Patagonia CampLake Toro, Chile
Bunking down in one of the 18 yurts at this campsite in Chile’s south is sure to induce a certain serenity. From every angle – whether you’re lying in bed or sitting at the wood table – you can view the wilderness or, at night, the endless stars through the skylight, out the windows or from the private terrace. And an impressive wilderness it is too, located at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park with Lake Torro in the foreground and a backdrop of the snow-capped Paine Massif.
Each of the mini marquees features locally produced artworks, a private bathroom and, importantly, central heating. There’s also a communal area – all buildings are connected by elevated walkways to protect the environment – where you’ll find the bar and restaurant.
If you’re a hiker, in particular, be prepared for some amazing adventure. There are a number of treks you can take from the camp, including the eight-hour Torres Base Trek. Never fear if you’re not quite so sporty, since there are plenty of other walks to waterfalls and viewpoints where you can observe condors and other birds of prey. There’s also the opportunity to go kayaking and fishing.
Patagonia Camp can be reached from Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales or from Calafate in Argentina by crossing the border at Cerro Castillo. All major Chilean airlines, including LATAM, have frequent daily flights from Santiago, capital of Chile, to Punta Arenas. If you book an all-inclusive program, the price includes transfers.
- Ensuite bathroom
- Private terrace
- Central heating
- Fishing rods
- Electricity and hot water in yurts
- Laundry facilities
From US$360 per person for two nights, including breakfast. All-inclusive packages start at US$880 a person for two nights.
The camp is open from September to April each year.