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About Tierra Patagonia
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff where the South
American pampa meets Lake Sarmiento. The building is immersed in the landscape
and emerges from the hillside. The award winning architecture complements the
flow of the geology in this privileged location and showcases the magnificent
views of the Torres del Paine National Park, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Inside, wood clad walls emanate warmth, safety and protection – a cozy hideaway
after a day spent discovering the amazing Patagonian outdoors. The essence of
the interior decoration mirrors the design of our sister hotel, Tierra Atacama
and here, as there, furnishings and textiles were hand made by Chilean
craftspeople, using natural materials from the region, high quality workmanship
and inspiration from the surrounding estancias as well as the influence of the
native Tehuelche people. The ambience of Tierra Patagonia is casual and
friendly, the different spaces created by the designers mean that guests can
mingle and get to know one another or find a quiet corner to relax and get away
from it all.
There is something truly delicious about curling up on a comfortable sofa with a
lap blanket, a book and a glass of wine and then forgetting about the book and
just staring out the window at one of the Earth's most sublime places.
Facilities & services
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa`s facilities include a large central
space with a welcoming open fire, living room, bar, a library, TV room, map area
for discovering the activities and excursions available and the dining room.
There is WiFi in the public areas and iPads available for guest use.
Uma Spa is within the hotel and features an indoor swimming pool with jets,
cascades and the same stunning views of the Torres del Paine as the rest of the
hotel. There is also an outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, locker rooms and
relaxation areas. Our Spa professionals offer many types of massages and facials
using local stones and elements.
The hotel offers all-inclusive packages that include your stay, all meals, bar,
guided excursions, use of Uma Spa facilities and transfers to and from the local
airports. Our excellent, friendly staff is primarily hired locally and from
Life at Tierra Patagonia
Imagine waking up to wonderful views of
sunrise over the Torres del Paine, whilst luxuriating in our wonderful beds.
Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Room and then get ready to head out for your
excursion to the National Park or to one of the neighboring ranches. Come back
to the hotel marveling at the nature you have just witnessed, and enjoy a tasty
and healthy lunch. Afterwards, you might choose to go out for another excursion
or decide to visit Uma Spa for a massage, facial, swim, sauna, or steam bath.
As the evening approaches, meet new faces in the Living Room and Bar, enjoy the
way the clouds and the wind change the scenery outside, or immerse yourself in
the history of the original settlers in the area in the library mezzanine. Then
enjoy cocktails and dinner, accompanied by Chile's finest wines.
On the shore of Lake Sarmiento
Take a short walk down to Lake Sarmiento to explore the black
sand beach, ideal for long and leisurely walks. You'll discover Calafate bushes
and other shrubs endemic to the ecological zone, called the Fuergian Steppe.
You'll probably also see some ñandues, the local ostrich-like birds and possibly
some grazing guanaco. All this, just steps away from the hotel.
The lake is a closed basin elliptical lake with 47 miles (78km) of shoreline and
a surface area of 86km2. The eastern border of the lake makes up the edge of
Torres del Paine National Park, and here our luxury hotel sits just a few
minutes up the hillside.
Patagonia features 3 suites, 34 superior rooms (10 of which can be
interconnected to make family apartments) and 3 standard rooms. All rooms have
beautiful views across Lake Sarmiento to the peaks of Torres del Paine National
Park. The rooms are decorated with authentic Patagonian details and styled to
capture the warmth and coziness of being indoors in this wild faraway place
two-story loft design suites boast magnificent views of the Paine massif
through large floor to ceiling windows
rooms offer magnificent views of Torres del Paine and feature a larger
bathroom with bathtub and two washbasins
Family apartments are made up of two interconnected Superior rooms that
can sleep up to six people
rooms offer magnificent views of Torres del Paine and feature the
bathtub in the bedroom.
About the Excursions:
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
Half day: offered in the morning and/or afternoon, lunch at the hotel.
Full day: start in the morning and we you 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
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.
Origins of life
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full Day Hikes
***ALL FULL DAY HIKES INCLUDE BOX LUNCHES ***
Pingo Valley and Grey Peninsula
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
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
* Area affected by the fire.
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.
* Available from November 16th through March 15th, except on December 25th
and January 1st.
* Area affected by the fire.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
***ALL HORSE RIDES ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS ***
Estancia Cerro Guido
Horseback 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 can be between 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
Horse Ride Estancia Cerro Guido
Duration: 2 hours
Travel time: Outwards, 30 min. Return, 30 min.
After a 30 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.
Horse Ride Estancia Lazo
Duration: 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.