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Hotel Explora—Salto Chico

At a Glance

    Pros

  • the grande dame of Patagonian hospitality and one of the best hotels in the whole country
  • heart-stopping views from the center of the national park

    Cons

  • a bank breaker
  • not a stunning building from the outside

Hotel Explora—Salto Chico Review

Next to a gently babbling waterfall on the southeast corner of Lago Pehoé, this lodge is one of the most luxurious—and most expensive—in Chile; outside, the shimmering lake is offset by tiny rocky islets, and although there may be some debate about the aesthetics of the hotel's low-slung minimalist exterior, the interior is impeccable, with a Scandinavian style using local woods throughout. Pressed Patagonian wildflowers and frontier photographs of indigenous people line the hallways. A dozen full-time guides tailor all-inclusive park outings to guests' interests. They're all fluent in English; some are expats, and they ferry you around in a fleet of imposing-looking vans. A four-night minimum stay is required, for which you'll pay a minimum of US$5,560 for two people, including airport transfers, three meals a day, drinks, and excursions. Rooms with better views, including one of the mountains from your bath, go up to almost double that. Yet, as a testament to the value, the place consistently sells out even during the winter.

    Hotel Details

  • 49 rooms.
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-19-2011

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