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 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
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
board. 3 meals per day. Bar.
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.
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1. WALK TO LAKE
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5
hours. Distance: 5 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van
toward the Grey Ranger Station (40 min). Cross the Pingo
River hanging bridge by foot and continue through a forest
of beech, followed by the Lake Grey beach and peninsula.
View of the Grey Glacier and icebergs along the shore.
Return by van (40 min). Level: Easy.
2. WALK TO NORDENSKJÖLD VISTA POINT
Duration: 3 hours (half-day). Walking: 2.5 hours. Distance
on foot: 6 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van (10 min)
toward the Pudeto Refugio. Walk to the shore of Lake Pehoé,
first passing the Salto Grande waterfall, then toward
the Paine Massif until reaching the vista point of Lake
Nordenskjöld. Spectacular view of the French Valley,
the Paine Grande Massif and the Horns. Note: Frequent
strong winds. Level: Easy.
3. WALK TO THE TORO VISTA POINT
Duration: 2 hours (half-day). Walking 1.5 hours. Distance
on foot: 3.5 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van (15 min)
toward the Weber bridge, climb 100 meters 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 explora
(15 min). Level: Easy.
4. WALK ALONG LAS CORNISAS (THE CORNICES)
Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 3.5
hours. Distance on foot: 6.5 km. Itinerary: Leave explora
on foot. Ascend 250 meters to the cornice of the ridge
behind explora, offering views of the Paine Massif, the
Condor vista point, and lakes Pehoé and Nordenskjöld.
The road continues along the
cornice, with passing tiny lakes and forest, with views
of the Paine River, Prat Mountain, Serrano Prairie and
Lake Toro in the distance. Descend the La Feria Ravine.
Note: Frequent strong winds. Level: Medium.
5. WALK TO LAGO 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.
6. WALK TO PINGO RIVER
Duration: 4 to 5 hours (half-day). Walking 2.5 to 3 hours.
Distance on foot: 8 km.
Itinerary: Leave explora by van (40 min) toward the Grey
Ranger Station. Relatively flat trail that follows the
turbulent, glacier-fed Pingo River, through open prairie
to arrive at the Salmon River Cascade. Great variety of
birds and exuberant vegetation. Return to the Grey Ranger
Station, and back to explora by van (40 min). Level: Easy.
7. WALK TO THE CONDOR VISTA POINT
Duration: 2 hours walking. Distance on foot: 4 km. Itinerary:
Leave explora on foot. This walk offers sweeping views
of the park, and allows for the observation of diverse
flora and species of birds. Ascend 250 meters to the Condor
vista point. Note: Frequent strong winds. Level: Medium.
8. WALK TO FERRIER VISTA POINT
Duration: 4 hours (half-day). Walking 3 hours.
Distance on foot: 7 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van
(40 min) toward the Grey Ranger Station.
Steep climb (550 meters) to Ferrier vista point. Lovely
vegetation along the trail and the possibility of viewing
huemules,a local deer. Ancient forest of deciduous beech
and a spectacular 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). Note: Frequent strong winds.
9. WALK ALONG THE AONIKENK TRAIL
Duration: 3 to 4 hours (half-day). Walking 2.5 to 3.5
hours. Distance on foot: 7.5 km. Itinerary: Leave explora
by van (30 min) toward the Lake Sarmiento Ranger Station.
Walk a moderate trail north to the limit of the park,
with moderate ascent (150 meters). The excursion allows
for walking through Ascend 350 meters through the Ascencio
River Valley to the Chileno campground. Walk through centuryold
forests of beech and past gorges until reaching the Torres
campground. Climb a glacial moraine until reaching the
Towers vista point at the lake (a 350- meter climb). Picnic
lunch and return walking back to the Cerro Paine Ranch,
with a view of multicolored lakes. Return by van to explora.
Note: This excursion requires that participants be in
good physical shape 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).
10. PHOTO SAFARI TO OBSERVE FLORA, FAUNA AND BIRDS
Duration: 3 hours (half-day). Itinerary: Leave explora
by van to the quincho barbecue site. This excursion has
an emphasis on photography and learning the flora and
fauna of the park. During the journey it is possible to
observe a numerous varieties of fauna such as 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.
Return by van (1 hour). Level: Easy.
11. WALK ALONG LAGUNA AZUL (BLUE LAKE)
Duration: 4 to 5 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 3 hours.
Distance on foot:8 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van
to the quincho barbecue, and walk from the extreme northeast
of Laguna Azul along the northern shore until reaching
the Torres del Paine vista point. Forests of deciduous
and Antarctic beech, views of the Towers and Laguna Azul.
Abundant flora and opportunities for birdwatching. This
walk may be taken before or after the barbecue lunch.
12. WALK TO GLACIAR GREY
Duration: 10 to 11 hours (full day). Walking 4 to 6 hours.
Distance: 12 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by boat (30
min). Walk from the Pehoé Refugio to the Grey Refugio,
with views of the Grey Glacier, icebergs in Lake Grey,
the Southern Ice Field, the Paine Massif Take an international
flight to Santiago, Chile. From Santiago, fly to Punta
Arenas (approximately 4 hr-flight). explora staff will
welcome guests and transport them in a comfortable van
to explora en patagonia. This scenic drive is approximately
5 hrs: 2 1/2 hrs from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales on
a 250 km (155 miles) paved road, and 2 1/2 hrs from Puerto
Natales to Torres del Paine National Park on a 150 km
(93 mile) dirt road. The journey includes one snack break,
organized by explora.
13. WALK TO THE TORO HEIGHTS
Duration: 5 to 6 hours (full day). Distance on foot: 12
km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van (10 min) to the La
Feria Ravine, and ascend 250 meters. Views of the Paine
Massif and the Paine River. Continue through interior
valleys, past lakes and beech forests. Picnic lunch. The
trail continues until reaching the Toro Heights Lake,
with a spectacular, 360-degree view of the park. Descend
to the Weber Bridge. Return to explora by van (15 min).
14. WALK TO LAGUNA LA CAL / SARMIENTO
Duration: 7 hours (full day). Walking 6 to 7 hours. Distance
on foot: 17 km. Itinerary: Leave by foot from explora
via the trail to the Las Buitreras (Condor Nest) Pass,
ascending 200 meters. The trail passes through beech forest
and arrives at La Cal Lake, a site where one can usually
appreciate the strong Patagonian wind. In the spring,
there is abundant fauna in the area. Impressive view of
the Paine Horns and Lake Sarmiento, with its calcium formations.
Return by van (20 min). Level: Medium.
15. WALK TO THE FRENCH VALLEY GLACIER
Duration: 7 to 8 hours (full day). Walking 6 to 7 hours.
Distance on foot: 16 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by boat
(30 min) to the Pehoé Refugio. Walk along the trail
that borders lakes Pehoé and Skottsberg, with undulating
climbs of less than 150 meters.
Spectacular views of the two lakes, of the Grand Paine
Mountain and the Paine Horns. Cross the hanging bridge
over French River for a view of the French Glacier, the
principal peak of the Grand Paine Mountain and the principal
and north Horns. Picnic lunch and return walking back
to the Pehoé Refugio. Return by boat to explora
(30 min) Note: The boat crossing is dependent on climactic
16. WALK TO THE BASE OF THE PAINE TOWERS
Duration: 10 to 11 hours (full day). Walking 8 to 9 hours.
Distance on foot: 17 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van
(1 hour) toward the Cerro Paine Ranch. and exuberant flora
are a few of the highlights of this horseback ride. Return
by van (15 min). Level: Medium.
17. WALK TO THE PINGO RIVER VALLEY
Duration: 10 to 11 hours (full day). Walking 8 to 9 hours.
Distance on foot: 21 km. Itinerary: Leave explora by van
(40 min) toward the Grey Ranger Station. Walk along a
relatively flat trail following the turbulent, glacier-fed
Pingo River, and through open prairies and exuberant vegetation.
Pass the Salmon River and climb lightly (200 meters).
Native beech forest, views of the Grand Paine mountain
and the River Pingo Cascade, and good opportunities for
birdwatching. Picnic lunch and return walking back until
reaching the Grey Ranger Station. Level: Difficult.
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.
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
trekking pants in the event of rain or wind. Warm thermal
is recommended in cold weather, ideally made from dry
• Waterproof walking shoes, with a rubber anti-slip
sole and ankle support
to prevent sprains.
• Hat or headband to protect your ears from wind.
• Sunscreen and lip protection.
• 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.