We had booked an all inclusive package for three nights based on the reviews that indicated that if you were active and used the opportunities offered this would cost close to an "a la carte" approach. This started well as we were not really expecting a van to meet us from our (1 hour delayed) Sky Airlines flight from Puerto Montt, but there they were waiting for us. There was a long drive from Punta Arenas to Las Torres with a break for dinner at the Estancia Cerro Negro and an opportunity to talk to others who were travelling with us . The weather was very bad with high winds and pouring rain as we got close to the Park. When we arrived it was almost too late to choose what excursions we could go on the next day and we had to decide in a hurry. This is an area where the hotel might want to improve the information it provides on its website or alternatively provide some information by email to those people booking several weeks in advance of their arrival. Factual information on the guided trails offered and their difficulty as well as other excursions offered would have enable us to make a hurried decision that much easier. We had chosen Las Torres as we wanted to do horse trekking and this is the only location with horses within the park.
For our first day we were blessed with clear skies and no wind, our guides Eduardo and Patrick said we were very lucky. We had chosen to do the full day excursion Sendero de Los Lagos which required a van driven by Maurizio to take our party of five to the start of the trail and he then picked us up at the end. This trail took us through forested areas, some of them still scarred from the fires they have had here in past and as we were visiting in mid November the wild flowers were out which provided additional interest.This trip did enable us to get a much better appreciation of the complexity of the massif. The second day we did a horse trek to the Bador valley close to the Cuernos del Paine with some cloud but no real wind. Interestingly enough we were the only couple that wanted to go horse riding so it was a special exclusive experience. However we did note that the trail around the Park was quite crowded with walkers even though it was not high season. This was in comparison with our first day where we only met one other group on the trail.
We found the common areas of the hotel very warm as well as our room which we controlled by opening the window. The service we found was friendly and helpful. We talked with the restaurant maitre d'hotel and noted that there is an effort to hire and train local people. That being said there is room for improvement in the area of value but for us the ability to ride horses in such a fantastic location and our luck with the weather made it a special experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Las Torres is located in the heart of the National Park at the foot of the main tourist attraction, Las Torres del Paine and the starting point of the main trails of the park. With 74 rooms we offer All Inclusive Packages as well as bed & breakfast options. In any case, we are very flexible, with no fixed dates or days of arrival. We do have daily tour options to the main attractions of the park, as well as a nice restaurant with local cuisine options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Torres Patagonia Hotel Torres Del Paine
- Las Torres Patagonia Del Paine
- Las Torres Patagonia Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile