What types of hotels are there in Patagonia?
Our specialists have spent decades discovering Patagonia's best accommodation, and we partner with a diverse range of independent guesthouses. Finding somewhere beautiful, welcoming and unique won't be difficult, but narrowing down your choices might be. Ask us how to link together a few of these hotels in your own tailormade adventure.
Types of hotels:
- Luxury hotels with breathtaking architecture, exquisite decor and lavish spas
- Comfortable adventure lodges from which to hike, bike, kayak, fish or horse ride
- Havens for encountering wildlife, perfectly positioned near nature's hotspots
- Lakeside retreats and waterfront guesthouses with views of turquoise lagoons
- Restored working estancias to immerse yourself in the gaucho lifestyle
- Eco-friendly glamping sites which pride themselves on sustainable architecture
Best luxury hotels in Patagonia
Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine
When the scenery is this spectacular, you’ll want to make the most of the views and surroundings. Our top luxury choices are architecturally stunning, with floor to ceiling windows that maximise space and light, where even the bedrooms look out onto mountains and lagoons.
Tierra Patagonia in Torres del Paine is not only beautifully designed, the luxury here comes from its tranquil location, the passionate and experienced guides and its perfect position to explore the highlights of the National Park.
Uman Lodge, Chilean Lake District
Further north, overlooking the Futeuleufu river, perches the unique Uman Lodge, where you can relax in the spa, outdoor jacuzzi or possibly the best placed outdoor pool in the region. The architecture cleverly makes you feel like you're fully immersed in the mountainous scenery, so you really feel like you are maximising your time in this beautiful area.
With 489 hectares to explore you can spend your days following the trails, returning to a sought-after seat at their famous restaurant for some locally sourced meals.
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Best multi-activity hotels in Patagonia
Vira Vira, Chilean Lake District
For immediate access to the great outdoors, Vira Vira is uniquely placed between lakes, waterfalls and volcanoes, with rainforest and the Liucura river in its back garden.
Hike and bike your way through the temperate rainforest or kayak straight from the front door down the river. For the even more adventurous, don crampons to trek your way up the volcano, or take a helicopter flight straight up to the summit.
Barraco Lodge, Chilean Lake District
Another lodge tucked away in its own outdoor oasis. Barraco Lodge is an authentic house nestled among rainforested cliffs, on the edge of the Tagua Tagua Lake in Chile's lake disctrict. They are specialists in getting you out exploring, with experienced private guides to take you horse-riding, fishing, hiking or even out in a helicopter to fly above the spectacular scenery.
As an owner-run guesthouse, Barraco Lodge is warm and welcoming, with carefully crafted buildings and delicious local cuisine. Dinner is around a long table, where you can share stories of your adventures with your fellow travellers.
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The perfect hotel experience can come down to something as little as a particularly warm welcome, or a view that takes your breath away. It's these details that make our favourite hotels a cut above the rest.
Best lodges for relaxing lakeside
Aguas Arriba Lodge, Los Glaciares
Only accessible by boat, Aguas Arriba is the ultimate intimate lakeside retreat, with only a dozen guests present at a time. Trails wind their way from the door up into the surrounding mountains, where beech forests cloak the cliffs and hanging glaciers peek out between rocky summits.
Aguas Arriba is built entirely of wood with huge windows that let light pour into the interior. The outside deck perches right above the water, and sitting out there with a glass of wine, it's easy to believe have the lake all to yourself.
Puyuhuapi Lodge, Aysen
Up in the remote region of Aysen, Puyuhuapi Lodge sits on the shores of the Puyuhuapi Fjord and is also only accessible by boat. What makes Puyuhuapi unique though are its collection of natural thermal pools, fed by water heated by nearby volcanoes. Relax in the spa areas, or one of the indoor and outdoor pools of varying temperatures. Even the showers use thermal water - a wonderful way to refresh after a day out hiking in the surrounding temperature rainforest.
Open 24 hours a day, have an energising sunrise soak or an evening relax in the pools, just you and the stars in the twilight.
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Best glamping and yurts in Patagonia
EcoCamp, Torres del Paine
Right in the heart of the famous Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp's geodesic domes have breathtaking views of the mountains, especially at sunset. Each dome has a skylight for stargazing, and the bright, welcoming community domes allow you to relax and admire the scenery with your fellow travellers.
EcoCamp's location is hard to beat. Despite feeling so secluded, it is right by the trailhead to the national park's most famous hike, so you can walk from your dome up to the granite towers that give the park its name. Horse riding, kayaking, puma tracking and cycling are also on offer, as well as variations on the W Trek.
Patagonia Camp, Torres del Paine
A small collection of luxury yurts, Patagonia Camp is its own oasis of calm in Torres del Paine. Each yurt is private, with decking looking out over Lago Toro and the extensive private land where you can discover off-the-beaten-track hikes away from the hustle and bustle of the main trails. The superior yurts have their own jacuzzi, and all domes have central skylights to watch the sky from your bed.
Activites here are all-inclusive and extensive - hike the main trails, escape into open pampa, or visit waterfalls and glaciers. Additionally, you can add on extra adventurous activities such as kayaking on Lago Grey, horse riding and zodiac trips down the river to get up close to the glaciers.
What our customers think
We flew down to Isla Navarino which was fabulous. Lakutaia Lodge was a great base with an amazing location overlooking the Beagle channel. We took a boat trip around to Wulaia Bay which was fascinating.
Neil February 2016
Hardly have words to describe Tierra Patagonia and Torres del Paine. Guides and tours and hotel were magnificent as was the food and the service and the personableness of the staff. The weather was beautiful. The wildlife was beyond the beyond. Yes, we would recommend Tierra Patagonia.
Gail Florida, USA October 2017
Baracco Lodge was the best surprise of the "hotel" part of the trip. We enjoyed our couple of days here. The horseback riding was fantastic! Perhaps the best "trail ride" I've done in years. We also really liked the heli-kayaking. Such a unique experience and our room was BEAUTIFUL. I'm so glad we did the superior suite. The lamb bbq was also a highlight of our stay here.
Ashleyanne VanDetjen Switzerland November 2018
Aguas Arriba Lodge was stunning. Truly peaceful. We had a great hike on arrival, and spent the next (rainy) day watching the weather on the mountain across the lake, drinking cappuccinos, and reading. It was very relaxing. They take hospitality seriously :)
Jen Keister United States Of America November 2018
The EcoCamp was fantastic. The accommodation was great - unique but luxurious - and the community atmosphere made for a really special trip.
Pete January 2017
Patagonia Camp was superb, the service was exceptional and the yurts were very comfortable. We enjoyed the community there and meeting fellow travelers. It was a highlight each night to come back and enjoy good conversation about the days adventures over delicious wine and beautiful views.
Tracy North Carolina, USA November 2017
Staying at Explora at Torres del Paine was hands down amazing. It is like staying at the Four Seasons but with a better scene since it is in the middle of nature. The guides and excursions were phenomenal, made changes to accommodate children, service was exceptional and food was delicious ..... The best experience we had throughout our 19 days in Patagonia.
Cynthia Blanco United States Of America June 2018
Terra luna was more basic but I loved it. We had one cottage for all three of us which was fun. The staff were really great...we met so many really cool amazing people there.
Betty California, USA November 2017
The glacier experience was very good and Estancia Christina was superb. The service people, guides and other guests - perfect. I loved the estancia and would return. The horseback ride was just right and the hike back from the glacier was the best geology experience I've ever had.
Melinda Washington, USA October 2017
Best estancias in Patagonia
Estancia El Condor, Los Glaciares
Warm hospitality, authentic accommodation and a taste of the gaucho culture await you at Estancia El Condor, a remote estancia with a strong focus on conservation and tradition. Soak in the history wandering the rustic rooms, or head out into the mountains on foot or horseback.
As you'd expect, this estancia is also perfectly placed to condor spotting, the birds swoop across the valley from their homes in the mountainous ridges of the Los Glaciares region. The expert guides here are eager to share their culture, and horse riding is available for all levels of experience, so you can get a taste of how people have survived here for centuries.
Estancia Huechahue, Argentinian Lake District
Further north in Northern Argentinian Patagonia lies Estancia Huechahue, a family-run working farm surrounded on all sides by Patagonia's famous scenery - mountains, canyons and rivers stretch as far as you can see. Days are spent exploring, riding, swimming, fishing, rafting or bird watching, returning for home-cooked food around a roaring fire in the evenings.
Huechahue is almost self-sufficient, producing much of their food themselves and priding themselves on thriving in this blissfully remote environment.
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Best hotels for wildlife in Patagonia
Estancia Rincon Chico, Valdes
The Valdes Peninsula is one of the richest areas for marine life in the world, and the wildlife here is diverse, extensive and absolutely everywhere. It's also a hub for conservation, and hotels such as Rincon Chico are not only comfortable accommodations, they also contribute to the sustainability of the wildlife here.
Estancia Rincon Chico oozes character and history, and the expert guides will take you out to see the birds, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, southern right whales, penguins and dolphins from the coastline on site.
Bahia Bustamente, Valdes
Sandwiched between the open steppe and the vast ocean in Valdes, Bahia Bustamente is a remote wildlife paradise. Penguins, flamingos, sea lions, guanacos, rheas, maras cormorants and steamer ducks make their home in the surrounding tidal pools, beaches and sand dunes, and you can head out on excursions each day to explore on foot, by kayak or 4x4.
This secluded guesthouse also has a rich history of seaweed farming and sheep-rearing, and activities still take place each year that keep the traditional culture alive.
Every time I visit I come back with a new favourite place to stay that made me feel like I was discovering Patagonia all over again. My top picks are small independent guesthouses, run by people who are just so passionate about their corner of Patagonia.
Chloe O'Keeffe Patagonia Specialist
Trips that use these hotels as a base
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Hotels in Patagonia: by region
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