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South America Patagonia Land Tour

Explora Patagonia

Explora Patagonia is a lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia. This flexible Patagonia trip offers more than 40 in-depth explorations that each traveler can choose from, including hiking and horseback riding, half-day or full-day adventures for all activity levels. We recommend the 4-day itinerary as an ideal way to experience Explora Patagonia; however there are longer 5-, 6- and 7-day itineraries available or we can customize your experience.

Your home base for exploration sits on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoe, with breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and the Salto Chico waterfall, surrounded by mountains, glaciers and lakes. In your small group of no more than eight you may explore options such as Base Torres, Grey Glacier, French Valley and Lake Pehoe. These explorations are off the beaten path and completely unique not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes, but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty. 

Explora Patagonia is a luxury accommodation with award-winning architecture designed to match the unique natural beauty of the area with a focus on details and essential luxuries. After a long day of hiking in Patagonia, rejuvenate in a semi-private outdoor jacuzzi on the shores of Lake Pehoe before planning your next day’s excursions with your guide over a glass of Chilean wine. Explora Patagonia’s unique location and explorations are the ultimate Patagonian experience.

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Itinerary

Explora Patagonia Itinerary

The Explora Patagonia adventure is a lodge-based customizable Patagonia experience that begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile.

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Day 1
Arrive Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

Staff will greet you at the airport to take you on the 4.5-hour journey from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park. The route from Punta Arenas to Llanuras de Diana along 124 miles of paved road takes a little over two hours. The additional 118 miles to Torres del Paine National Park is mainly along dirt roads. Stop at a restaurant on the route for about half an hour for a light meal.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia

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Days 2 - 3
Discover Torres del Paine National Park & Remote Patagonia

Over the course of your days spent at Explora Patagonia you will have from over 40 explorations to choose from. The hikes and horseback rides are the quintessential way to discover the landscapes, people and wildlife of this unique territory. Every evening your guides meet with you at the lodge bar or living room area to explain all of the next day’s available explorations and help you choose the best option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is eight travelers, and a bilingual guide leads every exploration. These explorations are off the beaten path and completely unique, not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty—you will not witness others experiencing the region this way. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days with some top recommended treks.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Laguna Larga

This easy, half-day, 3.1-mile hike takes about 2.5 hours with an ascent of 500 feet. Leave the lodge by van and begin your walk along a natural path made by the guanacos, then along the bank of the Larga Lagoon to see gigantic calcium rocks. On this excursion you will probably see the guanacos that move through the park and perhaps a guanaco skeleton or two, since you are now in puma hunting grounds. You will also see Nordenskjöld Lake and mount Almirante Nieto. Finally, return to the Explora lodge by van.

Grey Glacier

This moderate, full-day, 7.4-mile hike takes about 5.5 hours. Begin this exploration by crossing the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé on board the Explora catamaran towards the Paine Grande lodge. From here, walk towards the Grey Refuge along the border of the massif. Halfway up the ascent you will be able to observe the Grey Glacier and the extraordinary extension of the Southern Ice Fields from above. Later, go down a steep path to the Lake Grey beach, from where a boat will take you closer to the towering walls of the glacier, navigating through the icebergs that float throughout the lake. This exploration is particularly interesting for geology and glaciology enthusiasts. Finally, cross a forest and the Pingo River hanging bridge to meet the van that will take you back to the lodge.

Cornisas

This advanced, half-day, 3.5-mile hike takes about 3.5 hours. Walk from the lodge toward the Paine River to arrive at the cliffs after which this exploration is named. Once you gain some altitude, you will see the river and Lake Pehoé’s shades of turquoise, deep blue and green depending on the light, and eventually the Paine ridge and its surrounding valleys. This exploration allows you to experience the park from different perspectives due to the many lookout spots.

Base Torres

This expert, full-day, 10.5-mile hike takes about 8.5 hours with an ascent of 2,413 feet. Head towards the Cerro Paine ranch by van. From here, you will climb towards the Ascencio River Valley and the Chilean Refugio Valley from where you’ll begin a steep ascent toward a lookout at the base of the Paine Towers. Once at the top, grasp the magnitude of the granite towers after which the park is named.

Featured Horseback Riding Explorations

Explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially for Explora’s horse expeditions.

Cañadón Macho

This easy, half-day, 3.1-mile horseback ride takes about 1.5 hours with an ascent of 502 feet. Ride from the Quincho toward a large beech forest spread over several hills. Upon leaving the forest, enjoy panoramic views of the waterfall below and the Las Chinas River. Continue riding along a more open path until you return to the Explora Quincho.

Donoso

This expert, full-day, 14.9-mile horseback ride leaves from the stables to gallop over the Serrano Plain and across the Grey River. Climb a densely vegetated hill, crossing creeks, lagoons and plains. Depending on your horseriding expertise, you may be able to canter and trot. Continue riding across wetlands to arrive at the Donosito Lookout for views of the Serrano River, the Grey River, the plain and the Paine Massif behind. Go up a narrow, pronounced path, crossing beech forests until you reach the Los Choros Lagoon to canter along the shore. After lunch in a nearby forest, continue your ride back to the stables.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia

Meals

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Day 4
Depart Torres del Paine

Your amazing time in Torres del Paine has come to an end, but you will take your Explora Patagonia experience with you for a lifetime. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your included transfer takes you to the airport, or to the next leg of your adventure.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfer from and to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales airports on a preset schedule; accommodations; all meals, plus snacks and open bar; two half-day explorations or one full-day exploration with guides, daily; horseback riding gear and trekking poles; entrance fees to Torres del Paine National Park; access to the pool, hot tubs and leisure areas; WiFi in common areas.

Exclusions

International airfare, insurance of any kind, discretionary gratuities, spa or massage service, laundry, premium wines or other items of a personal nature such as phone calls; peak season/holiday surcharges (please contact AdventureSmith for details).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 30% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – full refund
60 to 30 days – $200 per room
29 to 10 days – 30% of total trip cost
9 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Explora Patagonia adventure begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Punta Arenas in time for pick-up’s scheduled between 9:30am and 8:00pm. Plan flights to depart Punta Arenas anytime after airport drop-off at 1:00pm or 6:00pm on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Arrival and departure transportation can also be arranged from several other locations, including the Puerto Natales airport (PNT), the Chilean border in Cerro Castillo, the Argentinian border city of El Calafate, and hotels, at various times. Pick-up outside of scheduled times will incur an additional fee. Please inquire for details and locations.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities cover all areas in Torres del Paine National Park, either by horse, foot, van or private catamaran. Prior horseback riding experience is not required. Hikes range from easy to expert mountain ascents. A bilingual English or Spanish guide will accompany each group of up to eight guests. Provided gear includes walking sticks and leg protectors for hikes; helmet, bike and water bottle for two-wheeled excursions; and all the necessary equipment for horse riding.

Room Configuration

For the 2020-21 season, single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at one of the following supplements of the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability:
– 15% May 1 through September 30
– 34% October 1-31 & April 1-30
– 70% November 1-March 31

Minimum 3-night stay November 1 through December 20. Minimum 4-night stay January 2 through February 28. For Christmas and New Year, the programs have fixed check-in dates with minimum stay of 6 nights on December 21 and 27.

Families & Children

For the 2020-21 season, there are additional beds for children 3 to 11 when sharing their parent’s room. Maximum one extra bed per room and two children per adult. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary when sharing room with their parents. Please inquire for special rates for children ages 3-17 years old accompanying their parents, which are subject to availability. Rates for children aged 12-17 traveling with their parents are not valid November 1 through March 31.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Details

Note that Low Season rates apply May 1-September 30, 2020; Shoulder Season rates apply October 1-31, 2020 & April 1-30, 2021; High Season rates apply November 1-December 20, 2020 & January 6-March 31, 2021; and Peak Season rates apply December 21, 2020-January 5, 2021.

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Explora Patagonia Lodge

Explora Patagonia is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, Chile. On the shores of Lake Pehoe, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers.

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Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Andrew Browning • October 16th, 2017
Expert Review: Explora Patagonia

AdventureSmith Specialist Andrew Browning reviews his Explora Patagonia stay within Torres del Paine National Park. Read about his trip, and tips on booking your stay.

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