When our van turned into the entrance of Tierra Patagonia after driving for 4 hours from Punta Arenas, we were quite disappointed as we could only see the top and back of a flattish wooden hotel in a barren land, although surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains.
Everything changed when we were warmly ushered into the reception and through to the lounge and restaurant. The "flattish wooden" hotel is actually intimately constructed to blend into the beautiful landscape, and it is an architectural piece of art.
Every single room, the lounge and the restaurant look out to the beautiful mountains and the Laguna Sarmiento, a pristine calm lake filled with blue waters. Everywhere you look becomes a "WOW" moment!
Imagine waking up every morning to that, and having your meals, taking in the delicious food and glorious scenery....the waiters Pablo, Dexter, Maurizio, Beatrice and Sebastian made us feel like family, always greeting us at every meal with bright smiles, so much warmth and enthusiasm. Nothing was too difficult for them, and no amount of coffee, raspberry juice or Calafate Sour was too much trouble.
The rooms are elegantly zen-like with not much clutter, and with large bathrooms with a shower room, WC and bath-tub. You can even soak in the bath and take in the majesty of the mountains as there is a glass panel between the bedroom and the bathroom which allows the view.
We found the other staff friendly and warm. One of their guides, Nacho reviewed the various excursion options with us the day we arrived, and recommended a few to us. Even then, we already liked his warmth and sense of humour.
Nacho took us out to the Laguna Azul the next morning before returning to the hotel for lunch. We enjoyed ourselves so much with Nacho that we requested for him to be our guide for all the other excursions, and we were not disappointed.
The next few days' excursions included a hike up the Cornizas ridge where we were fortunate to witness about a dozen condors soaring majestically around the ridge, where it also snowed lightly. To have Nacho pointing out all the interesting facts, flowers etc was a bonus. We also went on the Laguna Grey and glacier tour. We felt humbled as the boat manouvered along the lake and the icebergs as the huge beautiful and blue grey glacier and mountain peaks looked down on us mere mortals in majestic silence.
Nacho also gave a presentation of the photos which he has collected over the years during our first night there - you cannot miss it, as it will give you a little insight into the beauty of the surroundings, and his love and passion for Torres del Paines and his job. Consider yourself lucky if Nacho leads your group out.
After all the exercise, a visit to the spa for a deep tissue or hot stone massage, or a dip in the heated pool, again with a lovely view of the mountains & lake, is a must. All 3 masseurs are excellent.
We were very sad to leave our friends at Tierra Patagonia at the end of our stay, and will try to return even though it is a 33-hour journey for us each way!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a casual but luxurious design hotel with 40 guest rooms. The hotel ambiance is Patagonian, one that radiates warmth, safety and togetherness; all things desired by those who've spent their day in the Patagonian outdoors. The hotel sits on a bluff where the vast pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, and enjoys a magnificent view of Torres del Paine peaks on the other side of the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa Torres Del Paine National Park, Aisen Region, Chile