Unique architecture meets intrepid adventure in Southern Patagonia. Waking up watching the sunrise over the Torres del Paine shapes memories to last a lifetime.
Meandering down the small paths to Lake Sarmiento and you instantly feel like you have flipped open a magazine and you are appearing in a North Face advertising campaign, it really is that serene. Exotic black beaches wait at the waters edge, plenty of unusual plants make for a slow walk as you stop off and try to identify the new things you see. The first time you encounter the mini ostriches is thrilling, called Nandues they roam around this area nibbling away at what they can find, adding some extra authenticity to your North Face photo shoot.
Lake Sarmiento is not fed by rivers thereby making it a closed in basin. The east side of the lake is where Torres del Paine National Park sits and where the adventure awaits. Southern Patagonia is everything you can imagine. Giant glaciers sit delicately on mountainous ranges, it is almost impossible to imagine a hotel that could sit so comfortably within this scenery, however Tierra Patagonia is built and furnished to blend seamlessly in with the surroundings. The architect designed the exterior to represent a fallen animal that has been beached and over time fossilised, blending into its surrounds.
Inside the remarkable exterior is an even more extraordinary interior; the combination of native wood meeting floor to ceiling glass and breathtaking views makes for a truly impressive entrance. A lobby bar like no other with a giant circular fireplace and stunning views over the dramatic Patagonian landscapes and Lake Sarmiento, it’s easy to while away many hours here absorbing it all in.
Tierra Patagonia is made from sustainably sourced local wood. With conservation in mind the hotel is assembled to leave the least impact on its surrounds as possible, minimal energy consumption and utilising local designers and respecting traditions of the local cultures. The native animals wonder freely and it does not take too long before one crosses your path.
Given the uniqueness of the hotel it is hard to leave and explore the area however, it is worth venturing out and truly immersing yourself into the environment. Taking a trek is a must, absorbing the surroundings and learning about why this UNESCO site is a unique biosphere reserve giving rise to an appreciation of how special this place is.
At the end of the day when you retire back to your exclusive room, try to leave the blinds open, for waking up to the sunrise over the Torres del Paine is something you will want to remember forever.
Unconventional Conventions are staying at the Tierra Patagonia during their South American Adventure in February 2016. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION