Setting the scene
Serrano village, or 'pueblito' Serrano, sits on the southern boundary of Torres del Paine National Park on the banks of Serrano River which runs 38 kilometres long, beginning its course where the Grey River ends and reaching its destination at Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Nestled between mountains, lakes and pampas, this village is a quiet sanctuary within the park. Wake to watch the sunrise light up the Paine Massif from your peaceful riverside lodging.
Things to do
The Serrano River sector is a hive of activity, drawing in visitors from all corners of the globe for its world-class fly fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and hiking.
Serrano River is famed for its salmon and trout-rich waters so you're in the perfect place for fly fishing. From your riverside lodging you're just a hop, skip and a jump away from all the best spots.
You can do multi-day kayaking trips starting in the national park that head down the Grey and Serrano Rivers and stay overnight at Serrano Village as it's the perfect stop off en route to Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Paddle past icebergs of varying hues of blue and float along as you take in some of the most stunning scenery.
Let your trusty steed lead you across the pampas, along the riverbank, through Lenga forest and up the mountainside to viewpoints looking out to the majestic Paine Massif. Several of the hotels here offer horseback excursions led by local gauchos.
Get off the beaten track with hiking trails that take you to some of the quieter areas inside and outside of the park. The views of the Paine mountain range are no less mesmerising. Equally, you can do some of the most popular day hikes and multi-day hikes while basing yourself in Serrano Village.
With no public transport serving Serrano Village from Puerto Natales (80 kilometres away) or the rest of the park, it can be a little tricky to get to. As private transfers in the park are costly, we would only recommend staying in the village if you're travelling by car, you've joined a group tour or transfers are already included in your hotel package.
Where to stay
Choose from a number of places to stay that offer the full range when it comes to comfort. From hotels and lodges to glamping and camping, you're sure to find something that will fit the bill.
For those looking for adventures on horseback, Pampa Lodge is an excellent choice. The lodge has its own stables and runs riding excursions to suit all abilities so if you want to enter into the gaucho spirit, it's the perfect option. The lodge itself has beautiful, bright, open spaces with wonderful views. There are also plenty of excursions on offer besides riding for those wishing to explore the park via other activities.
Hotel Rio Serrano
This mid-range all-inclusive hotel has breathtaking views of the whole Paine Massif with the winding Serrano River in the foreground. Choose from more than a dozen different excursion options, including trekking, horseback riding, boat trips or scenic drives in the national park.
Hotel del Paine
Another good mid-range option, this hotel spreads out over a series of lodges with wonderful riverside views. You can either follow an all-inclusive programme, taking you to some of the highlights of the park, or mix and match by choosing from a number of excursions available.
Refugio Nash Serrano
A delightful little refugio with a total capacity of only 20, Nash Serrano offers both private and dormitory rooms for guests in a simple lodge just outside of Serrano Village. There's space for campers, too.
Three styles of accommodation are on offer at Refugio Darwin: shared cabins, shared domes and tents. Whether you want to glamp or camp, it's bound to be a communal affair with large dining domes being a hub for hikers catching up at the end of a day's excursion.
Base yourself in heated private domes with very comfortable airbeds during your tour in Torres del Paine. This small glamping site just along the river from Serrano Village is a serene spot and the food is excellent.
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Torres del Paine Hotels
Torres del Paine National Park has a large range of accommodation to choose from. Stay at a refugios or campsites for a fun and traditional trek experience. Escape to a luxury lodge for tranquillity and incredible views across the park or gaze up at the stars from your yurt/dome.