba’s guides) all dotted with cleverly placed rustic benches to enjoy the views. And those views are truly worth every dollar: everywhere you look there are mountains, glaciers and verdant forest, whether you’re out on the trail or sitting on the veranda of your room.

While there’s plenty to explore outdoors, Aguas Arriba also works perfectly as an off-grid retreat, where you can relax in intimate luxury, truly disconnected from the outside world.

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Danny says

Luxury in Patagonia is all about marrying the epic nature of its wilderness with the perfect guest experience. Whether you’re looking for the best guides, the most romantic views, or the finest gastronomy, you can find it on offer in Los Glaciares.

Danny Middleton Patagonia Specialist

Luxury Lodges near El Calafate

Estancia Cristina

Sunset over Estancia Cristina in the remote landscape of Los Glaciares

Those looking to feel dwarfed by the epic nature of Patagonia’s wilderness will find much to appreciate at Estancia Cristina. This historic estancia is all about luxury among the big skies far from civilization. Even getting here is part of the adventure: sailing for two hours on a state of the art catamaran through a landscape of mountains and glaciers, to end up somewhere that’s barely a dot on the map.

Accommodation is in five individual houses that make up the old ranch. The estancia no longer raises livestock as it is within the boundaries of the national park, but it has its own museum that follows the history of the Masters family who founded it in 1912 and still run it today. The service and food here is uniformly excellent and excursions range from horse riding to hiking to the stunning Upsala glacier a short distance away.

But whether you’re drinking in the views of snow-capped mountains from your porch, or exploring the lakeshore with the lonely wreck of the boat that bought the first pioneers to this place more than 110 years ago, Estancia Cristina is somewhere to come to lose yourself in the vastness of nature that Patagonia excels in. 

Eolo

Eolo luxury lodge near El Calafate

Eolo is a rare thing: remote enough to breath in the vast silence of the Patagonian pampa, yet still close enough to Perito Moreno glacier to visit one of the region’s mightiest attractions on a long half-day trip. The lodge sits high on a hill with a commanding position over thousands of acres of steppe, sweeping out to the horizon.

This is Eolo’s other secret weapon: there are breathtaking views from every corner of the lodge. The guest rooms themselves have been decorated with deliberate understatement: the designers knew you’ll spend more time looking out of the floor to ceiling windows than looking in.

Eolo is a Relais & Chateaux hotel, which means there is an intense focus on making its guests as comfortable as possible. There is plenty to do outside of course – the landscape is made for hiking, horse riding to mountain biking – but it’s inside where Eolo shows itself to be one of the best luxury accommodations in the region.

The service is impeccable and the gastronomy and wine cellar are truly world class. This is somewhere to switch off and let someone bring you another glass of malbec as you watch the light play on the landscapes outside.

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The four high end lodges in Los Glaciares each offer slightly different but complementary experiences to their guests, but can easily be combined to form the centrepiece of a truly luxurious adventure in the region.

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Signs to EL Chalten and Laguna de los Tres in Los Glaciares, with the FOtz Roy massif in the background

El Chaltén

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Horse riding at Eolo near El Calafate in Los Glaciares

El Calafate

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