With a whopping 98.67 points out of a possible 100, the prestigious international magazine Travel + Leisure ranked the Hotel Salto Chico/Explora Patagonia as the top Resort/Lodge in South and Central America and the sixth best resort, inn, or lodge in the world.
In the distinguished top ten ranking of best Resort, Inn, or Lodge, Hotel Salto Chico/Explora took a seat alongside names like the Amansara in Cambodia, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge in Tanzania, and the Oberoi Udaivilas in India.
Hotel Salto Chico is one of three lodges owned by Explora in Chile, with other locations in the northern Atacama Desert and one on Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
Hotel Salto Chico is situated in the magnificent Parque Nacional Torres del Paine deep in Chile’s Patagonian wilderness. Situated on the edge of Lago Pehoé sitting right above a waterfall, Hotel Salto Chico boasts stunning views of the Paine Massif and miles and miles of turquoise lakes and rolling hills.
“Another 90 minutes’ drive from the Chilean border station, the Torres del Paine mountains rise out of the plain like Manhattan from the Meadowlands, granite skyscrapers at a slightly crazy cant,” writer for Travel + Leisure John F. Stacks published in 2002 when visiting the hotel. “Explora overlooks a spectacularly blue lake, with the mountain peaks front and center.”
While most visitors take advantage of the rugged location for intense outdoor activity, Stacks admitted that, “a lazy person could sit happily in his room all day, watching the clouds hover on the peaks and sunlight paint the jagged cliffs shades of pink.”
For the South and Central American lodge and resort category, behind Hotel Salto Chico ranked the Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens in Costa Rica, the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort in Bariloche, Argentina, and the Inkaterra near Machu Picchu in Perú.