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VC120 Explora Hotel Patagonia Chile
The Explora Hotel is situed on the shores of Lake Pehoe, opposite the imposing Paine Massif. It has been conceived as a base for expeditions and has all the commodities required for relaxation and the best means for exploring Patagonia

Programs: Explora programs include all the tours that guests may want to take during their stay, choosing from 25 tours ranging from a variety of daily walking and horseback riding options. We have professional, bilingual guides, young people who live there and know the area and are more than able to transmit their admiration for it.

Torres del Paine

Transfer between Punta Arenas Airport and explora en Patagonia (departure from Punta Arenas between 1 and 5 PM, based on flight arrivals from Santiago. Departure from the hotel between 7 and 8 AM). Transfer schedules subject to change without prior notice.
Accommodations.
Full board. 3 meals per day. Bar.
Daily explorations in Torres del Paine National Park, with bilingual guides, equipment, horses, vehicles and food (groups no longer than 10 per guide).

The hotel has 50 rooms:
• 6 Suites Exploradores (39 m2/ 420 sq.ft) with a view of Macizo del Paine.
• 37 Cordillera Paine rooms (26 m2/ 280 sq.ft) with a view of Macizo del Paine.
• 7 rooms with view to the Salto Chico waterfall (26 m2/ 280 sq.ft).

There are programs of 4 and 8 nights (according to calendar) available all yearround at explora EN PATAGONIA. To facilitate generous time and space available toenjoy this unforgettable experience, explora suggests a stay of 8 nights.Rates and programs are subject to change without prior notice.

Any more questions, please ask directly to monica@visitchile.cl

VC120 Explora Hotel Patagonia
Prices Us dollars
per person
4 Nights
8 Nights
SINGLE
DOUBLE
SINGLE
DOUBLE
SALTO CHICO        
CORDILLERA PAINE        
SUITE EXPLORADORES        
Sunday to Thursday
Sunday to Sunday
Thursday to Thursday
Check availability for 4 Nights
Check availability for 8 Nights

Rate are:

Prices From January 1st 2014 until December 31st, 2015
Us dollars
Per person

Additional information, please Ask Us or directly to monica@visitchile.cl

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VC120 Explora Hotel Patagonia

Half-day excursions
The explorations
Every evening our guides meet with you in the bar/living room area of the hotel. There, they will explain all of the planned explorations available for the next day and help you choose the best exploration for you according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is 8 travelers, along with a bilingual explora guide.
Our treks and horseback rides will help you to discover the landscapes and wildlife of this singular place, as well as the unique way of life of its human inhabitants: the gauchos.
The following menu includes descriptions of our main explorations; the itineraries can experience modifications at any time and without prior notice. Please make sure to speak to an explora guide daily to know the exact explorations being offered.

Trekking h a l f d a y
Walk to Lake Grey Peninsula
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours, 2 to 2.5 hours
trekking. Distance on foot: 5 km (3.1 mi.).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Grey Ranger Station (45 min). We cross the Pingo River hanging bridge by foot and continue for 15 minutes through a forest of lenga trees (nothofagus pumilio), until we reach Lake Grey beach from where we can see icebergs. We ascend a moderately steep slope to reach a point where we get impressive views of the Grey Glacier. Finally, we return down a moderately steep slope to the lake shore and back to the Grey Ranger Station where the van will be waiting.
Level: Easy.

Walk to the Toro vista point
Duration: 2 hours, walking 1.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 3.5 km (2.2 mi). Itinerary:
Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min) toward the Weber Bridge. Climb 100 m (300 ft) until reaching the Toro vista point. Observe birds, regional fauna, and characteristics of the local aquatic flora. Views of Lake Toro and the Serrano River flanked by grand Andean peaks such as the Ferrier and Donoso mountains, among others. Return by van to hotel (15 min). Level: Easy.

Walk to Pingo River
Duration: 4 to 5 hours, walking 2.5 to 3 hours.
Distance on foot: 8 km (5 mi).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (40 min) toward the Grey Ranger Station. Follow a relatively flat trail
that follows the turbulent, glacier-fed Pingo River through open prairie in order to arrive at the Salmon River Cascade; great variety of birds and exuberant vegetation. Return to the Grey Ranger Station and back to hotel by van (40 min).
Level: Easy.

Walk along the Aonikenk trail
Duration: 3 to 4 hours, walking 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 7.5 km (4.6 mi.).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (30 min) toward the Lake Sarmiento Ranger Station. Walk along a moderate trail north of the park limit, with moderate ascent (150 m/500 ft). The exploration provides an open landscape with panoramic views. On several rock walls it is possible to see Aonikenk Indian paintings, primitive inhabitants of the region. There is an abundance of guanacos here. Gradual descent to the Laguna Amarga Ranger Station.
Return by van (35 min).
Level: Easy.

Photo Safari to observe flora, fauna and birds
Duration: 3 to 4 hours, by van. Itinerary: This exploration has an emphasis on photography and learning the flora and fauna of the park. During the journey it is very likely that we will observe guanacos, rheas, condors, foxes, skunks, ducks, geese, and other varieties of birds, especially during the spring. Views of the Horns and the Towers, the Almirante Peak and the Paine River Cascade.
Level: Easy.

Walk to Rivera Serrano
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours, 1.5 hours trekking. Distance on foot: 3 km (1.8 mi.).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Serrano River (20 min). We trek along the river bank until we reach the Serrano park entrance. From here there are splendid views of the Paine Massif, the Toro Heights and the Serrano Prairie. This riverside trail follows the river basin of the Torres del Paine National Park. We return to the lodge by van (20 min).
Level: Easy.

Walk to Laguna Azul
Duration: 2.5 hours, 1 hour trekking. Distance on foot: 1.5 km (0.6 mi.). Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (1 hour) toward the Laguna Azul campground. We begin with a 30 minute trek along the border of Laguna Azul, which provides excellent views of the Torres del Paine, forests and prairies. We return by the same path (30 min) as far as the Laguna Azul Ranger Station to observe varied bird species that live in the wetlands next to the lake. This trek can also
start from the barbecue area.
Level: Easy.

Walk to New Nordenskjöld
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours, 1.5 hours trekking. Distance on foot: 3.5 km (2.2 mi.). Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (25 min) toward the viewpoint of Lake Nordenskjöld. This trail crosses gently sloping grass-covered hills and enjoys spectacular views of the Paine Massif and the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante
Nieto. We continue along the shores of Lake Larga (Long Lake) with its curious, but beautiful calcium formations. We may sight guanacos and diverse birds. We return to the lodge by van (25 min).
Level: Easy.

Walk to Laguna Negra
Duration: 3 hours, 2.5 hours trekking. Distance on foot: 3.6 km (1.8 mi.). Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min) oward explora’s stables. The trail follows a gentle ascent through green hills and wetlands. There is beautiful vegetation along the trail, and views of the Paine Massif. We will also gain panoramic views of the Serrano prairie and Laguna Negra with its varied bird colonies. At the end of the trek, you can drink maté tea with the gauchos in the area of the stables. We return to the lodge by van (15 min)
Level: Easy.

Walk to Lake Sarmiento
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 4 km.
Itinerary: Leave explora by van (20 min) passing the Lagunas Mellizas (Twin Lakes). The walk leads to Lake Sarmiento, which has unusual yet beautiful calcium formations along its shore. Possible sightings of guanacos and diverse birds, and a wide variety of flora (especially during the spring). Views of Lake Sarmiento in its entirety. Return by van (20 min).
Level: Easy.

Walk along the Cornices
Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours, walking 3 to 3.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 6.5 km (4 mi).
Itinerary: leave Hotel Salto Chico on foot.
Ascend 250 m (820 ft) to the cornice of the ridge behind the hotel, offering views of the Paine Massif, the Condor vista point, and lakes Pehoé and Nordenskjöld. The road continues along the cornice, passing tiny lakes and forest, with views of the Paine River, Prat Mountain, Serrano Prairie, and lake Toro in the distance. Descend through the la Feria ravine. It can also
be done in the opposite sense.
Level: Moderate.
Note: Frequent strong winds.

Walk to the Condor vista point
Duration: 2 hours walking.
Distance on foot: 4 km (2.5 mi).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico on foot. This walk offers sweeping views of the park and observation of diverse flora and species of birds. Includes a 250 m (820 ft) ascent to the Condor vista point. Return down by a different trail to reach the van. Return to hotel (5 min).
Level: Moderate.
Note: Frequent strong winds.

Walk along La Loma
Duration: 3 to 4 hours, 2 hours trekking. Distance on foot: 5 km (3.1 mi.). Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward explora’s Quincho (barbecue area) (1 hour). From the barbecue area, the van takes us to our start point (20 min), then we start our trek by ascending a gentle hill for 45 minutes. From the summit, there are excellent views of the Torres del Paine. The descent, which takes about 30 minutes, takes us through fields of “coirón” grass, where we may see guanacos.
Level: Moderate

Walk to Linda Lake
Duration: 3 to 3.15 hours, 2.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 6 km (3.7 mi.).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (20 min) toward
explora’s stables. From here the trail crosses gently sloping, grass-covered hills before starting a moderate ascent (1 hour), with spectacular views of the mountains in the southern sector of the park such as the Balmaceda and the Ferrier Mountains. On the way to the Linda Lake viewpoint, there is a view of the Geike Glacier. We can enjoy a spectacular view of the Paine Massif and also many species of birds, shrubs and forests of Antarctic beech (Nothofagus antarctica). We descend past Laguna Negra, where we may see birds.
Level: Moderate.

Walk to Ferrier vista point
Duration: 4 hours, walking 3 hours.
Distance on foot: 7 km (4.4 mi).
Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (40 min) toward the Grey Ranger Station. Steep climb (550 m/1,800 ft) to Ferrier vista point. Lovely vegetation along the trail and the possibility of viewing huemules, a local deer. Ancient forest of deciduous beech and aspectacular panorama of the Paine Massif from the eastern flank of the Pingo Valley. View of lakes Grey, Pehoé, nordenskjöld, and Sarmiento. Return by van (40 min).
Level: Difficult.
Note: Frequent strong winds at the summit.

Bird watching
Duration: 3 to 4 hours by van.
There are over 100 species of birds that make up the avian population in Torres del Paine National park, many of them endemic to the area. Based on the time of year and the interest of the group, we organize an exploration to look for and view some of these inhabitants in the park. *We require a minimum of 4 people to join this exploration between November and April
.

horseback ride at the barbecue site
Horseback rides in the Laguna Azul (Blue Lake) area begin at the quincho barbecue site, about an hour from explora by van, and visit a few of the estancias (ranches) in the area. Rides are designed for guests with riding experience, and who feel comfortable trotting and galloping.

18. HORSEBACK RIDE AT THE QUINCHO
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours of horseback riding (halfday). Itinerary: Leave explora by van toward the quincho barbecue site (1 hour). Leave from the quincho on horse, passing through forests of deciduous and Antarctic beech, with views of the Baguales peaks, the Las Chinas River, Mount Almirante Nieto, the Towers and the Condor Nest peak. Pass by the Laguna Azul ranch and return to the quincho bordering the Las Chinas River. Level: Easy.

19. HORSEBACK RIDE TO THE 2 DE ENERO ESTANCIA (JANUARY 2 RANCH)
Duration: 3 hours of horseback riding (half-day). Itinerary: Leave explora by van to the quincho barbecue site (1 hour). Cross the Zamora River on horseback, passing through sections of prairie, Lake Jara and finally arriving at the 2 de Enero estancia at the base of the Obelisco peak. Possibility of seeing condors and eagles. Views of the Sierra Baguales peaks and the Paine Towers. Note: This excursion requires previous horseback riding experience. Level: Difficult.

20. HORSEBACK RIDE TO THE SANTA GEMITA RANCH
Duration: 2 hours of horseback riding (half-day). Itinerary: Leave explora by van to the quincho barbecue site (1 hour). Cross the Zamora River on horseback. Ascend and descend the hills surrounding the quincho, arriving at the Santa Gemita ranch. Return via steep slopes. Possibility of seeing condorsand eagles. Spectacular view of the Towers and Laguna Azul.
Level: Medium.

Horseback rides

The horseback rides that follow begin at the explora stable located 15 minutes from the hotel, unlike the rides that begin at the quincho barbecue site. These rides are designed principally for participants with riding experience and who feel comfortable riding for several hours on flat prairie and hills. Participants should know how to trot and/or gallop. explora provides the highest-quality Chilean and English saddles, gaiters and helmets.

21. HORSEBACK RIDE TO THE DONOSO VISTA POINT
Duration: 6 hours (full day). Five hours riding.
IItinerary: Leave explora by van (15 min) to the stable. Narrow trails through forest, along lakes and across prairie land. View of Donoso Mountain, in one of the least-explored, virgin areas of the park. Picnic lunch next to Los Choros Lake. Prairie, streams, mountains and the Olguin Mountains. Picnic lunch close to the glacier. Return by boat across Lake Grey (2 hours), with an close look at the glacier wall. Return by van
from the Grey Ranger Station to explora (40 min). Note: The boat crossing is dependent on climactic
conditions. Level: Medium.

Explorations require clothing suitable for trekking, and we suggest that you dress in layers. We recommend bringing all that’s necessary for protection from the sun.
• 1st layer: Short- or long-sleeved shirt, ideally dry fit (fibbers that dry quickly), and not cotton.
• 2nd layer: Fleece, or some other warm layer.
• 3rd layer: Windbreaker and/or waterproof jacket.
• Trekking pants, ideally resistant to rain and wind. If not, it is recommended
that you bring waterproof shell pants that you can wear over your
trekking pants in the event of rain or wind. Warm thermal underwear
is recommended in cold weather, ideally made from dry fit fabrics.
• Waterproof walking shoes, with a rubber anti-slip sole and ankle support
to prevent sprains.
• Gloves.
• Hat or headband to protect your ears from wind.
• Sunscreen and lip protection.
• Swimsuit.
• Sneakers or sports shoes.
• Backpack to carry sunscreen, camera, water, etc.
• For inside the hotel: light, informal clothing (the hotel is heated).
Explora considers elegance an interior virtue.

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