stancia Lazo, a beautiful ranch located just beside Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. How to get there and what to do

Estancia Lazo – A Patagonian Ranch in Torres del Paine

Estancia Lazo is a ranch located approximately 127 km from Puerto Natales towards the national park Torres del Paine. It is a ranch with one of the best views of the stunning mountain formations in the park; you will be able to see Macizo Paine. We went there to discover the areas outside the national park and to hike a little bit and get to know Estancia Lazo. Upon arrival, we knocked on the door and had a very friendly talk with the owner, a very hospitable man who told us a bit about their place. The estancia has 13.000 hectares, and cattle raising is their main productive activity. Besides the cattle raising they carry out tourist activities, e.g., horseback riding and overnight stay.

stancia Lazo, a beautiful ranch located just beside Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. How to get there and what to do

stancia Lazo, a beautiful ranch located just beside Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. How to get there and what to do

Amazing view to the mountains on the way to Estancia Lazo

How to get there

If you are in Puerto Natales, you drive towards the national park, route 9. After approximately 100 km you will see a sign saying Estancia Lazo, 27 km to your left side. The route number is 180. Estancia Lazo is located just beside Lago Verde. Route 180 is a gravel road, but very well maintained. Just drive carefully, there will be some closed curves, and when you see something that looks like you are passing a fence with an invisible gate, you need to slow down.

Estancia Lazo: Trekking opportunities

When you pass all the houses and buildings and continue towards a red fence, there you will see a CONAF office. It is a trekking route of 12 km that ends on Route 9 – Lago Sarmiento – Guardería Lago Grey. You will need someone to pick you up there if you do now want to go all the way back again, or you can go some kilometers and return. Or, try you look and do hitchhike back to Puerto Natales. Its a beautiful walk with the mountain range on your right side. It is an easy route, and it will take approximately 3 hours to walk.

stancia Lazo, a beautiful ranch located just beside Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. How to get there and what to do

Estancia Lazo, located just beside Torres del Paine National park, Chile. How to get there and what to do. #estancialazo #patagonia #chile #torresdelpaine

Estancia Lazo: Overnight stay and estancia activities

You can stay overnight at Estancia Lazo; then you will be located close to Torres del Paine National Park in a very exclusive and peaceful place. At the estancia, they offer different ranch-related activities like horseback riding and eating a typical lamb barbecue. They are in the process of getting internet and better connection in general, I believe it should be ready soon, but if you are making any reservations, it might take some time before you get an answer. Estancia Lazo was usually a ranch without any internet service, so they had to drive to another place with internet service to see if they had received any bookings.

Many of the Patagonian ranches (estancias) are opening up for people for them to get an authentic Patagonian experience. If you have the time I believe its a must-do while you are in Patagonia. It is a beautiful way to see how old traditions are kept alive.

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  • Agness of a Tuk Tuk December 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Wow! Estancia Lazo seems so breathtaking and picturesque. I would love to go hiking there, Victor! When would it be the best time of the year to go there and hike?

    • nanaregalah December 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      The trekking in Estancia Lazo is not difficult and it is open year around. Not sure if you can stay overnight at the estancia year around tho. The national park is also open all year round, but not all campsites are open, plus you need to go with a guide at that time. We like before the season begins (September – October) and at the end of the season, March-April, when the autumn colors are making the whole park looking so beautiful 🙂

  • Moshe Salama January 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Estancia Lazo, a.k.a. Mirador Del Payne is apparently closed now. I tried over a dozen times calling them on two different numbers, sent them over a dozen emails, including their Gmail, left a number of messages on the contact page and on the Facebook page- nothing!
    except, one day they answered on Facebook saying their phones lines are down. too bad, I hope they are still in business, it looks like an awesome place to start visiting the park.

    • nanaregalah January 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Moshe,
      yes, they have their challenges with the connection – in general, this area is very remote and it is difficult to have good signal and sometimes it happens that cable breaks etc. Even in Puerto Natales, this happens now and then! I hope you have the opportunity to visit it. Else, let me know, I work in Estancia La Peninsula, another beautiful estancia just 30 min by boat from Puerto Natales.

  • Ron Martinez March 11, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I am a Spanish speaker on my first trip to Chile. Currently I am in Ecuador and will be going through Lima for a few days before continuing on to Santiago.

    Can you provide any information or references/resources that I might be able to look into once I am in Santiago so I can get out of the city and see more rural areas? I have a good background in agriculture, especially horticulture, and would like to visit or stay in more rural villages and maybe a farm stay, paying for my stay.

    My current arrival date is March 20 but I may change it to arrive a few days earlier so I can experience more of rural Chile.

    Me crie en campos en las sierras del norte de el estado de Nuevo Mexico en los Estados Unidos con borregas y vacas. Aunque me gustaría pasear me por las veredas, para mí es más importante saber más de personas, la cultura, de dónde viajo.

    Muchas gracias por tu ayuda,

    Ron Martinez

    • nanaregalah April 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Ron, thanks for reaching out! I cant help you with information about Santiago and that area since I never lived there 🙁 It is quite far from Patagonia! Good luck with your travels and let me know if you make your way to Chilean Patagonia one day!


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