Immersed in nature is the only way to describe Explora El Chaltén. This extraordinary lodge lies between dense forests, glaciers and within a landscape punctuated by the dramatic peaks of The Andes.
This Patagonian retreat is the place to disconnect from the demands of the modern world and embrace the silence and spectacle this secluded part of Argentina offers.
The lodge is part of the Explora portfolio – known for its sustainable focus on nature and adventure – lying deep in a valley along the banks of the Eléctrico River. Awesome views across to the mighty Marconi Glacier are never far away.
The native lenga and ñirre trees almost seem to knock on the panes of each room. The clean lines of the wood-panelled suites are offset with natural hues. The real star of the show is always the view that is framed in the wide-open windows and where you can spot Andean condor swooping overhead.
It is this wild and wonderful territory that also plays centre-stage when it comes to cuisine. Ingredients from fruit and vegetables to cheeses are sourced from small suppliers and producers. Seasonal dinners are all about the tradition of cooking with fire where meat is barbecued on wood fire and empanadas are baked in a mud oven.
This vast area, shared by both Argentina and Chile, has been shaped by mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers which are all literally on your doorstep at Explora El Chaltén. The lodge is strategically within the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve to provide access to hiking trails from easy to advanced which will take you to the Lake of the Desert and foot of a glacier.
After a day rock climbing, high mountain ascents and guided treks you can relax in the open-air Jacuzzis designed, as the hotel is, to be in harmony with nature.