Patagonia Like Never Before

Exclusivity and anonymity go hand in hand here…unrivaled adventures and not another soul in site. As one of Eleven Experience’s newest exclusive lodges, Rio Palena defines wild luxury. Here, your every want and need will be anticipated every step of the way. Your senses will be elevated. Your stay will be the epitome of adventure and relaxation.

Located in a largely uninhabited corner of the Chilean Patagonia, the farther you venture from bustling Santiago, the more your soul feels revived. Once you arrive, you can’t imagine leaving. Warmly tucked into a lush hillside on the banks of the breathtaking Rio Palena, the Rio Palena Lodge is situated on 13 pristine acres and offers just 7 suites and a seemingly endless list of adventure possibilities.

From whitewater rafting to paddle boarding to waterfall hiking to mountain biking to fishing and heli-skiing, there is something to do for everyone here. Or, the adventure may simply be escaping the current chaos and doing absolutely nothing other than sitting back and enjoying vibrant diversity of landscapes from your home in the Patagonia.

Don’t be deceived by the casual feel and relaxed atmosphere of the lodge; the amenities are over the top. Food is an art form here. Every creation the chef prepares -either eaten on site or accompanying your activity – is a feast of the senses, whether a fine beef, homemade pasta or perfectly grilled salmon paired with an exquisite local wine. Immerse yourself into local tradition with a world famous Asado in the lodges special “Asado zone”, situated along the banks of the river.

The native stone fireplaces and outdoor lounges invite you to relax, decompress and gather to share the day’s adventures. Sit back on the deck overlooking the river and sip on a pisco sour, the traditional Chilean cocktail. After a day full of adventure, nothing soothes the body and soul like the wood-fired hot tubs and wood-fired sauna. The luxury experience at Rio Palena truly captures the Chilean Patagonia.

Getting to the Lodge

Typically, following your 8-10h flight from the US into Santiago, you will connect with a 1h45m flight to Puerto Montt. Spend the night in either Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas, before catching your 35m flight to Chaiten the following morning. From here, it is a beautiful 3hr drive to the Rio Palena Lodge. Alternatively, you can splurge and charter a Cessna Grand Caravan from Puerto Montt to Palena airfield. Upon arrival, it’s a mere 20m drive to the Lodge.

Intimate Accommodations – Ideal for a Private Group Buyout

Rio Palena Lodge originally opened in 2019, but closed again for a year as Chile and the rest of the world struggled with the pandemic. Recently reopened and remodeled, the lodge boasts only 7 ensuite bedrooms with stunning views of the surrounding valleys. Apparent everywhere is the love for authentic details and the suite interiors will leave you breathless.

The rustic and spacious dining room features hardwood floors and exposed wood beams. Colossal windows showcase the nearby river and snow capped peaks of the Andes. Enjoy stargazing and the intimate company of friends and loved ones from the wood fired sauna and two wood fired hot tubs.

The lodge is fully outfitted with all fly fishing gear (suitable for anglers of all ability levels), NRS rafts for float fishing, Hyde Power Drifter jet boats, Badfish SUPs, Trek full suspension mountain bikes, 4×4 overland campers and 4×4 SUVs for guest transport. Every day, a fire is lit in the lodge’s huge stone fireplace…the perfect place to curl up and relax after a day’s adventure.

 Fishing is the Star of the Show!

Fishing at La Palena deserves its own category. The Patagonia is surely on every angler’s bucket list with its vast river systems and year-round trout season. Rio Palena’s guides live and breathe fishing. They know ever river, stream and lake in the region and know how to get you to the right place at the right time.

It’s been said that the brown and rainbow trout are like their cousins found in the Rockies, but “on steroids”, as they are so wild, strong and powerful. One day during your stay, you can even fly off for a day of heli-fishing in remote alpine lagunas high up in the Andes.

Hiking, Mountain Biking, SUP, Rafting and Horseback Riding

True to the Eleven brand, your highly trained guides are over the top. Every adventure activity is discussed and customized to suit you and your group. Here in the Patagonia, you can hike on a remote glacier or dormant volcano. Enjoy whitewater rafting on the world-class Futaleufu River, paddle board on the Rio Palena, heli-hike to remote jungle waterfalls, mountain bike or horseback ride through the vast Patagonian terrain. The opportunities are endless, and no two days or activities will be the same.

Heli Skiing & Winter Adventure options

Due to Rio Palena’s location in a remote region of the Patagonia, you can enjoy unrivaled access to untapped heli-ski zones throughout the snowcapped Andes mountains which surround the lodge. Experience heli-skiing like never before. Eleven’s very own professional skiing guides customize the perfect itinerary through vast, nearly endless terrain. You. The Mountains. The Snow. That’s it.

Seasons & Inclusions

 The summer season goes from December 23rd until March 31st. The Heli-Ski (Winter) season lasts from October 1st until November 30th.

Inclusions: guided activities including heli-fishing and heli-hiking (1-day heli activity included during stay in summer months), heli-skiing every day during heli-ski season, all necessary gear for activities, chef prepared meals, all beverages, transfers from Palena airfield or Chaiten to the lodge.

Creating memories and life affirming moments, Eleven Experience Lodges are full-service travel experiences set in one-of-a-kind locations with world class accommodations. With their signature “Best Day Ever” policy, Eleven Experience believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the comforts of home in order to experience some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and incredible adventures. This couldn’t be truer at Rio Palena Lodge. Here, there is no right or wrong, no adventure too hard or soft, too much or too little. From the moment you arrive at Rio Palena Lodge, every moment of your experience has been designed specifically for you and your fellow travelers.

Rio Palena is also available for private, full property buyouts for your entire family or group of friends. 

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