Why We Like This Lodge

  • Explora Patagonia pioneered luxury experiences of Torres del Paine back in 1993, and its iconic building has been refurbished to a modern, almost nautical design
  • It offers more unique facilities than other lodges: a private catamaran takes you directly to the French Valley trailhead and towards Grey Glacier; it has its own stables and specially-bred horses, and hot tubs line the shore of Lago Pehoe
  • It’s the only luxury hotel located in the heart of the park, so everything is on your doorstep and there are spectacular views of the Paine Massif, particularly striking at sunrise and sunset
  • The excursions are many and varied, and the guides specially trained
  • It’s the only luxury hotel to open all year, and makes for a very cosy winter bolthole
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What our customers think


The hotel offers a staggering choice of over 50 guided hikes and horse rides. Groups are small (1-8 people, 8 is normal in high season), and are led by experienced guides from the hotel’s own School of Guides. All abilities are catered for, with four levels of difficulty and half- or full-day activities. All excursions are included in the all-inclusive programme.

Horse Riding

Explora Patagonia is perfect for riders of all abilities. The hotel has its own stables, located close to the hotel, with horses which are specially bred for the Patagonian weather and geography. It also owns a huge ranch – the Estancia 2 de Enero – so the hotel can offer a truly authentic Patagonian experience in the company of gauchos. There are 16 horse riding excursions on offer, covering a wide range of the park, through pampas (grasslands) and rivers, with experiences to suit all riders, from beginners to the most advanced.

Explora Patagonia


Hikes of all lengths and levels are available across the whole park: from half-day walks with lunch at the hotel, to full-day walks with lunch in the park. Some of the hikes offered by Explora cover sections of the famous W trek – to the base of the Towers, the Grey Glacier and the Valle del Francés.

Explora excursions
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About Explora Patagonia


The Explora was the first luxury hotel to open in Patagonia, in 1993, pioneering the fully-inclusive excursions experience. Despite being nearly 25 years old, it feels just as modern on the inside as a new hotel, and has the added benefit of over two decade’s worth of experience.

Explora lodge


The spa is located 100 metres away from the main building, connected by a sloped wood path. It is equipped with a heated, covered pool, a sauna, and four open-air jacuzzis with views to the Paine River. There is also a massage room where you can enjoy an essential oil massage.

Explora Pool area


Explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially by the hotel for their guests’ horse expeditions. Their 26 horses of different breeds and crosses have been raised in the Ibáñez family estate in the central valley of Chile. Care of the horses is the responsibility of Gaela Hourcq, a veterinarian horse specialist, and her team. Gaela has over 15 years of professional equine experience, having worked in prestigious stables worldwide. She has been with Explora for five years, supervising the breeding, raising, breaking, feeding and care of the horses. 53 km from the hotel, is the Estancia 2 de Enero, a 6,000-hectare ranch property of Explora, which is particularly suitable for more advanced riders.

Explora stables


Explora Patagonia is the only luxury hotel located within the Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel sits on the shores of the turquoise Pehoé Lake, alongside its own waterfall, Salto Chico. The location offers convenience, endless excursion opportunities, and dramatic views of the Torres del Paine Massif.

Explora building

Food and Drink

The hotel is conscious that its guests may have physically strenuous activities during their stay, so they endeavour to provide food that is substantial enough to sustain them but that feels light and healthy. They use quality ingredients, and focus on bringing out the best of each product and offering pure flavours. They offer superb Chilean wine as standard with all meals, but there is also a menu of Premium wines for guests that want other alternatives.

Explora Dining Room
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Rooms and Pricing

A four-night stay in a double room in the 2020/21 quiet season (May to September) starts from USD $2236. In high season (November to March) a four-night stay starts from USD $4615. The rates include airport transfers, all excursions, use of the spa (additional cost for massages), breakfast, lunch and dinner, an open bar (additional cost for premium wines). The minimum stay is four nights during January and February, with set departure dates, and three nights for the rest of the season. Mid and low season rates are available.

All 49 rooms of Explora Patagonia are designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of hiking or riding. Rooms are deliberately not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, to enable guests to disconnect from their everyday routine (these services are available in the hotel’s common areas).

The Explora boasts 49 rooms with awe inspiring views, silence and privacy. They have hydromassage baths, and beds designed for a deep sleep to recover from your day's exploring.

  • Salto Chico Room 7 rooms measuring 28m² (300 feet²). View of the Salto Chico waterfall.
  • Cordillera Paine Room 36 rooms measuring 28m² (300 feet²). View of Macizo del Paine.
  • Exploradores Suite 6 suites measuring 42m² (450 feet²). View of Macizo del Paine.
Explora Salto-Chico-room

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