Travelers don’t end up in Patagonia by chance – it’s a bucket-list destination that requires careful planning and advance preparation to visit, especially considering its limited number of luxury hotels, each of which have only a handful of rooms. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, a trip to Patagonia must be done right, so deciding which property matches your style and needs is key, as staying in the right lodge will shape the way you experience this remote and breathtaking corner of the earth.
was a game-changer for Patagonia with its focus on exclusivity when it opened in 2013. While other lodges celebrate a more communal, social experience, Awasi is best for travelers wanting privacy and personalization.
’s architecture is the stuff of design lovers’ dreams. Built to mimic its environment, the lodge’s exterior blends into the undulating landscape yet feels expansive inside. Tierra sits at the edge of Lake Sarmiento and boasts unbeatable views of Torres del Paine’s three peaks.
is set on a jaw-droppingly beautiful glacier lake, with Macizo del Paine (Paine Mountain) on the horizon. Like most Explora properties, the lodge is geared towards travelers looking for active adventures in a remote setting. WiFi is only available in some parts of the lodge, so travelers are able to unplug from the outside world and focus on their spectacular surroundings.
Getting from the U.S. to Chilean Patagonia involves 15 hours of flying and up to five hours of driving. While it’s possible to overnight in Santiago to break up the trip, the better option is to go all the way to the outer reaches of Southern Patagonia and stay at this industrial-cool hotel.
By all accounts, the Chilean side of Patagonia offers a better all-around experience for the luxury traveler than the Argentine side; it has more diverse and stunning landscapes, more upscale lodges and more varied experiences. However, this side is much more difficult to reach and requires about a week there to make the trip worthwhile. Travelers to South America who want to spend just a few days in Patagonia can get a taste of the wild destination on the Argentine side in a shorter timeframe. El Calafate, where Eolo is located, is just a three-hour flight from Buenos Aires.
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