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Explora Patagonia

Chile

5 days

Summary

Explora Patagonia has an exclusive location inside Torres del Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia. It is set on the shore of Lake Pehoe which is an exploration base site within the park. The refined comfort of explora Patagonia deluxe hotel is ideally suited for those wanting to relax after a day of trekking and exploring this stunning park. The hotel is all-inclusive and offers world-class dining, beautiful Chilean wines and exceptional expeditions to keep you busy every day.

Excursions may be on foot, horseback or by van, a couple of hours long or a full day, gentle or more physically demanding. The walks at explora Patagonia have different length and difficulty levels.  If you choose a full-day expedition, you’ll have the privilege of having lunch in the middle of nature. However, those that go on a half a day go back to explora Patagonia to make a different exploration during the afternoon.

Horseback riding is available for beginners, advanced, and expert riders; therefore, there are no excuses for not living the Patagonian experience riding through the Park along with the gauchos. Treks and horseback rides include mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, lenga tree forests, viewpoints, prairies and rivers, in addition to the most iconic spans of the trekking circuit known as “W”.
Contours Travel suggests a minimum stay of four nights to explore this area.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a privileged location in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park
  • Set on the shores of Lake Pehoe, with breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers
  • Rooms have views over the Cordillera Paine or Salto Chico waterfalls
  • Explora cuisine is healthy and made from the best local ingredients; meals are served with excellent Chilean wines
  • Choose from a vast array of excursion options – from scenic journeys by van, to moderate and strenuous treks, and horseback rides
  • Relax at the Ona Spa, featuring a heated, covered pool, sauna, and four open-air jacuzzis with views to the Paine River
  • Explora is the only hotel in the area that owns horses, bred and trained especially for excursions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in selected room
  • Return transfer airport/ hotel/ airport
  • All meals and Open Bar (includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine and liquors). Premium wines and vintage liquors available for an additional cost
  • Two half-day excursions or one full day excursion daily in small groups with other guests
  • Wi-Fi service in public areas
  • National Park entrance fees

ITINERARY

Day 1 Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine

Pick up from Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales and transfer into Torres del Paine National Park, and on to Explora Patagonia. Every evening the guides meet with you in the bar/living room area of the hotel. They will explain all of the planned explorations available for the next day and help you choose the best Patagonia travel exploration for you according to your interests and abilities.
Explorations are safe and are made up of groups with a maximum of 8 people, accompanied by an expert bilingual guide. All our guides speak excellent Spanish and English. Extensive explorations include open-air picnics.

Day 2 Torres del Paine

Explora offers over 45 different explorations. On foot or horseback or by bicycle, a couple of hours to a full day, gentle or more physically demanding. Suggested excursion options include:
– Mirador Pehoe: an easy half day walk along Pehoe Lake, observing the local flora. Ascend to the magnificent viewpoint over the intense blue waters of Lake Pehoe.
– Nordenskjöld: drive to Pudeto Station and from there we head off on foot to see Paine Grande and its hanging glaciers. Later we arrive at the turquoise waters of Lake Nordenskjöld. Here you can often hear the sound of ice breaking and causing mini-avalanches. Return to the lodge.

Day 3 Torres del Paine

Another day to explore the region with your specialist guide. Suggested excursion options include:
– Lago Grey: Drive to Grey Station and then set off on foot, crossing the hanging bridge over Pingo River and hiking to the shores of Lake Grey. Fro m here you can see the enormous icebergs that break off Grey Glacier. After a short ascent you’ll have close up views of Grey Glacier. Return to Grey Station and drive back to the lodge.
– Aonikenk: a moderate half day hike with great opportunities to see wildlife. Visit a cave with 4,000 year old rock paintings. Return to the lodge by van.
– Cuernos: drive to Cerro Paine Ranch and begin hiking around the base of Almirante Nieto. Later we hike along the shores of Lake Nordenskjöld before beginning a demanding ascent to the beginning of Bader Valley. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Los Cuernos (the horns), Sarmiento and Nordenskjöld Lakes and the Southern Ice Field.

Day 4 Torres del Paine

Another day to explore the region with your specialist guide. Suggested excursion options include:
– Horse Back Ride to Laguna Negra: an easy, short ride across rivers, forests and pampas as we ascend to Laguna Negra. This is a great trip for bird watchers, as we pass many lagoons along the way.
– Base of the Towers: a challenging full day hike, starting at Cerro Paine Ranch and ascending towards the Ascencio River Valley to the Refugio Chileno. From here it is a steep ascent to the base of Paine Towers. Weather permitting, the views from the top are unbeatable, with the magnitude of the granite Torres overwhelming up close.

Day 5 Torres del Paine

After breakfast transfer back to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.

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