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Accommodations in the Park

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Accommodations in the Park

 

You’ll be staying either in the Valle Chacabuco Lodge or the Butler Guest house, both located at the central park headquarters in the Chacabuco Valley.  At both, our team serves breakfast and dinner, and will prepare picnic lunches so that guests can explore the park during the day.

The Lodge, completed in 2008, is a six-bedroom stone-and-wood lodge, inspired by Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel but on a more personal scale.  Each bedroom has a private bathroom, while a central living and dining room provides a space for guests to gather at mealtimes and at night.  The Lodge faces towards Mount Tamanguito, the peak behind the main park headquarters.  

The Butler Guest House, generously donated by the Butler Conservation Fund to help secure the future Patagonia National Park in perpetuity, is a three-bedroom house, with a gourmet kitchen opening into a large living and dining area.  The house sits on a hill just above the main park headquarters, affording spectacular views of the Chacabuco Valley and Jeinimeni Mountains.  


Food & Drink
We strive to prepare delicious, healthy, and fresh meals for everyone visiting and living at PNP.  Newly constructed greenhouses supply our kitchens with vegetables, while the few sheep remaining on the property allow for traditional asados (Patagonian barbeques).  We’re happy to accommodate special eating concerns if you let us know ahead of time.  However, PNP’s remote location dictates our selection of food; we hope you’ll understand these limitations.  

Here’s what you can expect for meals while staying at the Chacabuco Lodge or the Butler Guest House:

  • Breakfast: fresh fruit and juices, yogurt, cereal, milk, eggs, homemade whole wheat bread, organic jams and honey, ham, cheese, coffee, tea, and juice
  • Picnic Lunch: sandwiches, fresh fruit, cookies, chocolate or cereal bar, juice
  • Dinner: soup, salad, main entrée (meat and vegetarian options), dessert


Water

Tap water is safe (and delicious) at PNP—there’s no need to drink bottled water.  When you’re out hiking, you can drink straight from the streams, all clean and clear.



Drinks

The Lodge has a full bar, while the Guest House has beer and wine.  Alcoholic beverages are not included in accommodation pricing.  



Telecommunications

There is no mobile phone service available at the Estancia, or anywhere in the Park. In fact, once you leave Balmaceda, there will be very little service on the Carretera Austral during the entire trip to the Park.  Starting in 2011, some cell phone service is available around Puerto Bertrand.  South of the Park, the first cell phone coverage will be in Cochrane, which is a 30 minute drive from the Estancia.  Wi-fi is available at the Lodge and Guest House for receiving and sending emails and using the Internet.  This system has periodic outages and is not very fast, but functions about 90% of the time.