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La Lancha: Lago Petén Itzá

La Lancha: Lago Petén Itzá Boutique Hotel

Perched above the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, you’ll find La Lancha—a Coppola family boutique hotel in Guatemala.

This Lago Petén Itzá lodge is adorned with authentic Guatemalan furniture, fabrics and carvings, each hand-selected by members of the Coppola Family.

Located less than one hour’s drive from the ancient citadel of Tikal, La Lancha is a great base for exploring the Maya Biosphere reserve and other nearby Maya sites.

View from the reception at La Lancha Boutique hotel, overlooking Lago Peten Itza in Guatemala

Accommodations at La Lancha

This is a small boutique hotel, with only 10 rooms available. Accommodation options include:

 

Rainforest Casitas

Set in the rainforest with a partial view of Lake Peten Itza, La Lancha’s Rainforest Casitas each feature a queen bed and private bathroom.

Full sized bed with teal comforter and bamboo hung on wall in Rainforest Casita at La Lancha Guatemala

Each Rainforest Casita also has a covered deck, outfitted with hammocks and chairs.

Lakeview Suites

Lakeview suites at La Lancha overlook Lago Petén Itzá. These suites feature a master bedroom with king bed and full bathroom, along with a separate living room with sleeper sofa.

View off the large covered porch of a Lake view suite at La Lancha Guatemalan boutique hotel

Other Lakeview Suite amenities include a wet bar, second half bathroom and large covered deck, equipped with a hammock and chairs.

Junior Rainforest Suites

Nestled in the jungle, overlooking Lake Petén Itza, Rainforest Junior suites are the newest addition to La Lancha. Designed for couples seeking a peaceful retreat, these suites are both private and intimate.

Jungle-Junior-Suite-La-Lancha-Guatemala

These suites features a king bed, separate living area with sleeper sofa, and full bathroom with dual shower heads. They also include a covered wooden deck, complete with chairs and hammocks.

La Lancha Day Tours

This lodge is well within reach of Yaxhá, Uxactun, Topoxte, Dos Pilas, Nakum, Aguateca, and Seibal. For those interested in day tours, LANDED can arrange everything from transportation to guides.

Due to La Lancha’s relative close proximity to the Flores Airport (around 40km),  Helicopter tours and charter transportation can also be arranged.

Some other helicopter charter day tour options include:

  • Tikal
  • Quirigua
  • El Mirador
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Dos Pilas
  • Cancuén
  • El Perú
  • Copan

Helicopter availability is dependent on a number of factors. If you’re interested in exploring your options, reach out to a LANDED travel expert today.

Pink sunset over an ancient structure at Tikal Ruins in Guatemala, photographed during private travel

Lago Petén Itzá

One of the key things that makes La Lancha special is its location. For those looking to explore the surrounding jungle or Lake Peten Itza, there are a number of  activity options available.

Guests of La Lancha can enjoy:

  • Zip Lining
  • Horseback Riding
  • Aerial Walkways
  • Jungle Hikes
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Boating

Holding the title of the second largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá is famous for changing colors— quicky shifting from cobalt blue to turquoise green.

Two canoes tied to the shore of Lake Peten Itza under La Lancha Boutique hotel in Guatemala

La Lancha provides complimentary canoes for guest use.

Dining at La Lancha

Under the thatch roof of the main lodge, La Lancha operates an open-air restaurant overlooking Lago Petén Itzá. Here, you can enjoy traditional Guatemalan cuisine while taking in the views of the jungle and lake below.

Located just above the restaurant, guests can also grab a cocktail at the newly-built La Lancha rooftop bar.

La Lancha Guatemalan Boutique hotel open air restaurant with straw roof overlooking Lago Peten Itza at dusk

Are you thinking about booking a stay at La Lancha? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

Puerto Valle Argentina

Puerto Valle Hotel de Esteros

Puerto Valle rests within a private forest reserve on the banks of a wide lake in the Parana River, near Laguna Valle and the vast Ibera wetlands.

Entering the grounds, the road passes through a natural tunnel of towering bamboo. Guests are welcomed with fresh fruit juices, verbena-scented towels, and views of the sparkling Parana.

The tidy hotel grounds are planted with fig, palm, avocado, hibiscus, and an organic garden.

Profile of man in large white cap and white fishing shirt, in front of green field near Puerto Valle hotel at sunset

Puerto Valle’s original, whitewashed ranch house, or Casco Viejo, was constructed in 1868. The surrounding forest is home to howler monkeys, cuckoos, trogons, macaws, and parakeets.

In the nearby Iberá Wetlands, guests can observe capybaras, black caimans, marsh deer, otters, storks, and herons. Some of our favorite viewing is after dark; the southern night sky is especially brilliant here.

Food is a highlight at Puerto Valle; fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit compliment simple, flavorful preparations. The full-board program includes three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages, guided excursions, and Posadas airport transfers.

PUERTO VALLE LOCATION

Puerto Valle is located 210 miles southwest of Iguazu Falls and 33 miles (40 minutes) southwest of the Posadas airport via Route 12. The roads leading to the property are well-paved.

The scenery looks like east Texas, but with an occasional palm tree.

Trees lining beautiful Parana river in Argentina

Puerto Valle Amenities

The Puerto Valle property offers the following amenities:

  • Palapa
  • Lounge
  • Boat Dock
  • Restaurant
  • Game Room
  • Use of Bicycles and Kayaks
  • Ambient-Temperature Swimming Pool
  • 24-hour Coffee / Tea service
  • Movie Collection
  • Hiking Trails
  • Barbecue
  • Gardens
  • Library
  • Wi-Fi

There’s no hot tub at Puerto Valle. The pool has a subdivision into kiddie depth off to the side. The pool house has bathrooms and outdoor shower.

Wi-Fi is good. Cell service is patchy.

Uniquely-shaped pool at Puerto Valle hotel in Argentina, lined with white umbrellas and lounge chairs and backed with lush trees

PUERTO VALLE ROOMS

This hotel has total capacity for 32 in 13 guestrooms. Room options include:

(4) Casco Viejo Rooms 

The Casco Viejo Rooms (517 ft2) are next to the dining room / reception building. Room 2 is next to TV and game room.  Room 5 is farthest from dining. Each Casco Viejo room features air conditioning and a shared porch.

These rooms are outfitted with either one king or two twin beds. Max occupancy is 3 adults. Each has a concrete shower / bath combo, specifically made for these rooms. No televisions.

(8) Deluxe Rooms

Rooms 6 & 7 (645 ft2) are closest to dining room, Rooms 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 & 14 are farthest from dining room. There is no room 13. These are the duplexes with private patios with benches and chairs, outdoor showers. Deluxe Rooms have wood burning fireplaces (Bosca brand) a mini fridge with cold water.

They can be outfitted with a King or twin beds. One of these duplexes is interconnected (10 & 11). Rooms 6 & 7 are closest to the lodge . Deluxe rooms can accommodate 3 adults max. None have bathtubs or televisions.

Queen bed with red comforter and brown leather headboard on wood floor in room at Puerto Valle hotel in Argentina

(1) Suite Duplex

The Suite Duplex (Approximately 1,000 ft2 ) is connected to the Puerto Valle dining room / reception building. Bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, with a living room upstairs. This suite can accommodate five people. The suite can be set up with either a King or twin beds downstairs, and up to 3 rollaway beds upstairs.

TV can be added upstairs by request.

Puerto Valle Room Amenities

  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Security Box
  • Drinking Water
  • Air Conditioning
  • Egyptian Cotton Sheets
  • Mate Tea Service
  • Pillow Menu
  • Evening Turn-down Service
  • Telephone
  • Slippers
  • Wi-Fi

Alcohol and laundry service carries an additional fee. Massages can be arranged upon request.

Additional Puerto Valle Information

Puerto Valle is owned by a forestry and agricultural company called GRUPO INSUD. This property exudes a strong sense of peace and tranquility; well-being, without a false yoga / crystal overlay.

This is relaxing country living.

Is Puerto Valle too close to the highway? Maybe. The distance between the road and rooms is around 1KM but is separated by trees. As this is a very narrow territory between the Parana River and the wetlands—there wasn’t much choice on where to put the lodge.

We rarely heard the road during our most recent stay.

Trees-Puerto-Valle-Hotel-Argentina

PUERTO VALLE EXCURSIONS

Puerto Valle offers two half-day excursion options, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.

They typically follow this format:

Monkey / forest walk (an hour); kayak (flexible); Parana River (1.5 hours); horseback (90 minutes and you can canter if you want); garden (20 mins); biking (flexible); tree nursery (20 mins); wetland (3 hours, with sundowners, often). Garden + tree nursery takes about 40 minutes.

Excursions on the river are weather dependent. Wind is sometimes a factor. Wetland excursions are limited to 7 guests maximum. Parana River excursions are limited to 8.

Useful Expedition Information

For an additional cost, you can tour a yerba mate factory or nearby missions. Visits to the Ituzaingo Dam and fishing can also be arranged. These activities  are typically a full day experience.

Nobody swims in the wetlands. Totally clear / pure water, but caimans and relatives of piranhas (which eat fish but can bite you).

Ants and termite mounds everywhere.

While encounters cannot be guaranteed, lucky participants can observe the following species:

  • Peccary
  • Armadillo
  • Maned Wolf
  • Giant Anteater
  • Anaconda
  • Jaguar
  • Tapir

The macaws found around Puerto Valle are red and military (green). There are no hyacinth macaws (purple) or blue macaws here.

Red Macaw perched in a tree at Puerto Valle hotel in Argentina

What to Expect at Puerto Valle

Food at Puerto Valle is a highlight—fresh, simple, and flavorful. The menu also features a nice selection of herbal teas and Argentine wines.

This property is ideal for those who want relaxation and sense of place. If you are go-go-go and time is limited, it likely won’t be a good fit.

Puerto Valle feels like a beach property is some ways. The Parana lake (made by a dam) is so wide, you would not know you’re on a river unless you tested the water.

However, no swimming is allowed in the Parana and there’s no beach to speak of.

Average Stay and Tipping Guidelines

Guests usually stay 3 or 4 nights. About 60% are Europeans, who generally have more time than North Americans. Birdwatchers love Puerto Valle. Children are welcome, and the hotel is popular with families.

For guest transfers, the property uses comfortable, airconditioned light SUVs for guest transfers. Transfers take about 40 minutes on average

Tips are paid in an envelope at the front desk (put in a box there). Tip envelopes can be found in each room.

A tip of $50 per room per stay is recommended. These tips are split between restaurant staff, housekeeping, reception, and guides.

Puerto Valle only accepts cash tips. We recommend tipping at the end of your stay.

Sunset over the Parana River, photograhed from Puerto Valle Hotel in Argentina

Are you thinking about a stay at Puerto Valle? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

El Pedral Patagonian Estancia

El Pedral Boutique Hotel

El Pedral Hotel de Campo is a boutique hotel within a working sheep ranch (an estancia) on the coast of Argentine Patagonia.

Here, in the wind-swept province of Chubut, the land forms a vast plain—the Patagonian Steppe—stretching hundreds of miles from the Andes to the Atlantic. El Pedral rests at the eastern end of that expanse.

Where the steppe meets the sea, the land plummets hundreds of feet down sandstone cliffs to pebbled beaches.

View down the cliffs of the Patagonian coast on the edge of the El Pedral estancia in Argentina, showing blue-green ocean and rocky shore below

Whale Watching at Puerto Piramides

El Pedral’s land spans the eastern tip of Punta Ninfas–Mermaid Point. The pebbly shore of Punta Ninfas is the seasonal home of Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, and sea lions. It is protected by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Punta Ninfas forms the southern arm of the Golfo Nuevo. The northern side of the gulf is formed by the Valdes Peninsula. This gulf is a rich fishery, supporting Southern Right whales and orcas.

Whale watching cruises are offered at Puerto Piramides, on the southern coast of the Valdes Peninsula.

Patagonia is known for its nearly constant wind, so powerful that the land is naturally devoid of trees. The bushy shrubs have adapted small leaves and succulent spines. Anything manmade is either supported by guidewires, sheltered by non-native trees, or on the verge of falling over.

El Pedral Guest House

El Pedral’s guest house consists of the Arbeletche family home (completed in 1923) and two neighboring row houses of four rooms each.

The main house includes the kitchen, dining room, lounge, sunroom, and one more guest room. A short walk from the main house is the “quincho” with a pool, ping pong table, foosball table, and an outdoor barbeque area.

The quincho also has two dining rooms to accommodate lunching day trip tours, which come to see the elephant seals and penguins.

Herd of Elephant Seals sunbathing on the pebbly shores of El Pedral, a boutique hotel in Argentine Patagonia

El Pedral Rooms

The simple, no-fuss rooms at El Pedral are light-filled and traditional, with whitewashed walls, native wood floors, and comfortable beds.

Rooms have in-wall space heaters, but not air conditioning (not needed). The windows have blackout curtains. Rooms can be arranged with either one double-occupancy bed (roughly a king) or two twin beds.

Rooms in the row houses are in pairs, with a shared outside door. A roll-away bed can be added. One room (#2, Orca) has three twin beds. It can be combined with #1 (Pinguino) as a family suite.

Bathrooms have shower / tubs, toilet, bidet, vanity, and hairdryers. The hot water heaters kick one once the hot tab is turned all the way on; adjustments can then be made.

Rooms at El Pedral do not have security boxes, and keys are left in the main house while you’re away.

Three twin beds with luxury linens and yellow headboards in the Orca room at El Pedral Boutique Hotel in Patagonia

El Pedral Dining and Amenities

Food is a highlight, and it is included. A surprising variety of fresh breads, medialunas, empanadas, soups, roasted vegetables, meats, and desserts, are prepared in a handful of cast iron pans by chef Pablo.

A traditional Patagonian barbeque (asado) can be scheduled if desired—usually once per stay. Dietary restrictions and preferences can be followed; just let us know your needs in advance. An honor bar is located in the main house.

Electrical power is sourced by windmills, solar panels, and a generator. Lights go out at 10:30PM and come on again at 7:30AM. Mobile phone signals are difficult to find.

Wi-Fi is available only in the main house, and the connection is slow. El Pedral rooms do not have television. This is a place to slow down and unwind. Bring a book to read by the main house’s fireplace.

Active Adventure

The main attraction here is the wildlife. Unlike the heavily-touristed colonies at Punta Tombo, guests at El Pedral can visit the on-property wildlife communities in near solitude.

The whale-watching boats launch from Puerto Piramides, on the Valdes Peninsula, two hours from the ranch. Expect to have up to 20 people on each boat. These are long, open-bow launches.

LANDED co-founder John Montgomery sitting on the rocky shore of El Pedral with a huddle of penguins behind him. Wearing a blue t-shirt, mesh-backed gray hat and dark pants.

The Punta Ninfas elephant seal and penguin colonies are roughly 30 minutes by car from the estancia’s house.

Be prepared for a steep climb down to (and then back up from) the elephant seal colony. The hike to the penguin colony is about 1 kilometer from the car park (sandy, pebbly, level trail).

Some of the owners of El Pedral also operate the “Yellow Submarine” from Puerto Piramides. It’s not an actual submersible; it has seating and windows below the waterline for underwater viewing of whales, sea lions, and fish.

It’s Instagram can be found at yellowsubmarinearg.

Mountain Biking and Hiking

Mountain bikes are provided at El Pedral. The gravel roadway to the penguin colony is roughly 4 kilometers per direction. It is flat terrain, with sand and pebbles—easier on foot than by bike.

Several self-guided hiking trails cross the El Pedral property. It is possible to observe foxes, guanacos, rheas, mountain cats, hares, turkey vultures, shorebirds, and sheep on these hikes.

  • The Golfo Nuevo Viewpoint—5 kilometers per direction, with 70 meters of elevation change. Medium difficulty.
  • The Loma Blanca Viewpoint—3 kilometers per direction, with 70 meters of elevation change. Medium difficulty.

El Pedral’s managers recommend tips be handed at the end of your stay, using a special envelope provided by the lodge. Tips can be left in this way for guides and for the lodge staff.

Recommended amounts: $10 per guest per day for lodge staff, and $10 per guest per full day for guides.

An Authentic Argentinian Experience

We’re putting El Pedral on a list of special places where one can experience honest-to-goodness Argentina. It provides simple, sincere comfort, without being overly soft or structured. Days unfold here, if you’ll let them, leaving you rested and rewarded.

LANDED recommends a three-night stay for most guests. If you arrive in the morning, you can visit the elephant seal and penguin colonies on your arrival afternoon.

Expansive golden fields of El Pedral, leading to the coast of Argentine Patagonia

The next day could be for biking and hiking, and the final day could be for whale watching. If you arrive in the evening, consider a four-night stay.

El Pedral is an excellent place to decompress between Buenos Aires and Antarctica, or after strenuous hiking in other parts of Patagonia. In spirit, it feels akin to Estancia Cristina, Nibepo Aike, Estancia Los Potreros, and Puerto Valle—places that offer luxury of experience, solitude, and sincere hospitality.

El Pedral draws visitors from across North America and Europe, as well as a significant number from Japan. The average guest is over 50.  Even if you’re not particularly agile, you can enjoy El Pedral.

Children are welcome (highchair, car seats, a scoot bike, and children’s bikes are available).  At the time of this writing, the property had three loveable dogs and a few oddly shaggy cats.

El Pedral History

The original estancia (ranch) was founded around 1898 by Basque shepherd friends Felix Arbeletche and Felix Olazabal. A few years after their arrival, Arbeletche married an Olazabal—Maria—and lived in a shepherd’s camp wagon while following their herd.

Eventually, Maria moved from the wagon to a series of huts. The first two were trampled by wild horses. In the third hut, Maria bore two children, Sofia (b. 1905) and Juan (b. 1096) Bautista.

As the family’s sheep herd grew, modest wealth followed. Maria took the children to Spain for education. Their father would visit them each year. In 1914, when war broke out in Spain, the family returned to Argentina, eventually moving to Buenos Aires for continued education.

Antique photo of Felix Arbeletche, flanked by his son to the left and wife Maria to the right. All three are wearing early 1900's period attire and hats

Mr. Arbeletche continued to amass wealth through sheepherding. While the family lived in Buenos Aires, he managed the holdings in Patagonia. In 1920, he purchased the land at Punta Ninfas, where the main house now rests.

As an oasis for Maria, who had suffered innumerable hardships during their years together in Patagonia, Mr. Arbeletche began work on a light-filled house, gardens, and an orchard.

The home was constructed in a valley sheltered from the winds, with views of the coast. The materials and many of the furnishings were shipped from Europe directly to the coast of the estancia.

Unfortunately, Maria died in 1921, before the home was completed. The house was inaugurated in 1923, where Mr. Arbeletche lived for another 17 years.

Inside, you’ll find photos of Felix, Maria, and their children’s families.  Entering the house today, you can sense the love and devotion that went into it’s construction.

Getting to El Pedral

By car, the estancia is one hour south of Puerto Madryn. The nearest major airport is in Trelew, one hour and 50 minutes from El Pedral by road—the last hour is gravel road.

Daily flights connect Trelew (REL) with Buenos Aires (AEP). Trelew also has seasonal connections to Ushuaia (USH).

Puerto Madryn has a small airport that receives twice weekly flights on a regional airline (Andes). These flights are to / from Buenos Aires (AEP).  Puerto Madryn is one hour (gravel road) from El Pedral.

When to Visit

El Pedral is open to guests during the Austral spring and summer seasons, from September to April.

During the summer months, rain is possible, but the days are generally warm and breezy, with daylight from approximately 7AM to 9PM. El Pedral does have a sandy beach, Playa La Visera (Visor Beach), suitable for sunbathing from late November to January.

El Pedral’s September to April season aligns with the visits of its migratory wildlife. In September, the male Magellanic penguins arrive to prepare nests.

Penguin Watching at El Pedral

The females arrive a few weeks later to choose a nest, and the mate who happens to inhabit that nest. The chicks hatch in November, leave the nests in January, and change plumage in February. These penguins migrate each year, leaving El Pedral from March to April.

Two patagonian pengins looking in opposite directions with coast of Patagonia and large huddle of other penguins in backdrop.

Puerto Madryn has a small airport that receives twice weekly flights on a regional airline (Andes). These flights are to / from Buenos Aires (AEP).  Puerto Madryn is one hour (gravel road) from El Pedral.

El Pedral’s nesting grounds mark the southern end of their route. The northern end is in Rio de Janeiro state in southern Brazil.

The area’s whales also migrate. Southern Right Whales are baleen feeders, filtering plankton in the Golfo Nuevo from June to December (then migrating to New Zealand).

The presence of orcas (killer whales) coincides with that of the penguins and the pupping season of seals and sea lions (September to April). Orcas are known to practice “strand feeding” here, hunting penguins and seal pups right at the edge of the beach.

Southern sea lions and Southern elephant seals are year-round residents. Seal pups are born in October-November and are weened approximately one month later.

Tumbling sandstone cliffs leading to the pale blue sea at the edge of the El Pedral property in Argentina

Are you considering a stay at El Pedral? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

Explora Patagonia

EXPLORA PATAGONIA LODGE

Explora was founded in 1993 by a group of friends who were passionate about adventuring through untamed terrain. Their travel philosophy seeks to provide guests unparalleled entry to some of South America’s most extraordinary regions.

Explora Patagonia (also known as Hotel Salto Chico) was the group’s first lodge. It enjoys a privileged position within Torres del Paine National Park, at the edge of Lake Pehoe and facing the Paine Massif.

Explora Patagonia is convenient to some of the park’s best-known trails, waterfalls, lakes, and viewpoints.

Long boat dock on Lake Pehoe, leading from Explora Patagonia to the Explora private boat. Massive Crimson Torres del Paine mountains in background

The full board program at Explora Patagonia includes group-basis guided touring (maximum of 14 guests per group, with more than 40 explorations to choose from), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.

Each of the hotel’s 49 rooms is equipped with an expansive wall window that boasts incredible views of either the Paine Massif and Lake Pehoe, or oblique views of the Salto Chico Waterfall.

Because the rooms are designed to strengthen guests’ connection to the landscape, they do not include televisions or Wi-Fi. Explora Patagonia is open year round.

EXPLORA PATAGONIA LODGE LOCATION

Explora Patagonia rests on a hill above Lake Pehoe, near the southern entrance of the vast Torres del Paine National Park. The 700-square-mile park is renowned for its wildlife, mountains, glaciers, lakes, and grasslands.

Explora Patagonia faces the breathtaking Macizo del Paine or Paine Massif—a cluster of snow-capped granite peaks reaching a height of 9,840 feet.

The Torres del Paine National Park is located in the southern Chilean Patagonia. The nearest airports are Puerto Natales (2.0 hours / 61 miles south) and Punta Arenas (4.5 hours / 211 miles south).

The park borders Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to the west and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park to the north.  The border crossing to Argentina, at Cerro Castillo, lies 90 minutes / 48 miles to the southeast.

Two guanacos grazing in a green field in front of a blue-green lake and the Torres del Paine Mountains of Patagonia

To this day, vast sections of Patagonia–the southern portions of Chile and Argentina—remain largely uninhabited.

EXPLORA PATAGONIA LODGE ACCOMMODATIONS

Explora Patagonia’s 49 rooms have a contemporary design that draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape.

Each room features light, wood-paneled walls made from lenga, cypress, and almendrillo. The interiors provide the essential amenities, yet still allow the focal point to be the striking window views.

Rooms with view of Paine Massif

Explora Patagonia’s has 6 Exploradores Suites (450 sq. ft.) and 36 Cordillera Paine Rooms (300 sq. ft.).  Both of these room categories provide panoramic mountain views of the Paine Massif.

Views of Paine Mastif from the Explora Patagonia lodge overlooking lake Pehoe in Chilean Patagonia. Golden light and snowcapped peaks

Rooms with view of the Salto Chico Waterfall

The hotel also offers 7 Salto Chico Rooms (300 sq. ft) that offer oblique views of the Salto Chico Waterfall.

In-room Amenities

Each room has the option of either a king bed or two twin “full” beds, with sitting areas available. The room provides bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and a security box. Rooms do not have televisions, Wi-Fi, or air conditioning.

Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge.  Wi-Fi is available in the common rooms at Explora Patagonia.

SPA – ONA

To access the spa, guests are invited to walk down an outdoor, wooden staircase that follows the Paine River for about 300 feet.

Explora-Patagonia-Spa

The Casa de Baños del Ona, an annex to the lodge, houses a heated indoor lap pool.

Inside, guests can relax in a sauna or unwind with therapeutic massages. Outside, four open-air hot-tubs bubble, allowing guests to relax and enjoy views of the Paine River.

EXPLORA PATAGONIA DINING

Meals at Explora Patagonia are designed to leave guests feeling satisfied, healthy, and ready to venture out on their next excursion. The menu emphasizes clean flavors and locally-sourced ingredients. At dinner, dishes are paired with Chilean wines.

The Explorer’s bar is stocked with specialty Chilean wines and a menu of other beverages.  Premium beverages carry an additional charge.  The bar is frequently used as a gathering place for evening events.

HORSEBACK RIDING AT DOS DE ENERO RANCH

Located 32 miles / 35 minutes from the lodge, the Dos de Enero Ranch is a 6,000-acre ranch (estancia) owned by Explora.

Explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses. Twenty-six horses of different breeds and crosses have been raised in the Ibáñez family estate in the Central Valley of Chile.  Mounts are available for almost every level of experience, from beginner to advanced.

The care of the horses is the responsibility of a team led by Gaela Hourcq, Explora Patagonia’s veterinarian horse specialist.

Gaela has over 15 years of professional equine experience having worked in prestigious stables in England, Ireland, France, United States, and Japan. She has been with Explora since 2013 supervising the breeding, raising, breaking, feeding and care of the horses.

Argentinian man in a black cap and grey jacket leading a grey horse through a field at Explora Patagonia, at the base of the Paine Mastif

The Quincho at Dos de Enero Ranch is the starting point for many horseback rides. From September to April, as weather permits, guests can enjoy a traditional spit-roasted lamb barbeque (asado) here.

ADVENTURE TOURS

Because Torres del Paine National Park is so large and diverse, each itinerary can be tailored to your preferences.

The hotel offers more than 40 explorations covering all major areas in the park that can be traveled by foot, horseback, or van.

Although the menu of excursions emphasizes hiking, options are available for most levels of activity.  Multi-generational families can choose to take separate explorations, meeting back at the lodge afterwards.

Each exploration is led by a bilingual tour guide who can speak either English or Spanish.

Tangled bare tree branches backed by Torres del Paine Mountains in Patagonia

Some of the most popular excursions follow the majestic “W” circuit that weaves through trails surrounding the Paine Massif. Included in that circuit are stops at the Torres Base, Grey Glacier, and Valle Frances (French Valley).

Full and half-day explorations such as birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, and boating are available. A variety of hikes are offered to nearby glaciers, lakes, and viewpoints.

Your touring is not planned in advance.  Instead, you’ll meet with a guide soon after arrival at the lodge.  During this meeting, you’ll choose excursions based on local conditions and your desired level of activity.

Most excursions are in groups of 14 guests or fewer.  Often, guests are transported by van from the hotel to another location to begin the excursion.

Explora Patagonia offers programs of four and eight nights. In addition, six-night programs are available for the December holidays. However, the hotel recommends a minimum of five nights to thoroughly experience all that Patagonia has to offer.

 

Gratuities are voluntary at Explora Patagonia. Recommend at $100 per guest per stay. Left at reception desk at checkout. Can be paid by credit card.

A shot of the Paine Mastif, taken on a family vacation in Torres del Paine, Chile

Are you considering a stay at Explora Patagonia? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

Private Villa in Belize

THE BEACH HOUSE

Belize’s Beach House is located on the Placencia Peninsula, on the central Caribbean Coast of Belize.  The barrier reef lies just a few miles offshore, along with dozens of islands and atolls.

This private beachfront villa (4,000 sq.ft.) features five bedrooms, an open-plan living room, dining room, and kitchen.  The living room’s east side has floor-to-ceiling glass, with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

The state-of-the-art kitchen, imported from Italy, is complete with high-end appliances and a wine chiller.

Other amenities at the Beach House include a 50-foot mosaic infinity pool, walled private garden, roof deck, and trellised outdoor dining area with barbecue kitchen.

Front facade of private Beach House in Belize. Modern architectural design white squared with unique wooden windowed column on in the middle. Palm trees in front lawn

Private Beach and Inspirational Design

Nestled on an acre lot with 100 feet of private beachfront and a walled garden, the Beach House is a private retreat.  Guests can unwind, decompress, and rejuvenate.

The home was created by a well-known designer, whose homes have been featured in architectural and interior design magazines around the world. Inside, the Beach House features design furniture, original artwork, and custom wallpapers.

Large, wrap-around white couch in front of white walpaper with artistic bamboo patern. Facing a glass wall that overlooks an infinity pool and private beach, lined with palms

BEACH HOUSE BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS

Master Bedroom (22’ x 14’)— Ground floor, king-size bed, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, dual vanity, safe, HD TV w/appleTV, Sonos, private outdoor shower

Main Guest Bedroom (16’ x 15’)—Second floor, king-size bed, ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, dual vanity, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, Sonos, private balcony with outdoor furniture

Guest Bedroom II (15’ x 15’)—Second floor, two Single beds, shared ensuite bathroom with dual vanity, private toilet area with stand-alone shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, balcony with outdoor furniture

Man standing on the private beach in front of sparkling L-shaped pool ringed by palms at Belize Beach House

Guest Bedroom III (15’ x 15’)—Second floor, queen-size bed, shared ensuite bathroom with dual vanity, private toilet area with stand-alone shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, balcony with outdoor furniture

Pool House (19’ x 11’)—King-size bed, ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, small refrigerator, Nespresso coffee machine

BEACH HOUSE FEATURES & AMENITIES

  • Open-Plan Living, Formal Dining Area with Seating for 12
  • Family Room with HD TV and Foosball Table
  • Fully Equipped Italian Designer kitchen
  • Sub-Zero Refrigerator w/Icemaker
  • Sonos Sound System Throughout
  • Nespresso Coffee Maker
  • Wine cooler
  • Dishwasher
  • Ceiling Fans
  • AppleTV
  • Wi-Fi
Belize-Beach-House-Dining-Room

INCLUDED STAFF & SERVICES

  • Daily Maid Service
  • Meet and Greet upon Arrival
  • Escort to Villa
  • Concierge / Butler
  • Assistance and Farewell upon Departure

Available at an extra cost:

  • In-house Spa Treatments
  • Activities and Excursions
  • Villa Pre-Stocking
  • Private Chef
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Rental Cars and SUVs
Walkway leading up to large white modern two-story house with wooden column accent in middle front. Rectangular shapes and glass throughout, palm trees lining front.

Beach House Active Adventure

Although it has retained a low-key vibe, Placencia one of the top destinations in Belize for diving, snorkeling, and fishing.  Among the other day trips are horseback riding, zipline canopy tours, hiking in wildlife preserves, river and cave tubing, and explorations of ancient Maya sites.

The Beach House has kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel equipment. Guests can also enjoy board games, beach tennis, ping-pong, and table football.

Outdoor activities are plentiful at Beach House. There are two single-rider kayaks and one double available for guest use, along with two paddleboards.

Al-fresco dining area with white table and 8 modern chairs under gazebo with large stainless steel bbq grill and pool in background

The Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, the world’s first Jaguar reserve, can be reached in one hour.

This 128,000-acre protected area is located east of the Maya Mountains, south of the rugged Cockscomb spur range.

The park has an excellent trail system through a tropical forest inhabited by five feline species, howler monkeys, tapirs, and toucans. Privately-guided tours are available with guides who can point out wildlife that’s invisible to the untrained eye.

Shot over the infinity pool showing large open air lounge area at dusk. White private beach house with modern architectural design.

How to Reserve the Beach House

Thinking of Belize for your next getaway? Stays at Beach House are available only through LANDED. The Beach House can be reserved for Spring Break, summer, and the December holidays.

Reach out to your travel advisor or one of our expert travel planners today. We’re at your service.

Rear view of private beach house in Belize showing blue infinity pool and large white house with wraparound patio, modern glass railing

Are you thinking about a vacation in Belize? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.