Welcomed Like Family

Our long-term relationships in Patagonia give you the privilege of insider access. The boutique, family-owned lodges and estancias we partner with are a highlight of our In Patagonia journey for many guests, welcoming us in at the end of each day with a glass of Malbec and a roaring fire. In many of the lodges, we will have the whole property for our group alone, and as Patagonia becomes more and more popular as a destination, this kind of special access is increasingly hard to find. We’ve been staying at some of the estancias for 30 or more years. They know us, and we know the wonderful families, hosts, and long-time staff members who make these accommodations feel like home in the wilderness. They are not “fancy” in the elegant sense, but instead are genuine, inviting, secret hideaways that you will long remember. We start off with a bang at El Pilar, a storybook lodge on the edge of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, where Fitz Roy is framed by the dining room window and the home-cooking is superb. El Pilar sits right on the trail of one of the best hikes in the park, and is run by a wonderful couple, Guillermo and Cristina. Estancia Helsingfors is way off the road, exclusive to our group, and has the most magnificent setting imaginable (we even have the trails to ourselves here). At Estancia Lazo, the accommodations are quite simple because this is a real working estancia complete with sheep and sheep dogs, but here we have wonderful privacy, a warm welcome, and stunning views are all around us.

This was a truly exceptional trip where we felt that we were able to fully experience the Patagonian wilderness but from the relative comfort of some wonderful small hotels and estancias.
Paul F., Croton-on-Hudson, NY
HosterĂ­a El Pilar

HosterĂ­a El Pilar

Days 4 to 7 (4 nights), El Chalten, Argentina

With the perfect location on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park, El Pilar is a picturesque 10-room country inn with incomparable access to the trailheads of the park’s most sought-after hikes—and we usually have this special place all to ourselves! Guest rooms are simple and cozy, and there are phenomenal Fitz Roy views right from the dining room. It’s a great place to relax after our hikes, welcomed in with a roaring fire and a glass of Malbec. Our hosts, Guillermo and Cristina, offer warm hospitality and delicious home-cooked meals.

Estancia Helsingfors

Estancia Helsingfors

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Lago Viedma, Argentina

This historic end-of-the-road estancia, with just nine guest rooms, stands in magnificent isolation on the shores of Lago Viedma. Our group always has this serene lodge—and the nearby hiking trails—to ourselves, which gives Helsingfors an exquisitely exclusive feel. The scenery is breathtaking, the bar is well stocked, and meals are first class (local lamb roasted over an open fire is a specialty).

Hotel Lago Grey

Hotel Lago Grey

Day 12 (1 night), Paine National Park, Chile

With its prime setting along an iceberg-dotted lake in Paine National Park, Hotel Lago Grey gives us direct access to Paine’s glaciers and trails. From the dining room’s picture windows, we’ll have a stunning perspective on the calving ice of the Grey Glacier. There are great places around the property to watch the sunset, and the views of massive Paine Grande provide a constant visual feast.

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