Remota Lodge Chile

Located on near Puerto Natales on the edge of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park this utterly unique resort is the ultimate base for a wide range of eco-tourism activities and adventures.  Its modern architecture artistically compliments the stark beauty of the surrounding natural environment.  It features seventy two well-appointed rooms, a beautiful restaurant overlooking the water, a heated infinity pool, sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi and a full time masseuse. 

With the remarkable Torres del Paine serving as the main attraction the resort offers over 30 different excursions in the surrounding mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, forests and prairies.  Activities include day hikes, biking, horseback riding, cultural visits, and of course fly fishing.  Sample tours include trekking and horseback riding through Sierra Dorotea, tours of the lakes forests and ice formations of Torres del Paine National Park, cycling the Balmaceda Lake region, condor tours, a historic pioneer tour, and more.

Each evening before dinner guests meet in the bar where they join their English speaking guides and plan the next day’s adventure.  For adventuresome couples looking to explore this remote corner Patagonia from a luxurious base, Remota is the place. 

Remota Fishing Program:
With three distinctly different fishing areas with a great diversity of landscapes, dozens of rivers and lakes, and virtually no other anglers Remota offers a totally unique Patagonian fishing experience.  The prime target is brown trout (resident and sea run) but multiple salmon species are occasionally found as well.

I. South Zone
Full day / truck / easy difficulty / 8 to 9 hours.
Zone 1 is located approximately 1 ½ ours south of Puerto Natales.  This zone has many rivers that rage form low gradient streams that meander through the Patagonian steppe to small mountain creeks, as well as a few spring creeks. 

II. Center Zone
Half day or Full / truck / hard medium difficulty / 4 to 8 hours.
Zone 2 is located within a ½ hour drive from the lodge and allows anglers to choose a ½ day or full day excursion.  Streams in this area are small, clear, and hold good numbers of brown “Black” trout.

III. North Zone
Full day / truck / Medium difficulty / 8 to 9 hours.
Zone 3 is located approximately 2 hours north of the lodge.  The scenery alone is well worth the drive as it is overlooked by the Torres del Paine massif as well as the majestic Sierra Baguales  

Remota Excursions: 
Travelers can enjoy the many and varied natural and cultural treasures of Chilean Patagonia year-round, as one does not need to climb high altitudes to view the region’s majestic mountains which rise steeply from sea level.  Throughout the regions forests and prairies it is possible to see a wide variety of wildlife including guanacos, rheas, foxes, pumas, geese and wild ducks. In the mountainous areas travelers can view a plethora of incredible landscapes filled with glaciers, meandering rivers, multicolored lakes, and the region’s labyrinth of glacial fjords and channels. Excursions or treks in the area also take visitors to estancias, with tin-walled houses, airy sheep-shearing barns, and spacious corrals. These estancias are also populated with green houses, fruit-tree gardens, sheep dog houses, seemingly never-ending fences, and, every once in a while, a gaucho, passing by on horse, in route to his picturesque wood and tin shack. Visitors are often in awe of the immensity of the wide-open plains of the region.

I. Puerto Natales and Dorotea Mountain Range
Puerto Natales is the geographical center of Chilean Patagonia, and it boasts one of the most picturesque ports in Chile, which grandly displays the ingenuity of its local residents who have learned to adapt to its sometimes brutal climate. The Sierra Dorothea, which backs up against Puerto Natales, is known for its dense beech forest, deep gorges and small lakes, and a spectacular look out over the town and the Ultima Esperanza Sound. From this lookout point it is possible to see the four fundamental geological formations that create the Patagonia landscape: pampa, mountains, fjords, and ice. There are no marked trails on Sierra Dorothea, making it critical for excursions to be led by knowledgeable gauchos and guides.

Puerto Natales and Its People:
Half Day / Bar or Bicycle / Low Difficulty / Approximately 3 hours
This trip will connect you with the lives and stories of the local people and cultures of Puerto Natales including the indigenous Aonikenks and Kaweskar people and the history and development of Patagonian ranching. Guests will visit the fishermen´s wharf, the municipal museum, the main square, family ranches, and where several families grow fruits and vegetables in their greenhouses.

Sierra Dorotea Hike:
Half Day / High Difficulty / Ascent 500 m / No Trail / Approximately 4 hours
This is a strenuous 2 hour hike which climbs 600 meters to the peak of Sierra Dorotea where you will have an excellent panoramic view of Patagonian geography, on one end the mountainous characteristics of Chilean Patagonia and at the other seemingly infinite Argentine pampas.

Sierra Dorotea Horseback Ride:
Full or Half day / Low Difficulty / Ascent 800 m / Approximately 4 or 7 hours, respectively
Sierra Dorotea is one of the most beautiful mountain’s in the region, with an extraordinary landscape where you can see mountains, the pampa, and the canals, all from one viewpoint. It is a wonderful place to ride docile horses accustomed to difficult terrain. The ride is accompanied by a gaucho (also called a baquedano), who will stop along the way to make a bonfire and prepare hot mate tea for you to enjoy. The character and culture of the gauchos offer guests a chance to understand life and work in this sometimes hospitable land. No experience required.

Trekking and Horseback Riding through the Sierra Dorotea:
Full day / High Difficulty / Ascent 600 m / Off Trail / Approximately 8 hours
This excursion begins with a walk for 3 hours to the mountain shoulder of Sierra Dorotea along a lake, where you will meet a gaucho with horses. From there you will ride for 3 hours through a dense beech forest up a high mountain valley. This excursion provides good opportunity to see condors. No experience required.

II. Southern Fjord
The first navigators here sailed through the Patagonia’s labyrinth of fjords seeking protected bays, fish, and freshwater, and a more protected path to the Atlantic Sea, much like the Strait that Magellan discovered on November 1, 1520. Before them, the indigenous groups Kawésqar and Yamanes plied these waters, followed by colonists. Yet even today, these fjords are still some of the most unpopulated on the planet. The Ultima Esperanza Sound and the neighboring Eberhard Fjord are prime examples of a traveler’s idea of the mythical channels at the End of the World.

Lamb Asado at Puerto Consuelo:
Half Day / Car and Hike / Low Difficulty / Approximately 5 hours
Depart REMOTA, visit villa Bories, then keep driving onward to Puerto Pratt, a place where the first pioneers of the area lived. Here you will start a 1.5 hour hike and end up in Puerto Consuelo, the first sheep breeding farm in the Last Hope province, where Mister Erik Eberhard (great grandson of the German pioneer who colonized the area) will be waiting for you with a traditional lamb asado.

Catamaran Tour through Last Hope Sound:
Full Day / Catamaran and Walk / Low Difficulty / Approximately 9 hours
Take a 3 hour Catamaran Tour through the Última Esperanza fjord to Mount Balmaceda within Bernardo O ╠üHiggins National Park. On this trip you will have the opportunity to see waterfalls, sea lions, a cormorant colony, gulls, Chilean Skuas, condors, and the Balmaceda Glacier. Followed by a brief walk that will put you up-close to the Serrano Glacier.

Bicycle Ride to Last Hope Sound:
Half Day / Car and Bicycle / Medium Difficulty / Ascent 200 m / Approximately 5 hours
Drive northwest of REMOTA and begin the bicycle ride near Eberhard Fjord. Along your ride you can view a great variety of vegetation and spot different kinds of birds. The goal of this excursion is to reach the shore of the fjord where you can get amazing views of Cerro Pratt, and the Olla and Monument Moore ranges, among others.

III. Sofia Lake
This is one of the most important archeological sites in the far south of Chile. The first inhabitants of Patagonia lived here along with, now-extinct, mega fauna such as the prehistoric horse (caballo enano), the milodón (giant sloth), saber too the tiger, and more. This is also an attractive area due to its beautiful geography, combination of lagoons and lakes, and isolated peaks that are home to condor and eagle nesting sites, and extensive native beech forests. This region does not have marked trails making it critical for excursions to be led by knowledgeable gauchos and guides.

Cerro Benitez Hike:
Full Day / Hike / Low Difficulty / Ascent 400 m / Approximately 7 hours
This excursion is arranged to teach you about the natural and cultural history and geography of the Magellan area. Hike through caves and rocky slopes that were once the shelters of this areas indigenous population and explore the remains of the rock paintings they left behind. From the Sofia lookout you will have a majestic valley view. This excursion provides good opportunity to see condors.

Three Caves Hike:
Half Day / Hike / Low Difficulty / Approximately 3.5 hours
This excursion takes you to the caves of Cueva Chica, Cueva del Medio, and Cueva del Milodón.  Learn about the extinct sloth that captured the imaginations of Europeans, at the end of the 19th century, who organized expeditions to Patagonia to hunt them. This trip is highly recommended for those interested in learning about Magellan´s anthropology and paleontology.

IV. Torres Del Paine National Park 
Torres del Paine National Park, created in 1959, was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. In spite of the fact that the entire region is a natural and cultural reserve, the park itself is one of the best-known attractions in the world. Its beauty is easy to seek out, but hard to forget. The views of the sun cast on the park’s tall jagged peaks is unforgettable. By foot, van, or kayak, the views of Torres del Paine will always be a high point of any trip to Patagonia.

Lake, Forest, and Ice Formation Tour:
Full Day / Car and Hike / Low Difficulty / Approximately 10 hours
Visit Torres del Paine from one extreme end to the other by van, passing by different look out points including the famed Laguna Amarga, Lake Nordenskjold, and the Salto Grande cascade. This excursion, weather permitting, allows guests to see the principal peaks including the Towers, the Horns, Almirante Nieto peak, and the Paine Grande peak. After lunch, walk to the beach at Lake Grey, where you can view huge icebergs along the shore. Here from a lookout point you can also see the Glacier Grey in the distance.

Laguna Azul Photo Safari:
Full Day / Car and Hike / Low Difficulty / Approximately 9 hours
This trip concentrates on the aspects of the east side of the park, where most of the park’s wildlife can be seen. You’ll start at Laguna Arul, a place visited by the first tourist of the area, Lady Florence Dixie, which is also one of the best places to see the towers if you are not planning on doing the longer hike to Cascade Paine. The longer 3 hour hike gives you more opportunity to see the guanacos roaming the Pampa and visit a rocky shelter where there are some indigenous rock paintings remains.

Toro Lookout Hike:
Full Day / Hike / Medium Difficulty / Ascent 400 m / Approximately 9 hours
Along this route you will see excellent views of Lake Sarmiento and Torres del Paine. You will begin walking to the traditional Estancia Lazo, on the shore of Lake Verde. The path crosses through beech forests and, in springtime, the area is replete with a variety of species of flowers. The trail ends at the Mirador del Toro, one of the best places to gaze at the rich geography of Torres del Paine including the enormous and cobalt-blue waters of Lake Toro, Andean Mountain Range, Almirante Nieto peak, the Horns, Paine Grande Mountain, and Glacier Grey.

Base of the Towers Hike:
Full Day / Hike / High Difficulty / Ascent 900 m / Approximately 11 hours
This strenuous excursion begins at the Estancia Cerro Paine, climbing to Los Vientos pass, with a panoramic view of the pampa, lakes, and Río Ascencio valley. After three hours you will arrive at the foot of a Glacier Morrena.  From there you will climb from boulder to boulder until you arrive at the lake at the base of the Towers. This is an unforgettable experience that any hiker will keep close to heart.

Pingo Valley Hike:
Full Day / Hike / Medium Difficulty / Ascent 200 m / Approximately 10 hours
Walk between old beech forests to make your way into the valley until arriving at the “salmon cascade”. During this hike guests usually get to see condors, falcons and other forest birds, the Southern Ice Field, and some of the granite peaks of the Paine massif. This is one of the few places where the Huemul, a native deer in danger to be extinct, still live.

Grey Lake Catamaran Tour:
Full Day / Car and Catamaran / Low Difficulty / Approximately 8 hours
Drive to the Park and along the way see the lands that once sheltered some of the pioneers of the area and arrive at the lookout at Toro Lake and Paine Massif. Continue on to the Pingo River, where you will walk to the “Grey II” pier, where you will board a catamaran for a 3 hour tour of Grey Lake.

French Valley Catamaran and Hike Tour:
Full Day / Car, Catamaran and Hike / Medium – High Difficulty / Ascent 400 m / Approximately 14 hours
Board the catamaran at Pudeto and for a 30 minute cruise to Paine Grande, where you will start hiking toward the valley bordering Skottberg Lake until you reach Italian campsite where you will slowly start the uphill climb until you reach a lookout from where you will have amazing views of the lakes, mountains, Paine Grande hanging glaciers, and the granite peaks of the massif. This excursion is only available between November 1 and March 15.

V. Baguales Mountain Range
Los Baguales is a little-known area where travelers can soak up the pleasure of distancing themselves from the “well-known,” the essence of any good trip. A person’s sense of distance disappears as the vast pampa that is Patagonia appears, creating a sense of mystery of that which one sees but doesn’t understand. The area is home to wild horses, guanacos, rheas and pumas, although the latter is difficult to spot. Los Baguales is known for fascinating, strange geological formations that the local indigenous groups believed were the fossilized remains of extraterrestrials and the flat plains their landing areas. Here visitors often find fossils. There is no trail. Trekking here along the Baguales range is an unforgettable experience.

The Peaks of Las Chinas Hike:
Full Day / Hike / High Difficulty / Ascent 500 m / Off Trail Hiking / Approximately 10 hours
Sierra Baguales owes its name to the “wild” horses, which still occupy this area. The indigenous Aonikenk were fearful of the mountains, so they never got too deep on them to hunt the horses. You will hike along a dike until you get to an extraordinary geological formation called “las tetas de las chinas”. Another unforgettable experience, that lovers of the wide-open spaces of Patagonia will treasure.

VI. Mount Rotundo
A very attractive area for its dense forests, lakes and fjords, Mount Rotundo is rich in flora typically found near channels, such as evergreen beech, canelo, and Guaitecas Cypress, flora that needs a lot of humidity. In the forest shade, we find here a varied amount of mushrooms and lichens. The landscape offers surprises such as the snowy peaks of the Pinto mountain range and the impressive Mount Rotundo.

Balmaceda Lake Bicycle Tour:
Half Day / Car and Bicycle / Medium Difficulty / Approximately 4 hours
The bicycle ride starts at “los rebaños” ranch, where you will descent through a beautiful beech forest until you get to the shore of the Balmaceda Lake. There you will continue by a primitive road to get to a ranch where you will be able to appreciate the beauties of the Patagonian Andes, Almirante Montt Gulf and the Rotundo Mount.

VII. Three Steps Valley and the Figueroa Lagoon
This area is where the first settlers of the last Esperanza province started to arrive. The valley is a privileged area for bird watching such as, eagles, ducks, wild goose and condors. The unique sedimentary rock formations make this area a great location for condor’s to nest. With beech forests you can reach view points, where you can appreciate the geomorphology of the area and also get a great view to the Paine Massif.

Condor Experience:
Full or Half Day / Hike / Medium Difficulty / Ascent 300 m / Approximately 4 or 7 hours
This hike starts at the “Tres Pasos” ranch where you will head up valley along “Picana” creek. Travel through a beech tree forest until you reach the “condor cliff” from where you will have an amazing 360º view of the mountains around Puerto Natales, Tres Pasos Valley, Figueroa Lagoon and the Paine Massif. This is an excellent opportunity to spot condors!

The Pioneers and Their Great Ranching Legacy:
Half Day / Car / Low Difficulty / Approximately 5 hours
This trip is designed for those who want to learn about the history of the Last Hope and their first colonizers. Explore the Cerro Castillo village and visit the museum. This allows you to travel back in time to understand how the main large estates of their time used to work.

Cerro Castillo Ascent:
Full Day / Hike / High Difficulty / Approximately 12 hours
After a 90 minute drive arrive at the “Castillo Viejo” station to start your challenge of conquering the peak of Cerro Castillo.  From its summit you will have one of the most incredible panoramic views that REMOTA excursions has to offer.  It’s a difficult trek but worth the reward!

VIII. Hunter Mountain Range 
Located in the center of the majestic mountains like the Baguales range and the Paine Massif, characterized for its infinity magellanic steppe, pre-Andean shrub lands, coiron and mainly Black bush. It is ideal for native wildlife watching like Red and Grey Foxes, rheas, armadillo, skunks and flamingos.

Bicycle Ride between Paine and Baguales Mountain Ranges:
Full Day / Car and Bicycle / Low Difficulty / Approximately 8 hours
Heading to Cerro Castillo village from REMOTA you will get deep in to the sierra. After a two hour scenic drive, you’ll start your ride through the bushy plains of Patagonia, where you´ll be able to see rheas, condors, falcons, guanacos and foxes. This area is located in between two mountain ranges of unmatched beauty.

Baqueano Zamora Horseback Ride:
Full Day / Car and Horseback Ride / Medium Difficulty / Approximately 8 hours
Take a two hour drive to the San Luis ranch, where a gaucho and his horses will be waiting for you. The gaucho will guide you on the ride. This area is mainly steppe so it’s perfect for cantering and galloping as you enjoy this beautiful area.  Experience Required.

Rates and Details

2018-2019 Rates:  
$4,180 per person for a 7 night /6 day adventure package
$5,350 per person for a 7 night /6 day fly fishing package

Included: Accommodations and meals, beverages including beer, house wines and alcohol, guided excursions and fishing, use of lodge facilities, and transfers to/from Punta Arenas

Not Included: International and domestic airfare, premium wine and alcohol, personal equipment, fishing license, and staff and guide gratuities

 


Activities: Fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cultural tours

Season: All Year

Capacity: 72 rooms

Map: Puerto Natales, Chile

Time: The time in Chile is 4 hours later than Pacific Standard Time (during U.S. winter)