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On the shores of Lake Pehoe, Explora Patagonia is conveniently located as the perfect home base for exploring the park. It is a luxury hotel with breathtaking views. The construction is based around essential luxuries with wood playing a fundamental role in the design.

With an exclusive location and unparalleled views, you can choose among 40 explorations –either hiking or horseback riding– to one of the most popular circuit, the mystic W that goes around the trails that surround the Paine Massif and other less explored routes that will help you discover the geography and wildlife of Patagonia.

There are 49 rooms that are designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape. The rooms perfectly combine simplicity and comfort to ensure a deep rest after a day of exploration. With amazing views to the Paine Massif, Paine River or Salto Chico Falls, their welcoming and cozy atmosphere make them a perfect place to disconnect and relax.
Room features:
  • One King size or two twin sized beds
  • Cribs and extra beds for children are available upon special request (as well as interconnecting rooms for families)
  • Safe
  • Slippers and bathrobes
  • Heating
  • Wake-up call
  • Toiletries and hairdryer
  • Jetted bathtub
The dishes are designed to enable you to perform various explorations and still feel light, agile and healthy. ​They seek to offer pure flavors from quality ingredients. Each dish is accompanied by fine Chilean wine with the option of choosing premium wines. 

Explora Patagonia also offers the Quincho experience, which consists of a traditional roasted lamb barbeque prepared by the Gauchos themselves in a unique location with incredible views of the Paine Towers.

The Explorer's Bar is a meeting place for the guides planning explorations. It is stocked with liquor and Chilean wines. The bar is a great place to meet in the evenings to discuss the adventures of the day.

A massage room and pool area are located only 100 meters from the main building, connected by a wooden path. It includes a heated, covered pool, sauna, and 4 outdoor Jacuzzis with stunning views to the Paine River. Inside you can choose from their essential oil massages: therapeutic, relaxation, energetic and more. 

Explora's store carries all the items necessary for taking explorations, along with local artisanal goods and books of the area. 

Explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained specially for your horse expeditions. The stables house 26 horses of different breeds. Their care is the responsibility of a team led by Gaela Hourcq, a veterinarian and horse specialist.

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Guanaco in Torres del Paine

Explora Torres Del Paine

5 Day Itinerary
  • Hike through Patagonia
  • Search for Patagonian wildlife
  • Choose your excursions
Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land Tours, Spa Relaxation, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Tour Details


Explora Patagonia offers over 40 different excursion options, covering all areas in the Park either on foot, horseback or by van. Travelers have the opportunity to explore the park each day according to their personal preference. Explorations are always led by a competent and bilingual guide, with a maximum of eight travelers per groups. Excursion examples include walking to crystal clear lakes, and lenga tree forests, hikes to viewpoints and horseback rides through the Park’s pampas (grasslands) and along its rivers.

Hikes of varying lengths and difficulty levels are available to suit all physical abilities. Horseback rides are tailored for beginner, advanced, and expert riders. During full-day excursions, you will have the privilege of enjoying lunch out in nature, or if choosing a half a day tour you'll return to the hotel for lunch and have the opportunity for another excursion during the afternoon.

Hiking Excursion Example

Laguna Azul
Start at the quincho where you'll take a van to the Azul Lagoon. From there walk around a wetland inhabited by multiple birds and cross the beach of the lagoon watching the Torres del Paine peek above the horizon. Finally, arrive at a viewpoint and return by van.
Type: Half Day
Duration: 45 minutes
Distance: 1.1 km / 0.7 miles
Max. Altitude: 234 m.a.s.l / 768 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 22 m / 72 ft
Elevation loss: - 16 m / - 52 ft

Mirador Pehoé​
Leave the hotel walking along the shore of Pehoé Lake, observing the orchids and ñirre trees that make up the local flora. Ascend to a viewpoint from which you can see the extension of the lake and the Paine mountain range from a different perspective than you have previously from the hotel.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2h
Distance: 3.9 km / 2.4 miles
Max. Altitude: 181 m.a.s.l / 594 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 187 m / 614 ft
Elevation loss: - 185 m / - 607 ft

Mirador Cóndor
Leave the hotel, walking along the shore of Pehoé Lake. In the distance, you'll see a hill on the summit of which is the Mirador Cóndor, your destination. On the way, pass through lenga and ñirre forests. When you get to the top, you'll have a 360° view of the park. Descend down a rocky slope to the van.
Type: Half day
Duration: 2h30m
Distance: 3.6 km / 2.2 miles
Max. Altitude: 239 m.a.s.l / 784 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 253 m / 830 ft
Elevation loss: - 232 m / - 761 ft
Grey Glacier 
Cross the Pehoé Lake by catamaran to the Paine Grande refuge to cross one of the stretches of the W. Around the midpoint of the hike, you can see the Grey Glacier and the Southern Ice Fields. Continue walking to the beach of Grey Lake where you board a boat that brings you to the glacier and then leaves you on the other side of the lake. Walk along the beach and through a forest to the van.
Type: Full day
Duration: 5h30m
Distance: 12.4 km / 7.7 miles
Max. Altitude: 273 m.a.s.l / 896 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 538 m / 1,765 ft
Elevation loss: - 516 m / - 1,693 ft

Walk towards the Paine River until we reach the cliffs that give a name to this exploration. As you gain altitude, you'll have panoramic views from different perspectives. See the Paine River, Pehoé Lake and at the top, and contemplate the Paine mountain range and the surrounding valleys.
Difficulty level: Advanced
Type: Half day
Duration: 2h45m
Distance: 4.8 km / 3 miles
Max. Altitude: 432 m.a.s.l / 1,417 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 454 m / 1,490 ft
Elevation loss: - 454 m / - 1,490 ft

Travel by van to the Cerro Paine estancia, where you begin your trek. Walk along Nordenskjöld Lake until you reach the uphill path of the Bader Valley with views of the horns, the Pehoé, Sarmiento and Nordenskjöld lakes, and the Almirante Nieto glacier.
Type: Full day
Duration: 7h
Distance: 18.8 km / 11.7 miles
Max. Altitude: 269 m.a.s.l / 883 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 664 m / 2,178 ft
Elevation loss: - 664 m / - 2,178 ft

Travel by van to the Grey Lake where you'll begin a demanding ascent during which you'll have views of the Lake and the huge ice mass of the South Ice Fields. Cross a forest and continue to the top with panoramic views of the Grey and Pehoé lakes. Descend and return by van.
Difficulty level: Expert
Type: Half day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 5.8 km / 3.6 miles
Max. Altitude: 642 m.a.s.l / 2,106 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 612 m / 2,008 ft
Elevation loss: - 612 m / - 2,008 ft

Base Torres
This exploration goes through one of the most iconic sectors of the W. Travel by van to the Cerro Paine ranch where you begin your ascent to the base of the Torres del Paine. At the top, appreciate the magnitude of the granite towers and the lagoon at your feet. Return by the same road.
Difficulty level: Expert
Type: Full day
Duration: 7h
Distance: 19.5 km / 12.1 miles
Max. Altitude: 885 m.a.s.l / 2,904 f.a.s.l
Elevation gain: 1,153 m / 3,783 ft
Elevation loss: - 1,153 m / - 3,783 ft


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