Aerial view of a dark metal, rectangular hotel sitting beside a river in a valley of trees by tall, snow-capped peaks.
Empty Jacuzzi ringed by low wood walls sits beside a dark hotel building, forest & tall mountains at Explora Lodge El Chalten.
Dining room at Explora Hotel El Chalten with wood 4-top tables, metal chairs, wall-to-wall windows & skylights onto mountains.
Common area at Hotel Explora El Chalten with light wood, panoramic windows, couches & coffee tables under woven lamps & wildlife art.
King bed with wood half-wall behind & view windows & seating area in front in earthtones decor at Explora Lodge El Chalten.
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Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Deep in the private Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, 11 miles northwest of El Chaltén, Hotel Explora El Chaltén features the best of Argentinean Patagonia. This lodge earns its stripes as a remote, secluded property following an 8-hour overland drive from the El Calafate Airport on the border of southern Argentina; the trip is well worth it. Relax and explore among the surrounding dense forests, Eléctrico River and Marconi Glacier. Nearby is the world’s third largest fresh water reserve, Southern Patagonia Ice Field.

Explora El Chaltén Lodge Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Explora Lodge El Chaltén review includes a detailed description and photo gallery. Our Patagonia experts have stayed at similar Explora properties and can provide firsthand knowledge into these properties, as well as compare the Explora hotel El Chaltén with her sister Patagonia properties of Explora Torres del Paine Lodge and Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge, plus other adventure lodging and Chile travel.

Choose Explora El Chaltén Lodge for a remote, modern property that fosters detachment from the everyday. Explore the solitude and remarkable geography shaped by mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers, from an understated property with upscale service. And revel in this unique location within the Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site, that provides unique views and explorations of the Perito Moreno and Mount Fitz Roy glaciers.

Design at Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Explora Lodge El Chaltén is designed to put a spotlight on the quiet, remote and vast landscape in which it sits. Light wood interiors contrast with a dark steel exterior and view windows wrap the building so that the great outdoors are always top of mind. Large, open-concept common areas invite both contemplation and community. Skylights throughout the lodge create sun-soaked interiors. And decor reflects the wildlife and woven goods common to this mountainous region.

Common Areas at Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Hotel Explora El Chaltén invites guests to meet likeminded travelers in spacious common areas. Couches and simple chairs line bright windows, wooden coffee tables, a display of reference materials and a crackling fireplace. A central bar lines a simple dining room with modern furniture and continuous views into the valley. A separate spa and outdoor Jacuzzi space encourages further immersion into the surrounding wilds.

Dining at Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Explora Hotel El Chaltén offers elevated food in a relaxed atmosphere. Tastebuds will delight in flavors of the region thanks to a menu of locally sourced ingredients, including wild harvested products, from small farms with agroecological standards. The menu is designed by owner Pablo Jesús Rivero and consulting chef Guido Tassi of “Don Julio,” Latin America restaurant #10 according to the ranking of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021.

Activities at Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Upon arrival, settle in and then meet with a guide to map out your selection of activities during your stay at Hotel Explora El Chaltén. Over 30 activities are on offer, in four unique zones that reach even beyond Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, to Los Glaciares National Park, Lago del Desierto and Southern Ice Fields. All required gear is provided. Opt for explorations that are rated easy, moderate, advanced or expert, and choose to be fully guided, self-guided, or try some of each. Hiking on trails and ice fields, overland trips, high mountain pursuits, climbing and even multi-day expeditions with overnight camping are all exciting options.

After a full day of activity in rugged Argentinean Patagonia, relax with the lodge’s spa amenities. Outdoors, five open-air Jacuzzis, a selection of lounge chairs and an outdoor shower look down on a forest of ñirre trees and the Eléctrico River valley. Indoors, two massage rooms and two saunas further encourage you to unwind.

Accommodations at Explora El Chaltén Lodge

With a small property of only 20 rooms (including one accessible Standard Room), guests can form lasting bonds at Explora Lodge El Chaltén. All rooms feature the natural feel that Explora lodges are known for, with steel exterior, soft wood interior and plenty of view windows that put a spotlight on the lodge’s incredible natural surroundings. Furniture is minimalist with clean lines and modern aesthetics, with an Argentinean twist. Both Standard Rooms and Suites come equipped with a crib and an extra bed for children (subject to availability), safe deposit box, heating, a hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers. Phone calls and laundry service are available for a fee.

2 twin beds against wood wall beside view windows & desk in earth tones decor at Explora Lodge El Chalten.
Standard Room

The 17 Standard Rooms are each roughly 388 square feet with either 1 king-sized bed or 2 twin beds and views of the Eléctrico Valley, the Marconi Glacier and the area’s mountain range.

King bed with wood half-wall behind & view windows & seating area in front in earthtones decor at Explora Lodge El Chalten.

The 3 Suites are each roughly 646 square feet with either 1 king-sized bed or 2 twin beds and views of the Eléctrico Valley, the Marconi Glacier and the area’s mountain range.

Map showing where Explora Lodge El Chaltén sits in Southern Argentina near El Calafate, an 8-hour overland drive.
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