Patagonia has been on my bucket list for years. It's the last destination of our South America trip. To make it special, we decided to stay with Explora. From the moment we landed Punta Arenas, we felt in love. Explora is located within the Torres del Paine National Park, to be exactly, right in the middle of the famous W trail
The ride from the airport to the lodging is about 5 hours. We were taken good care off the entire ride with a quick stop at the local joint for a pleasant dinner. The scenery to the hotel gets better and better. The sunset of the southern Patagonia was an amazing experience.
By the time we got to the hotel it was pitch dark outside. We were greeted by the guest manager Rosario Villagra the moment we stepped out of the van. She is such a wonderful lady! Her presence was warm, comforting and full of grace that made our stay feel truly at home. We had many enjoyable conversations with her throughout our stay.
After dropping of our luggage, we were invited to the dining room and served with three course late night meal.
What sets Explora apart is its guided tour options. It provides more than 50 different hikes and horseback rides ranging from beginner to advanced level. The maximum people you have in the group is eight. We were able to pick out our next day hike with a tour guide. All tour guides in Explora are experienced and well trained.
We loved the philosophy of Explora on sustainability, connecting with nature and those around you and the focus on just the essentials you need. We truly couldn't be happier with our experience at Explora and look forward to future holidays with Explora.
Waking up this this view after arriving at 10 P.M. the night before was the biggest surprise!