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Explora Patagonia

Definitely one of the best properties

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Explora Patagonia - Vista
Explora Patagonia - Vista

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Once the only option in and around the Torres del Paine, the Explora has long led the way in this area as far as views, service, food, accommodation, activities, guiding, facilities…etc, etc goes! Today, however, with the arrival of the Tierra and Awasi properties, the crown has been wobbling a little! The property itself sits right in front of the Cuernos del Paine on one of the many glacial lakes of the region and makes a real showpiece of this remarkable formation. If you are looking to visit the park in style then this is still one of the main contenders.

Located in arguably the best position of any of the 4 properties that are allowed to be inside the park, the Explora is truly a stunning hotel and absolutely takes your breath away when the swirling clouds lift for the first time off the jagged peaks. They have clearly realized the main draw of coming here (it is always amazing how few hotels do!) and so have cleverly designed the structure so that all of the 51 rooms take in the view.

Along with the simple but comfortable rooms (which make the most of, you guessed it, the views!), the hotel boasts a whole range of activities such as a beautiful, lakeside swimming pool, a spa facility and an outdoor Jacuzzi…ideal for melting away the aches of the days activities.

The original concept for the hotel was based around walking and riding, of which the Torres del Paine has plenty. Every evening there is the option to join everyone in the presentation room to run through the many walks and rides that are possible during the days. Alternatively, if you are a keen wine fan then the hotel also owns its own vineyard just outside Santiago and so it is possible to have a full win tasting experience!

All in all, while it may not be for the walker that is wanting to tackle the famous “W” route, the Explora really does give a great feel and is a superb base for exploring this wild and beautiful region.

Outstanding everything, food, service, views etc etc!

You pay for what you get, restricted arrival dates (every four days)

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