Remota Patagonia Lodge

A unique resort in Patagonia near Torres del Paine National Park

Remota Patagonia Lodge

Overview

 

This is the hotel Pablo Neruda would design had he been something other than a poet writing odes about tomatoes, lemons and love. The striking building sits on a grassy hillside overlooking the water near Puerto Natales, just an hour or so south of Torres del Paine National Park. It's a perfect base to explore Paine: close enough for day trips but with better access to the fjords and lesser known mountains along the coast. The design of this Chile adventure lodge provides magnificent views everywhere, although the reason for going is the outdoors, and Chilean architect German del Sol has created a stylish basecamp in Patagonia that is also a comfortable refuge from the elements. Outstanding guided excursions are provided daily as part of the package price. Nowhere has the quality of guides improved so much in the last 10 years than in Chile, where the youthful guides seem as capable as Neruda at expressing their passion for the land in English or Spanish. You can hike, ride, mountain bike, watch birds, and explore Paine Park, then return to the coast for a swim in Remota's heated pool, enjoy a gourmet meal of local produce, seafood and lamb with delicious Chilean wines.

A stay at Remota combines well with fishing anywhere in Chile, especially the Nomads helifishing ship and Patagonia Baker Lodge. Fly to Punta Arenas and Remota provides a transfer from the airport.

If you're fishing in Argentina, Remota combines well with Tierra del Fuego and the Rio Grande, or, if you are visiting El Calafate and the southern Andes. The Remota lodge provides transfers from and to El Calafate, which is the major airport for southern Argentina and the Glaciares National Park region.

While Remota is a one hour drive from the park entrance there are many excursions to closer areas that are a surprise and delight. By all means make at least one excursion in the park to see the stunning mountains, but the advantage of Remota is the proximity of other destinations that are rarely visited, places where you can savor the vastness of Patagonia.

Contact Orvis Travel for a custom itinerary combining Remota with fishing and adventure lodges in Patagonia. Read our Chile fly fishing lodge reviews to learn more about Remota.

Activities

Excursions and Activities

Remota offers a wide range of guided excursions that are included in the package price along with your room and meals. Tours are done by 4x4 vehicle, horseback, bicycle, or kayaking or sailing the fjords, depending on your preference and the area visited. Here’s an overview of some of the activities available:

Torres del Paine National Park

This is one of the premier parks in South America and known for dramatic scenery. It’s about an hour from Remota to the park boundary.

  • All day tour of the park by van. See the highlights of the park with time to take photos.
  • Mirado del Toro day hike. One of the most scenic hikes in the park. The trail takes you through beech forests and mountain lakes to a scenic overlook (“Mirador” in Spanish) where you have stunning vistas of the Torres del Paine Massif, Grey Glacier, and Toro Lake.
  • Base of the Torres day hike. This day hike ascends 2400 feet to a glacial morraine where you are rewarded with dramatic views of the high peaks. A great experience for strong hikers.
  • Kayaking among the glaciers. This trip includes a scenic two hour drive through the park to Grey Glacier, where trained guides take you paddling among the colorful icebergs.

Birding at Dos Lagunas

The birding is good throughout the region and these two lakes provide excellent viewing of the flying steamer duck and the yellow-billed pintail, buff-necked ibis, coots, southern widgeons, white-tufted grebes, great grebes, black-necked swans, coscoroba swans, oystercatchers, doves and flamingos. If we’re lucky, we’ll see condors, eagles and caracaras.

Horseback ride at Sierra Dorotea

Full day / horseback / medium difficulty / not a marked trail.

Sierra Dorotea is one of the most beautiful mountains in the region, with an extraordinary landscape where you can see mountains, the pampas, and the canals all from one viewpoint. It is a wonderful place to ride atop docile horses that are accustomed to difficult terrain. The ride is accompanied by a gaucho (also called a baquedano), who will share with guests a hot mate tea by a bonfire. The clothing, the character and culture of the gauchos offers guests a chance to understand life and work in sometimes inhospitable land.

Trekking and Horseback Ride through Sierra Dorotea

This is a more challenging hike and ride to a remote mountain range. This excursion begins with a walk for 3 hours to the mountain shoulder of Sierra Dorotea where, along with a lake, we meet a gaucho with horses. We then ride for 3 hours through beech forest and a high mountain valley. Good opportunity to see condors.

Puerto Natales by Bicycle

Enjoy an easy ride to the nearby port town, Puerto Natales. We begin at Puerto Bories, an old mutton processing plant constructed in 1915 and located on the shore of the fjord Última Esperanza. We then pedal through the area known as “Los Huertos,” where families cultivate vegetables and fruit in greenhouses. Later we visit a cemetery, the Fisherman’s pier, and the main plaza, spending a few hours with the people of Patagonia.

Fly fishing

Fish for brown trout on remote mountain streams that are rarely visited by outsiders. Remota is not a traditional fly fishing lodge, but they have an excellent fishing guide who has access to private and public water relatively close to the lodge. It’s all walk and wading on small to medium size streams. Fly fishing is one of the excursions included in the package price. The lodge has some equipment suitable for the local waters, but it is limited.

Remota is a very good destination if you want to include a visit to Torres del Paine in a longer itinerary in Argentina and Chile, whether you are fly fishing or not. It's ideal if one member of your party wants to hike and explore the national park extensively and another prefers to fly fish.

Lodging

Rooms and Amenities

Remota has 72 spacious rooms, all with views of Esperanza fiord. There is a heated pool, outdoor jacuzzis and sauna.

There's a dining room, bar and spa on site. Packed meals are provided for the many excursions that are the highlight of a stay at Remota.

The architecture is distinctly Chilean, blending the landscape and the building in a way that allows guests to enjoy scenic views from every nook and cranny. Architect German del Sol specializes in lodges in dramatic natural landscapes and the use of native materials, and his style is sometimes referred to as luxurious minimalism.

No matter what the style is called, Remota is a great base for exploring this part of Patagonia.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Remota

Open year round. Best time to go: November to April – spring through autumn south of the equator. The weather is like the Pacific Northwest or Southeast Alaska, cool, changeable, sometimes windy.

Rates below in effect until March 2017:

Duration Double Single Kids (4-15)
3 nights $2250 $2250 $1275
4 nights $2750 $3050 $1525
5 nights $3200 $3500 $1750
6 nights $3600 $3900 $1950

Prices are per person in US dollars.
Note: there is a 3-night minimum stay.

Included:

  • Guided excursions daily including hiking, riding, touring, fly fishing and mountain biking led by professional bi-lingual guides
  • All meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, appetizers, dinner
  • House wine and beverage with meals
  • Use of the spa and sauna
  • Transfers from Punta Arenas, Chile, or El Calafate, Argentina
  • Local taxes

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Tips
  • Premium wines
  • Massage
  • Fly-fishing equipment

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Abby Liell
Remota Patagonia Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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