Created by South America’s true connoisseurs of intrepid landscapes, Explora El Chalten offers an opportunity to explore a privileged slice of Argentina’s finest trekking country from a supremely comfortable base. Strategically situated in the 14,000-acre Los Huemules Reserve, this isolated location – a 45-minute rugged transfer north of El Chalten village - proves no hardship when the scenery is this spectacular. Fronting a meandering river and swathes of ñirre forest, its remarkable setting allows access to Los Glaciares National Park and its commanding blankets of ice.
It’s hard to imagine the logistics that went into constructing a hotel here, but the pioneering architecture expected of Explora effortlessly camouflages itself into the surrounding mountains, the aim as always to divert and disconnect from the modern world. The on-site team entice you with all-inclusive adventures that roll from one day to the next; trekking, of course, with various degrees of intensity, rock climbing and expeditions to the Perito Moreno, South America’s most famous, breath-stealing glacier are amongst the many adventures on offer.
Intentionally minimalist lodgings are divided between 17 standard rooms and three suites decorated in forest green hues, light wood panels and picture windows to showcase the scenery. They’re purposefully pared down, with the focus on those stunning vistas outside. The quality, nevertheless, is of the highest standard, with supremely comfortable beds and luxurious linens.
At the welcoming restaurant, trekkers refuel on homemade empanadas and roasted Patagonian lamb. Sustainability and a farm-to-plate ethos is at the heart of the culinary offering here. The spa is a most welcome feature after days in the great outdoors, with open-air hot tubs and therapies designed to knead out any muscle tension left over from your expeditions.
Lovers of the great outdoors
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Set out on stunning guided and self-guided hiking trails that lead directly from the lodge
Soothe your tired limbs in the alluring spa and outdoor Jacuzzi
Sample the indulgent creations of award-winning chef Pablo Jesus Rivero
Round off the day with a reviving calafate berry gin and tonic in the Explorer’s Bar
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Discover the dazzling blue glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park
Take a vehicle safari to the wildlife-rich Lago del Desierto
Scale the thrilling rock climbing apparatus in Los Huemules conservation reserve
Challenge yourself to a high mountain ascent in the Fitz Roy range
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