Tierra Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile Book from

Reviewed by Sarah Gilbert
Luxury, adventure and wow-factor architecture combine at this eco-friendly hotel with spectacular views of the legendary Paine Massif
Hidden behind a bluff, Tierra Patagonia suddenly emerges from the dramatic landscape of Patagonian steppe. Set on the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park on the shores of Lake Sarmiento, this unique hotel was designed by 3 of Chile’s leading architects to blend into its environment. And constructed almost entirely from native lenga wood with a living roof, the long, low, flowing structure does just that. Each of its 40 eco-luxe rooms - merging Scandinavian design with Patagonian tradition - look out over the lake and the majestic towers of the Paine Massif. An enormous open space with floor-to-ceiling windows shares the views and seamlessly unites a lounge, bar and dining area.

Knowledgeable and friendly guides will take you on well-planned half- and full-day excursions into the park as well as more off-the-beaten-track areas on foot, 4 wheels, bike or horseback. And you can experience the most challenging hikes without sacrificing comfort, returning to a luxurious spa before gathering for cocktails and relaxed chat, swapping tales of the day around a roaring fire.


  • The 30+ excursions: boat past icebergs, ride with gauchos, hike to the base of the Torres, or watch condors and caracaras. The all-inclusive packages include 1 full or 2 half-excursions per day
  • Adventurous families enthusiastically accommodated
  • Many of the trails are exclusive to Tierra Patagonia and new ones are being mapped out all the time - the hotel prides itself on helping you explore areas the tourist buses don't reach
  • Stunning design and lovely public spaces, all with those incredible views
  • A relaxed and convivial atmosphere, thanks to excellent staff
  • The Uma Spa with its long lap pool, alfresco jacuzzi, steam room and range of pampering treatments. This is sister hotel to Tierra Atacama and the spa is as good


  • As with anywhere in this region, it takes a while to get here
  • Meals are tasty and substantial rather than gourmet; given the price of staying here some find them a bit disappointing
  • A 3-night minimum stay
  • The building’s structure means some rooms are a long way from the public areas
  • Eating outside of the hotel is very complicated due to the distances and lack of options in the area

Best time to go

Patagonian weather is unpredictable and it’s no cliché that you can experience 4 seasons in one day. The peak summer months of January and February can be very wet and windy (though expect piercing sun during December/January) and the hiking trails get very crowded. Come in October, November, December or March instead, when the weather is calmer. April is cooler but the autumn colours are beautiful. The hotel is closed from May-August.

Our top tips

  • Visiting Torres del Paine National Park is a must but you won’t have it to yourself. Don’t miss out on exploring the other equally beautiful places within reach of the hotel where the tourist buses don’t go, such as the Sierra Baguales mountain range
  • Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia is a mix of travel, anecdote and history and will give you some intriguing insights into the region
  • Great for...

    Great Outdoors
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 40
    • Breakfast plus à la carte or all-inclusive packages
    • All ages welcome
    • Open all year
    • Indoor Pool
    • Spa
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    • Bicycles Available


    The 40 spacious, light-filled rooms are spread over 2 floors. They channel minimalist Scandi-cool, with clean lines, lots of blonde wood, handcrafted furniture, giant sheepskin rugs and cosy woollen throws. And we didn’t need the radiator in our first-floor room as the thermal glass kept things toasty inside no matter how wild the weather was.

    The walls are free of art, and there’s no TV or internet, but who needs them? The marshmallow-soft, kingsize beds - piled high with pillows and cushions - face the large window, framing the ever-changing view of the lake, mountains and endless sky.

    There are 4 room categories. All are similarly decorated and the Standard and Superior Rooms are the same size, but the Standard Rooms have their tubs in the bedroom. Then there are 3 enormous duplex Suites with an upstairs sitting area, but as the communal areas are so lovely we don't think it's worth upgrading. Families can book Family Rooms, essentially 2 inter-connecting Superior Rooms which can be set up in various configurations (e.g. 2 doubles and a bunk bed, 1 double and 3 singles etc).

    In the 3 larger room categories you can enjoy the view from the large tub as their bathrooms have small windows onto the bedroom (though you can close the wooden Venetian blind for privacy). All rooms have a powerful rain shower ensconced behind a beautiful frosted glass door etched with the image of a tree, plus pebble door handles and lots of lovely L’Occitane lotions and potions.

    Features include:

    • Bathrobes
    • Central heating
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Hairdryer
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi


    The dining area is part of the main open-plan space, where acres of glass give a sense of space and light and put the focus firmly on the views. If you've booked a package, all meals and most drinks are included; if you've booked on a B&B basis, you just get breakfast but can opt in for the set lunch and dinner menus for an extra cost. Served from 7.30-10am, breakfast is a feast of fresh juices (try the chirimoya or custard apple - delicious), fruit, pastries, freshly baked bread, homemade conserves, cold cuts, and eggs cooked to order.

    Lunch, unless you're out on an excursion, is from 1-3pm; a 3-course affair with meat, fish and vegetarian options. If that’s too heavy, there’s some flexibility and you can opt for an egg-white omelette or a healthy salad instead. You’ll be sent off with a substantial picnic for all-day excursions, including sandwiches, homemade cake and dried fruit.

    In the evenings, guests gather around the bar for pre-dinner cocktails (we can highly recommend the Calafate pisco sours!) or Chilean wine (a selection is included in the packages). You can sit on a long, leather sofa by funky cowskin rugs in front of the circular open fire.

    At dinner, served from 8pm, the emphasis is on locally sourced ingredients and regional specialities. Whilst it's not gourmet, we loved the delicious king crab salad and succulent beef from a neighbouring ranch, washed down with a glass of Carmenere. And don’t miss out on a traditional asado (BBQ); it will be the best lamb you ever taste.

    Features include:

    • B&B or all meals included
    • Bar
    • Children meals
    • Organic produce
    • Vegetarian menu


    Tierra’s 30+ excursions explore the Torres del Paine National Park as well as the ranches and pampas around the hotel. If you've booked an all-inclusive package, 1 full-day or 2 half-day excursions per day are included; if you're staying on a B&B basis activities cost extra. Guides meet daily with guests to help select the best adventures given individual interests and fitness. Excursions include:

    • The arduous but unmissable full-day hike to the base of the Torres, to see the iconic towers at close range

    • More gentle picturesque excursions inside the park, including to the Mirador Cuernos (the horns) and Laguna Azul

    • Excellent bird watching; guides will help you spot endemic birds, including condors and caracaras

    • Horse riding with gauchos from nearby Estancia Cerro Guido, a working sheep ranch, followed by a traditional Patagonian asado

    • An exhilarating full-day hike in the beautiful Sierra Baguales mountain range - apart from the odd gaucho, you won’t see another soul all day

    • Exploring the land around the hotel, on foot or mountain bike: walk the stunning Condoreras trail, admire rock art on the Hunter’s Trail (look out for condors and the remains of a puma’s dinner) or simply stroll along the shores of Lake Sarmiento

    • Not included in the packages, but highly recommended for an additional cost is a scenic boat trip across Lago Grey, sailing past unbelievably blue icebergs to the impressive glacier

    • Also on offer are 6-day all-inclusive photography and puma tracking packages which are run by professional wildlife photographers. These need to be arranged in advance and are for specific dates - see rates

    • Afterwards, ease tired muscles in the spa with a Patagonian hot-stone massage, sit in the outdoor Jacuzzi (weather dependent) to admire the view, or soak in the private tub-for-2 in your own room

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse-riding
    • Mountain biking
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Private guided tours
    • Swimming
    • Trekking
    • Well being
    • Wildlife


    Children of any age are welcome and the hotel has cots, bunk beds, 5 extra beds, child seats for cars and babysitting services. Pushchairs can easily navigate the property. Kids will love the pool.

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Superior Rooms and Suites can fit 1 extra bed or baby cot, and there are also 5 Family Rooms (made up of 2 inter-connecting Superior Rooms, each with their own bathroom), which you can have set up in various configurations e.g. double plus twin or double plus twin plus bunk beds, better for older kids. All rooms have bathtubs.


    Available on request, both Spanish and English speaking babysitters available

    Baby equipment:

    • 2 cots
    • Baby car seats
    • Backpack for carrying toddlers in
    • Bedding
    • Night light
    • Baby bath

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    Food is available all day, and half-portions of adult meals are available on request. Guests get use of a food processor/blender and microwave to create meals for their kids if preferred. The hotel can warm bottles on request, and can cook whatever the kids want for meals, as long as the ingredients are in the kitchen.

    Kids Activities on site:

    • Treasure hunts
    • Kids DVDs available
    • History books with great pictures for older kids
    • Bicycle rides

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Visit to a sheep ranch
    • Lake tours

    Families Should Know:

    You can't buy supplies such as nappies and baby food nearby. Watch out for toddlers running on slippery wooden floors which are covered with rugs, plus there are steps


    • Airport: 1 hour
    • Hospital: 40 minutes
    • Shop: 40 minutes
    Kid Friendly:

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