The Explora brand is present in a number of key destinations in both Chile and Argentina. The emphasis of the product is that guests can enjoy and receive quality accommodation and services whilst being located amid a place of outstanding, natural beauty. These beautiful areas can then be explored each day, accompanied by educated guides with a return to the comfort of a top-end lodge at night.
Recently Explora has been granted the concession to operate what used to be the Tompkins Foundation Lodge in the heart of the Chacabuco Valley which, itself, is within the Patagonia National Park.
The Park covers more than 300,000 hectares.
The Explora Lodge offers 6 incredibly well furnished and decorated guest rooms, within an equally luxurious-level lodge.
The materials used in construction, including natural stone and wood have been finished to a quality level. The choice of interior furnishings, as well as artistic prints create a traditional, Italian-style environment.
If you are accustomed to quality, high-end living, or just want to treat yourself to this level, be totally cut-off from the rest of the World and experience raw, Patagonia at close quarters, then a stay here is a must.
The purpose of Explora Lodges is to offer guests high-level accommodation and facilities during the rest time and educational, active excursions during the daytime.
The Explora Lodge Valle Chacabuco follows this philosophy. The actual lodge offers 6 very comfortable guest rooms within an equally very tastefully furnished and interior-decorated main lodge.
The ethos of the Tomkins Foundation, and in line with that of Explora, is to protect the environment as much as possible. To this end the Explora lodge is built from stones obtained from quarries in the Chacabuco Valley and the wooden beams, as well as the floors, are all from recycled wood.
The kitchen also goes to great lengths to use primarily organic and biodegradable cleaning products.
Patagonia Park is in the process of adopting a 100% renewable energy system, which will make it the first self-sustaining energy park in the world.
One thing that guests should be aware of it that there is no electricity after midnight until 07:00hrs the next morning.
The main living room as well as the dining room are ideal spaces where guests can unwind and relax after a day of hiking. Here, guests can sip quality wine or other drinks prior to dinner and chat about how the day has been. There are also large comfortable and cosy chairs to sit into by the stone-sided fireplace. And at night, as long as the sky is clear, there is the terrace from where to gaze at the stars.
The location of the lodge is in the heart of the Chacabuco Valley, which in turn, is within the Patagonia National Park in the Aysen Region of Chilean Patagonia.
This particular valley used to be a main hunting route and is still a place where the local fauna traverses through Patagonia.