Awasi Patagonia Lodge Highlights

  • Enjoy fully private guiding and vehicles offering unparalleled flexibility while hiking and exploring Chilean Patagonia; alongside your guide you decide the times, duration and routes according to your preference
  • Remote location tucked within a private reserve that borders Torres del Paine National Park offering solitude, off-the-beaten path hikes and adventures, and the region’s best wildlife viewing of guanacos, ñandus, foxes, condors and pumas
  • Patagonia’s most exclusive lodge boasting just 12 private, luxury villas
  • Enjoy the culinary delights of creative and venerable chef Frederico Zigler
  • Listen to glaciers crackle and mountain avalanches rumble as you picnic in the stunning French Valley
  • Knowmad guarantees best pricing at Awasi!

Overview and Awasi Patagonia Lodge Tips

Awasi Patagonia is the most recent addition to the luxury adventure lodges in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It’s not just the newest, but also the hottest and most exclusive property in the park and in all of Patagonia. The key differentiator from the other lodges in Patagonia is that guests have their own private guide and vehicle for the duration of their stay offering total flexibility and privacy. Our abilities to create private, custom and dynamic itineraries throughout South America make us a perfect fit to plan a holistic Chile and/or Argentina adventure including a stay at Awasi Patagonia Lodge. Contact a Knowmad Travel Advisor today at 612-315-2894 or travel@knowmadadventures.com.

Awasi Patagonia Luxury Lodge

True to form, Awasi Patagonia is extremely intimate with just 12 villas. Their location is just outside of Torres del Paine National Park’s eastern border in a private reserve that offers stunning views and tends to have more wildlife. Their location also makes possible unique excursions to off-the-beaten path areas such as the Sierra Baguales’ Mountains, an area littered with fossils and herds of guanacos running free as gauchos go about their daily business by horseback.

Tips on booking and staying at Awasi Patagonia:

First and foremost, if you’re looking to travel to Awasi Patagonia during South America’s summer, you will want to book a minimum of 6 months in advance and preferably a year as it is small and fills up quickly.

Unlike the other lodges in Torres del Paine National Park, Awasi includes transfers only from Puerto Natales (a halfway point from Punta Arenas airport) or, if coming from Argentina, Awasi includes a transfer from the border rather then from the town of Calafate where you fly into and will be traveling from. This means that guests will have to pay supplementary transfer costs. The upside of this means it works well to fly into Punta Arenas and spend a night in Puerto Natales at the Singular or elsewhere to break up the long travel day and you don’t lose out on transfers already included, maximizing your time at this world-class lodge.

Discounts and complimentary hotel nights are available for bookings that include stays at both Awasi Patagonia Lodge and Awasi Atacama Lodge.

Is It For Me?

If privacy and intimacy are paramount for your ideal Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park trip, then Awasi Patagonia is the ideal choice.

Knowmad is the world-leader in high-quality, custom-designed private trips in Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, and greater South America. To build your ideal luxury Chile and Argentina itinerary and book a stay at Awasi, contact us today.

Have questions? Talk to an expert: 612-315-2894

Important Info

Awasi Patagonia Horseback Riding

COSTS

  • From $4,500 per person / 2 travelers based on 4 nights

All costs are subject to seasonality and room category. We guarantee same or better pricing than booking directly with the lodge. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

We offer door-to-door trip planning services; Knowmad will navigate fixed-date entries, seasonal differences, logistics in transportation, and coordinate your accommodations and excursions for a holistic, seamless itinerary.

LIGHT, MODERATE, OR VIGOROUS TRIPActivities are flexible and can include hiking, photography, horseback riding, cultural opportunities, and spa.

LENGTH 3 nights and up, recommended minimum stay 4 nights

BEGIN / END Generally Punta Arenas, Chile and/or Calafate, Argentina. Some flights for Puerto Natales exist during certain times of year.

Air Travel

International Awasi can be accessed by flying into either Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. You may arrange your international airfare independently, or we are happy to offer our assistance booking both your regional and international flights.

Regional If coming via Santiago, you will access Awasi by flying to Punta Arenas or in rare cases Puerto Natales. Costs averages around $300. Awasi can also be accessed via Buenos Aires flying south to El Calafate and then crossing through the Andes Mountains into Chile. This allows for the most comprehensive Patagonia experience seeing the uniquely different sides of Patagonia. You can then exit via Punta Arenas to Santiago making for an excellent combination of Chile and Argentina. If you would like to arrange your own regional flights, please consult us prior so we can verify the departure and arrival times.

What's Next?

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Signing up is easy. Call us at 612-315-2894 or email travel@knowmadadventures.com and reserve your spot. Or simply download our registration form, fill it out, and send it back to us along with your trip deposit. Please refer to registration form for terms & conditions.

Weather & When to Go to Chile

The dry summer season is November through March, but it can rain any time of year and can also get windy. Layerable, non-cotton clothing designed for hiking and athletics with a rain shell is the recommended outfit for a day in the Patagonia. Daytime temperatures during this season are typically in the 50s and 60s  F (10-16 C).

Weather in Southern Patagonia

Prior to your departure, you are provided a detailed pre-trip information packet including a recommended pack list, information about the regions you’ll be visiting, suggested readings, up-to-date health information including any recommended vaccinations and more.

Accommodations

Awasi features twelve spacious villas with picture windows throughout the living and bedrooms offering expansive views of Lake Sarmiento and the Torres del Paine Mountains from every angle. Inspired by the “outposts” of historic Patagonian estates, villas feature native wood construction, a private wood-burning hot tub, a wood burning stove, and utter seclusion.

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Exploration Options

Half Day Excursions

PenÍnsula Grey HIKE

Enjoy the song of local birds as you stroll through this enchanted forest of Lenga trees down to the Grey beach. As you approach you will be awed by the majestic icebergs that have floated down from the nearby Grey glacier, swept along by the strong winds that are characteristic of the area. You can walk until you’re facing the peninsula and appreciate the view of the Grey glacier from afar.

Excursion Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Río Pingo HIKE

In one of the oldest forests of the park, you can enjoy the abundance of flora this sector has to offer as you stroll along the Pingo River. Circled by ancient moraines sculpted by powerful glaciers, you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery. With more than 1,000 mm of precipitation each year, this is one of the rainiest sectors of the park. It is also the ideal habitat for the Huemul (Andean Deer), one of the emblematic animals of our country.

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Mirador Ferrier (Ferrier Overlook) HIKE

Looking for a reward for your efforts? This is the perfect option to marvel at many of the wonders the park has to offer. Thanks to the panoramic view from this spot, you can appreciate the endless lakes, fast-flowing rivers and a large part of the imposing Paine massif.

Excursion Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: High

Morrenas del Grey (Grey Moraines) Hike

Take a stroll off the beaten path and visit beautiful Laguna Margarita and Laguna Marco Antonio. From here you will be able to get an amazingly different perspective of the Paine massif and witness the evident glacier retreat. This area hosts an abundance of bird and plant species and, with luck, a possible Huemul sighting!

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Río Paine Hike (Paine River)

Walk along the gentle hills situated at the mouth of the Paine River, from where you can watch its waters, dragging a considerable amount of glacial sediment, flow into the blue expanse of Lake Toro, the largest in the area. You will also be able to appreciate some of the constructions of the old “Estancia Río Paine”, which had its hub and center of operations in this area.

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Cumbres Ventosas (Windy Peaks) Hike

A hike up the steep slope to the top of this mountain chain will be amply rewarded by the panoramic view you will have of a large part of the national park. Weather permitting, you will be able to see most of the high peaks, notable among which are Cerro Balmaceda, Paine Grande, Los Cuernos and Almirante Nieto. We’ll head due south walking along the different peaks and then descend at Quebrada de la Feria, an old path used by the cattle ranchers long ago.

Excursion Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: High

Mirador Cumbre (Peak Overlook) Hike

Centrally located just east of Lake Pehoé, this short but steep hike rewards you with a spectacular 360-degree view of the park: to the northwest the awe-inspiring Southern Ice Field; to the north the Paine Massif and the famous Horns, with Lake Nordenskjöld at their feet; to the east Sierra Baguales, and to the south Sierra del Toro. High winds are a common feature on this path with its beautiful surroundings, but the presence of Condors is always a magical gift that makes this small effort worthwhile.

Excursion Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: High

Mirador Cuernos (Horns Overlook) Hike

Pure water is always captivating to watch, and even more so when it comes crashing down in large falls. The turquoise of the lake contrasts with the glacial white of the mountains and the changing hues of the famous Cuernos del Paine.

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Lago Sarmiento (Lake Sarmiento) Hike

Torres del Paine is not only about mountains and majestic wildlife, this natural paradise also embodies the origin of life on earth. Science combines with nature along the white shores of the lake that is made up of millenary calcium carbonate thrombolites.

Excursion Time: A little of 2 hours
Difficulty: Low

Sendero de los Nómades (Nomad Path) Hike

Take yourself back to indomitable Patagonia, walking along the vast steppe that was once traversed by the Tehuelches, a nomadic indigenous people who left pictographs behind in a small cave that we will reach after a peaceful walk amid guanacos and ñandús.

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Loma Guanaco (Guanaco Hill) Hike

Because of the variety of fauna and the attractive views it presents, this excursion is considered an interesting alternative to visit the eastern sector of the national park. Not only will you enjoy observing guanacos and ñandús, but also admire the view of the three Torres del Paine “towers” and the sweeping pampas that surround the area.

Excursion Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon) Hike

An excellent place to view a variety of local bird species such as the Caiquén (Upland Goose), Pato Juarjual (Crested Duck) and Tagua (Red-Gartered Coot), Laguna Azul is a birdwatchers’ paradise. In addition, sighting of guanacos and ñandús (rheas) is a common feature along the way. You will be charmed by a stunning view of the Torres del Paine, as well as with the perfect blend of Patagonian steppe and mixed forest.

Excursion Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Low

Descenso Zamora (Zamora Descent) Bike Ride

Experience the thrill of cycling down through a Patagonian forest of lengas and ñirres with magnificent views of the Zamora River and Las Chinas valleys. This route takes us to the estancias located on the border with Argentina and has very little vehicular traffic. After descending 10 km, we reach Laguna Azul, where you will be able to appreciate the intense blue of its waters and, weather permitting, the three Torres del Paine in the background.

Excursion Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: High

El Puesto (the Outpost) Hike

Enjoy the peace of walking through a beautiful lenga forest to the sound of birds, and delight in the panoramic beauty of the Patagonian steppe. You will be impressed with the vastness of the horizon, the clouds forming whimsical shapes, and along the way you will see a typical Gaucho Outpost, where sheep farmers and cattle herders from the Estancia Tercera Barranca lived and worked over a hundred years ago.

Excursion Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Sierra Contreras 1300 Hike

Climb the mountain and marvel at the immensity of the Patagonian landscape that you can see from the peak. Postcard beauty in real time of the Cordillera Paine, Sierra Baguales, Las Chinas Valley and Lake Sarmiento, among other geographic attractions. You may have the Patagonian wind keeping you company and experience its strength, as well as sightings of regal condors and eagles overseeing their domain.

Excursion Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: High

Los Riscos (the Crags) Hike, Bike, Horseback Ride

Los Riscos is a large rift of basalt origin, which because of its characteristics makes it possible to view Condors at close range and observe their behavior, because they nest and alight continually in this sector. The route in the midst of the steppe among guanacos and ñandús allows you to experience the Patagonian pampa, enjoying the surrounding mountain scenery and attractive views of the Torres del Paine national park and Lake Sarmiento.

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Agujas de Cleopatra (Cleopatra’s Needles) Bike Ride, Horseback Ride

Cleopatra ́s Needles was the name that Lady Florence Dixie, the first tourist to visit the area, gave the Torres del Paine. During this excursion you will be able to cover part of the same ground traveled by that explorer in 1878 and will be able to appreciate and feel part of the experiences of such a daring venture.

Excursion Time: 3 Hours
Difficulty: Low

Salto Las Chinas (Las Chinas Falls) Bike Ride, Horseback Ride

Tour along the western sector of the estancia that houses our private reserve and marvel at the beauty of the scenery surrounding the area. If the weather permits, apart from admiring the Las Chinas Falls you can enjoy privileged views such as, for example, Laguna Azul with the Torres del Paine in the background, or Lake Sarmiento with the extensive pampas surrounding it, a truly unforgettable spectacle.

Excursion Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Hojas de Piedra (Stone Leaves) Hike

This trek involves visiting the fossilized remains of a forest, where you can observe and appreciate petrified leaves and tree trunks going back more than 25 million years. An invitation to become a paleontologist for a day and recognize plants through their leaves. All this in the midst of the mountainous landscape of Sierra Baguales in the “La Cumbre-Baguales Geological and Paleontological Park”.

Excursion Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Barranca de los Fósiles (Fossil Ravine) Hike

Inside the La Cumbre-Baguales Geological and Paleontological Park and along the banks of the Baguales River, more than 500 meters above sea level, you can observe the fossilized remains of marine fauna that existed 23 million years ago in the Atlantic Ocean. This ravine is set in the midst of a natural landscape made up of mountains of basalt origin and the Baguales River, which invites you to enjoy the peacefulness of its crystal-clear, tranquil waters.

Excursion Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Full Day Excursions

Weber – Lazo Hike

This excursion begins in the sector of the Weber bridge, close to where the Paine River flows into Lake Toro, the largest in the area. Climb Sierra del Toro up to an elevation where you can enjoy an amazing view of the unique beauty of the extreme southern part of the National Park. After walking through ancient coigüe, lenga and ñirre forests, you will arrive at Laguna Verde and border its southern shore, with unique vistas of the Cordillera Paine. This enchanting tour ends at Estancia Lazo, from where we return to Awasi.

Excursion Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Las Lagunas (the Lagoons) Hike

Set aside the traditional routes of the park and walk along this relatively unexplored sector that will take you to a different area with attractive views of the Paine massif. This path, which was used by the ranchers of old, will take you past beautiful lagoons where you can sight a wide variety of birds, as well as coigüe, lenga and ñirre forests. The final view toward Lake Toro and the Serrano Pampa is an unforgettable experience.

Excursion Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Valle de Francés (Frenchman’s Valley) Hike

Valle del Francés is what many people consider the best section of the “W” circuit. You will climb steep moraines and may witness roaring ice breaking off the Francés glacier.

A little farther up, imposing peaks and immense granite rock faces come into view, providing a 360-degree view of the heart of the Paine massif. This excursion is long, and requires you to take a catamaran ride across Lake Pehoé that provides a lovely view of the massif.

Excursion Time: 7 hours and 15 minutes
Difficulty: Medium/High

Base Torres Hike

This challenging trek is the most sought after in the National Park and for very good reason, the prize being an up-close and personal view of the “Torres”. You will feel that you are standing in the middle of the most famous postcard of the area, just at the base of the towers next to a glacial carved lagoon and witness over 12 million years of geologic mastery in the granite that shaped them. To reach this gem, you will have to negotiate several obstacles: a climb up 800m of irregular terrain, strong winds, changing weather, and different ecosystems. Is it worth it? OF COURSE!

Excursion Time: 7.5 hours
Difficulty: High

Puesto El Mercado (El Mercado Outpost) Horseback Ride

Discover the day-to-day life of the Patagonian gauchos in this remote and solitary region of the planet. You will ride along the estancia in the company of one of the gauchos until you reach the “El Mercado” outpost, where the people of these solitary confines live and work.

Excursion Time: 7 hours
Difficulty: High

Florence Dixie Horseback Ride

Get a sense of how, over a hundred years ago, Lady Florence Dixie and her entourage lived while traversing these Patagonian lands, making them the first tourists to reach the surroundings of the National Park. You will follow part of their trail, taking you by the slopes of Sierra Contreras to Laguna Azul, from where you will be able to observe the imposing Torres del Paine, baptized “Cleopatra’s Needles” by the adventurous English explorer.

Excursion Time: 7 hours
Difficulty: High

Sendero de los Fósiles (Fossil Trail) Hike

Enter the La Cumbre–Baguales Geological and Paleontological Park and experience walking in a highland steppe landscape. Visit places where you can observe and get to know about the flora and fauna that existed there over the last 40 million years. Plants, mollusks, sharks’ teeth and tree trunks are part of these vestiges that appear fossilized amidst deep valleys and cliffs.

Guanacos will accompany you on this tour, where the surroundings are dominated by rocky formations of great beauty and appeal.

Excursion Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Laguna Rodas (Rodas Lagoon) Hike

The Baguales River, inside the Cumbre–Baguales Geological and Paleontological Park, offers you the possibility of walking along the river bank to reach a lagoon located at the foot of the mountain cliffs of the Cerro Santa Lucía called Laguna Rodas. There you will be able to enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the Torreón and Cono mountains amid beautiful valleys and streams.

Excursion Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Road Excursions

Photo Safari

You will be amazed by the beautiful views that Torres del Paine can offer you even from the vehicle itself. We will visit the main points of interest of the route that covers the National Park, from where you can enjoy both the local fauna and the imposing vistas of the different geological formations.

Excursion Time: Variable, to suit the guest
Difficulty: Low

Birdwatching

If your interest is in the local fauna and birds, we will guide you to try and find magnificent specimens so that you can capture, with your eyes or your camera, the species that this incredible Park has to offer.

Excursion Time: Variable, to suit the guest
Difficulty: Low

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extend Your Adventure

Wine Country

Bike from vineyard to vineyard on gentle country roads, tour the cellars, taste fine wines, eat gourmet cuisine and stay in charming boutique hotels. With premier wine growing valleys just an hour from Santiago, a few days in wine country is an ideal extension to your adventure and a good example of the diversity of landscapes and lifestyles within Chile.

Atacama Desert

Looking for unique? Earth’s closest thing to Mars, Atacama will not disappoint. Your trip to this surreal landscape offers countless cultural and adventure excursions to choose from during the day, while spending nights in a true oasis, the Tierra Atacama boutique hotel and spa. Return for a dip in the pool and enjoy a local cabernet with gourmet cuisine. Don’t forget to take advantage of the world’s best moonscape and stargazing. 

Easter Island

A tropical paradise with history, culture and mystery at every beautiful turn, a visit to Easter Island – the world’s most isolated speck of land – will captivate any traveler. Meander through the picturesque countryside dotted with volcanoes, and learn about the mysterious Moai statues erected by the original Polynesian tribes who inhabited the island. Still today little is known about the statues or their creators. While circumnavigating the island on visits to the diverse Moai sites, you’ll have opportunities to relax on deserted, white-sand beaches, explore volcanic caves with petroglyphs and walk the rim of a seaside volcano. 

Let The Journey Begin

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