Panoramic View Of Explora Torres Del Paine, Chile
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Explora Torres del Paine

Luxury lodge astride glacial Lake Pehoé and the Salto Chico waterfall embodying Patagonia’s essence.

Overview

Torres del Paine National Park, located within Chilean Patagonia, is home to some of the most intense and dramatic landscapes on the planet. Explora Salto Chico hotel is designed to help you connect with this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the deepest level.

Life at Explora Torres del Paine

The scenery at Explora Salto Chico hotel is nothing short of mesmerizing. Explora’s first and arguably most iconic lodge is nestled on the banks of Lake Pehoé, with the Cordillera Paine mountain group towering in the background. Alongside the hotel, the Salto Chico waterfall drains Lake Pehoé of glacial meltwaters. The mineral content of the glacial water gives both the lake and waterfall a powder blue hue that seems a bit otherworldly. This is the scene that will greet you each morning when you wake in one of the lodge’s 49 rooms.

Aside from sweeping views of the mountains, lake, and waterfall, each room boasts luxurious touches, such as jetted bathtubs and king-sized beds. Just a short walk of 330 feet from the main building lies the spa. Here you can rest your body and rejuvenate your soul in the heated, covered pool, the steam sauna, and the four open-air Jacuzzis with river views. Every element of the Torres del Paine Explora lodge is designed to blend into the natural environment. Wood features prominently in the aesthetic of the lodge, and the use of lenga, cypress, and almendrillo timber echoes the surroundings.

Excursions from the Torres del Paine Explora lodge

Torres del Paine National Park contains diverse landscapes, including mountains, glaciers, lenga tree forests, prairies, and rivers, all of which are ripe for exploration. Not sure where to begin? The lodge’s expert guides will aid you in selecting explorations in keeping with your specific interests and desired physical activity level.

Horseback rides, treks, bike rides, self-guided jaunts, and overland activities reveal all the region has to offer. You may opt to take a catamaran across Lake Pehoé to hike in the shadow of a glacier. Bird watchers will appreciate the opportunity to leave the park on a van drive to a nearby lagoon that is home to several species.

The horses of the Torres del Paine Explora lodge

Huaso culture (Chile’s equivalent of Argentina’s guacho cowboys) is central to the history and traditions of Chilean Patagonia, so it’s no wonder that horses are also near to the heart of Explora Salto Chico hotel. With so many of the lodge’s activities done on horseback, it is crucial that the animals are healthy and well-trained. The stables at Explora Torres del Paine are led by Gaela Hourcq.

The expert veterinarian, who is a native of France, worked at prestigious stables across Europe, the US, and Japan before bringing her expertise to the lodge. Today, she guides the care, breeding, breaking, and feeding of the 26 horses at the lodge. Each horse at Explora Salto Chico is specifically trained to navigate the region’s terrain so that both experienced equestrians and novice riders can experience Patagonia on horseback.

Booking one of the three-room categories, including suites and interconnecting rooms, puts you in a prime location to discover the geography and wildlife of this unique biosphere. What memories will you make during your stay?

Itineraries & Prices

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5 Day - Essential Torres del Paine

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Arrival to Explora Torres Del Paine

Today is a sample itinerary that includes a selection of the explorations on offer at Explora Torres Del Paine. This day is completely customizable.

AM: Welcome to Explora in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. Take your time to embrace the breathtaking views of Paine Massif and Pehoé Lake offered by our privileged location inside Torres del Paine National Park. Our guides will welcome you and introduce the explorations that are most suitable for you. Plan the following days striking your own balance between adventure and wellness.

PM: On your first day, a gentle walk along the nearby lookouts will give you a glimpse of what ́s to come in the days ahead. Restore your energy at the Casa de Baños Ona and submerge in the heated pool, or in the warmth of the outdoor hot tubs. Relax, breathe and enjoy the views that merge with the turquoise waters of the Paine River, flowing slowly from the glaciers.

Explora Torres del Paine's 5-Day Essential Torres del Paine Itinerary Day One - Walking Exploration.
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Pehoé Lake & Patagonian Wilderness Hike

Today is a sample itinerary that includes a selection of the explorations on offer at Explora Torres Del Paine. This day is completely customizable.

AM: Wake up to majestic views and prepare for a day of exploration. We will cross Pehoé Lake by catamaran to the Paine Grande refuge where we start the hike. Enter the French Valley through a lush forest of native species like lenga, coigüe and ñirre, refuge to a unique biodiversity. Feel the scent of the moist earth and take in all the beauty of the Patagonian wilderness, something you can only do up close.

PM: We then continue our hike towards Italian Camp. From there, we will see the glacier and the imposing amphitheatre of mountains and granite peaks. The views of the horns completely dominate the scene and inspire awe with their impressive beauty.

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Torres del Paine National Park

Today is a sample itinerary that includes a selection of the explorations on offer at Explora Torres Del Paine. This day is completely customizable.

AM: Today we will wander deep into the Southern Patagonian icefields. Grey Glacier is one of the largest found in Torres del Paine National Park and we will approach it by catamaran, coming face-to-face with its imposing 30 meter high ice walls. On our way to the glacier we will progressively discover the impact it has on the valley and the lake ́s geography, the floating icebergs and the diverse ecosystems that are born from it.

PM: Finish an exciting day with a drink at our explorers’ bar, famous for the tales of travelers and a place where wonder is always fresh. Connect in unique experiences and enjoy exchanging stories with other travelers.

Explora Torres del Paine's 5-Day Essential Torres del Paine Itinerary Day Three - Grey Glacier Hike.
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Patagonian Mountains

Today is a sample itinerary that includes a selection of the explorations on offer at Explora Torres Del Paine. This day is completely customizable.

AM: Venture into the surprising landscapes of the Patagonian steppe; its open plains and extensive pampas offer a dramatic contrast with the mountains that surround it. From this distance you can get some of the best views of the Torres, the perfect setting for a memorable photo shoot and also known for its close encounters with local wildlife such as guanacos, flamingos and even pumas, if fortunate enough; as well as the 4000 year old cave paintings left behind by the ancient inhabitants of this land.

PM: Between November and April, you can finish the gaucho experience with an authentic Patagonian wood-fired barbeque, a ritual that is ready just in time to enjoy a long, relaxing lunch in our quincho, ending with a warm mate infusion around a campfire telling stories and sharing Patagonian culture. Make the most of this last night with us, take in all of the Patagonian experience and the majestic beauty you have encountered.

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Horseback Riding & Departure

Today is a sample itinerary that includes a selection of the explorations on offer at Explora Torres Del Paine. This day is completely customizable.

AM: Exploring Patagonia on horseback is a whole new and exciting perspective. The gaucho lifestyle has been tied to their horses for generations, they have been specifically bred for this climate and geography. We depart the Explora stables with a gentle trot through the pampas and wetlands, we ride through diverse terrains appreciating the beauty of each landscape. No matter what your level of expertise, a horseback experience is well worthwhile, offering unique views of the Paine Massif, the Patagonian steppe, and different lookout points. We return to our stables and finish with a rewarding mate infusion before you depart, ready for your onward adventure or your safe journey home.

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Accommodations

Social Areas

Quincho
Pool
Living Room
Hot Tubs
Catamaran Dock
Bar

Suites & Cabins

Explora Torres del Paine's Salto Chico Room.
7 Cabins

Salto Chico

Guests
2 - 3
Size
28 m² / 300 ft²
Beds
King / Twin / Triple

There are 7 Salto Chico rooms offering views of the Salto Chico waterfall. Designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of exploration.

Each Salto Chico Room includes one king sized bed or two twin beds, an (optional) extra bed for children (subject to availability), air conditioning, heating, jetted bathtub, hair dryer and complimentary wake up calls.

Explora Torres del Paine's Cordillera Pine Room.
36 Cabins

Cordillera Pine

Guests
2 - 3
Size
28 m² / 300 ft²
Beds
King / Twin / Triple

There are 36 Cordillera Pine rooms offering views of the Macizo del Paine. Designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of exploration.

Each Cordillera Pine Room includes one king sized bed or two twin beds, an (optional) extra bed for children (subject to availability), air conditioning, heating, jetted bathtub, hair dryer and complimentary wake up calls. Interconnecting rooms available for families, subject to availability at the time of booking.

Explora Torres del Paine's Explorer Suite.
6 Cabins

Explorer Suite

Guests
2 - 3
Size
42 m² / 450 ft²
Beds
King / Triple

There are 6 Explorer Suites offering views of the Macizo del Paine. Designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of exploration.

Each Cordillera Pine Room includes one king sized bed, an (optional) extra bed for children (subject to availability), air conditioning, heating, jetted bathtub, hair dryer and complimentary wake up calls. Interconnecting rooms available for families, subject to availability at the time of booking.

Technical Information

Property Layout

Features

  • Connecting cabins
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Massage room
  • Spa
  • Heating
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details