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
What our customers think
Explora Patagonia was wonderful! We had a drop dead gorgeous view from our room, the staff was great and the excursions (and guides) were fantastic. The food was also great. The scenery was amazing! We were so impressed with the level of customisation and levels of ability of the hikes.
Ellen, USA February 2017
The highlight of the entire trip was Torres del Paine. The Explora hotel is beautiful and the hiking on the W was the best we experienced. The spa, the guides, the surroundings were all unbelievable.
Richard & Susan Canada October 2017
Explora hotel was excellent, the best location and the staff were wonderful. My husband loved the horse riding and excellent stables. We felt so safe and looked after.
Esther Australia September 2017
The hotel offers a staggering choice of over 40 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.
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.
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.
If horse riding is your passion, Explora Patagonia is the hotel for you. Its range of rides are hard to beat, and no other hotel has their own stables or breeding programme.
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.
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 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 Patagonia is the only luxury hotel located within the Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel is sits on the shores of the turquoise Pehoé Lake, alongside its own waterfall, Salto Chico. It has breathtaking views to the Torres del Paine Massif.
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.
The Explora’s location is truly spectacular, I felt like I could reach out and touch the massif. I loved the nooks and crannies of the lounge area, with lots of places to enjoy a fire, a glass of wine and, of course, the view.
Chloe O'Keeffe Wildlife & Cruise Specialist
Rooms and Pricing
A four-night stay in a double room in the 2017/18 season starts from USD $3423. 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 in high season (December-February), with set departure dates, and three nights out of season.
The 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.
The easiest way to get to the Explora is to fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas airport (PUQ). This is at least a 3.5 hours flight. Upon arrival the lodge provides a transfer from the airport that will last 4.5 hours.
Alternatively, you can be collected from your hotel in Punta Arenas or from Puerto Natales, the nearest town to Torres del Paine and gateway to the national park.
From El Calafate in Argentinian Patagonia, you need to take a connecting bus to the border town of Cerro Castillo in Chile, where a member of Explora staff will meet you and take you to the hotel.
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