Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, this narrow strip of land just 109 miles wide clings onto the South American landmass. Its length is 2,700 miles and runs south from Arica in the north down to the fragmented coast at Punta Arenas. Chile is characterised by its low, coastal mountains, a fertile central valley and the mighty Andes marching along its eastern border with Argentina.
It is a country of many climatic variations with the driest desert in the world, Atacama, in the north, passing through a Mediterranean climate and on to a temperate climate in the south.
In the Valle Central, is Santiago, the capital, a thoroughly modern, cosmopolitan city offering all the delights of chic shopping arcades, impressive, modern, towering architecture and culture in the form of theatres, galleries and museums.
From here you can visit the oldest and most widely cultivated Maipo Valley which is known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Carmenère grapes are also very widely used in the Valle Central. Colchagua Valley is the location of the Casa Lapostolle vineyard (which produces a fine Merlot), one of the most famous of the thirty-odd wineries in this locale.
Out to sea in the west, are the world-famous moai (stone statues) on Isla de Pascua (Easter Island) which are well worth a visit. Some of the stones have been re-erected and present a truly awesome sight silhouetted against the skyline as they stare into infinity.
Finally, Patagonia in the far south, a land of valleys, fjords and glaciers with the wild Cape Horn at its southern most point, evoking images of tempestuous seas, towering cliffs, crashing surf and the odd iceberg thrown in for good measure. Definitely a place for the adventurous and a world away from the sophisticated cities of this naturally beautiful country.
Viña Vik is an art filled 22-suite avant-garde retreat and wine spa located in Millahue, Chile on the VIK vineyard. The vineyard retreat is perched on a hilltop above a lake at the centre of this spectacular 11,000-acre (4325 hectare) vineyard with...read more
Tierra Chiloé, which was previously known as Refugia, is located amid the blue waters of Chile's Northern Patagonia, on a mythical island, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The beauty of this destination is as much in the landscape as it is in the...read more
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a casual but luxurious design hotel with 40 guest rooms. The hotel ambience is Patagonian, one that radiates warmth, safety and togetherness; all things desired by those who've spent their day in the Patagonian outdoors....read more
After a long period of neglect the Bories Cold Sorage Plant, built in 1915, has been given a new lease of life with the opening of Chilean Patagonia’s newest luxury retreat, The Singular Patagonia. The Bories Cold Storage plant built by the Sociedad...read more
Treat yourself to eco-tourism in Chile, a Chilean vacation in one of the world's unique destinations, the Altiplano of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa offers guided Atacama adventures, Altiplano excursions and...read more
Against a panoramic backdrop of the snow-capped Andes, W Santiago reinvents style and sophistication in the city's most fashionabe and trendsetting enclave, a fascinating universe of urban innovation amid cobblestone streets and glitzy skyscrapers. From...read more
Built to blend seamlessly into the neighbourhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. The...read more
The Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is a small and elegant boutique hotel close to Pucón, Chile. It is embedded in a beautiful native park with natural lagoons, wild creeks and exceptional views to the Villarrica Volcano. The entire staff of the Hotel are...read more
Welcome to Indigo, an artful mix of the modern and the traditional all handcrafted amidst some of the most spectacular natural surroundings on earth. Stay a while, enjoy the easy-going vibe, the quiet interiors, the clean lines and soaring ceilings. Take a...read more
Originally built in 1926 as the home of a European mine owner, the Palacio Astoreca is a chic boutique hotel with a laidback style. Set in an exclusive area in the midst of a natural amphitheatre dominating the magnificent Bay of Valparaiso in the heart of...read more
Patagonia Camp is the first luxury camp in South America. It is an original and distinctive concept where every detail has been carefully thought of so that guests may thoroughly enjoy the magnificent and wild nature of mythical Patagonia, combining...read more
Discovering Patagonia means diving into an area close to the end of the world, to discover a powerful, fascinating, and mysterious land where time seems to have stopped, showing nature in its purest and most virgin state. Its location in the country’s most...read more
The luxurious Alto Atacama is blessed with a most spectacular and private location, tucked away in a valley of serene beauty, in the shadow of the Pukará de Quitor ruins and with the San Pedro River winding its way discreetly alongside. The perfect base...read more
In the immensity of the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile, the driest, most desolate and arid in the world, the Andean Altiplano will surprise you with its dramatic, exotic, awe-inspiring beauty. Awasi is an exclusive, luxury hotel that offers a service...read more
At the end of the 19th century, a British explorer called Florence Dixie arrived in Patagonia, attracted by the unexplored mysteries of that faraway corner of the world. At the time there was no other way to visit these lands but on horseback, meaning that...read more
explora offers journeys and amazing Atacama travel, not just a place to stay. The lodges form part of a greater experience, as each one is designed to be a central point from which you can explore the natural and cultural surroundings in detail. The...read more
Patagonia is the southernmost region of the American continent and one of the least populated areas in the world. Millions of years ago, it underwent major geological and glaciological transformations which created mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers....read more
Located 3,700 kilometres (2,237 miles) from the American continent, surrounded by the world’s most transparent waters, the island of Rapa Nui is the cradle of an unusual and enigmatic culture which persists to this day. The language, music and many...read more