Hotel Las Torres

Hotel Las Torres

About Hotel Las Torres

Location: Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. 

With architecture designed to harmonise with the natural environment, the hotel offers 84 rooms – single, twin, matrimonial (double) and triple rooms with either a view of Sierra Contreras or a view of Almirante Nieto Mountain. Each room has private facilities and central heating. There are several sitting areas, two restaurants, a bar and a boutique spa. Each of the hotel’s many windows looks out over the expansive steppe or snow-capped mountains surrounding it, including the trio of towers that have given the park its name. The hotel provides a comfortable base from which to explore the park’s towering mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, ice fields and steppes. Las Torres is the starting point for one of the most famous trails in the National Park – the hike along the Ascencio River canyon to the Towers (Torres) of Paine lookout (8-10 hours for the round-trip hike).

Hotel Las Torres Rooms

Hotel Las Torres Suite

The suite rooms at Hotel Las Torres measure 38 square metres, as the most spacious rooms of the hotel there is a king bed, a bar, a small living room and a jacuzzi where you can relac and enjoy the beautiful view of the Paine Massif. There is a maximum capacity of 2 adults with one child up to 3 years old.

Cypress Matrimonial Room Hotel Las Torres

The Cypress Rooms at Hotel Las Torres measure 22 metres square, and are spacious and warm with excellent insulation and large windows to enjoy the landscape. Its decoration stands out with special elements from the area, such as looms, ethnic mask and furniture made by artisans from Patagonia. The capacity of the Cypress Rooms are upto 2 adults with a child up to 3 years old. The beds available are double or twin and you will be spoilt with either a mountain or a garden view.

Hotel Las Torres Canello Rooms

The Canelo Rooms at Hotel Las Torres measure 20 square metres and a pleasant and comfortable spaces, where simple elements evoke Patagonian history and culture. You can accommodate upto 4 adults and 2 children (up to 3 years old) in the Canelo Rooms and the bed configuration can be double or twin bedding. There is mountain or garden views to be enjoyed.

Excursions Hotel Las Torres

Full Paine and Glaciar Grey

Difficulty: 1/6
This excursion truly lives up to its name by giving you the fullest introduction to Torres del Paine National Park in the shortest amount of time. This road trip into the heart of the park features stops at scenic overlooks, short hikes to natural landmarks, and a wonderful lake cruise to Grey Glacier. Stops along the way include Puente Negro (Black Bridge), Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall. After enjoying an al fresco gourmet lunch you can choose from a hike along the southern shore of Grey Lake to a point where you can gaze down at icebergs or a narrated boat trip across the length of the lake to the imposing Grey Glacier.

Full Paine and Glaciar Serrano y Balmaceda

Difficulty: 1/6
This excursion journeys towards the heart of the park and includes stops in the most important and attractive lookout points, brief walks towards some of the most memorable sites within the park, as well as the chance to participate in an incredible sailing experience to observe the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. The stops and visits include Puente Negro (Black Bridge), Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall. After enjoying a traditional lunch you will have the opportunity to sail along the River Serrano towards Mount Balmaceda and visit the largest national park in Chile, Bernardo O’Higgins. During this incredible adventure on a zodiac, venturing where the National Park’s currents join together and flow towards the Pacific Ocean, you will be able to observe the Tyndall and Balmaceda glaciers. The sailing expedition also includes a 1.5 hour stop in the area surrounding the Serrano glacier, a place from which you can walk through evergreen forests for 15 minutes to an hour in order to take in an unbeatable view of the glacier. The return trip departs from the same place. The navigation takes about 4 to 5 hours (including the walks) and is dependent on weather conditions.

Las Torres Sendero del Ascencio

Difficulty: 6/6
This adventurous journey leads you to the very base of the celebrated Torres (towers), a viewpoint beside a glacier-fed lagoon with views straight up to the slender, rocky peaks that give the National Park its name. The excursion starts out from the hotel and quickly climbs into the Ascencio Valley, rising through a beautiful lenga forest to the stony heights above. The route crosses ice-cold mountain streams and threads along glacial moraines before reaching Base Las Torres. After enjoying a snack at the base and time for iconic photographs, the group returns to the hotel via the same route. The total distance of the trek is 18km with an elevation of approximately 770-780m. The last part of the route is extremely rocky, while other parts feature steep drop offs that may induce vertigo and have a high impact on your knees. This excursions is part of the famous “W” circuit and you may wish to compete some of the trek (10km) on horseback.

Cerro Paine Full Day

Difficulty: 6/6
This combined horse riding and hiking excursion culminates in one of the National Park’s most striking viewpoints — over the 1,508m summit of Cerro Paine (Paine hill). The first section is undertaken on the saddle along a scenic forest section of the Ascencio Valley. This trail heads up on the Agostini’s route. Leaving the horses behind, the group passes the treeline and hikes upwards to Cerro Paine’s windy summit. The view is truly astounding: the three towers rising in the west, the Paine river Valley and Laguna Azul in the east, lakes Nordenskjöld and Sarmiento in the south. A panorama that includes granite peaks, glaciers, lakes, forest and patagonian pampas in a single glimpse as you slowly twirl around. After a snack at the summit, you will return via the same route to meet your horse and comeback to the Hotel.

Valle Encantado

Difficulty: 6/6
Gallop across the pampas and through the lenga forest on this equestrian adventure across the Estancia Cerro Paine. Starting off from the hotels stables, the trip follows the “O” Circuit around the eastern edge of the Paine Massif and into the valley of the Paine River. The lenga forest of this area provides a habitat for many birds including Magellanic woodpeckers, Austral parakeets and Chilean flickers. The trail also offers great views of Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon) and Cerro Paine Mountain before reaching Serón Campsite in the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) where you can find beautiful daisies during spring. Afterwards enjoy your box lunch at Serón, following lunch you will return to the hotel via the same route — with a chance to gallop across the open pampas.

Los Cuernos

Difficulty: 4.5/6
Get up close and personal with the famous “Horns” of Torres del Paine on this excursion along the edge of the Paine Massif. Leaving the hotel, the route follows a relatively flat section of the “W” Trail between Monte Almirante Nieto and the north shore of Lake Nordenskjöld. Streams feed hanging glaciers across the rocky trail as the group makes its way to Refugio Cuernos. Located just below a cluster of jagged peaks called Los Cuernos (“the Horns”), the campsite offers incredible views across the lake Nordenskjöld. While enjoying your box lunch, there’s plenty of time to linger by the lakeside and pop a finger or toe in the ice-cold water before returning along the path trail to Hotel Las Torres. Total length is 22 km round trip.

Valle del Francés

Difficulty: 4.5/6
As one of the longest excursions, you will have the opportunity to venture into the famous Valle del Francés, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, and part of the famous “W” Trail. After a 45-minute drive from the hotel, you will board the catamaran Hielos Patagónicos on the lakeshore near Pudeto Ranger Station. A half-hour cruise across Lake Pehoé brings you to Paine Grande, landing on the other side of the lake and the trailhead for the start of your trek. The first part of the trail is relatively flat (it changes about 300m), leading along the north side of Lago Skottsberg to the bottom of French Valley and Italiano Campsite where you break for water and snacks. Decide between turning back at Italiano or continuing upwards, deeper into the Valle Francés along a steep trail through lenga woods and then a rocky moonscape above the treeline. Roughly 2.5 km from Italiano, you will reach a viewpoint on the foot of the “Horns” (Los Cuernos), that rewards you with an awesome view of French Glacier coming down from Mount Paine Grande, the Cuernos del Paine peaks rising behind you, and down the valley to the lakes below you. Altitude change from start to finish is 700-800 meters.

Sendero de los Lagos

Difficulty: 3/6
Get a different take on Torres del Paine flora and fauna — and a dramatically different view of the mountain during this excursion. It starts with a 90-minute drive alongside Sarmiento Lake, around the Park’s south eastern edge to the Laguna Verde entrance gate and the Estancia Lazo ranch (also known as Hostería Mirador del Paine”). After a break at the cozy and very friendly Hostería, you will set off along the Sendero de los Lagos (Lakes Trail), a one way journey of around 15 km to the pick-up point. The route passes through lush lenga forest as well as open areas along the shore of Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and Laguna Honda (Deep Lagoon) before veering off to the south and climbing to a summit with a 360° view of the Paine Massif in the north, and Lago Toro (the biggest lake of the Region) along with the endless Patagonian pampas to the southwest. Along the way be on the lookout for owls, woodpeckers, guanaco and other wildlife, as well as orchids and other wildflowers on the forest floor. The last part of the trail, which takes about 50 minutes, drops 500 meters to a roadside pull-out near the Paine River. This part might cause vertigo and has a high impact on your knees. Once you have reached the road, a vehicle picks up your group for an hour drive back to the Hotel.

Base Torres Viewpoint

Difficulty: 6/6
This adventure combines horse riding and trekking and takes you to a viewpoint, situated on the shores of a glacial lake, that allows you to observe the slender peaks of granite that give the park its name, Torres del Paine. Your excursion begins with horse riding in Pesebrera and crosses a beautiful forest of Lenga trees and Ascencio Valley until arriving to the Chileno refuge. Here you will continue your journey on foot. You will ascend a rocky area for around one hour, after which you will arrive at the spectacular Torres Base Viewpoint. After a snack and some time for photography, you will follow the same trail back to the Chileno refuge, hop on your horse, and begin your return back to the hotel.

Mirador Cuernos

Difficulty: 1/6
The park’s most spectacular waterfall and an astonishing viewpoint are highlights of this relatively easy excursion. The adventure starts with a 45-minute drive to Pudeto in the heart of the park’s Lake District. The trail leads you through a portion of the park impacted by the great forest fire of 2011-12. Between the remains of the fire-ravaged trees, new life is already sprouting from the rich Patagonian soul. The path continues to Sendero Mirador Cuernos. Possibly the Park’s most spectacular viewpoint, the panorama features the “Horns” (Los Cuernos), Mount Paine Grande and the French Valley and Glacier rising straight up from the other side of Lake Nordenskjöld: a breathtaking spectacle of rock and water. From this point you will continue along the trail to Salto Grande, a raging aquamarine cascade that channels water between lakes Nordenskjöld and Pehoé. The roundtrip hike from car park to viewpoint takes about two hours. Given the open terrain, high winds are possible during this trek. Those who don’t want to undertake the complete hike can opt for a shorter version that features just the brief hike to Salto Grande waterfall (about 30min roundtrip).

Patagón

Difficulty: 2/6
The ancient Aónikenk people of Patagonia and the Park’s iconic animal species are the main attractions of this ramble along the Park’s southeast corner. The excursion starts with a 25-minute drive close to the Laguna Amarga entrance. From there, the trail leads south through an area that local guides and rangers have dubbed the “puma restaurant” because the big cats make so many kills there. Your chances of seeing them in daytime are fairly slim, but the skeletons of their many guanaco kills are clearly evident along the trail. Herds of guanaco often graze along both sides of the trail, and there is also a chance to spot foxes, condors and flightless rheas. About halfway along the trail, there is a large rock formation with overhangs where the Aónikenk people rendered pictographs (rock paintings). Residents of the region for around 7,000 years, the Aónikenk were called Patagones (Big Feet) by the early Spanish, who mistakenly thought they were giants. The lofty rock also offers a perch for gazing at the mountains and the surrounding terrain. The trail continues to the pick-up point at Sarmiento Lake entrance. From there it is a 40-minute drive back to the hotel. The total walking distance for the trip is 6.5km’s.

Lago Nordenskjöld

Difficulty: 2/6
You may choose to take this activity either on foot or horseback. This celebrated lake at the foot of the Paine Massif is named after Otto Nordenskjöld (1869-1928), a Finnish-Swedish explorer who probed much of the Antarctic, Greenland, Chile and Peru in the early 20th century. Starting out from the hotel, the excursion follows part of the famous “W” Trail that stretches between the lake’s gorgeous north shore and Monte Almirante Nieto, the glacier and snow-covered mountain which anchors the southeastern extreme of the Paine Massif. Although the routes are slightly different for horse and hikers, the scenery and terrain are very similar. The equestrian version includes numerous stream and river crossings and offers a chance to learn more about Patagonian baqueanos and horses, besides honing your own expertise on the saddle.

Cerro Paine

Difficulty: 6/6
Stepping out from the Hotel, this horse ride or hike follows a steep trail climbing up the western slope of Cerro Paine which has an altitude of 1500m. Ascending through lenga forests where you and the guide are on the lookout for birds, the route breaches the treeline to reach the lofty Mirador D´Agostini and its rewarding views back across the valley to granite towers, glaciers and alpine lakes. This trek affords one of the best chances to appreciate the majesty of Torres del Paine National Park in half a day.

Cañón del Ascencio

Difficulty: 1/6
On this excursion you will visit some little visited areas of the Cerro Paine Reserve. The journey begins via horseback towards the Serón sector, where you will have a spectacular view of the Paine massif. Then you continue skirting the edge of Cerro Paine to reach the Aboriginal Waterfall. Here you will continue via foot for closer views of the waterfall. Later you will return to your horses and ride to the Ascencio Valley — where you can contemplate the imposing rock walls that flank the valley. You will have the chance to enjoy a beautiful view towards Lake Nordenskjöld and Mount Almirante Nieto. On your way back, you will pass the so-called Puma cave, where you might see traces of the passage of this fantastic animal, the king of Patagonia.

Bosque de Lenga

Difficulty: 3/6
Designed for those interested in learning more about Patagonia’s famous lenga forests, this hike follows part of the Paine Circuit trail around the eastern edge of the massif. The final destination is the old-growth lenga forest. One of Patagonia’s iconic trees, Nothofagus pumilio thrives in areas with low temperatures and heavy snow. Lenga woodland provides a habitat for many animals, and during this excursion there is a good chance to spot Magellanic woodpeckers, Austral parakeets, Chilean flickers and other forest small birds. Also make sure you’re on the lookout for pumas, the so-called “Andean Lion” and member of the cat family, who roam this forest. Last but certainly not least, the trail features great views of Laguna Azul and Cerro Paine on the eastern side of the massif. This excursion is great on windy days because the trees block out most of the bluster.

Laguna Azul

Difficulty: 1/6
This half-day excursion is the best option for those who want to observe and photograph the Torres towers without all of the walking and also offers a small but significant historical footnote. The adventure starts with a 30-minute drive through the rugged terrain of the National’s Park’s far eastern region to Laguna Amarga, where you can observe cyanobacteria with stromatolites formations, before continuing your journey to the Blue Lagoon. From the parking spot you strike off on a short (half hour) walk that blends wildlife and views of the Paine Massif. Animals are abundant in this part of the park, especially guanacos and birds. The avian community around  Laguna Azul includes water birds, as well as condors and raptors. Gazing from the east, the perspective of famous three towers is much different than elsewhere in the Park, and in some aspects even more awe-inspiring. Laguna Azul is also the spot where Lady Florence Dixie, the intrepid Victorian-era British traveler and author, first spotted the Torres del Paine peaks. She is considered to be the first tourist of Patagonia. In her 1880 book, Across Patagonia she called the three towers “Cleopatra’s Needles” because the stone monoliths resembled the obelisks of ancient Egypt. During this 4 hour roundtrip you will also visit the spectacular Paine waterfall, the first of three waterfalls of Paine River.

Baqueano de la Patagonia

Difficulty: 1/6
Learn the Patagonian cowboy way by spending a morning with the baqueanos, who lead the Hotel Las Torres horseback ridings and look after the horses and stables of Estancia Cerro Paine. During your time with these local vaqueros — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago — you will learn about their special clothing, their saddles and other horse tack, and get a chance to share a mate (an herbal tea made from yerba mate leaves). You can also enjoy a typical breakfast made of “sopaipillas” (type of bread) with “pebre” (Chilean condiment) while chatting about the Patagonian culture. The baqueanos also demonstrate how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. If you already have riding experience you will have the opportunity to become one of them and go looking for the “tropilla” (horse herd); an incredible feeling of wilderness and adventure. By the end of this cowboy journey, you will have a much better understanding of what it was like to live and work in this remote corner of South American before the arrival of tourism.

Baqueano de la Patagonia

Difficulty: 1/6
Learn the Patagonian cowboy way by spending a morning with the baqueanos, who lead the Hotel Las Torres horseback ridings and look after the horses and stables of Estancia Cerro Paine. During your time with these local vaqueros — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago — you will learn about their special clothing, their saddles and other horse tack, and get a chance to share a mate (an herbal tea made from yerba mate leaves). You can also enjoy a typical breakfast made of “sopaipillas” (type of bread) with “pebre” (Chilean condiment) while chatting about the Patagonian culture. The baqueanos also demonstrate how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. If you already have riding experience you will have the opportunity to become one of them and go looking for the “tropilla” (horse herd); an incredible feeling of wilderness and adventure. By the end of this cowboy journey, you will have a much better understanding of what it was like to live and work in this remote corner of South American before the arrival of tourism.

Organic Garden

Visit the world’s southernmost, as well as one of the region’s oldest organic kitchen gardens at Reserva Cerro Paine. Within less than half a hectare, it produces seasonal fruits and vegetables using bio-intensive, sustainable methods that produce favourable quantities. The garden has developed immensely since its origin in the early 1950s. With this in mind the staff aim to strike a balance between conserving old fashioned, heirloom varieties and meeting production goals. There are nine types of fruits and more then twenty-five types of vegetables, along with an ever-growing group of culinary and medical herbs.
Visitors have one or two hours in the garden, during which they can stimulate their senses, sample fresh goods, and learn the history of the world’s southernmost organic garden. In addition, visitors can help out with some daily harvesting tasks, such as planting and weeding.

Rock Climbing

Difficulty: Varied
An area called the Puma Cave is located close to Hotel Las Torres. It is a large rock formation that has magnificent climbing walls with 3 levels of difficulty: basic (beginners), medium and expert. Starting with a complete instruction, this activity lasts for 2 or 3 hours where you will have the opportunity to climb different routes and enjoy this unique experience to the maximum.

For more information on Hotel Las Torres and to start creating your tailor-made itinerary, call 1300 784 794 or email contact@satc.com.au.