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What a wonderful find in Punta Arenas. Our flight landed in the evening and we checked out the following morning so we didn't get to spend nearly as much time here as we'd liked.
The cabins as Shenu Patagonia are perfectly designed to give you...More
Great location. Very clean. Modern. Spacious. Close to Center. Walking distance from top restaurant. Pamela was great in treating us and welcoming us with lots of great information. WiFi does not work in cabin 4.
My husband and I stayed here on our stop in Punta Arenas on our way to Puerto Natales. The cabanas were very clean and cozy with lots of room. It was an easy walk to the bus station the next day. We were also given...More
Wonderful cabins with plenty of room and treats on arrival. The staff were lovely. Limited English at times, but so obliging. Comfortable and clean. Close enough to walk to the town square. Space for a car inside the grounds, if you have one.
We spent three nights in Shenu Patagonia before and after our trek at Los Torres. Hotel features large sitting and dining area and a separate comfortable bedroom. A small kitchen area provides a place to cook meals, keep your wine cool or clean a pair...More
So our trip mirrors yours. With our 25 year old son, who did all the research on where to stay, where and when to hike. And lots of times where to eat. Trip Advisor works real well in Chile and Pstsgonia. We used... More
So our trip mirrors yours. With our 25 year old son, who did all the research on where to stay, where and when to hike. And lots of times where to eat. Trip Advisor works real well in Chile and Pstsgonia. We used Trip Advisor often. All my reviews are there.
For the Patsgonia trip, we landed by plane in Punta Areanas, and had a rental car waiting. Its s small airport and very windy. We ARE on the tip of the planet!
. It's very windy in Patsgonia. Often rains, though our trip had NONE. But we wore layers, had rain gear and often on trail were down to a tee shirt with coats in our little back pack.
Two hours north is Puerta Natales. An adorable town with great restaurants, and aplace we used as a staging ground for our 1.5-2 hour drive to Torres del Paine, their awesome national park. We made this drive four times, for two hikes of 16 miles, and two others of a smaller scale; four miles one day. Four another. You could do the long trails, but cut them short. Only go half way, and then turn back. There are many options there in Torres deal Paine, but I highly recommend it.
I suggest staying in the park for a night or two. Cost are vastly different from the scrub town of Puerta Natales, but you will avoid the 6am wake up, the two hour drive, though we were doing seven hour hikes.
The sun sets at 10:30pm down there, so the days are long and lit.
Generally loved all aspects of the trip. We explored both towns on days off from hiking, and always fun and interesting aspects of both towns.
Through tour services in Puerta Natsles, you could do horseback riding and many other things. We never checked them out. Puerta Natales reminds me of a Colorado ski town, 1970's. Some really interesting galleries and the food scene is very good. Though small restaurants, but many/ some that make their own pasta from scratch, and do it stunningly well.
We stayed in b&b's largely. And all these people were helpful.
The drive to the park is on hard crushed rock roads. Noise is loud. Conversation is difficult. And when a truck is coming the other way, which is not often, we slowed or stopped and let them come past us.
We saw guanacos on the road.
The national park had the best scenes. Our son often hiked alone, ahead, while we forged on our own st s slower pace. Take snacks and such for the trails, as my first day was without. And I never repeated that mistake. I'm glad to be of any help. Feel free to correspond again.
Renal car is the way to go. We used it all eight days in Patagonia. .