An adventure in magnificence and style in Patagonia
In Chilean Patagonia, a magical region of long forgotten pioneering and civilization, nature is still virgin, and the heart of this land - Torres del Paine National Park - exemplifies this indescribable scenery. There, the llamas and ñandus (type of small ostrich) live in peace together with flocks of flamingoes, glaciers and emerald lakes, peaks of unusual shapes, waterfalls, and shining valleys await the down of civilization for the spellbound visitors.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORIGEN & IDEA
explora was founded in 1989 by a group of friends who shared a passion for exploring remote, mythical places. Not satisfied with simply visiting a destination to have a good time, they sought to discover something meaningful about other people and new worlds.
It is this perspective that enables travelers to explore new environments in a relaxed atmosphere; in the company of others who share this outlook explora's expeditions are designed to recreate the mystique of exploration that sent many intrepid travelers into the unknown during the age of discovery. We take into account the ecological sensitivities of our time, providing guests with the unforgettable experience of enjoying the untouched beauty of the natural and cultural environment of remote areas, while sustaining their fragility. These preservation measures include contemplative activities like bird watching, photography, trekking, and horseback riding. We do not allow smoking, nor do we use vehicles that intrude upon the tranquility of the environment, like speedboats or motorcycles.
Our trips are not adventures; no goals are set and there is no competition. explora believes that travelling should be a search for the unexpected--not knowing what lies beyond the horizon, but anticipating hidden pleasures. The emphasis here is on freedom--freedom to have fun alone, or freedom to change one's mind and be in company with others who share the same interests. Even the weather does not mandate when or where we go; every day has its own merits. To avoid unnecessary risk, explora has developed a very thorough system of well-trained and seasoned guides who are equipped to deal with any situation.
After a day of hiking or riding to the remote sites of the region, a beautiful retreat awaits at the Hotel Salto Chico. We designed the hotel to conform to explora's mandate to interact with nature without intruding. The small, gracious building supports its environment, enhancing the beauty of the site. Inside, guests are insulated from the ruggedness of the outside and can observe the surrounding landscape from the warmth and security of the hotel. The accommodations are refined, providing the essentials while avoiding the superfluous and focusing more on comfort than on indulgence. .
 
HOTEL SALTO CHICO
A Hotel bringing man and nature together... Pehoe, by the lakeside, in a privileged location, Explora has built the Hotel Salto Chico, chosen for its beauty, equipped for explorations and full of life. There are choices for everyone, couples or families, groups or singles.
 
Services & Facilities
Amenities include a general store, library, video game room, open-air Jacuzzis, saunas, a gymnasium (complete with massages), heated swimming pool, and private dock, in addition to:
- Assigned lockers for each room, located at the entrance of the hotel, for the safekeeping of all exploration gear.
- Restaurant and bar room service.
- In-room telephones with national and international direct dial service. (Fax service is also available.)
- A satellite dish for communication access to Chile and the world.
- Meeting rooms to accommodate up to 60 people.
- Radio communication with all exploration vehicles.
- Laundry service.
- Babysitting service
 
Facilities:
Furniture is hand made with different types of the finest local woods. The hotel facilities include fax, telephone, radio and television receiving international channels. For outside recreation there are facilities for open air Jacuzzis, saunas, swimming pool and of course own dock, and all comforts of a hotel at the highest level.
 
EXPLORATIONS: A DAILY CHOICE (ALL YEAR AROUND)

Each exploration is designed for persons of normal physical condition and is classified according to duration and fitness requirements. Five explorations are offered each day, and our experienced guides can suggest those best suited to the interests and the exertion level of each guest. The expeditions include lunch and are limited to ten guests, plus the guide.

Note: It is recommended that the following items be brought on the treks: a parka or waterproof windbreaker, waterproof trousers (long underwear or thermal underwear is advisable in some cases), high quality hiking boots (leather or waterproof fabric), comfortable gloves, a hat to protect from the wind, sunglasses with fasteners, lip protection, sneakers, a camera and/or video camera.

 
DIFFERENT LEVELS:
 
EASY
1. Hike to the Peninsula of Lago de Grey (Short half day)
5. Excursion to the north of the park, with stop at Laguna Azul and Barbecue at the Quincho (Full day)
6. Hike to Mirador de Nordenskjold (Short half day)
7. Hike to Mirador del Toro (Short half day)
13. Archeological Hike between Guarderia Sarmiento and Guarderia Laguna Amarga (Full day)
14. Hike to Lago Sarmiento (Half day)
 
MEDIUM
3. Horseback Riding to Laguna Verde (Full day)
4. Hike to Las Alturas Del Toro (Short half day)
8. Hike through Las Cornisas (Short half day)
10. Hike to the Glaciar del Valle del Frances (Full day)
15. Horseback Riding to Refugio Pehoe (Half day)
16. Horseback riding on the Quincho (Half day)
17. Hike to Laguna Azul (Half day)
 
DIFFICULT
2. Hike to Glaciar de Grey (Full day)
9. Hike to Laguna Verde (Full day)
11. Horseback riding around the Granite Circus of Valles Del Frances (Full day)
12. Hike to the Base of the Towers of Torres Del Paine National Park (Short half day)
 
Note: explora reserves the right to alter, change, or omit part of the explorations itinerary, without prior notice, whether necessary or advisable for the well-being of its guests.
 
ABOUT WEATHER
One of the surprises in the Torres del Paine National Park is the weather. Being close to the sea, it is quite temperate with many sunny days. The changes in atmosphere and variations of light are quite remarkable. Rainfall is low (700 mm per year) and evenly distributed throughout the year. Fresh westerly breezes are usual in summer with occasional storms in the winter and bright sunny days. When it snows, the pumas come down from the mountains to the plains. It is the time of spectacular displays of fauna; the mule handlers gather around the fire to tell their tales. The spring heralds the fertility season for the fauna and flora, whilst the summer signals vitality and enthusiasm. Finally, autumn is the photographer's paradise. Nature is vibrant and accessible in the extreme south of Chile every day of the year.
 
Important: During low season April 1stto August 31st. 2003 applies the Promotional Programs. Please ask for them.
 
 
2006 RATES IN DOLLAR PER PERSON
Valid until August 31st. 2006
Name of Trip
"INITIATION TO PATAGONIA"
"HEART OF PATAGONIA"
Program
4 NIGHTS
3 days of explo.
7 NIGHTS
6 days of explorations
Room Type
Single
Double
Single
Double
Rio Paine
2.028
1.560
3.590
2.740
SALTO CHICO
(view Salt Chico)
2.636
1.866
4.690
3.282
CORDILLERA PAINE (With Jacuzzi)
3.020
2.060
5.390
3.640
SUITE EXPLORADORES (view of Macizo del Paine)
4.272
2.688
7.660
4.778
Child up to 12 years old in extra bed
400
800
Up to 20 years old (double, triple, or quadruple)
800
1.600
2006-2008 RATES IN DOLLAR PER PERSON
Valid from September 1st. 2006 until August 31st. 2008
Name of Trip
"INITIATION TO PATAGONIA"
"HEART OF PATAGONIA"
Program
4 NIGHTS
3 days of explo.
7 NIGHTS
6 days of explorations
Room Type
Single
Double
Single
Double
Rio Paine
2.350
1.810
4.225
3.225
SALTO CHICO
(view Salt Chico)
3.060
2.170
5.515
3.860
CORDILLERA PAINE (With Jacuzzi)
3.510
2.390
6.340
4.280
SUITE EXPLORADORES (view of Macizo del Paine)
4.935
3.110
9.010
5.560
Child up to 12 years old in extra bed
400
800
Up to 20 years old (double, triple, or quadruple)
800
1.600
Rates in US Dollars
 
INITIAL DATE
January
4
8
12
16
20
24
28
February
1
5
9
13
17
21
25
March
1
5
9
13
17
21
25
29
April
2
6
10
14
18
22
26
30
May
4
8
12
16
20
24
28
June
1
5
9
13
17
21
25
29
July
3
7
11
15
19
23
27
31
August
4
8
12
16
20
24
28
September
1
5
9
13
17
21
25
29
October
3
7
11
15
19
23
27
31
November
4
8
12
16
20
24
28
December
2
6
10
14
18
22
28
 

INCLUDED :

  • Transfer Punta Arenas airport/Hotel Salto Chico (departure from Punta Arenas between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. according to arrival flights from Santiago) and Hotel Salto Chico/Punta Arenas airport (departure between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.)
  • Accommodations and full board (3 meals per day, bar)
  • Daily explorations in the area of Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, with bilingual guides, equipment, boats, horses, vehicles and food (groups no longer than 10 per guide).
  • Rates and programs are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Rates do not include air transportation, tax, alcoholic beverages, tips, or food not included in the daily menus.
  • Family Rates: are per person. Family rates are not applicable on single rooms. Rates for youngsters accompanying their parents are subject to availability.
Transfer time schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
 

Reservations & Cancellations

  • 30% of the reservation total value must be paid at the time of confirmation. The remainder is due 30 days before arrival at explora.
  • Changes to confirmed reservations will be subject to approval and room availability of and are accepted only before 30 days prior to arrival to explora.
  • The following penalties shall be applied to cancellations:

    • 60-30 days prior to arrival: US$200 per room.
    • 29-10 days prior to arrival: 30% of total reservation value.
    • 9-0 days prior to arrival: 100% of total reservation value.

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