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Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, located in the Torres del Plaine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region, is a getaway for those particular, adventurous spirits who want to explore nature in its fullness and enjoy the comforts of a luxury hotel and spa. Drawing on the native Tehuelche people to influence their work, Chilean craftsmen create the furnishings and textiles to decorate the interior of the hotel, providing a warm, organic atmosphere. This casual and welcoming environment offers guests a place to interact or find a quiet space to relax. From spending time in nature to kicking back with a book in bed– Tierra Patagonia is the destination for those who seek a different kind of vacation experience.

Mood of Living: What was the founder’s mission when creating the hotel?
The Purcell family wanted to create a luxury adventure destination that allowed guests to experience the grandeur and beauty of the Torres del Paine area, while engaging in the culture of southern Patagonia.

MoL: Who owns the hotel?
The Purcell family owns Tierra Patagonia, but they have partners including the Matetic family, who own the estancia where the hotel is located. This is one of the two largest operating sheep/cattle estancias in Patagonia.

MoL: Where in Patagonia is the Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa?
Southern Patagonia/Magellenes region; located on the banks of Lake Sarmiento, which is part of Torres del Paine national Park.

MoL: The architects Cazu Zegers, Roberto Benavente and Rodrigo Ferrer clearly had sustainability in mind in the design. Can you elaborate on the importance of the design to the customer experience?
The hotel was meant to disappear into the landscape and almost look like a fossil coming out of the lake. The design is meant to enhance the guests engagement with the natural beauty.

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MoL: What unique experiences do you offer your guests?  What is special about the spa?
Uma Spa has an elegant design and beautiful views of Torres del Paine from the indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. The treatments are designed to help relieve muscles after excursions, as the model of the hotel is an adventure spa hotel.

MoL: What kind of excursions do you offer your guests and what kind of wildlife and nature might they be able to see?
We offer a variety of half and full-day walking/hiking excursions, horseback riding, as well as water-based expeditions. The wildlife include guanacos, Llama, mountain lions and more

MoL: Are their rivers close by? If so, are they fresh enough to swim in/ drink from?
There are rivers close by, but they are quite chilly, so typically people do not swim from them.

MoL: Please describe air! How does the purity of the air make you feel?
In such a remote area, the air is free of pollutants and is invigorating.

MoL: What are you most excited about introducing to your guests?
People know to expect the dramatic beauty of Torres del Paine, but we like to also introduce them to the culture of Patagonia.

MoL: Can you tell us more about the sustainable practices of your hotel?
The hotel was designed using sustainably grown native Lenga wood and using special glass windows that insulate the hotel from the extreme weather of Patagonia.We give water bottles to all of our guests and encourage them to use them whenever possible to avoid plastic bottle usage. We also participate in a program called “Reforestemos Patagonia”

MoL: Is the food you serve local? Organic? Where does the fish, meat and product come from?
Most of the food is local and all of it is from Chile. The fish comes from the waters off of Chile’s Pacific coast. The meat comes from our estancia and/or nearby estancias. Produce when possible comes from local greenhouses and farms.

MoL: What type of memories and feelings from the hotel experience do you hope your guests bring home with them?
Tierra Patagonia has been designed as an experiential hotel for guests to take in the grandeur of Torres del Paine National Park and the culture of southern Patagonia. We want our guests to have that experience and then come back to the hotel to be enveloped in the serenity and beauty of the hotel to share their experiences with their friends, family and other guests. The hotel is created to be a very social place with the open bar, restaurant, living room and library – as well to have quite, introspective places where guests can relax.patagonia chile resort

Here are a list of all the excursions that are unique to Tierra Patagonia. They are located on Estancia Cerro Guido, so they have access to one of the original and largest estancias in Patagonia.

Segunda Barranca from Serro Guido
HALF DAY RIDE | Tierra Patagonia Exclusive
Difficulty: Medium – High
Duration: 2 hours riding for experts / 4 hours riding for less experienced riders.
From the stables at Cerro Guido head west with the Torres del Paine always in sight. Segunda Barranca is a part of the estancia which has a house, a “puesto” or stand for the gaucho, and a shearing shed where depending on the time of year there may be sheep shearing or marking. Experienced riders can gallop on a gently sloping plane which is on the way or head to the “bosquecito” viewpoint on the way to or from Segunda Barranca.

Segunda Barranca
HALF DAY RIDE | Tierra Patagonia Exclusive
Difficulty: Medium – High
Duration: 2 hours riding for experts / 4 hours riding for less experienced riders.
From the stables at Cerro Guido head west with the Torres del Paine always in sight. Segunda Barranca is a part of the estancia which has a house, a “puesto” or stand for the gaucho, and a shearing shed where depending on the time of year there may be sheep shearing or marking. Experienced riders can gallop on a gently sloping plane which is on the way or head to the “bosquecito” viewpoint on the way to or from Segunda Barranca.

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Tour of Estancia Cerro Guido
Difficulty: Easy
Walk length: 60 min | Tierra Patagonia Exclusive
At the end of the XIX century, Cerro Guido estancia became part of the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, the largest and most important cattle ranch and company in Patagonian history. Given the geographic and climatic conditions, the estancias had to develop a totally independent lifestyle which has had an eect on the Patagonia culture. Settlers and workers were given the opportunity to live with their families and work at the same time in a small community. Tierra Patagonia today oers guests a special opportunity to discover this lifestyle at close quarters. The small settlement, as well as housing the accommodation of the workers and their families, still has the old communal kitchen and dining room, a blacksmiths, carpenters, Fire Station, sheep shearing sheds, stables and dog kennels, amongst others. For the benefit of the community, there is also a kindergarten, a school, police station and a small health center. From Cerro Guido there is a wonderful view of the Torres del Paine and it is possible to walk through the estancia, get to meet the residents and witness the dierent activities depending on the time of the year.

Backyard
Difficulty: Easy
Walk length: 2 hours walking | Tierra Patagonia Exclusive

This walk is perfect for stretching your legs on arrival at Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa. Head towards the lake shore and the boundary of the Torres del Paine National Park; pass through areas of low bush, with panoramic views of Lake Sarmiento. From the surrounds of the hotel, the architecture can be seen to melt into the surrounding pampa whilst the dramatic skyline of the Sierra Baguales behind can be seen, separating Chile from Argentina. The element that most stands out during this walk are the thrombolytes, geographic formations which are several million years old. They were created by some of the oldest living organisms on the face of the earth. The lake shore is full of them and the caves hide the most important predator in the park, the puma. This is the hotel’s garden and it is common to see wildlife such as eagles, condors, guanaco, sheep, foxes and ñandú (a type of ostrich) as well as the amazing view of the Torres del Paine mountain range.

PASEO DE LA GUITARRA
Difficulty: Medium
Walk length: 5 to 6 hours / 12 km
This hike is located in a private area at the southern edge of the park. It borders the Lago Maravilla and Lago Porteño, ending at the Puesto Las Dudas at the shore of Lago del Toro. The trail is off the beaten path and very likely you will be the only ones walking in the area. After a drive of almost an hour, heading south east, we start walking through beautiful forests, passing by some open areas where you can feel the wind strength and appreciate the turquoise waters of Lago del Toro, the biggest lake in the region. The vegetation here is varied, with species like Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), Ñirre (Nothofagus antarctica), Coigüe (Nothofagus dombeyi), Canelo (Drymis winteri) and Siete camisas (Escallonia rubra). Weather permitting, we will have lunch in one of the beaches of Lago del Toro. Most of the trail is undulating with two sections that are very steep but also short (about 20 minutes each), ending at the western side of the bay. From here one of our vans will take us back to the hotel.
*Includes box lunch

CERRO GUIDO
Difficulty: High
Walk length: 6 to 7 hours / 14 km | Tierra Patagonia Exclusive
The hike starts at Estancia Cerro Guido. The first section climbs steadily as we proceed, passing first through forests and then opening up to meadows where it is possible to spot herds of guanacos. Little by little as we gain altitude the landscape turns rocky and dry, as
it is exposed to the wind, until we reach the summit. From here we will have panoramic views of Paine Massif and Cordillera Baguales. We will be able to enter the ancient world of the Aonikenk, as the rugged Cerro Guido summit is crowned by a native Indian burial mound. Ideal for those who already did other long hikes in the park or for those interested in archeology. We recommend you let us know if you are interested in this hike so as to organize it in advance.

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