Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Sample Itinerary—Patagonia Primer

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Natural splendor and awe-inspiring architecture collide at Tierra Patagonia. From your room facing the peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, head into this geological wonderland on guided hikes, driving tours, and horseback rides. Then return to the lodge for excellent meals and ultimate relaxation, with incredible views.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish. Some experiences featured in this itinerary incur an additional cost.

Highlights

  • Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the lodge and learn about its innovative architecture and design. (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Ride across the pampas or through thick lenga forests on horseback with local huaso guides, and learn about traditional Patagonian life at a nearby estancia (ranch).
  • Join Patagonian guides on a variety of hikes, from a walk along a karst cornice to a full-day trek to the base of the iconic towers of Torres del Paine.
  • Relax with a massage or a soak in the heated pool of the award-winning spa after a day of adventure.

Day 1—Arrive Patagonia, Chile

Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, then meet with lodge guides to plan your stay. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the lodge. Learn about its design and its renowned Chilean architect, Cazu Zegers, and explore its innovative sustainability efforts. You’ll also receive a booklet about the property’s design, signed by the lodge's owner and general manager. Choose to get your adventure started with an afternoon excursion, such as a guided hike along a prominent rock buttress that rewards with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Be on the lookout for condors soaring overhead. Back at the lodge, sit down to a chef-prepared feast of local produce, whether seafood from the Straits of Magellan or beef from a neighboring ranch.

Day 2—Ancient Artwork

After breakfast, join a guide and follow the Hunter’s Trail to discover cave paintings from the Aonikenk people, hunter-gatherers who called this land home some 6,000 years ago. Watch for guanacos, foxes, and condors as you hike. Catch a ride back to the lodge for lunch. Then head out again this afternoon on another excursion, or relax in the Uma Spa, where you can soak in a heated indoor pool and look out on the landscape you spent the morning traversing.

Day 3—Torres del Paine Trek

Fuel up on a hearty breakfast and head out for a full-day trek to the base of the iconic granite towers that form the centerpiece of Torres del Paine. This world-famous hike takes around eight hours and includes lunch at the top. Or, opt instead to spend the day on a scenic van tour of the park’s most scenic points, including the glaciers, ice floes, and feathery Nothofagus forest of the Lago Grey area. Upon return to the lodge, toast the day’s adventures in the bar before a delicious dinner.

Day 4—Chilean Cowboy Culture

After breakfast, saddle up (Western style) with local huaso—or Chilean horseman—guides and set off across the pampas or through thick lenga forests on a half- or full-day ride. Rides can accommodate beginner level to expert. Arrange a visit to a nearby estancia (ranch) to learn about everyday life in Patagonia. Watch huasos at work herding, branding, or shearing their sheep. Tonight, arrange to experience a traditional Patagonian asado, in which lamb is slow-cooked over coals.

Day 5—Depart

Wake up early for breakfast and a final walk along Lake Sarmiento, taking in its panoramic views of Torres del Paine, then depart for the airport.

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