Tierra Patagonia is a friendly, welcoming hotel with a sublime location in the uttermost south of Chile. The hotel is surrounded by nature, in splendid isolation, overlooking Lake Sarmiento and the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park which was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. At Tierra Patagonia we are committed to providing our guests with: • Authentic, active experiences • Knowledgeable guided access to the local flora, fauna, geology, culture and history • Relaxation, fun, delicious food, and memories for a lifetime The hotel architecture and interiors radiate an ambiance of Patagonian warmth and comfort. Large windows provide the same excellent mountain and lake views from shared spaces as well as from all 40 guest rooms. Hotel facilities include the living room, bar, dining room, excursions area, library, TV lounge, iPads for guest use, WiFi, store, outdoor terrace and full Uma Spa.
“Why then and this is not only my particular case – does this barren land possess my mind? I find it hard to explain…. but it might partly be because it enhances the horizons of imagination.” Charles Darwin. Located on the eastern border of the Torres del Paine Park, (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve), Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa sits in one of the most commanding settings anywhere on the planet. The Hotel lies a little over 400 meters from Lago Sarmiento, the biggest lake inside the national park. This is where your exploration of Patagonia begins, surrounded by interesting geological formations, abundant native flora and fauna and with the Paine Massif ever present. . Tierra Patagonia’s excursions are led by qualified and experienced guides; with them you will be able to experience varied activities such as treks, horse rides, scenic trips and bicycle rides to world famous locations and also to areas less travelled. The activities are divided into 3 levels of difficulty: • Easy: for all ages and ability. • Medium: requiring a reasonable level of fitness and experience. • High: this activity requires good level of fitness, experience and ability. Every day you will be able to choose between two half day excursions or one full day excursion. • Half day: offered in the morning and/or afternoon, lunch at the hotel. • Full day: start in the morning and we provide with a box lunch, returning to the hotel in the afternoon generally after 18.00 hrs. If you wish to book a massage and spend some time at Uma Spa, we suggest that you check the return time of your excursions with our guides and arrange it in advance.
Half Day Hikes Origins of life Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 1 to 1,5 hours / 3 km Travel time: Outwards, 30 min. – Return, 30 min. This walk is perfect to stretch your legs on arrival at Tierra Patagonia, as it is a gentle walk along part of the eastern border of the National Park. We pass through scrubland from where it is possible to see the mirage of the hotel in the distance, with great panoramic views of Lake Sarmiento as we gradually approach its shore. The most interesting point of this excursion is the thrombolites. These geological formations are millions of years old and were created by some of the most ancient living organisms on earth. They decorate the shore of the lake, creating the ideal habitat for the biggest predator in the park. We conclude the walk at the Portería Sarmiento, (Sarmiento entrance) with views of the Paine Massif in front of us.
Mirador Cuernos Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 2 to 2,5 hrs / 6 km Travel time: Outwards, 50 min. – Return, 50 min. *Area affected by the fire. It is an unmissable hike, located in the heart of the park. After a scenic drive, passing by the Sarmiento and Nordenskjöld view points, we arrive at the starting point. The terrain is fairly flat with only one steeper part, and we can always see the “cuernos” or horns of Paine in front of us. We visit the “Salto Grande” or “Big Waterfall” and continue along the shores of Lake Nordenskjöld. On arrival at the viewpoint, you can appreciate the geology that formed the massif. We return along the same path, with the “horns” at our back. There are frequent strong winds in this area.
Laguna Larga Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 1,5 to 2 hours / 3,5 km Travel time: Outwards, 40 min. – Return, 40 min. This hike starts near Laguna Larga, inside the park, where it is possible to spot flamingos and other water fowl at certain times of the year. From here we head towards the east with views of the Cuernos del Paine and hanging glaciers of French Valley and Mount Almirante Nieto. This horse trail is off the beaten path and occasionally you may spot big groups of guanacos in the grassy areas. We will pass several lagoons until we get to Mirador Nordenskjöld, where you can see the Massif from up close and the turquoise waters of this lake.
Hunters Trail Difficulty: Medium Walk length: 2 to 3 hours / 7 km Travel time: Outwards, 30 min. – Return, 30 min. After a 30 minute drive to the Porteria Lago Sarmiento this trek gradually winds its way northwards, with the Paine Massif as a constant companion. Half way through we will visit a rocky area where there are cave paintings from the Aonikenk, hunter-gatherer native Indians that occupied this area some 6,000 years ago. It is also one of the best areas to see wildlife such as guanacos, foxes and condors. The hike ends a few meters away from Portería Laguna Amarga.
Cornices Difficulty: Medium Walk length: 2,5 a 3 hours / 6 km Travel time: Outwards, 30 min. – Return, 30 min. Leaving the Hotel we will drive 30 minutes towards the Estancias area. This hike climbs progressively along a prominent rock buttress where we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Torres del Paine, Sierra Contreras, Sierra del Toro and also the Hotel, from a 360° view point. Strong winds are frequent in this area. From here we must find our own way down since there is no defined trail. This hike is ideal for those who want to see different places outside the park boundaries and away from the crowds. At certain times of the year and depending on weather conditions this may also be a good place to spot condors.
Full Day Hikes Pingo Valley and Grey Peninsula Dificulty: Easy Walk length: • Pingo 2 hrs /6 km • Grey 1,5 hrs / 4 km Travel time: Outwards, 90 min. – Return, 90 min. Departing from the hotel by van, we pass through the most beautiful viewpoints of the National Park until we reach the Grey Entrance. From here we walk in the Pingo valley on a gently sloping path which follows the bed of the Pingo River. This is one of the greenest areas of the park where it is also possible to see interesting geographical formations. We pass by an old “puesto” of the gauchos and reach the “Chorillo del Salmón” a small waterfall hidden in a Nothofagus wood. We return via the same path. Following lunch, we visit picturesque Grey Lake where icebergs float on the water from the Grey Glaciar, which can be seen in the distance.
Paso de la Guitarra Difficulty: Medium Walk length: 5 to 6 hours / 12 km Travel time: Outwards, 55 min. – Return, 90 min. This hike is located in a private area at the southern edge of the park. It borders the Lago Maravilla and Lago Porteño, ending at the Puesto Las Dudas at the shore of Lago del Toro. The trail is off the beaten path and very likely you will be the only ones walking in the area. After a drive of almost an hour, heading south east, we start walking through beautiful forests, passing by some open areas where you can feel the wind strength and appreciate the turquoise waters of Lago del Toro, the biggest lake in the region. The vegetation here is varied, with species like Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), Ñirre (Nothofagus antarctica), Coigüe (Nothofagus dombeyi), Canelo (Drymis winteri) and Siete camisas (Escallonia rubra). Weather permitting, we will have lunch in one of the beaches of Lago del Toro. Most of the trail is undulating with two sections that are very steep but also short (about 20 minutes each), ending at the western side of the bay. From here one of our vans will take us back to the hotel.
Mirador Glacier Grey * Available from November 16th through March 15th, except on December 25th and January 1st. *Area affected by the fire. Difficulty: Medium Walk length: 5 hours / 10 km Travel time: Outwards, 45 min.- Return, 45 min. This classic trek begins with a 30 minute boat ride across Pehoe Lake. From here the trail winds up to the west, through Lenga forests and over rocky outcrops. The culmination of this excursion is an impressive viewpoint from which you can see the Southern Patagonian Ice field, Grey Lake and the icebergs that bob and float on the lake’s surface. We return along the same path.
French Valley * Available from November 16th through March 15th, except on December 25th and January 1st. *Area affected by the fire. Difficulty: High Walk length: 8 hours / 17 km Travel time: Outwards, 45 min. – Return 45 min. This excursion starts with a 30 minute boat ride across Pehoé Lake. We walk along a winding trail that passes the slopes of Paine Grande and the shores of Lago Skottsberg. There are great views of the Cuernos del Paine on the way. Upon reaching the Italian Camp, we will cross a bridge over the French river and head up the French valley to the view point that sits below the world famous French Glacier. We will return along the same trail and take the boat for the last 30 minutes to the point where the van will take us back to the hotel.
Cerro Obelisco Difficulty: High Walk length: 5,5 to 6,5 hours / 6 km Travel time: Outwards, 60 min. – Return, 60 min. This is an intense hike, gaining altitude constantly and with excellent chances of seeing wildlife. We will enter the area of Cordillera Baguales, one of the least explored parts of this area. We will hike nearly 650 mts of altitude in 3 hours. At the top there some interestingly formed sedimentary rocks which have been eroded into whimsical shapes. From the top there are great views of the Torres del Paine and surrounding valleys if the weather is clear. On the way back, we walk along the edge of a beautiful and ancient Lenga forest, close to Las Chinas river.
Base of the Torres Difficulty: High Walk length: 7 to 9 hours / 18 km Travel time: Outwards, 45 min. – Return, 45 min. This world famous hike demands stamina, but the rewards are the impressive views of the three granite towers. This hike ascends strongly for one hour bordering the Rio Ascensio until reaching the Paso de los Vientos. From here it takes 30 minutes to reach Campamento Chileno where we can have a little rest. The walk continues to ascend through the forest for 1,5 hours, gaining altitude very quickly and with amazing views of the geological formations in the area such as folds, fractures and granite intrusions. The last hour is the most challenging and difficult, where the trail winds up thorough a moraine section of loose pebbles, there is exposure to the wind and where the weather is unpredictable. Arriving at the lookout we will have the classic view of the Torres del Paine and if the weather allows, we can have lunch with this fantastic landscape in front of us. We will descend along the same trail and it takes about four hours to reach the starting point, so it definitely requires good knees and you need to be in good shape. Make sure you dress properly, rain pants and waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, fleece or any warm jacket, synthetic and breathable top, light hiking pants, hiking boots. Avoid wearing cotton, jeans and new shoes. This excursion is hard and strenuous if you are not used to long distance hikes.
Mirador Ferrier and Grey Peninsula. Difficulty: High Walk length: – Mirador Ferrier: 3 to 4 hrs / 6 km – Lago Grey: 1,5 hr / 4 km Travel time: Outwards, 90 min. Return, 90 min This is a great option to see most of the national park combined in two hikes. First we will hike the challenging trail to the Ferrier Viewpoint. The terrain is very steep and we gain altitude very quickly (550 meters ascent). We will pass through a beautiful Lenga forest before reaching the windy lookout. At this point we will have spectacular views of Grey Glacier, Paine Massif, Paine river, Lago del Toro, among others. The descent is the same way, very steep!. After lunch we will visit the picturesque Lago Grey, where you can see icebergs near the shore and the Grey Glacier can be seen in the distance.
Cerro Guido Difficulty: High Walk length: 6 to 8 hrs / 14 km Travel time: Outwards 30 min. Return 30 min. The hike starts at Estancia Cerro Guido. The first section climbs steadily as we proceed, passing first through forests and then opening up to wetlands where it is possible to spot guanacos. Little by little and as we gain altitude the landscape turns rocky and dry, as it is exposed to the wind, until we reach the summit. From here we will have panoramic views of Paine Massif and Cordillera Baguales. We will be able to enter the ancient world of the Aonikenk, as the rugged Cerro Guido summit is crowned by a native Indian burial mound. Ideal for those who already did other long hikes in the park or for those interested in archeology. We recommend you to organize it with anticipation.
Horse riding in Patagonia is an unforgettable experience, and there are rides available for all levels, from beginners to experts. The locations vary from Estancia Cerro Guido which extends for 100.000 hectares, Estancia Lazo , which is surrounded by lenga forests. Local gauchos (cowboys) will take us to know the heart of their world, allowing us to live and feel a real Patagonian experience. Chaps and helmets are supplied at the estancias. The length of the rides is 2 to 3 hours. Please ask our guides for availability since they must be scheduled with a minimum of 24 hours. If you are interested in full day horse rides, please mention it to our reservations department.
Horse Ride Estancia Lazo Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 2 hours Travel time: Outwards, 50 min. Return, 50 min. From the hotel we head south towards Estancia Lazo. The drive is very scenic and you will enjoy great views of Sarmiento Lake. The ride starts at Hosteria Lazo, passing through an ancient lenga forest. After one hour we will get to a lookout with panoramic views of the Massif. We head back into the woods, and return to the Hostería, where we can enjoy a hot drink before we return to the hotel.
Horse Ride Estancia Guido Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 2 hours Travel time: Outwards, 30 min. Return, 30 min. After a 45 minute drive we arrive in Estancia Cerro Guido. Depending on weather conditions the local Gauchos will take us to different areas of the estancia. We will enjoy a ride on the pampas, with wide open views of the surroundings. If it is a clear day we will see the Torres del Paine.
A scenic trip is the perfect balance between a van ride and a short walk. Ideal for birdwatchers and photographers. Laguna Azul Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 30 min. Travel time: Outwards, 45 min. Return, 45 min. From the hotel we head northwards to get to Laguna Azul area, which offers a spectacular view of the South, Central and North towers whenever the weather allows it. We will be able to walk along the northern shore of the lake, where during spring and summer it is possible to spot many birds in the middle of the lenga forest. We will stop at the Cascada Paine and Laguna Amarga, both iconic lookouts of the area.
Scenic Salto Grande Difficulty: Easy Walk length: 20 min Total length: 3,5 hours Travel time: Outwards, 60 min. Return, 60 min. We will visit some of the most classic places in Torres del Paine National Park; MIrador Sarmiento from where you will appreciate the biggest lake inside the park; Laguna Amarga whose waters are four times saltier than the ocean and Mirador Nordenskjöld just in front of the Massif. We finish with a gentle 10 minute walk that will take us to the Salto Grande. We will return by van on the same road.
Valle La Porfiada Difficulty: Easy Total length: 4 hours Walk length: 20 min. Travel time: Outwards, 75 min. Return, 75 min. The La Porfiada valley is located north of Laguna Azul. We will pass beautiful lenga forests as we gain altitude driving up the road, with great views of gullies and rivers. If we are lucky we will have the company of condors that frequently fly around the area. We will finally reach the plains where a Puesto (temporary home of a Gaucho) is located, with views of the Argentinean summits. The possibility to explore this area is exclusive to our guests.
Estancia Las Chinas Difficulty: Easy Total length: 3,5 hours Walk length: 20 min. Travel time: Outwards, 60 min. Return, 60 min. We will enter the Las Chinas valley, an almost unexplored area near Cordillera Baguales. We can walk here and there are good probabilities of seeing fauna such as guanaco, ñandú, condors, cara-cara, long tailed meadowlarks and austral negritos. In spring we can find abundant flora such as oxalis, ladies slipper, alstroemeria, quinchamalium, leucheria and neneo.
Macizo Paine Difficulty: Easy Total length: 8 hours Walk length: 30 min Travel time: Outwards, 2,5 hrs. Return 2,5 hrs. This full day scenic trip focuses on the western side of Torres del Paine National Park. It is the best alternative to see the most of the park in just one day, stopping at different places of photographic interest. We will enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the world, which ends at the Lago Grey area. There we will find glaciers and nothofagus forests. If we are lucky we might spot the Huemul, a chilean native deer in danger of extinction. Here we can do a 30 minute walk along the southern shore of Lago Grey where it is common to find icebergs that have travelled from the face of the glacier. The return drive takes place on a road south of Lago del Toro.
LOCATION Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is located on the eastern shore of Lake Sarmiento, on the edge of the Torres del Paine National Park. Cerro Castillo, the nearest settlement is a 30 minute drive away and is also the nearest border crossing with Argentina. Puerto Natales, the nearest town (Population (2002) 16.978)isabouta1to11⁄4hourdriveaway and Punta Arenas, the Region’s Capital, is approximately a 4 to 4 1⁄2 hour drive away. The hotel is 25 to 30 minutes drive from the entrance to the National Park, with easy access to places of interest. The entrance fee to the park is included for all guests who participate in our excursions. The hotel is 100 meters above sea level so guests should not experience any altitude problems.
WEATHER CONDITIONS The weather in Patagonia is extremely unpredictable and guests need to pack for all temperatures and precipitations! Often all four seasons can be experienced in one day. Strong winds which blow off the Southern Ice Field characterize the summer months (November to February). Temperatures vary during the seasons
ELECTRICITY Electricity in Chile is 220v 50Hz and the plugs are European two pin round.
LANGUAGE Our staff speak Spanish and many of them also speak English. We have Spanish and English speaking guides. If you require another language, please enquire for this service BEFORE you travel, our reservations staff will be pleased to help you. French and German guides are available on request and with prior consultation.There may be an additional cost for this service.
CURRENCY The Chilean currency is the peso. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diner’s Club cards. There is no ATM at our hotel but we can change travelers checks.
ROOM CHARACTERISTICS All rooms are equipped with: · central heating · safety deposit box · hair dryer · telephone We do not have televisions in our guest rooms, but guests may watch TV programming in the hotel common area. There is a limited Wi-Fi service in the common areas and i-pads are also available for our guests ‘use.
ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE OurAll-Inclusivepackageincludes: • Regular transfers between the hotel and Punta Arenas (airport, hotel or pier), Puerto Natales and Cerro Castillo at the published times. • American breakfast, lunch and dinner • Open bar – includes soft drinks, mineral water, juices, house wines, beers and liquors. • Two half day or one full day excursion every day in small groups with other guests. • Full use of all the hotel facilities, including pools, saunas and Jacuzzi. Our All-Inclusive package does NOT include: • Private excursions • Premium liquors, wines and beers • Laundry service • Telephone calls • Spa treatments • Tips
EXCURSIONS The excursions are varied and cater for a wide range of interests and levels of fitness. Our guides will advise guests on the best order to undertake excursions, making the most of their stay without putting them at risk. If there is any particular activity you would like to do during your stay, please let us know in advance (such as a specific hike, horse ride, etc.) Please note that the weather conditions in Patagonia can be extreme and we will not carry out certain excursions if it means endangering our guests or compromising their comfort.
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES Temperatures in Patagonia vary wildly, often within the same day. We recommend that you dress in layers, for maximum comfort. It is very important for your comfort to make sure to bring the following; A good, warm and windproof jacket, preferably made of goretex or other “mountain” material, trekking pants, several warm sweaters, polar fleece, long or earmuffs to protect your ears from the wind, sunblock andsunglassesaswell aslipbalm. We also suggest you bring a swimsuit for use in the heated pool and spa. Some items will be available in the hotel shop, however it is best to be prepared as we are far from “civilization” and cannot guarantee to have all items in stock at the time of your visit. Bring binoculars to watch the birds and animals and camera equipment to capture the local culture and landscapes. A small day-pack is a good idea to carry some personal items during the excursions. Please note that if you wish to participate in any of the more extreme mountain adventures you will need the appropriate clothing and equipment. Do let us know if you have any specific questions. Dress code is neat casual for dinner and casual at all other times.
FAMILIES Tierra Patagonia is a family friendly hotel, offering a variety of excursions many of which can be tailored especially for kids. The hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool and a TV room as well as games in the living room to keep kids entertained. We have family rooms that sleep up to six, plus we can provide cribs and cots for babies and smaller children. We do not have nursery or daycare facilities within our hotel but we can arrange babysitters should parents wish to enjoy a more strenuous excursion or a quiet dinner without their children. This service is subject to availability and is upon request.
TIPPING Tips are at your discretion and our staff will be delighted to know their efforts are appreciated. We suggest USD 20.00 – 30.00 per day per guest, to be shared amongst all our team although if you prefer to give a specific amount to your guide, driver, restaurant or housekeeping staff or to another individual who has made your stay special, please feel free to do so!
TORRES DEL PAINE INFRASTRUCTURE In the immediate vicinity of Tierra Patagonia, there are no facilities, you are truly in one of the last great remote territories on the earth! The nearest town is Puerto Natales, approximately one hour and fifteen minutes away by vehicle, where you will find restaurants, souvenir stores, a handicraft market, church, and banks. There is also a supermarket and chemist/drugstore.
MEDICAL FACILITIES There is a medical clinic in Puerto Natales and a larger clinic in Punta Arenas, approximately 4 to 4 1⁄2 hours away by vehicle. We advise all guests to travel with a comprehensive insurance policy.
MOBILE PHONES The Torres del Paine area has limited mobile telephone coverage. Some cell phones may not operate in the area and mobile phone reception can be erratic.
HOW TO GET TO TIERRA PATAGONIA? LAN Chile, LAN Express and Sky Airline operate several daily flights from Santiago, Chile’s capital, to Punta Arenas, the nearest large airport to the hotel. Flights take approximately 4 hours from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Sky Airline also operates flights in high season (November – March) to Puerto Natales aerodrome, however this service is less frequent and does not run every day. Transfers from Punta Arenas airport to the hotel take about 4 to 4 1⁄2 hours, and are included daily at the published times in our all-inclusive packages. The transfer time will be confirmed to you depending on your arrival/ departure time. Other transfer options include; • To and from the Cruceros Australis cruise ships at the pier in Punta Arenas. • The border crossing with Argentina at Cerro Castillo. • Directly from/to Tierra Patagonia and El Calafate in Argentina. (airport or hotel in El Calafate, other hotels in the El Calafate area on request). There is a supplement for this international service.