Patagonia

A masterwork of nature

One of the New World's final frontiers, Patagonia is a remote and pristine wilderness that has held an irresistible allure for explorers and adventurers across the ages. It's a sparsely populated land singular for its stark natural beauty and harsh, forbidding climate where only the toughest survive.

The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Patagonia on his way to the Indies in 1520 and is said to have named the region after the natives' large feet. Thanks to accounts left by his crew and later that of Sir Francis Drake, Patagonia earned fame as a land of giants, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries one of its towns, Punta Arenas, was a major stop on the trade route around South America until the opening of the Panama Canal.

Patagonia's main attraction is quite possibly South America's finest national park and premier hiking destination: Torres del Paine. Named for the breathtaking granite spires that rise up in the midst of forests, lakes and glaciers, it is home to rheas, condors, flamingos, falcons and pumas. Immediately to the southwest lies another national park, Bernardo O'Higgins, where visitors can hike and kayak alongside imposing glaciers.

For penguin sighting opportunities nothing beats Isla Magdalena and Seno Otway, the destination of thousands of Magellanic penguin couples which come to breed during the summer months. Among the volcanic craters of Pali Aike National Park there are Stone Age cave paintings, while the island of Tierra del Fuego is an untamed wilderness of mountains and lakes at the very end of Patagonia.

Patagonia's main city is the lively metropolis of Punta Arenas, which serves as a key transportation hub along the Magellanic Strait and preserves the history of its post-colonial fortune in opulent 19th-century mansions. Other towns in the region include Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres Del Paine National Park, the gold rush town of Porvenir, and Puerto Williams, which claims to be the world's southernmost city.

The best hotels in Patagonia are situated in Punta Arenas; however, Puerto Natales also has a lot to offer when it comes to simple, cozy inns. Even the Torres del Paine National Park can be explored in comfort thanks to the luxury hotels found within its boundaries. Other decent Patagonia hotels can be found in Porvenir and Puerto Williams.

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Avenida Costanera 906, Ancud, Chile
Review Score 7.0
The comfy Hotel Don Lucas sits right on the Bay of Ancud and is a lovely place to relax and rejuvenate at the full on-site spa while...
from USD 61 per night
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Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1025, Punta Arenas, Chile
Review Score 9.0
The distinguished architecture of Hotel Cabo de Hornos makes it a formidable presence. The hotel, located in the very heart of Punta...
from USD 115 per night
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Av. Vicente Perez Rosales 60, Puerto Varas, Chile
Whether it's tourism, entertainment, culture, sports or the need for a relaxing vacation that brings travelers to Puerto Varas they'll...
from USD 160 per night
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Urmeneta 719, Puerto Montt, Chile
Review Score 8.0
Located less than 300 yards from the Pacific shore and half a mile from downtown Puerto Montt, Hotel Gran Pacifico is an inviting...
from USD 119 per night
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Pedro Montt 262, Puerto Natales, Chile
Review Score 7.0
The chateau-style boutique hotel CostAustralis in Puerto Natales offers panoramic views of the Patagonian Andes. Guest rooms are...
from USD 136 per night
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Calle Ochagavia # 478, Puerto Montt, Chile
The Apart Hotel Ochagavia in Puerto Montt is a budget lodging facility. This unpretentious property offers furnished cabins of all sizes...
from USD 33 per night
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Calle Las Quemas 1687, Puerto Montt, Chile
ApartHotel FX Quemas is situated at the intersection of Avenida Cardonal and Presidente Ibañez, five minutes from the downtown area....
from USD 38 per night
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Bories 959, Punta Arenas, Chile
Review Score 8.0
Jose Nogueira Hotel is located in one of the most recognizable buildings of the city of Punta Arenas and one of the oldest in Patagonia....
from USD 115 per night
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Peninsula de Centinela Km. 5, Puerto Octay, Chile
Review Score 7.0
In the early 1900s three wealthy Chilean families set out to find the perfect spot to build a summer home when they came upon the...
from USD 140 per night
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Caupolicàn 578, Punta Arenas, Chile
Guests of the Hostal Betty receive a warm welcome and friendly, helpful service from Betty, the owner. Sincerely concerned with her...
from USD 48 per night
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Fagnano 356, Punta Arenas, Chile
The attentive service and warm, homey accommodations of the Hostal Oro Fueguino represent an excellent value in central Punta Arenas....
from USD 75 per night
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Lord Cochrane 458, Ancud, Chile
This affordable hotel is only a block away from the pier and it caters to a predominantly international crowd. The guestrooms are...
from USD 49 per night
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Klenner #195, Puerto Varas, Chile
Review Score 9.0
Set in an unparalleled location on the shores of Llanquihue Lake with spectacular views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes by day and...
from USD 190 per night
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Av. Diego Portales 664, Puerto Montt, Chile
Review Score 8.0
Nestled on the northern shore of the beautiful Reloncaví Sound and only a stone's throw from Puerto Montt's beach, the 4-star apartment...
from USD 90 per night
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Buin # 490, Puerto Montt, Chile
Hospedaje Teresita is a cozy and charming hostel in the port city of Puerto Montt. It offers budget accommodation, along with a a...
from USD 21 per night
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Illapel # 146, Puerto Montt, Chile
Established in 1991, Hostal Millantú is located in the very heart of Puerto Montt and offers clean and affordable accommodation in a...
from USD 39 per night
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Benavente 480, Puerto Montt, Chile
The Hotel Raysan of central Puerto Montt is a convenient and comfortable starting point for exploring Chile's lakes region....
from USD 44 per night
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Huasco 143, Puerto Montt, Chile
Nestled on the beautiful bay of Puerto Montt lies the modern Puerto Sur hotel which combines avant-garde aesthetics with the warm...
from USD 95 per night
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Trigal 312, Puerto Montt, Chile
Hospedaje Casa Perla is a small lodging establishment featuring rooms with sea view. Hotel facilities and services include a...
from USD 22 per night
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Calle Balmaceda #300, Puerto Montt, Chile
Review Score 9.0
Occupying a quaint house subtly converted into a hotel on the inside, the Hostal Balmaceda is a simple, homey and comfortable place to...
from USD 39 per night
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
Prices are per night per room