Our stay at Tierra Patagonia was nothing short of spectacular and it's difficult to articulate just how much we loved everything about it. The location is phenomenal: the hotel is set right on a lake and every room has a breathtaking view of the lake and the mountains. The exterior is designed to blend into the natural landscape and was mostly built with wood and concrete and exudes a yoga like chic and natural vibe, with very high end finishing and fantastic attention to detail. The moment you walk inside, it smells wonderful - a mixture of fresh wood and slightly scented oils - and exudes calm and tranquility. The bar area was beautiful, the dining room had fantastic views, and there is even a relaxing/lounge area and a library all in the common area. The food is very good and I was very thankful that they offered options that suited my (quasi vegetarian) and my husband's (big-time meat eater) preferences.
While I've stayed at some gorgeous facilities before, it's the people here that make all the difference in the world. The hotel is very well staffed, and I believe the total capacity for guests is around 100. They have 10 guides, numerous waiters, and various workers on hand to help with your every request. Whereas other hotels may give exceptional service, the staff at Tierra Patagonia genuinely want you to have a great experience and they go out of their way to make sure you do. The guides that we had were AMAZING. All were very knowledgeable about Patagonia and many had guided excursions for years. As is typical of outdoor experts, these guides loved nature but had the rare quality of making a guest feel right at home. In fact, when you spend hours hiking through a wilderness, you get to know your guides very quickly and these individuals had a genuineness and sincerity to everything they did. Not only were they fun to be around, but you also felt very safe in their care (a big plus considering how remote Torres del Paine is in case of any emergencies!). Alvaro, Jorge, Chris, and Kina (sp?), you were all amazing and we hope to see you again one day!! Additionally the wait staff was great and you often had the same waiters throughout you stay; it was always nice to see a familiar face after a long and physically demanding day of excursions! Angelo, thanks for the wine tasting and all the Spanish lessons!!
There are many options to do throughout your stay and I will give my thoughts on some of the ones that we did. The Base of the Torres hike was incredibly beautiful and very demanding. My husband and I are in good shape, young (30 & 31), and I'm a runner; we thought that the 'hard' hikes would be fairly easy since we presumed that perhaps they were rated based on 40-60 year old fitness levels. Ha! We were mistaken. :o) However, we did finish the hike in a decent time but I would say if you want to do the excursions that are labeled 'hard', then definitely put in some legwork prior to your trip. Hunter's Trail was a great 1/2 day excursion, and Paseo de la Guitarra is a beautiful full day hike. We got to have four full days of excursions and the guides made sure that we did everything we wanted to do. On your first day, they sit down with you, see what you're interested in, and lay out a schedule that is tailored to your desires. They really accommodate your every need!
The one negative was that due to the hotel's remote location, the water pressure for the hot water in our shower was very low. The shower itself was a waterfall shower and had great pressure at cooler temperatures, but not for the hottest temps. Regardless, this did not put a damper (no pun intended) on any part of our stay.
A few quick tips: bring everything you think you'll need, especially in terms of any OTC medicine. They do not have a gift shop that sells things like Advil, Benadryl etc. Also, there's not a menu for snacks, but they can make sandwiches and french fries throughout the day (and I'm sure other options as well). Also, bring lots of layers. We lucked out with great weather, but conditions change very quickly there. If you're hesitant to buy the more expensive gore-tex material items, or wicking technology, they're definitely worth it and help with your comfort.
There are few places that I've traveled to that I know I must return to one day and this is one of them (I would also love to visit its sister property, Tierra Atacama in Northern Chile). To all the staff at Tierra Patagonia that made our stay unforgettable, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to see you all again; until then, best wishes, a warm embrace, and great thanks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a casual but luxurious design hotel with 40 guest rooms. The hotel ambiance is Patagonian, one that radiates warmth, safety and togetherness; all things desired by those who've spent their day in the Patagonian outdoors. The hotel sits on a bluff where the vast pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, and enjoys a magnificent view of Torres del Paine peaks on the other side of the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile