Discover a stunningly beautiful and diverse land
At times Chile seems almost otherworldly as its unique geography and awe-inspiring scenery allows you to almost forget you are still planted firmly on earth. Running for thousands of kilometres trapped between the powerful waves of the Pacific and the jagged peaks of the Andes, and book-ended by the driest desert on earth in the north and the southern ice-fields of Patagonia in the south this truly is one of the worlds last great wilderness countries
Unearth more than just stunning scenery
There is no doubt that Chile's main draw lies in its inherent natural beauty. In the north the Atacama desert is a riot of salt flats and volcanoes, geysers and rock formations, while Torres del Paine National Park in the south can easily claim its scenery competes with and even trumps with such behemoths of the National Park world as Yellowstone and Yosemite. Beyond that however is a fascinating country that boasts just about every climate in the world, from bountiful orchards and vineyards to alpine lakes and bucolic country scenes. Throughout all of these lands you will find the friendliness and warmth of the Chilean people, keen to show off their beautiful country and its secrets
Wine and Pisco
In recent years Chile has firmly established itself as one of the world's great wine producing nations with a range of reds, roses and whites to choose from. Chile's two main wine producing regions are within easy access of the capital Santiago, itself a modern metropolis, and offers luxurious vineyards in which to relax and taste. The Casablanca Valley lies between Santiago and Valparaiso and is perfect for those looking for a short break from the. For the more ardent wine enthusiast the Colchagua Valley around 3 hours south of Santiago is the holy grail of Chilean Wine. Should wine not be enough for you head north to the Elqui Valley to discover the secrets of Chile's national drink - Pisco
The unexpected delights
One of the real joys of travelling Chile is the unexpected delights it tends to throw up. Some of these are well known such Chile's Easter Island, or Rapa Nui to give it its Polynesian name, lies 5 hours off the Chilean Coast and its stoic Moai have been drawing people to visit for years. The island is most easy to access from Santiago and for those who have dreamed of witnessing its archaelogic gems in the flesh it is simply a must do on a trip to Chile. Back to the mainland and the city of Valparaiso is a UNESCO world heritage site and its hills offer a really visceral experience of what this once glorious seaport must have been like. Bohemian and gritty this city of literature and art, is like a South American Liverpool. Finally for those of an adventurous disposition the Aysen Region and the Carretera Austral road that cuts through offers one of the worlds last truly great wild road-trips through scenery that will simply take your breath away
Luxury holidays in Chile are an absolute joy. If you are looking for somewhere where the scenery will enthrall you at every turn, then you have found your destination. What is particularly special is that under the beautiful surface there is still so much more to discover here
The national park at the end of the world, Torres del Paine in Patagonia, is one of the most beautiful national parks on earth. Hike between mountain peaks and glaciers, all the time with an eye out to spot the elusive Puma.
The driest desert on earth, the Atacama is like stepping out onto the surface of another planet. Discover stunning rock formations, perfect conical volcanoes, salt flats complete with flamingos, and powerful geysers creating an even more otherworldy ambiance. There's also some unexpected joys to be had here, cast your glance skywards and discover starry skies that will take your breath away, this is also one of the best places on earth to stargaze and a visit to one of the multitude of observatories in the region is another reasons to explore this unique landscape.
Discover a little bit of the Alps in the heart of South America. The Lake district is a large region in southern Chile, and it offers a truly beautiful rural escape. The northern area around Pucon and Villarica boasts beautiful thermal springs, active volcanoes to hike and luxurious farms stays. To the south the town of Puerto Varas is a gateway to the beautiful forests and lakes of the region, and this area has a distinctly German flair. The nearby island of Chiloe is home to some fascinating indigenous populations and some of Chile's best myths and legends.
Lying 5 hours flight from Santiago, Easter Island is a truly once in a lifetime place to visit. Very much a Polynesian Island, the culture is truly different to rest of Chile. This unique heritage and history as well as the beautiful scenery and of course the simply iconic Moai statues mean that this is very much a bucket list destination.
Almost all Chilean escapes start in the capital Santiago and this modern city boasts superb restaurants fascinating galleries and picturesque parks and squares. Its also a short hop from here to the wine regions of Casablanca and Colchagua where sumptuous vineyard stays offer the chance to relax amongst the vines and with some world class Chilean wine. At the other end of Casablanca Valley from Santiago lies Valparaiso, a bohemian port city and UNESCO world heritage site
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- Time Difference
GMT - 4
- Flight Duration
14 hours 30 minutes
Spanish & Mapundngun (indigenous language)
Santiago de Chile
- Best Time To Travel
November - April
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