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Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

The Explora Salto Chico is one of Chile’s finest hotels set in truly spectacular surroundings overlooking Lake Pehoe and the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia. A luxurious base from which to explore the region.

At a Glance

  • Stunning views of the Paine massif

  • Expert guides to lead the daily explorations

  • Indoor pool and four open-air jacuzzis

  • Lodge has its own stables and horses

  • Considered one of Chile’s most outstanding hotels

  • Location is simply stunning, looking out over the blue waters of Lake Pehoé

Adventure, Honeymoon, Riding, Family

Insider's View

Make sure you keep your curtains open on the first night so that you wake up to the most extraordinary view - the early start will be worth it!

Katie Aston

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico or take a look at our itineraries to Patagonia


The cutting-edge Explora Salto Chico is set in a 600,000 acre breathtaking wilderness of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, beautiful lakes and forested valleys. This unique landscape is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

There are 37 luxury guest rooms and seven suites, all with fabulous views over the park. Beech floors, pale wicker furniture and the subtle use of natural and artificial light combine to provide a sense of intimacy with, rather than seclusion from, the elements. The Explora Salto Chico also offers mouth watering local cuisine such as Magellanic lamb, southern king crab and delicious fish and vegetables.

The Explora concept mixes luxury with adventure. A range of excursions are available to suit every ability and include sailing to the magnificent Grey Glacier, horse riding to the Laguna Verde and hiking alongside the towering Cuernos del Paine and the southern shore of Lago Sarmiento with its bizarre lime formations.

The lodge is the only one in the area with its own horse stables bred and trained especially for its guests. At the end of an epic day of adventure, one can relax in one of the four open-air Jacuzzis, all with views of Lago Pehoe and the Macizo del Paine peaks.


Accommodation at Explora Salto Chico comprises six Exploradores Suites measuring 42 sq m, all with views of the Macizo del Paine, 36 Cordillera del Paine Rooms measuring 28 sq m, also with views of Macizo del Paine, seven Salto Chico Rooms measuring 28 sq m, all with views of the waterfall and two Rio Paine Rooms overlooking the river. Each room has a small living area, hydromassage bath and incredibly comfortable beds, designed for a deep, relaxing sleep after a day's exploring.


Children are welcomed at the Explora Salto Chico although there are no specific facilities. Explorations are recommended for children aged 12 years and above.


Facilities at the Explora Salto Chico include a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, two open-air Jacuzzis, massage service, restaurant.


Daily guided treks, horse rides and road excursions are offered to guests staying at the Explora Salto Chico, to explore the beautiful Torres del Paine national park, with its stunning lakes, peaks and glaciers and an abundance of Andean wildlife. Boat trips to the Grey glacier can also be arranged. There are explorations suitable for all different levels of ability and each afternoon the lodge's expert bilingual guides meet with guests to explain the different options on offer for the following day. Longer full day excursions typically include an outdoor picnic lunch.

Location & Directions

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico is located right at the heart of the extraordinary Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia. The varied and untouched landscapes of this area led UNESCO to declare it a biosphere reserve. Located 113 kilometers to the north of Puerto Natales, between the Andes and the plateau.

When to go

Early summer (November) can be lovely, and in late summer and autumn (March) the colors are stunning. But if you’re planning to go riding in the open steppes, midsummer is wonderful. At any time of year, Torres del Paine has its own microclimate: unpredictable. People will often tell you to expect all seasons in a single day.

From mid November to early March Explora operate set packages with fixed entry and departure dates, however the rest of the year has flexible dates for arrival or departure.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico or take a look at our itineraries to Patagonia

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