Heaven on Earth
Our five days at explora Patagonia were fantastic. Even if you were to never leave the hotel it would be worth the trip because the views are beyond compare. But of course, you will leave to hike Torres del Paine right at explora's doorstep. That too is an extraordinary experience. And then each night you will enjoy a good meal and a warm bed so you can do it all over again on a different trail (our faves were French Valley and Gray Glacier). Yes, this place is ridiculously expensive. But you only pass this way once. My best tips: Try to fly into Puerto Natales from Santiago to save a very long drive. Stay no less than five days. Bring layers because you will be hot and cold on the same hike. And really good hiking boots (my wife and I both bought Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX on Amazon and were quite happy with them), And a WATERPROOF outer layer cuz it rains often.