Better late than never - we stayed at the explora Patagonia in April 2008. Our first impression after a long trip was "no way - too windy", but we soon grew to love the place. It's not windy ALL the time, but when it is, hold on to something! Like all explora facilities, this one is over-the-top all inclusive. Not just the meals and some nice Chilean wines, but the daily activities, which include some pretty strenuous activities and are led by experienced guides and naturalists. The view over the lake is spectacular, and when the lake is calm, the reflection of the mountains is mesmerizing.
On the hikes, you'll see bird life, including Andean condors and ostrich-like rheas, animals such as the camelids (guanaco, alpaca, etc) and foxes, plus fantastic views in every direction. Hikes go to glaciers, forests, open plains, mountain tracks and even to petroglyphs. Your guide will carry the snacks and drinks, you just have to enjoy the scenery.
The meals are excellent and often include a local dish. The expansive buffet breakfast will get you ready for a busy day. The hotel will pick you up at a couple of fairly distant locations, saving you a car rental as you won't need a car there. Pricey? yes - worth it? every penny.More
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included