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Explora will seek to continue the work began by the Tompkins Conservation Foundation in the area by adopting traveling practices that promote the exploration and knowledge of the territories with the purpose of ensuring conservation for future generations.

With a unique location, the Explora lodge at the Patagonia National Park is the perfect headquarter to visit the Aysén Region. We will develop off-the-beaten-track explorations, delving deep as never before in the knowledge of this region’s natural landscapes.

Our lodge is located in the Chacabuco Valley, within the Patagonia National Park. This is the perfect headquarter from where to go out and explore the Park’s wonders and all the surroundings of this part of Chilean Patagonia.

Our Lodge
Explora rooms at the Patagonia National Park are designed to make the best of silence and privacy, ensuring deep rest after one day of exploration. All our rooms are surrounded by Patagonia nature, with views to the pampa and gardens. To disconnect from everyday worries, everyday life must be left behind. 
  • Standard Room
  • Suite Room
CONSTRUCTION
The lodge built by Douglas and Kristin Tompkins was inspired by landmark lodges located in national parks around the world. Local and recyclable materials were used with sustainable construction techniques. The lodge’s architecture is based on Patagonia’s geography and culture, with energy efficiency and sustainability.

OUR FOOD
Our dishes have been designed so that travelers can conduct different explorations always feeling well, active, and light. Based on the luxury of the essential, we look for pure flavors based on top-quality ingredients. Our dishes will always be paired with fine Chilean wines. We also offer a menu of Premium wines for those willing to try other options.

 
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Itineraries

Explora - Patagonia National Park
$3,496
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Explora Patagonia National Park

5 Day Itinerary
  • Enjoy adventure sports
  • View Patagonian wildlife
  • Learn Patagonia history
Activities:
Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land Tours, Spa Relaxation, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Tour Details
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Excursion

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.

Moderate
Raices 
We leave the lodge by van and head to the Laguna Edita sector, where we will begin our hike with a fairly steep hike up the steppe slopes of the Chacabuco Valley. After reaching the highest point, we will descend through a nothofagus forest where the silence is only interrupted by birdsong. In the end we reach Laguna Pepa, which surprises us with its deep blue color and views of the mountain ranges around it.
Type: Half day
Duration: 3h15m
Distance: 6,4 km / 4 mi
Max. Altitude: 741 m / 2430 ft
Elevation gain: 330 m / 1082 ft
Elevation loss: -332 m / -1089 ft

Moderate
Laguna Escondida
We will walk through one of the less crowded sectors of the park across a lenga forest where you can hear and see woodpeckers. An old shepherding post can be spotted hidden in the woods.
Type: Half day
Duration: 3h30m
Distance: 9 km / 5,6 mi
Max. Altitude: 745 m / 2444 ft
Elevation gain: 327 m / 1073 ft
Elevation loss: -562 m / -1843 ft

Moderate
Cañadon Chacabuco
We will leave the lodge on foot on a hike through large expanses of steppe, connecting with nature and wildlife.
We will share amid the sound of birds and perhaps we will be able to glimpse the interaction between a puma and guanacos, part of this Patagonian territory.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 6h
Distance: 16,5 km / 10,3 mi

Moderate
Aviles
We will cross the Chacabuco Valley's natural corridors and as we move up we will see the different perspectives of contrasting landscapes around us. We can drink pure water from natural streams and get our feet wet crossing one of them. The silence of the landscape stands out in autumn and winter, contrasting with the birdsong that can be heard as background music for the rest of the year.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 7h
Distance: 16,5 km / 10,3 mi

Moderate
Lago Chico
We will hike around the edge of Lago Chico, where forests, lagoons and ravines intertwine. We will have great views of Lake Cochrane and Cerro Oportus. Along the way different birds, part of the Patagonian fauna, can be seen.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 5h
Distance: 11,8 km / 7,3 mi

Moderate
Los Gastos
We will begin by entering in a dense Patagonian forest to get to know the variety of flora and its development. We will hike through the natural habitat sector know as "Los Gatos"and then head down to Lake Cochrane, known for having some of the most transparent waters in the world and where we can get out feet wet.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 5h
Distance: 11,1 km / 6,9 mi

Advanced
Lagunas Altas
We will leave the lodge on foot and walk upward to view the valley from another perspective. The height reveals the mountains and plateaus that are interspersed with lagoons and forests. This is a very good option for birdwatching in the region as condors, eagles and other species can be seen.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 8h30m
Distance: 21,5 km / 13,4 mi

Moderate
Los Pumas
We will leave the lodge on foot and hike through a vast steppe region bordering the Chacabuco River. This is one of the areas most populated by pumas and guanacos. Here we will learn more about these species and how to protect them.
Type: Half-day
Duration: 4h30m
Distance: 10,9 km / 6,8 mi

Advanced
Caminantes
We will hike through the river valley to Lake Cochrane, which has one of the most crystalline waters in the world. We will contemplate the southern slopes of the Patagonia National Park, one of the main huemul habitats. We will visit the Huemul Post, the base for protecting and monitoring the huemuls that transiting through these areas. We will move through a forest full of birdsong and marked wildlife.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 9h
Distance: 19,8 km / 12,3 mi

Easy
Laguna Cisnes
We will hike through the steppe before arriving at a lagoon with one of the greatest variety of birds. There we can get to know the Patagonian fauna and observe the multitude of species that inhabit the area.
Type: Half-day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 6,9 km / 4,3 mi

Easy
Los Carpinteros
We will hike along the southern slope of the Patagonia National Park. We will cross areas with diverse vegetation: low shrubs, forest regrowth and dense coigüe forests. Different species of Patagonian bird life and fauna will accompany us. We will have broad views of the mountains and hills in the sector and the crystalline Lake Cochrane, which is a great binational lake shared by Chile and Argentina.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 4h
Distance: 9,8 km / 6,1 mi

Advanced
Ruta Del Huemul
We will begin by exploring the southern area of the Patagonia National Park, very close to the town of Cochrane. We head upwards through the forests taking natural huemul trails that connect the Chacabuco Valley. We approach the habitat of this beautiful animal, classified as in danger of extinction and which remains in the red list of threatened species. This place has been declared a natural monument.
Type: Full-day
Duration: 10h
Distance: 21,8 km / 13,5 mi

Moderate
Las Aguilas
We will hike along the southern slope of the Patagonia National Park with its diverse vegetation: a mix of sectors with low shrubs, forest regrowth and dense coigüe forests We will have broad views of the mountains in the sector and the crystalline river and Lake Cochrane, which is a great binational lake covering 325km² that is shared by Chile and Argentina.
Type: Full-day 
Duration: 5h
Distance: 9,5 km / 5,9 mi

Moderate
Ribera Rio Cochrane
We will head to the southern area of the Patagonia National Park. We will hike along the banks of the Cochrane River amid woods and moist slopes that allow a denser forest to grow. This area is a habitat for huemuls and varied bird life.
Type: Half-day
Duration: 3h
Distance: 8,9 km / 5,5 mi

Easy
La Vega
We leave the lodge on foot and take an introductory hike in Patagonia National Park on this exploration. We will begin in sectors where there are streams and low forests with significant presence of chacya (riparian shrub). As we enter the Park, we will begin to hear the songs of a variety of birds, such as churrin and bandurria tapaculo and black-faced ibis). Guanacos can be spotted grazing in this area.
Type: Half-day
Duration: 2h30m
Distance: 5,2 km / 3,2 mi

 

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