Founder Antonio Kusanovic Senkovic was the son of Croatian immigrants and became a successful cattle farmer in the Magallan region by following his parent´s example of hard work and sacrifice.
In 1979 he bought the beautiful Cerro Paine ranch, located right at the foot of the majestic “Torres del Paine” mountain range. In this 8 thousand acre ranch, he began his cattle breeding business.
In the early 90´s Mr. Kusanovic and his wife Amor Eliana Marusic, decided to build 9 rooms with a small restaurant to welcome the many tourists arriving from all over the world, attracted by the beauty of the place.
After Mr. Kusanovic ‘s death in 1997, his wife and four children continued his legacy in the hotel. Although they no longer run Hotel Las Torres on a day-to-day basis, family members are often seen around the property… and more than happy to expound on why Torres del Paine is such a magical place.
Today, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia is one of the most outstanding in the region and still maintains the principles of its founders: “to share the warmth of the people and customs of Patagonia”.
Motivated by an interest in sustainable tourism and the growing impact of visitors on the park, the non-profit environmental organization “AMA (Agrupación Medio Ambiental) Torres del Paine” was established in 2004.
AMA is involved in a number of activities designed to protect the park and has supported more than 15 research projects on flora and fauna. It organizes community discussions on environmental topics, arranges talks on responsible hiking for tourists and invites Chilean schoolchildren to learn about sustainability. International volunteers support AMA with the help of maintaining hiking trails and get them ready for the busy summer season.
The organization’s funding is completely dependent on donations from park visitors and local companies. Hotel Las Torres donates parts of every single reservation made, to AMA. All of these resources are supporting forest fire prevention, the implementation of renewable energies, trail recuperation, planting lenga trees and other activities that insure that tourism doesn’t have a negative impact on Torres del Paine.