Patagonia Camp

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile Book from

Luxurious 'camping' in designer yurts by a stunning lake, with perfect views of the Cuernos del Paine
Imagine all the wonderful things about camping - the views, close contact with nature, and that feeling of isolation - but with central heating in your tent and a private bathroom on the side. Patagonia Camp's 18 impeccable yurts are poised above a sparkling turquoise lake in the rolling hills just outside Torres del Paine National Park, and carefully placed in the steep wooded slopes so that each has a perfect view of the Cuernos del Paine from its private terrace. Spacious, comfortable, and stylishly furnished, your yurt even has a view of the stars through a central window in the roof.

Torres del Paine National Park is just 15-minutes away, and there's pristine wilderness all around you: take a kayak out on the water, stroll to the nearby waterfall, or just wander along wooden walkways through lenga forest to the salon lounge and dining room. The food is nothing like campfire grub either: Chilean chef Ludolf Lausen creates imaginative gourmet delights from local ingredients, such as king crab empanadas and creamy rabbit lasagne. He's even found a way to make turquoise blue pisco sours to match the lagoon.

Highs

  • Breathtaking views across a turquoise lake to the crags of Cuernos de Paine
  • Just 15-minutes' drive from one of the world's most spectacular national parks
  • Exceptional cuisine from the chef: dinner is something to look forward to
  • Walks, kayaking and mountain biking in the immediate area are included
  • They offer 3- and 4-night itineraries with excursions to Torres del Paine, glaciers, ranch visits etc

Lows

  • The weather here is very variable and as the yurts are made from canvas and plastic it can very loud. If you're a light sleeper you can request ear plugs from reception
  • Wooden walkways connecting the yurts are exposed, so there's no escaping the weather as you walk up to dinner
  • The itineraries have to start and end on a Tuesday or Saturday
  • The grounds are extensive making them difficult to navigate. Ask the staff for directions to the waterfall

Best time to go

Patagonia Camp is open from mid September to April. January and February are to be avoided if possible as trails in the park are overrun with hikers. However, the advantage of Patagonia Camp is that the grounds will be pretty empty of people. Spring (September/October) and late summer to autumn (March/April) can be lovely, with lower winds and less rain.

Our top tips

Given that possible you'll experience 4 seasons in a day, you should really bring everything: short sleeved shirts, thermals, trousers which unzip to shorts, sun hats, warm hats with ear flaps, sun glasses and sun block, scarves and some gloves, sturdy walking boots, a good windproof jacket, and full waterproofs. A day rucksack is useful for hikes. It's probably a good idea to also pack an umbrella for walking between your yurt and the dining room.

Great for...

Eco
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Tented Camp
  • 18
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Best for older kids
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Kayaks available
  • Canoes available
Room:

Rooms

As you drive towards Patagonia Camp, you'll spot the 18 white yurts peeping out over the lenga forest: looking rather like space pods. Once inside, you'll find your circular yurt is a very pleasing space. Tall, wide and airy; the walls are well insulated, lined with white fabric and wooden lattice work and decorated with local weavings. The furniture is all specially commissioned and handmade from local wood, such as polished, rustic headboards and beautiful bedside tables. Beds are very comfortable (all yurts can be either kingsize or twin), and are positioned so that you can enjoy that magnificent view as you lie back on the pillows. Each room has a small writing table by the wide windows, and a terrace with seats so you can sit in privacy outside.

Slate bathrooms are in a separate hut adjoining your yurt and are well equipped with a shower, a small bath tub, a toilet and a sink. With bathrobes, fluffy towels and heating this is not camping as you know it.

Yurts are connected by open wooden walkways, which lead down from the Salon, a welcoming airy space that has a raised lounge area with dark brown leather sofas, the dining area and reception.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Extra beds
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

A perhaps unexpected delight about staying at Patagonia Camp is that the food is superb. The young resident Chilean chef, Ludolf Lausen, creates really imaginative gourmet food from fresh local ingredients. Dinner is included in the rates and there’s a limited set menu every evening, though those with special dietary needs can always be catered for. The style reflects Patagonian traditions - such a wonderful barbecue of lamb, asado al palo, or local fish such as hake turned into ceviche.

Patagonia Camp is partly owned by the Matetic family, whose vineyards produce some award-winning wine, so the wine list is well-chosen, and the house wines are superb (and included in the rate). The Corralillo Reserva 2006 was sublime. Puddings are particularly impressive, since Lausen trained as a pastry chef - we loved the trio of chocolates.

The dining room is part of the airy high ceilinged Salon - a lovely light space, where you can have a drink before dinner, or sit out on the terrace. Dining tables are right up against the huge picture windows, so that you can gaze at that magnificent view as you eat - an uplifting experience at the buffet breakfast, whatever the weather. Expect a selection of tea, coffee, cereals, fresh fruit and juice, different varieties of freshly baked bread, jams and a cooked breakfast of eggs and bacon. The waiting staff are charming and extremely professional, giving Patagonia camp the feel of a smart restaurant, in the middle of nowhere!

Features include:

  • All meals included
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
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Activities

  • Staying at Patagonia Camp enables you to ramble around the ample land around the lake. There are also several walking excursions available including Torres Base (8 hours), Laguna Azul (8 hours), Lake Grey Beach (2 hours), Ferrier Viewpoint (3 hours) and Lake Toro Peninsula (1 hour). The walks are suitable for walkers of varying levels, and you could also ask for a lift one-way. Enquire for details

  • There are mountain bikes you can borrow, to try out the local trails

  • Kayaks and canoes are available to take out on the lake: the bay is sheltered and blissful to explore from the water

  • Fish for salmon and trout (resident, not introduced) in nearby lakes and streams

  • Torres del Paine National Park is obviously the main reason you're here - the park entrance and administration is just 30 minutes' drive away. Ask Heather and Ian to organise treks inside the park with local tour operators

  • Take a boat cruise (3 hours) around the lake on Grey II, organised by the camp, which will allow you to fully appreciate the dramatic landscape

  • Local estancias (traditional sheep farms) offer a wonderful insight into Patagonian culture. You can visit for the day and go horse riding with gauchos and taste that asado al palo (so much more than a barbecue) with locally reared lamb

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Glacier visits
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Trekking

Kids

This is ideal for older children. Families with younger children might feel that the walkways aren’t very safe and there aren't any activities for them, nor a children's menu/high tea. One extra bed can be put in each yurt.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

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Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
8/
Food
8/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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