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Overnight: Hotel Salto Chico
Over the next few days, how you decide to spend your time is completely up to you!
Every evening, your guides meet with you in the bar/living room area of the hotel, where they will explain all of the planned explorations available for the next day and help you choose the best exploration according to your interests and abilities.
Each trek and horseback ride will help you to discover the landscapes and wildlife of this singular place, as well as the unique way of life of its human inhabitants: the gauchos.
- Trekking makes it possible for you to contemplate your surroundings in an unhurried and meaningful way
- With almost 20 different treks, some lasting half a day, others a full day, your guide will lead you down little-used footpaths to arrive at the most isolated corners of the Park, which are rich in flora, fauna and adventures
- Your trek will cross forests of mature lenga trees, remote pampas and rivers
- You’ll walk alongside glaciers, lakes and enormous, mountainous formations of magma and granite
- Perhaps you’ll choose to take on a challenging full day hike, passing through century old forests of beech and scrambling up glacial moraine to reach the base of the Paine Towers
- Or maybe a slightly less taxing photo safari, keeping a lookout for fauna such as guanacos, rheas, condors, foxes, skunks, ducks, and geese is more up your alley
An essential element in the life of the gaucho, the horse has been the traditional way of covering the vast distances in Patagonia, making it possible for the few inhabitants on remote estancias in the pampa to stay in touch with one another.
Offering 14 different Patagonia horseback rides, you will find the perfect exploration for you, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
The rides start at the stables or the quincho and are always accompanied by both a guide and a gaucho. Horseback explorations range from easy, such as the ride through the prairies and forests of the rugged Patagonian landscape along the Serrano River, to difficult following ascending trails until reaching the Toro heights with 360 degree views of the Park.
By night, relax in the remote peacefulness of Hotel Salto Chico.
Your room promises captivating views, silence and privacy. Explore on your own around the lodge, read that book that’s been put off for far too long, or head over to the Ona Bath House with its heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and four open-air Jacuzzis, all with views of Lago Pehoé and Macizo del Paine.
You can also enjoy different types of massage with essential oils, such as therapeutic, relaxing or energizing. The lodge’s restaurant offers authentic dishes, like the Magellanic lamb, southern king crab and delicious fish with vegetables.
In the quincho (barbeque area), you can enjoy traditional spit-roast lamb prepared by Patagonian gauchos, or a home-made empanada (Chilean turnover) filled with meat and corn.