An Adventure Lover's Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Offering all the dramatic landscape you would expect for the world's ultimate land's end, Chilean Patagonia is one of the most infinitely beautiful places on Earth.

With a dazzling explosion of islands, lagoons, glaciers, icebergs and mountains, it's not hard to lose yourself in the magic of the Chilean Patagonia wilderness.

Whether you want to simply soak in a hot tub while gazing out onto the azul lakes only meters away, pull on your walking boots and explore the regions diverse terrain, or get your heart racing as you navigate the river rapids, our adventure lover's guide will show you how to ensure a once in a lifetime trip:

Dos Lagos Lodge

For a truly immersive Chilean Patagonia experience book a stay at Dos Lagos Lodge, part of the Endless Water Ranch, and enjoy unparalleled access to the regions forests, mountains, hidden valleys, lakes, streams, and grasslands. Only accessible by helicopter, boat, or foot, this dreamy rustic paradise offers a unique opportunity for you to stay in a luxury lodge with the wilds of Patagonia right on your doorstep. The lodge is only hired out on an exclusive basis, meaning that you and your guests will have the entire place to yourselves, along with the undivided attention of the caterers and staff, as well as guided tours and outdoor equipment.

Between the main lodge, two cabins, and converted helicopter hangar, there is space for up to 28 guests, and a host of amazing bedrooms to choose from. The lodge is the epitome of traditional Chilean architecture combined with modern luxuries and accents, boasting stunning hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, period furnishings, as well as wifi and flat screen TVs. It even comes with an indoor badminton and volleyball court, sauna, hot tub, and some incredible picture windows which allow you to soak in the inspiring scenery while warming yourself in front of the fire. As amazing as Dos Lagos Lodge is, a trip here is not complete until you have experienced the dramatic landscapes of the surrounding countryside, whether on some of the 81 miles of purpose built mountain bike tracks, by boat along the serene lakes and rivers, or on foot through some of the most picturesque mountain trails on the continent.

Dos Lagos Lodge

Dos Lagos Lodge

Dos Lagos Lodge Chile

Dos Lagos Lodge Chile

Dos Lagos Lodge Chile

Adventure Seeking

Chilean Patagonia is awash with incredible adventure activities to get involved with, each one taking place among the awe inspiring natural backdrops of this unique landscape. With endless bike and hike trails, a huge network of rivers and lakes, and breathtaking mountain ranges to explore, there is adventure to be found around every corner.

Rafting

Whether you’re an experienced adrenaline junkie ready to pit your wits against the Class V rapids of the Rio Futaleufu, or you’re looking for a more relaxed and fun rafting experience winding your way through the old-growth forests of the Rio Petrohue, there is no shortage of incredible rafting adventures to be found in Chilean Patagonia. It is also possible to combine a day of rafting with a sea kayaking trip in the fjords, where you’ll get a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magnificent sea lions and dolphins that inhabit the enchanting waters.

Hiking

Chilean Patagonia has gained a reputation as being one of the most incredible hiking locations in the world, with dramatic scenery all around, a huge array of different terrains to explore, and well marked routes in most areas, you are spoilt for choice. While there are some spectacular multi day guided treks that you can undertake, most visitors prefer to combine luxury lodging, spa treatments, and breathtaking views from beside the fireplace, with shorter one day hikes so that they can enjoy the best of both worlds!

Biking

Biking is arguably the best way to explore this magnificent landscape as it allows you to cover more ground than on foot, giving you the chance to see more during your stay. There are huge networks of roads, paths, and tracks which are ideal for bike exploration, which you can either choose to do on your own or as part of a guided tour. Even just in the Cerro Castillo National Reserve which surrounds Dos Lagos Lodge, there are over eighty miles of tracks to explore, taking you past rivers, lakes, rolling hills, steep inclines, and forest canyons, all with their own breathtaking views along the way.

Climbing

If you’ve got a head for heights, then Chilean Patagonia has an abundance of rock faces and cliffs just waiting to be traversed. With plenty of well known climbing guides in the area, you can book yourself a session which will take you up some challenging and seriously rewarding routes. Attracting many of the world's best climbers, the improbable thorny massifs are some of the most iconic visages on the globe.

Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Best Time to Visit

Each season has its benefits and own unique charm, so plan your visit around what you’d most like to experience:

September to November – The spring time in Chile is especially beautiful with its remarkable forest blooms and transformational landscapes. The daytime temperatures can be nice, but always be prepared for a cold snap which can arrive without warning. If you like to travel on the main routes but prefer not to be part of a busy tourist train, then this is an ideal time to visit.

November to March – Book early if you want to visit Chile during the summer time as it’s becoming an increasingly popular destination, and the hottest accommodation options are often hard if you leave it too late. Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn are the busiest tourist routes as they offer some of the most incredible natural surroundings, enjoyable cultural events, along with the best access to guided hikes and adventure sports.

March to May – With similar temperatures to the spring time, but without the bitter winds, autumn can also be a great time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. This can be a particularly good time of year for undertaking larger explorations, day hikes and bike rides as the weather is ideal.

June to August – Many of the attractions and guided excursions close during the mid winter season, but there are still plenty of amazing landscapes to explore and adventures to be found. Ski season brings a new set of adventure seekers, and the quiet, remote locations are held in high esteem by many who have experienced the Chilean winter season.

Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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Guide to Chilean Patagonia

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