Remota is located in Chile’s Patagonia, a unique and modern chic hotel that has won tons of awards. Imagine a clean design against Patagonia landscape, without any modification, surrounded by blue sky and stunning nature. Remota is an ecological and sustainable hotel, built with high quality materials, with almost no motors, no elevators, no television or Internet in the rooms. Dedicated to sustainable practices, they support local communities and are strongly linked to social and cultural organizations as well.
Remota offers 72 spacious double rooms, all roughly 344 feet each, including a private bath. Every room may add an optional bed for a child up to 12 years old. Remota is a selected property of the prestigious Virtuoso luxury travel network (only 5 operations in Chile) and was chosen by Orvis as an International Endorsed Destination.
Remota is located in Puerto Natales, the geographical and cultural centre of Chilean Patagonia, 250km or a three 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.
Excursions & Nearby Activities:
Fly Fishing: The diversity of Patagonia’s landscapes make for great fishing in its lakes, lagoons, rivers, streams and fjords and seasoned anglers come to Patagonia in search of a unique and indescribable natural paradise to fly fish for Fario trout, Coho Salmon, Salmo salar, Salmo King and others. There are various excursions that can be taken from Remota such as a one day trip to the south of Puerto Natales, a half day trip to the Prat River where you can find Brown “Black” Trout, the North Zone, which is 8-9 hours to private ranches called “estancias” where you have restricted access and protected waters. Baguales River is located 2 hours of tthe lodge and close to one of their private ranches, near the Vizcachas River where you have some of the best fishing in more than 50 miles of water.
Other Nature & Wildlife: Throughout the region, in forests and nearby natural surroundings, it is possible to see guanacos, rheas, foxes, pumas, geese and wild ducks. In mountainous areas travelers can view glaciers, rivers and multicolored lakes, or enjoy the region’s labryinth of fjords and channels. Excursions or treks in the area also take visitors to estancias, with their tin-walled houses, airy sheep-shearing barns and spacious corrals. These estancias are also populated with greenhouses, fruit- tree gardens, sheep dog houses, seemingly never- ending fences, and, every once in awhile, a gaucho, who will pass by on horse, following an imaginary line that crosses the wide pampa, en route to his picturesque wood and tin shack.
Mountain Range Excursion: 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 National Park: The park, which was 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.
Los Baguales Mountain Range: Here 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: This is a very attractive area for its dense forests, lakes and fjords. It is also 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.
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.
Sierra Dorotea Hike: This is a 2 hour hike to the peak which is roughly 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.
The Last Hope Sound: They take you on a 3 hour tour through the Última Esperanza fjord to the Mount Balmaceda (Bernardo O ́Higgins National Park). You’ll see waterfalls, sea lions, a cormorant colony, seagulls, Chilean skuas and condors and the Balmaceda Glacier.
Ruta 9 Norte, Km. 1.5
Puerto Natales, Chile
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