“Luxurious 'camping' in designer yurts by a stunning lake, with perfect views of the Cuernos del Paine”
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.
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!
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.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available