Explora actively introduces travelers to the great scenery of South America, through a well prepared exploration program. Our base is a hotel built for linking man to temporary space – present and past- and the mysteries of nature. explora Patagonia is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the shores of Lake Pehoe, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers.
Its construction is based around essential luxuries, allowing the traveler to inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions. Wood plays a fundamental role in its design, with species such as lenga, cypress and almendrillo
Our dishes have been designed to enable guests to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile, and healthy.
Furthermore, based on our luxury of the essential, we seek to offer pure flavors from quality ingredients. Bringing out the best of each product is our motto.
Our dishes are always accompanied by a superb Chilean wine. We also carry a menu of Premium wines for those that would like to try other alternatives.
Our massage room and pool area are located 100 meters away from the main building, connected by a sloped wood path. It is equipped with a heated, covered pool, sauna, and four open-air jacuzzis with views to the Paine River.
Inside, you can choose from our essential oils massages: therapeutic, relaxation, energetic, and more.
The Explorer’s Bar is the meeting place of our guides for planning explorations. Stocked with liquor and Chilean wines, the bar is frequently the meeting point of returning groups at nightfall.
Our store carries all the items necessary for taking explorations, along with local artisanal goods and books of the area.
Explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially by us for our traveler’s horse expeditions. Our 26 horses of different breeds and crosses have been raised in the Ibáñez family estate in the central valley of Chile. Their care is the responsibility of a team led by Gaela Hourcq, veterinarian horse specialist.
Of French nationality, Gaela has over 15 years of professional equine experience having worked in prestigious stables in England, Ireland, France, United States, and Japan. She has been with explora for five years supervising the breeding, raising, breaking, feeding and care of the horses.
Located at the Dos de Enero Ranch, the Quincho is the starting point of some of our horseback rides. Also, from September to April and as weather permits, it shelters one of Patagonia’s most typical gastronomic activities: spit-roasted lamb. Waiting for the treat to be ready, you share a mate with the gauchos and hear exciting local stories. The wait is worth the while.
Along with its pristine landscapes, Patagonia is home to the peculiar and legendary gaucho culture. 53 km from the hotel, at the 2 de Enero Ranch, a 6,000-hectare ranch property of explora, you can share a mate with them.
6 Exploradores suites measuring 42m² (450 feet²). Views of Macizo del Paine.
7 Salto Chico rooms measuring 28m² (300 feet²). View of the Salto Chico waterfall.
36 Cordillera Paine rooms measuring 28m² (300 feet²). Views of Macizo del Paine.
There are many different exploration possibilities within the Park, as diverse as their visitor’s preferences. Each itinerary is a unique experience and adventure, where every detail has its own charm. With over 40 explorations, we cover all areas in the Park either on foot, horseback, or by van. We provide our travelers the opportunity of discovering the landscape according to the choices they make daily. Our explorations, always led by a competent guide from our School of Guides, take place in groups of eight travelers at most and include walks towards crystal clear, woods of lenga trees, hiking to viewpoints and horseback riding through the Park’s pampas (grasslands) and rivers.
One of the most popular circuit is the mystic W that goes around the trails that surround the Paine Massif. This circuit requires at least five days for completion. Our explorations to the Torres base, the Grey glacier and the Valle del Francés (Frenchman’s Valley) follow part of this circuit. A good option is to combine some of these explorations with others to less familiar places within the Park, either walking or horseback riding.
Our walks have different length and difficulty levels. Those that take the full day give us the privilege of having lunch in the middle of nature, while those that take half a day allow us to come back to explora Patagonia to make a different exploration during the afternoon. Horseback riding are meant for beginners, advanced, and expert riders; therefore, there are no excuses for not living the Patagonian experience riding through the Park along our gauchos.
We recommend a minimum of five nights to have an exploration experience in which you can really know what Patagonia is, although we are sure you will feel that more time was needed to discover the wonders of Torres del Paine National Park. Six nights are a good option to get a thorough knowledge of the area.
01 june – 31 august 2018
minimum stay 3 nights
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