The vast majority of visitors to South America’s picturesque Patagonia region spend their days hiking through pristine mountains and glaciers and their nights roughing it in makeshift camp sites. But as I learned last month, there is another way to experience the wonders of Patagonia with no camping required. Keep the hiking but ditch the tent for a few nights at explora Patagonia. The plush Hotel Salto Chico is set on the shores of Pehoé Lake with a show-stopping view of the famed Cuernos del Paine, this über-green property wows with casual elegance, expert local guides and an unsurpassed natural backdrop that creates dramatic views from every window. I was lucky enough to spend a few nights there on RTW #8 and I still finding myself dreaming of the views from my room. It truly was a posh base for exploring the beauty of Patagonia.