Explora Patagonia - Salto Chico
This lodge is located right at the heart of the extraordinary Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia. It is the only lodge at the center of the Park.
The Explora Patagonia hotel lodge opened in 1993 on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. It affords an excellent view of the unique Paine Massif and two of the three impressive torres, or towers, which give the park its name. Situated on a 3-hectare (7.4-acre) site, the design borrows certain organic forms from the landscape itself, adapting to it with simple elegance. It was designed to create a dialogue with its environment, putting human beings in touch with the sublimity of their surroundings. For travelers, the lodge provides the welcome surprise of comfort in a remote area; nonetheless, you are not isolated from nature, but placed “within” it.
The lodge has 50 comfortable rooms, all with captivating views, silence and privacy. The sophisticated design incorporates native lenga wood (nothofagus pumilio) and cypress brought from the Guaitecas Archipelago, while the floor is made of almond wood. Each room has a small living area, hydromassage bath and beds designed for deep, pleasurable sleep after a day of exploration. Finally, we provide you with a unique treat: the rooms are television-free.
Located 100 meters (109 yards) from the lodge and reached by a sloping wooden walkway, this bath house has a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and four open-air jacuzzis, all with views of Lago Pehoé and Macizo del Paine. Here you can also enjoy different types of massage with essential oils, such as therapeutic, relaxing or energizing massage.
Patagonia is more than just pristine landscapes; it is home to the unique and legendary gaucho culture. You can drink “mate” tea with gauchos and watch them shear sheep, drive livestock, break in horses and carry out other typical ranching tasks on this 6,000-hectare (14,826-acre) estancia, which belongs to explora and is located 53 kilometers (33 miles) from the lodge. Hotel Salto Chico is the only lodge in the area with its own horses, which have been bred and trained especially for our travelers to ride.
The cuisine offers authentic flavors based on the best-quality ingredients, many of which are produced locally. The food is healthy and well-balanced, ideal for people going trekking, horseback riding or on other explorations while staying with us at this Patagonia luxury hotel. The menus include some of the best local dishes, such as Magellanic lamb, southern king crab and delicious fish and vegetables.
To accompany your meal, you may choose from a wide variety of wines from the Gracia, Porta, Agustinos and Veranda wineries. They have different varietals from Chile's main wine-producing areas. If you would like to explore Chilean wine in greater depth, you may wish to consult our premium list; these wines are available at additional charge.
Punta Arenas Airport: they will pick you up at the airport according to the flight arrivals to Punta Arenas before 5:00 pm.
Puerto Natales Airport: Santiago-Puerto Natales flights are only available during high season. They will pick you up from this airport upon previous notification at the time of your reservation.
Punta Arenas hotels: From hotels in the city of Punta Arenas, they will you up around 8:00 am, arriving at the park at approximately 1:30 pm for lunch and an exploration later that afternoon. The driver will only be able to wait a maximum of 15 minutes from the scheduled pick-up time.
Punta Arenas Port: Arrival of Mare and ViaAustralis cruise ships. In this case, the pick-up is similar to that of Punta Arenas airport.
Hotels in Puerto Natales: From hotels in the city of Puerto Natales, they will pick you up around 11:30-12 to arrive at explora Patagonia for lunch and a tour later in the afternoon. The driver will only be able to wait 15 minutes maximum after the scheduled pick-up time.
Argentine border “Cerro Castillo”: From here, they will pick you up at 12:00 pm.
*Travelers must comply with these pick up times.
Check-in and check-out
Check-in: We recommend early morning arrival to make the most of your stay.
Check-out: We intend for your last day to be an exploration day. When leaving in the morning for a full-day exploration, or when leaving the hotel for an afternoon exploration, explora will take care of your luggage. Check-out must be before noon, but travelers are welcome to have lunch at the hotel.
Rates per person in US$ for Aug. 15-Nov. 14, 2016 and March 1-April 30, 2017
Rates Nov 15, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017 (except for dates below)
Rates Dec. 21-2016 - Jan. 2, 2017
Children under the age of 3 complimentary when sharing room with their parents. Maximum of 1 extra bed in room
In addition to lodging and the various guided explorations on foot or horseback, rate includes:
"The Hotel Salto Chico and the Torres del Paine Park are even better than the description on your web site. The hotel rates may be high, but they are all inclusive and worth every penny. From the time we were picked up at the Dreams hotel in Punta Arenas to the moment we were let off are the airport for the return flight to Santiago, everything was taken care of at no additional cost:
* It’s a five hour drive from Punta Arenas to hotel Salto Chico, half of the time on dirt roads, but it includes a free lunch stop at a resort hotel with a choice of meals and drinks included. The drive also allowed time for us to get acquainted with 4 other guests, who became good friends during our stay in the park.
* Always get a room with a view of the Torres del Paine Massif, as we did. The view from our room window was stunning and worth the hotel price alone.
* A free bar, great food, and entertainment every evening at the hotel, made for an excellent day’s end after hiking.
* The staff were unfailing helpful, and the guides limit each hiking group to 8 people or less. They also quietly assess your hiking capabilities, and make suggestions each evening for the next day’s excursions based on what they think you can do and enjoy. Apparently they also organize each group so that everyone in the group has about the same capabilities."