Why we like this hotel

  • Located in the Chacabuco valley, in the heart of the Patagonia National Park: a fascinating rewilding project.
  • The Chacabuco Lodge has been built by craftsmen with incredible wooden carvings, hard wood floors and deep armchairs where you can disapear with a book. 
  • The hiking nearby is fantastic: head up to a ridge to take in the panoramas, gaze at condors and weave in between lakes or down to the confluence of the Baker and Chacabuco rivers, to marvel at the volume of water that has drained off the northern ice field. 
  • The wildlife is very evident with guanacos on your doorstep; there are also chances to see pumas, huemul deer and nandu if you go looking for them (and are very quiet). 
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What our customers think of Explora Patagonia National Park

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Lagunas Atlas hike was beautiful and solitary - only saw one other couple all day.

Travelled: March 2017

Sarah Tilley - UK

Watching 50 to 70 guanacos in their natural habitat about 200 feet from me in the late afternoon in a stunning valley with mountains surrounding the valley - Valle Chacabuco Parque Patagonia Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Carolyn Adams - United States Of America

The lodge at Valle Chacabuco looked like some one had dumped a midwest USA country club in the middle of Chile, but it was comfortable and beautifully appointed nonetheless.

Travelled: December 2017

Jane Hemstritch - Australia

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Excursions

Every evening of your stay, assisted by a trusted Explora guide, you will choose from a variety of options for your next day's experience. Below is just a sample:

4x4 Trip to Paso Roballos
Travel along the Chacabuco valley to the border with Argentina passing lakes, stopping to take photos of the birdlife, guanacos and even cave paintings along the route.

Lagunas Altas Hike
This 20km hike that starts and ends at the lodge climbs to a ridge through lenga forests and then winds its way amongst some lakes along the ridge with views of the northern ice field, San Valentin and San Lorenzo mountains and looking across the beautiful Chacabuco valley.

Aviles Hikes
Transfer to the trailhead: a one hour journey from the lodge to the Casa de Piedra trailhead.  From here you will follow the Aviles valley until you cross a magnificent high footbridge above the river and hike back again crossing another footbridge. This hike is not very challenging and gives you the chance to see all sorts of different flora.

Visit the confluence of the Baker and Chacabuco rivers
After driving to the Carreterra Austral you will hike 1.5km (1 mile) downhill to the confluence of the Baker and Chacabuco rivers. The volume of water in the Baker river is vast and the colour of the glacial melt will transfix you.

La Vega Trail
This easy hike will take about 1.5 hours: a loop on the valley floor from the Chacabuco lodge, enjoying spotting condors and guanacos as you go.

About Explora Patagonia National Park

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The Explora Patagonia National Park hotel, Chacabuco Valley, Patagonia National Park, Chile

The Explora Patagonia National Park hotel, Chacabuco Valley

Formerly the Chacabuco Lodge built by Kris and Doug Tompkins, the beautifully crafted lodge is located on the floor of the Chacabuco valley under towering cliffs where condors swoop and guancos graze nearby.

The lodge is a cosy building with magnificent wooden carvings of mountains, pumas and condors and the feel of a luxury mountain cabin.

The lodge was built by Kris and Doug Tompkins and has now been taken over by Explora, opening under their management in October 2021. 

Spa

Guests at the hotel can enjoy the purpose-built spa, just a few steps from the accommodation. There are three outdoor hot tubs and two massage rooms.

The spa offers a great opportunity to disconnect after a day of exploring, all the while soaking up the surrounding nature.

Spa at Explora Patagonia National Park

Spa at Explora Patagonia National Park

The National Park

The park consists of three areas: Jeinimeini, Tamango and the Chacabuco Valley, where the Explora is located.

The national park was created in 2018 from the Jeinimeini and Tamango nature reserves and the privately owned and managed Parque Patagonia created by the Tomkins Conservation Trust.

The park consists of Patagonian steppe, wetlands, glaciated mountains and deciduous lenga forests. 

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Travel connections

From Balmaceda Airport you can take a 45min flight to Cochrane every Monday, Thursday and Friday and then a 25min transfer to the lodge. Passengers can take a soft suitcase up to 20kg, plus 5kg of hand baggage. The price per person (one-way) starts at USD $900 and is dependent on a minimum of two passengers staying four nights in Explora.

Alternatively, you can take a 6hr transfer from Balmaceda Airport along the Carretera Austral to the lodge. This operates every day and has no additional cost for those on all-inclusive programs.

It is now possible to fly from Puerto Natales to Balmaceda every Monday.

You can connect trips between Explora Patagonia National Park and Explora Torres del Paine. It’s just 1hr 30mins on the lodge-to-lodge flight which operates every Monday. Passengers can take a soft suitcase up to 20kg. The price per person for this one-way flight starts at USD $1,700 and is dependent on a minimum of two passengers staying four nights in each lodge.

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Peter says

There is a family of puma living in the valley near the hotel. When I went on a walk, searching for them, one strolled past the dining room window, making themselves right at home.

Peter StanleyJones Patagonia Specialist

Rooms & Pricing

Standard room

Suite

In the 2022/23 season the hotel is open from 10th Sep 2022 to 30th Apr 2023.

There are eight standard rooms and five suites. All have fantastic views to the Tamango and Tamanguito hill and across the park.

Standard rooms range from 25-32m², whereas suites are from 35-42m². All have a king-size bed, heating, hair dryer and are non-smoking. Some rooms have an interconnecting door for families and space for an additional bed for a child.

All prices quoted below are per person, based on two people sharing four nights.

Quiet season (10th-30th Sep): Standard room USD $2,888. Suite USD $3,762.

Mid-season (Oct & Apr): Standard room USD $3,496. Suite USD $4,598.

High Season (1st Nov to 23rd Dec & 1st Jan to 31st Mar): Standard room USD $4,142. Suite USD $5,434.

Holiday Season (24th-31st Dec):Standard room USD $4,750. Suite USD $6,270.

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