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EXCURSION FROM REMOTA



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, grandly displaying the ingenuity of the resident locals, who in turn have learned to adapt to this land from the indigenous before them, as well as the first explorers and adventurers, so that they may live a good life in the middle of sometimes brutal climate.?The Sierra Dorothea hill, which backs Puerto Natales, is known for its dense beech forest, deep gorges and small lakes, and a spectacular lookout over the town and the Ultima Esperanza Sound. From this lookout point it is possible to see the four fundamental geological formations that make up Patagonia: pampa, mountains, fjords, and ice. There are no marked trails on Sierra Dorothea, the reason why excursions here are led by a knowledgeable gaucho and guide.

SOUTHERN FJORD
The first navigators here sailed through the Patagonia’s labyrinth of fjords seeking protected bays, fish, and fresh water, 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.

SOFIA LAKE
This is one of the most important archeological sites in the far south of Chile. The first inhabitants of Patagonia lived here at Lake Sofia together with now-extinct mega fauna such as the prehistoric horse (caballo enano), the milodón (giant sloth), saber tooth tiger, and more. This area is also attractive for its beautiful geography, its mix of lagoons and lakes such as Sofía, and isolated peaks that are home to condor and eagle nesting sites, and extensive native beech forests that are full of flowers. This region also does not have marked trails, the reason why excursions here are led by a knowledgeable gaucho and guide.

TORRES DEL PAINE
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.?No one who has visited Torres del Paine can forget the view of the sun cast upon the park’s tall peaks, coloring the tips of the Cuernos (Horns), the Paine Grande peak, the Espada Peak, or the Shark’s Fin Peak in pink tones.?By foot, van or kayak, the view of Torres del Paine will always be a high point of a trip to Patagonia.

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.

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.

THREE STEPS VALLEY AND THE FIGUEROA LAGOON
This place 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. Because of the sediment rock formations it is great for condor’s nests. With beech forests you can reach vie points, where not only you can appreciate the geomorphology of the area, you also can have a great view to the Paine Massif.

HUNTER MOUNTAIN RANGE
Located in at 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.

PUERTO NATALES & SIERRA DOROTEA
 

PUERTO NATALES AND IT'S PEOPLE
Half day / car or bicycle / low difficulty / 3 hours app
This trip connects us with the life of the local people of Puerto Natales, their story. From the Aonikenks,to the Kaweskar and to the development of the Patagonian ranching. We will visit the fishermen´s wharf, the municipal museum, the main square and the family ranches, where several families grow fruits and vegetables on their greenhouses.

SIERRA DOROTEA HIKE
Half day / hike / high difficulty / ascent 500 m / no trail / 4 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We first climb for 2 hours until reaching the peak at 600 meters high. The view from Sierra Dorotea offers us an excellent view of Patagonian geography: on one end the mountainous characteristics of Chilean Patagonia, and at the other end the infinite Argentine pampa.

SIERRA DOROTEA HORSEBACK RIDE (No experience required)
Full or Half day / horseback ride / low difficulty / ascent 800 m / 7 or 4 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
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 atop docile horses that are accustomed to difficult terrain. The ride is accompanied by a gaucho (also called a baquedano), who will share with guests a hot mate tea by a bonfire. The clothing, the character and culture of the gauchos offers guests a chance to understand life and work in sometimes inhospitable land.

TREKKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING THROUGH THE SIERRA DOROTEA (No experience required)
Full day / trekking and horseback ride / high difficulty / ascent 600 m / no trail / 8 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
This excursion begins with a walk for 3 hours to the mountain shoulder of Sierra Dorotea where, along with a lake, we meet a gaucho with horses. We then ride for 3 hours through beech forest and a high mountain valley. Good opportunity to see condors.

SOUTHERN FJORDS
LAMB BARBECUE AT PUERTO CONSUELO
Half day / car and hike / low difficulty / 5 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We leave REMOTA to visit villa Bories then we keep driving to get to Puerto Pratt, a place where the first pioneers of the area lived and dreamed. Here we start a 1.5 hours hike, to end up in Puerto Consuelo, the first sheep breeding farm of the Last Hope province, where Mister Erik Eberhard (great grandson of the German pioneer who colonized this lands) will be waiting for us with a traditional lamb on a spit.

NAVIGATION THROUGH THE LAST HOPE SOUND
Full day / catamaran and hike / low difficulty / 9 hours app
We will navigate for 3 hours through the Última Esperanza fjord to the Mount Balmaceda (Bernardo O ´Higgins National Park). During the navegation we’ll see waterfalls, sea lions, a cormorant colony, seagulls, Chilean skuas and condors and the Balmaceda Glacier. We then take a brief walk that will put us up-close to the Glaciar Serrano.

BICYCLE RIDE TO THE LAST HOPE SOUND
Half day / car and bicycle / medium difficulty / ascent 200 m / 5 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We leave REMOTA with a northwest direction to start our bicycle ride once we´re able to see the Eberhard Fiord. This is a place with different kinds of vegetation’s, which makes it an ideal place to spot different kinds of birds. The idea is to reach the shore of the fiord. The sentinel of our trip will be Cerro Pratt, the Olla and Monument Moore range among others.

SOFIA LAKE
 

CERRO BENITEZ
Full day / hike / low difficulty / ascent 400 m / 7 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
This excursion is ideal to understand the flora and geography of Magellan, also to know and learn about the occupation and uses that our ancesters and pioneers had give to our lands. We walk through caves and rocky slopes that once were the shelters of our indigenous population, discovering some remains of rock painting. From the Sofia lookout we will have a majestic valley view. Good chance to see condors.

THREE CAVES
Half day / hike / low difficulty / 3.5 hours app
This excursion takes us to the caves Cueva Chica and Cueva del Medio, then to the Cueva del Milodón, an extinct sloth that turned up the imagination of Europeans at the end of the XIX century, who organized hunting expeditions to Patagonia. Highly recommended to know and learn Magellan´s anthropology and paleontology.

TORRES DEL PAINE

LAKES, FORESTS AND ICE FORMATIONS OF TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
Full day / car and hike / low difficulty / 10 hours app
We visit Torres del Paine from one extreme end to the other by?van, passing by different lookout points: 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, we walk to the beach at Lake Grey, where we can view huge icebergs along the shore. From a lookout point here we can also see the Glacier Grey in the distance.

LAGUNA AZUL, PHOTO SAFARI THROUGH TORRES DEL PAINE
Full day / car and hike / low difficulty / 9 hours app
We concentrate our trip on the east side of the park, where most of the animals of the park are. We start with Laguna Arul, place visited by the first tourist of the area, Lady Florence Dixie, that is also one of the best places to see the towers if you´re not going to do the big hike; we continue until we get to the Cascade Paine. Later on we´ll have a 3 hours hike to get more in contact with the guanacos around the Pampa and we´ll visit a rocky shelter where there are some remains indigenous rock paintings.

TORO LOOKOUT
Full day / hike / medium difficulty / ascent 400 m / 9 hours app
Along this route we will see excellent views of Lake Sarmiento and Torres del Paine. We begin walking to the traditional Estancia Lazo, on the shore of Lake Verde. The path crosses through forests of beech and, in spring, 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 contemplate the rich geography of Torres del Paine: the enormous and cobalt-blue waters of Lake Toro, the Andean Mountain Range, the Almirante Nieto peak, the Horns, Paine Grande Mountain, and Glacier Grey.

BASE OF THE TOWERS
Full day / hike / high difficulty / ascent 900 m / 11 hours app
We begin this walk at the Estancia Cerro Paine, climbing to the Los Vientos pass, with a panoramic view of the pampa, lakes and the Río Ascencio valley. After three hours we arrive at the foot of a glacier morrena, then climb from boulder to boulder until we arrive at the lake at the base of the Towers. This is an unforgettable experience that any hiker will keep close to his/her heart.

PINGO VALLEY
Full day / hike / medium difficulty / 10 hours app / ascent 200 m
We walk between an old beech forest to make our way in to the valley until we get to the “salmon cascade”. During our hike we usually get to see condors, falcons and lots of forest birds, besides the South Ice Fields 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 lives.

GREY LAKE NAVIGATION
Full day / car and catamaran / low difficulty / 8 hours app
We headed to the Park by the “new road” from where we will see the lands that once sheltered some of the pioneers of the area, and then the beech forest will welcome us to the lookouts of the Toro Lake and the Paine Massif. We´ll get to the Pingo River, where we will start our walk to the “Grey II” pier, on the shore of the Grey Lake. The navigation takes about 3 hours.

FRENCH VALLEY (Only between November 1 and March 15)
Full day / car, catamaran and hike / medium – high difficulty / ascent 400 m / 14 hours app
We take the catamaran at Pudeto and after a 30 minutes navigation we´ll get to Paine Grande, where we will start our hike to the valley, bordering the Skottberg Lake until the Italian campsite where we´ll slowly start the uphill until a lookout from where we will have amazing views of the lakes, the mountains, the Paine Grande hanging glaciers and the granite peaks of the massif.

SIERRA BAGUALES
 

THE PEAKS OF LAS CHINAS
Full day / hike / high difficulty / ascent 500 m / no trail / 10 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
Sierra Baguales owes it´s name due to the “wild” horses, which are still around at this place. The indigenous Aonikenk were fearful of the mountains, so they never got too deep on them to hunt the horses. We´ll hike among a dike until we 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.

 

ROTUNDO MOUNT
 

BALMACEDA LAKE BICYCLE RIDE
Half day / car and bicycle / medium difficulty / 4 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
The bicycle ride starts at “los rebaños” ranch, where we descent through a beautiful beech forest until we get to the shore of the Balmaceda Lake. We´ll continue by a disused road to get to the ranch road where we´ll be able to appreciate the beauties of the Patagonian Andes, Almirante Montt Gulf and the Rotundo Mount.

THREE STEPS & FIGEROA LAGOON
CONDOR EXPERIENCE
Full or half day / hike / medium difficulty / ascent 300 m / 7 ó 4 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We´ll start our hike at the “Tres Pasos” ranch, getting in to the valley trough the “Picana” creek and slowly we go uphill. Between beech trees we discover the beauty of the valley, until we reach the “condor cliff” from where we´ll have an amazing 360º view to see the mountains around Puerto Natales, Tres Pasos Valley, Figueroa Lagoon and the Paine Massif. This is an excellent opportunity to spot condors, observe from above, like if we were one of them.

THE PIONEERS, THE RANCHING IS THEIR GREATEST LEGACY
Half day / car / low difficulty / 5 hours app
This trip is designed for those who want to know and learn about the history of the Last Hope and their first colonizers. We´ll visit Cerro Castillo village, the main section of the livestock “Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego”, it´s museum, their streets and buildings, still raising on the vast steppe. It allows us to travel in time to understand how the main large estate of their times use to work.

CERRO CASTILLO ASCENT
Full day / hike / high difficulty / 12 hours app / ascent 1000 m / REMOTA exclusive
After 90 minutes of approximation we´ll get to the “Castillo Viejo” station where we will start our challenge, to conquer the peak of Cerro Castillo, from where we´ll have an incredible panoramic view, from most of our excursion areas, a worthy challenge for any good hiker who´s not interested in crowds.

HUNTER RANGE
BICYCLE RIDE BETWEEN PAINE AND BAGUALES MOUNTAIN RANGES
Full day / car and bicycle / low difficulty / 8 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
We leave REMOTA heading to Cerro Castillo village to get deep in to the sierra. After two hours of very nice views from the car, we start our ride through the bushy plains of Patagonia, were we´ll be able to see rheas, condors, falcons, guanacos and foxes. This area is located in between two mountain ranges of unmatched beauty. It’s about learning, the history of those, who were the firsts to adventure in tourism in these latitudes.

BAQUEANO ZAMORA HORSEBACK RIDE (Experience Required)
Full day / car and horseback ride / medium difficulty / 8 hours app / REMOTA exclusive
After a nice two hours drive, we get to the “san Luis” ranch, where the gaucho and his horses will be waiting for us. The gaucho will be our guide on our ride. This area is mainly steppe so is perfect for canter and galloping, also to travel with our imagination next to the Baqueano Zamora or Lady Florence Dixie (first white woman in Torres del Paine and first tourist of the area). Ideal to rediscover the horses and their many Patagonian uses.

 

ABOUT THE HOTEL:

Remota is located in Puerto Natales, the geographical and cultural centre of Chilean Patagonia, 250km or a 3-4 hours drive from Punta Arenas on an asphalt road. Punta Arenas is the last city to the South of Chile, a four hour flight from the capital, Santiago.

 

Facilities

Spa

The Remota Spa, called SPOT (Total Leisure room), has a heated infinity pool, the largest in the region and its design has been subject in professional journals. Our spa is based on the architecture of a Finish sauna, including an outdoor jacuzzi and a massage parlor run by a specialized massage therapist. The sum of all these features makes this great building a unique place to stay

 

Bar

At the bar you can have talks on Patagonian nature and culture or just enjoy your time

 

Rooms & Suites

Remota offers 72 spacious double rooms, 344 ft2 each, including a private bath. Every room may add an optional bed for a child up to 12 years old.

 

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