The yurts at Patagonia Camp are lovely and unique, and the people at the desk were always very friendly. Breakfast was good, but we didn't want to pay $54 each for dinner since we were on the bed and breakfast plan. This isn't a place where you just walk down to the lakeshore, but it's a very pretty place to relax after exploring Torres del Paine. However, the closure of the road from Patagonia Camp into the park (we left the park on November 25) means very long drives each day into the park (about 2 1/2 to 3 hours or so to Hotel Las Torres, for example). These are pretty drives, but it takes up lots of time each day, and we had to go into Puerto Natales to fill up the tank to be sure we had enough gas to see all we wanted to see in the park. The only gas is in Puerto Natales, and that is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Amarga entrance. The policy of Patagonia Camp is to notify guests of this road closure just one week before their expected arrival, which caught us totally unaware of the situation since we had already left on our trip. When we were staying in Hotel Las Torres before our stay in Patagonia Camp, I was never able to see my e-mails from their computers for 4 days, and the laptop computer at Hotel Serrano also was not able to let me see my e-mail, so I never got the warning. Also, there are no road signs that say that the road from Patagonia Camp to the Serrano entrance is closed. You do see occasional signs on Ruta 9 (which goes from Puerto Natales to the park) in Spanish that warn of a road closure on a numbered highway, but none of our guidebooks even show highway numbers and the sign does not mention Patagonia Camp. You are able to drive to the Milodon cave just fine, but it's about 20-30 minutes or more after the cave before you see a barricade that says that only Patagonia Camp customers can go further along the road. Also, when we entered the park to pay our entrance fee, we were not told of any road closures. If you are planning to drive from Hotel Serrano (which also did not warn us of this road closure by e-mail before our trip began) to Patagonia Camp, this now takes about 3 1/2 to 4 hours instead of the previous 30 minutes before this road closure went into effect. If you plan to stay here in the next month and are driving your own car, you should contact Patagonia Camp directly to see the current state of the road closure. When we saw Gonzalo Sanchez, the man who handles the Patagonia Camp bookings, in person on November 21, he said the people doing the roadwork continually keep telling him two more weeks, two more weeks. I feel sorry for the effect this is having on the nice people at Patagonia Camp, but I want to prevent anyone else from having the trouble we just had getting to Patagonia Camp . (The camp front office closes at 11 P.M., which meant we were unable to drive there on time for our first night's reservation after we hiked in Las Torres and tried to leave by the closed Serrano entrance.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Along the Shore of Toro Lake in a region of extraordinary beauty, Patagonia Camp is the first luxury camp in South America with a chic collection of glamorous Yurts. The camp's 18 impeccable and spacious Yurts are comfortable and stylishly furnished, equipped with central heating, ensuite bathrooms and even views of the stars through a central window in the roof. Activities include kayaking, fishing, scenic tours, hiking and trekking in the Torres del Paine National Park, recently named The 8th Wonder of the World, only 15 kilometers away. The restaurant offers a variety of typical Patagonian food with a gourmet touch, such as King Crab, Patagonian Lamb, Austral Salmon and more! Patagonia Camp is a unique nature experience and a truly different and new concept of accommodation in a close contact with the natural environment and with great comfort! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Patagonia Camp Hotel Torres Del Paine
- Patagonia Camp Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile