Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa: About the Destination

Located in Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa is located on the eastern shore of Lake Sarmiento, on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. In the immediate vicinity there are no facilities at all; it is truly in one of the most remote places on the planet! The nearest town is Puerto Natales, approximately one hour away by vehicle, where restaurants, souvenir stores, a handicraft market, a church, and banks can be found. There is also a supermarket and a pharmacy/drugstore.

The hotel is a half-hour drive from the entrance to the national park, with easy access to places of interest. The edge of the park can also be reached by taking a short walk from the hotel down to Lake Sarmiento. The entrance fee to the park is included for all guests who participate in the hotel’s excursions. 

Breathe in the vibrant colors of Patagonian scenery.

Places of Interest

Torres del Paine National Park

Just steps from Tierra Patagonia, this iconic national park beckons adventurers, nature lovers, and beauty seekers with its striking geological diversity. Aquamarine lakes reflect jagged pinnacles that soar more than 6,000 feet, and wild rivers and waterfalls cut through the forest and steppe. Glaciers pour into the valleys here, the most famous being Grey Glacier, whose vertical blue edge can be approached by boat. 

Wildlife and Natural History

Torres del Paine contains four distinct ecosystems and is home to more than 100 bird species; some 30 mammal species; and countless reptiles, amphibians, insects, and marine species. With luck, you’ll spy Patagonian gray foxes, aptly named large hairy armadillos, Chilean flamingos, and many other animals. Thanks to the respect and care of Patagonian guides, most native creatures are not frightened of people, and guests can enjoy close observation.  

People and Culture

Patagonia is home to a vibrant huaso culture. The word “huasos” translates to cowboys, and though both are known for their prowess on horseback, huaso culture differs significantly from the North American version. Huasos emphasize knowledge of the land over personal possessions, and they often specialize in sheep—rather than cow—herding. They use the wool to create garments to wear and sell and are also renowned for their folkloric art.

Guests can get acquainted with the culture on a horseback ride with local huasos, or by joining them on their ranches for a barbecue and an introduction to their way of life. 

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