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Hostería Las Torres: Torres Del Paine, Chile

Dec 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Hostería Las Torres

Caballeros Unite!: the placid environs of Hostería Las Torres

The 95-mile four-wheel-drive road that starts at Puerto Natales, on the Chilean coast, and ends at Hostería Las Torres, a luxurious yet unpretentious barn-red lodge in the heart of Patagonia, seems to go on and on. But that's exactly the appeal: You've got to work a little to reap the rewards of being here. Nestled at the foot of three 8,000- to 9,000-foot granite towers in Torres del Paine National Park, the lodge offers hikers unparalleled access to craggy summits and glacial lakes.
Room & Board: Rooms in this 90-year-old former sheep ranch, with their cream-colored walls and blond-wood furniture, speak simplicity. After a day on foot, partake of a mud wrap at the spa. Later, head to the octagonal dining room, where the staff serves grilled estancia-raised lamb and vegetables from the garden.
Out the Back Door: Ask the concierge to arrange a catamaran tour on Lago Grey or a horseback ride among Pleistocene-era fossils and shy, llama-like guanacos in the 935-square-mile park.
Details: Doubles, $106–$249, breakfast included; 011-56-61-71-0050,