EXCURSION FROM REMOTA
PUERTO NATALES AND DOROTEA MOUNTAIN RANGE
Puerto Natales is the geographical center of Chilean Patagonia, and it boasts
one of the most picturesque ports in Chile, grandly displaying the ingenuity of
the resident locals, who in turn have learned to adapt to this land from the
indigenous before them, as well as the first explorers and adventurers, so that
they may live a good life in the middle of sometimes brutal climate.?The Sierra
Dorothea hill, which backs Puerto Natales, is known for its dense beech forest,
deep gorges and small lakes, and a spectacular lookout over the town and the
Ultima Esperanza Sound. From this lookout point it is possible to see the four
fundamental geological formations that make up Patagonia: pampa, mountains,
fjords, and ice. There are no marked trails on Sierra Dorothea, the reason why
excursions here are led by a knowledgeable gaucho and guide.
The first navigators here sailed through the Patagonia’s labyrinth of fjords
seeking protected bays, fish, and fresh water, and a more protected path to the
Atlantic Sea, much like the Strait that Magellan discovered on November 1, 1520.
Before them, the indigenous groups Kawésqar and Yamanes plied these waters,
followed by colonists. Yet even today, these fjords are still some of the most
unpopulated on the planet. The Ultima Esperanza Sound and the neighboring
Eberhard Fjord are prime examples of a traveler’s idea of the mythical channels
at the End of the World.
This is one of the most important archeological sites in the far south of Chile.
The first inhabitants of Patagonia lived here at Lake Sofia together with
now-extinct mega fauna such as the prehistoric horse (caballo enano), the
milodón (giant sloth), saber tooth tiger, and more. This area is also attractive
for its beautiful geography, its mix of lagoons and lakes such as Sofía, and
isolated peaks that are home to condor and eagle nesting sites, and extensive
native beech forests that are full of flowers. This region also does not have
marked trails, the reason why excursions here are led by a knowledgeable gaucho
TORRES DEL PAINE
Torres del Paine National Park, created in 1959, was declared a World Biosphere
Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. In spite of the fact that the entire region is a
natural and cultural reserve, the park itself is one of the best-known
attractions in the world. Its beauty is easy to seek out, but hard to forget.?No
one who has visited Torres del Paine can forget the view of the sun cast upon
the park’s tall peaks, coloring the tips of the Cuernos (Horns), the Paine
Grande peak, the Espada Peak, or the Shark’s Fin Peak in pink tones.?By foot,
van or kayak, the view of Torres del Paine will always be a high point of a trip
BAGUALES MOUNTAIN RANGE
Los Baguales is a little-known area where travelers can soak up the pleasure of
distancing themselves from the “well-known,” the essence of any good trip. A
person’s sense of distance disappears as the vast pampa that is Patagonia
appears, creating a sense of mystery of that which one sees but doesn’t
understand. The area is home to wild horses, guanacos, rheas and pumas, although
the latter is difficult to spot. Los Baguales is known for fascinating, strange
geological formations, that the local indigenous groups believed were the
fossilized remains of extraterrestrials and the flat plains their landing areas.
Here visitors often find fossils. There is no trail. Trekking here along the
Baguales range is an unforgettable experience.
A very attractive area for its dense forests, lakes and fjords, Mount Rotundo is
rich in flora typically found near channels, such as evergreen beech, canelo,
and Guaitecas Cypress, flora that needs a lot of humidity. In the forest shade,
we find here a varied amount of mushrooms and lichens. The landscape offers
surprises such as the snowy peaks of the Pinto mountain range and the impressive
THREE STEPS VALLEY AND THE FIGUEROA LAGOON
This place is where the first settlers of the last Esperanza province started to
arrive. The valley is a privileged area for bird watching such as, eagles,
ducks, wild goose and condors. Because of the sediment rock formations it is
great for condor’s nests. With beech forests you can reach vie points, where not
only you can appreciate the geomorphology of the area, you also can have a great
view to the Paine Massif.
HUNTER MOUNTAIN RANGE
Located in at the center of the majestic mountains like the Baguales range and
the Paine Massif, characterized for its infinity magellanic steppe, pre-Andean
shrub lands, coiron and mainly Black bush. It is ideal for native wildlife
watching like Red and Grey Foxes, rheas, armadillo, skunks and flamingos.
PUERTO NATALES & SIERRA DOROTEA
PUERTO NATALES AND IT'S PEOPLE
Half day / car or bicycle / low difficulty / 3 hours app
This trip connects us with the life of the local people of Puerto Natales, their
story. From the Aonikenks,to the Kaweskar and to the development of the
Patagonian ranching. We will visit the fishermen´s wharf, the municipal museum,
the main square and the family ranches, where several families grow fruits and
vegetables on their greenhouses.
SIERRA DOROTEA HIKE
Half day / hike / high difficulty / ascent 500 m / no trail / 4 hours app /
We first climb for 2 hours until reaching the peak at 600 meters high. The view
from Sierra Dorotea offers us an excellent view of Patagonian geography: on one
end the mountainous characteristics of Chilean Patagonia, and at the other end
the infinite Argentine pampa.
SIERRA DOROTEA HORSEBACK RIDE (No experience required)
Full or Half day / horseback ride / low difficulty / ascent 800 m / 7 or 4 hours
app / REMOTA exclusive
Sierra Dorotea is one of the most beautiful mountain’s in the region, with an
extraordinary landscape where you can see mountains, the pampa, and the canals
all from one viewpoint. It is a wonderful place to ride atop docile horses that
are accustomed to difficult terrain. The ride is accompanied by a gaucho (also
called a baquedano), who will share with guests a hot mate tea by a bonfire. The
clothing, the character and culture of the gauchos offers guests a chance to
understand life and work in sometimes inhospitable land.
TREKKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING THROUGH THE SIERRA DOROTEA (No experience
Full day / trekking and horseback ride / high difficulty / ascent 600 m / no
trail / 8 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
This excursion begins with a walk for 3 hours to the mountain shoulder of Sierra
Dorotea where, along with a lake, we meet a gaucho with horses. We then ride for
3 hours through beech forest and a high mountain valley. Good opportunity to see
LAMB BARBECUE AT PUERTO CONSUELO
Half day / car and hike / low difficulty / 5 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We leave REMOTA to visit villa Bories then we keep driving to get to Puerto
Pratt, a place where the first pioneers of the area lived and dreamed. Here we
start a 1.5 hours hike, to end up in Puerto Consuelo, the first sheep breeding
farm of the Last Hope province, where Mister Erik Eberhard (great grandson of
the German pioneer who colonized this lands) will be waiting for us with a
traditional lamb on a spit.
NAVIGATION THROUGH THE LAST HOPE SOUND
Full day / catamaran and hike / low difficulty / 9 hours app
We will navigate for 3 hours through the Última Esperanza fjord to the Mount
Balmaceda (Bernardo O ´Higgins National Park). During the navegation we’ll see
waterfalls, sea lions, a cormorant colony, seagulls, Chilean skuas and condors
and the Balmaceda Glacier. We then take a brief walk that will put us up-close
to the Glaciar Serrano.
BICYCLE RIDE TO THE LAST HOPE SOUND
Half day / car and bicycle / medium difficulty / ascent 200 m / 5 hours app /
We leave REMOTA with a northwest direction to start our bicycle ride once we´re
able to see the Eberhard Fiord. This is a place with different kinds of
vegetation’s, which makes it an ideal place to spot different kinds of birds.
The idea is to reach the shore of the fiord. The sentinel of our trip will be
Cerro Pratt, the Olla and Monument Moore range among others.
Full day / hike / low difficulty / ascent 400 m / 7 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
This excursion is ideal to understand the flora and geography of Magellan, also
to know and learn about the occupation and uses that our ancesters and pioneers
had give to our lands. We walk through caves and rocky slopes that once were the
shelters of our indigenous population, discovering some remains of rock
painting. From the Sofia lookout we will have a majestic valley view. Good
chance to see condors.
Half day / hike / low difficulty / 3.5 hours app
This excursion takes us to the caves Cueva Chica and Cueva del Medio, then to
the Cueva del Milodón, an extinct sloth that turned up the imagination of
Europeans at the end of the XIX century, who organized hunting expeditions to
Patagonia. Highly recommended to know and learn Magellan´s anthropology and
TORRES DEL PAINE
LAKES, FORESTS AND ICE FORMATIONS OF TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
Full day / car and hike / low difficulty / 10 hours app
We visit Torres del Paine from one extreme end to the other by?van, passing by
different lookout points: Laguna Amarga, Lake Nordenskjold, and the Salto Grande
cascade. This excursion, weather permitting, allows guests to see the principal
peaks including the Towers, the Horns, Almirante Nieto peak, and the Paine
Grande peak. After lunch, we walk to the beach at Lake Grey, where we can view
huge icebergs along the shore. From a lookout point here we can also see the
Glacier Grey in the distance.
LAGUNA AZUL, PHOTO SAFARI THROUGH TORRES DEL PAINE
Full day / car and hike / low difficulty / 9 hours app
We concentrate our trip on the east side of the park, where most of the animals
of the park are. We start with Laguna Arul, place visited by the first tourist
of the area, Lady Florence Dixie, that is also one of the best places to see the
towers if you´re not going to do the big hike; we continue until we get to the
Cascade Paine. Later on we´ll have a 3 hours hike to get more in contact with
the guanacos around the Pampa and we´ll visit a rocky shelter where there are
some remains indigenous rock paintings.
Full day / hike / medium difficulty / ascent 400 m / 9 hours app
Along this route we will see excellent views of Lake Sarmiento and Torres del
Paine. We begin walking to the traditional Estancia Lazo, on the shore of Lake
Verde. The path crosses through forests of beech and, in spring, the area is
replete with a variety of species of flowers. The trail ends at the Mirador del
Toro, one of the best places to contemplate the rich geography of Torres del
Paine: the enormous and cobalt-blue waters of Lake Toro, the Andean Mountain
Range, the Almirante Nieto peak, the Horns, Paine Grande Mountain, and Glacier
BASE OF THE TOWERS
Full day / hike / high difficulty / ascent 900 m / 11 hours app
We begin this walk at the Estancia Cerro Paine, climbing to the Los Vientos
pass, with a panoramic view of the pampa, lakes and the Río Ascencio valley.
After three hours we arrive at the foot of a glacier morrena, then climb from
boulder to boulder until we arrive at the lake at the base of the Towers. This
is an unforgettable experience that any hiker will keep close to his/her heart.
Full day / hike / medium difficulty / 10 hours app / ascent 200 m
We walk between an old beech forest to make our way in to the valley until we
get to the “salmon cascade”. During our hike we usually get to see condors,
falcons and lots of forest birds, besides the South Ice Fields and some of the
granite peaks of the Paine massif. This is one of the few places where the
Huemul, a native deer in danger to be extinct, still lives.
GREY LAKE NAVIGATION
Full day / car and catamaran / low difficulty / 8 hours app
We headed to the Park by the “new road” from where we will see the lands that
once sheltered some of the pioneers of the area, and then the beech forest will
welcome us to the lookouts of the Toro Lake and the Paine Massif. We´ll get to
the Pingo River, where we will start our walk to the “Grey II” pier, on the
shore of the Grey Lake. The navigation takes about 3 hours.
FRENCH VALLEY (Only between November 1 and March 15)
Full day / car, catamaran and hike / medium – high difficulty / ascent 400 m /
14 hours app
We take the catamaran at Pudeto and after a 30 minutes navigation we´ll get to
Paine Grande, where we will start our hike to the valley, bordering the
Skottberg Lake until the Italian campsite where we´ll slowly start the uphill
until a lookout from where we will have amazing views of the lakes, the
mountains, the Paine Grande hanging glaciers and the granite peaks of the
THE PEAKS OF LAS CHINAS
Full day / hike / high difficulty / ascent 500 m / no trail / 10 hours app /
Sierra Baguales owes it´s name due to the “wild” horses, which are still around
at this place. The indigenous Aonikenk were fearful of the mountains, so they
never got too deep on them to hunt the horses. We´ll hike among a dike until we
get to an extraordinary geological formation called “las tetas de las chinas”.
Another unforgettable experience, that lovers of the wide-open spaces of
Patagonia will treasure.
BALMACEDA LAKE BICYCLE RIDE
Half day / car and bicycle / medium difficulty / 4 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
The bicycle ride starts at “los rebaños” ranch, where we descent through a
beautiful beech forest until we get to the shore of the Balmaceda Lake. We´ll
continue by a disused road to get to the ranch road where we´ll be able to
appreciate the beauties of the Patagonian Andes, Almirante Montt Gulf and the
THREE STEPS & FIGEROA LAGOON
Full or half day / hike / medium difficulty / ascent 300 m / 7 ó 4 hours app /
We´ll start our hike at the “Tres Pasos” ranch, getting in to the valley trough
the “Picana” creek and slowly we go uphill. Between beech trees we discover the
beauty of the valley, until we reach the “condor cliff” from where we´ll have an
amazing 360º view to see the mountains around Puerto Natales, Tres Pasos Valley,
Figueroa Lagoon and the Paine Massif. This is an excellent opportunity to spot
condors, observe from above, like if we were one of them.
THE PIONEERS, THE RANCHING IS THEIR GREATEST LEGACY
Half day / car / low difficulty / 5 hours app
This trip is designed for those who want to know and learn about the history of
the Last Hope and their first colonizers. We´ll visit Cerro Castillo village,
the main section of the livestock “Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego”, it´s
museum, their streets and buildings, still raising on the vast steppe. It allows
us to travel in time to understand how the main large estate of their times use
CERRO CASTILLO ASCENT
Full day / hike / high difficulty / 12 hours app / ascent 1000 m / REMOTA
After 90 minutes of approximation we´ll get to the “Castillo Viejo” station
where we will start our challenge, to conquer the peak of Cerro Castillo, from
where we´ll have an incredible panoramic view, from most of our excursion areas,
a worthy challenge for any good hiker who´s not interested in crowds.
BICYCLE RIDE BETWEEN PAINE AND BAGUALES MOUNTAIN RANGES
Full day / car and bicycle / low difficulty / 8 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We leave REMOTA heading to Cerro Castillo village to get deep in to the sierra.
After two hours of very nice views from the car, we start our ride through the
bushy plains of Patagonia, were we´ll be able to see rheas, condors, falcons,
guanacos and foxes. This area is located in between two mountain ranges of
unmatched beauty. It’s about learning, the history of those, who were the firsts
to adventure in tourism in these latitudes.
BAQUEANO ZAMORA HORSEBACK RIDE (Experience Required)
Full day / car and horseback ride / medium difficulty / 8 hours app / REMOTA
After a nice two hours drive, we get to the “san Luis” ranch, where the gaucho
and his horses will be waiting for us. The gaucho will be our guide on our ride.
This area is mainly steppe so is perfect for canter and galloping, also to
travel with our imagination next to the Baqueano Zamora or Lady Florence Dixie
(first white woman in Torres del Paine and first tourist of the area). Ideal to
rediscover the horses and their many Patagonian uses.
ABOUT THE HOTEL:
Remota is located in Puerto Natales,
the geographical and cultural centre of Chilean Patagonia, 250km or a 3-4
hours drive from Punta Arenas on an asphalt road. Punta Arenas is the last city
to the South of Chile, a four hour flight from the capital, Santiago.
The Remota Spa, called SPOT (Total Leisure room), has a heated infinity
pool, the largest in the region and its design has been subject in
professional journals. Our spa is based on the architecture of a Finish
sauna, including an outdoor jacuzzi and a massage parlor run by a
specialized massage therapist. The sum of all these features makes this
great building a unique place to stay
At the bar you can have talks on Patagonian nature and culture or just
enjoy your time
Rooms & Suites
Remota offers 72 spacious double rooms, 344 ft2 each, including a private
bath. Every room may add an optional bed for a child up to 12 years old.