Torres del Paine (central) (Torres del Paine, Chile)
The iconic Explora Patagonia hotel, with its modern design, is stylish and comfortable and offers an inclusive package with full board and choice of excursions. Its position, overlooking Lake Pehoé, gives stunning views of the Paine towers to one side and to the Salto Chico waterfalls on the other.
Daily choice of excursions in the Torres del Paine, on foot, horseback, mountain bike, or by boat (they have their own catamaran) with bilingual guide and suited to all levels of activity.
50 rooms with views of either Salto Chico waterfall or the Paine massif (Cordillera Paine). There are also 6 larger Suites all with views of the massif.
Everything is included and feedback is consistently excellent.
When to go
Open all year round but warmest from November to April.
Client comments and reviews
Explora was good and an experience but it's a tough place to get in and out of - two long days of travel, but then I guess that's part of its appeal. The guides were good as was the food and the views from our bedroom window were marvellous. - RM (January 2017)
The Explora Patagonia was brilliant. The setting and views unique, the service outstanding. I don't think either of us were quite prepared for the extent that the other guests would embark on rigorous activities which were a bit beyond this pair of septuagenarians. Having said that, we thoroughly enjoyed all the activities we undertook and time certainly did not hang heavy - how could it with scenery like that! - CC (March 2016)
Spectacular! The views from the rooms were incredible (I think they upgraded our room – it seemed to be bigger than everyone elses). The restaurant was great and I thought the standout part of the hotel was the enthusiasm of all the staff. They particularly looked after us given it was our honeymoon. - CT (April 2013)
Explora was good and I’m sure it is the best in the National Park. The hikes and riding were really enjoyable and the guides were all good. We didn’t expect it to be quite so much full-on organised activity but that was fine for us. - ME (March 2012)
We thought that the Explora hotel was great, with good food and delightful staff. However, we found that all the excursions, even the 'easy' options, involved hiking to some extent and felt that we were walking for the sake of it and not having time to stop and enjoy the magnificent views. The guides were very good and looked after people at the back but we would have like to have done more excursions that took in the scenery and didn't involve too much walking. - I&ML (February 2010)
The Explora was perfection from beggining to end, they gave us a massage for our honeymoon and then we came back on our last day to find a bubble bath run with candles, rose petals champagne on ice in the sink and chocolate covered strawberries!!!! couldn't have had a better time. - RS (November 2009)
The Explora in Torres del Paine was the highlight of the trip, in stunning scenery and the hotel was beyond all expectations. Amazingly we had wall to wall sunshine there and no wind! - JJ (February 2008)
If we had to choose an overall highlight (which is very difficult to do), Explora would have to take the prize. A very slick operation and all beautifully done - wonderful guides, delicious food and an amazing setting. - AM (February 2008)
For the scenery birds and wildlife plus the guiding and hotel we all think that the Torres del Paine National Park was the highlight of our trip. - AS (January 2008)
Amazing! Our room here (the Suite) was just fabulous and the view from the window was staggeringly beautiful. Loved the position, the trekking, scenery. Good place to meet new interesting people. The expeditions were extremely good and well organised, we would enjoy another visit! - DJ (February 2008)
Undoubted winners of the first prize for scenery and best room with best view! - DW (March 2007)
Explora Lodge really did meet our expectations, and more! Stunning area and well organised excursions. - KL (December 2006)
Explora Lodge, FANTASTIC! worth every penny, everything exceeded expectations here. - DJ (November 2005)