Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is a superb retreat outside San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. With rustic chic accommodation, a fabulous desert adventure programme and great service, Alto Atacama is elegant desert living at its finest.
Chile is a country of great extremes. With the Atacama Desert in the north and the Torres del Paine National Park in the south, any itinerary in Chile inevitably involves a fair amount of flying, unless you have lots of time of your hands.
At 2,500m, the Atacama Desert is both the driest and highest desert on earth. In this harsh, often eerie, yet starkly beautiful desert landscape there is a lot of sunshine, and although the temperature drops below zero at night, generally the year-round climate is pleasant and the transparency of light, unique. The mixture of volcanoes, salt flats and high altitude wetlands is unparalleled. With so much diversity in this small part of Chile, the excursions on offer are endless. We’ve whittled down our top five must-do excursions…
Here, Suzie our Marketing Executive (and foodie) gets our taste buds tantalised as she writes about her top places to eat, drink and be seen in the cosmopolitan capital city of Santiago.
Chilean Patagonia is the perfect destination for nature and outdoor enthusiasts who want exploration and adventure. It’s all things majestically alluring and one of our favourite places to dream of. See below the Latin America teams’ top five reasons to travel to this pocket of South America.
Chile is a land of extremes. A frayed ribbon down the west coast of South America, Chile is so diverse and breathtakingly beautiful it should be visited by everyone at least once. Below the Latin America team introduces you to two of its most extreme areas, going from the very bottom to the very top.
Chile is renowned for its mind boggling topography, and it is its extreme geography that lends itself to the perfect wine growing conditions. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Andes, there are few places in the world that offer such a spectacular setting for vineyard hopping than the wine regions of of Chile.
Here, Latin America specialist Grant talks about his experience to one of the world's most fascinating and isolated islands: Easter Island, located 3700km from the Chilean mainland.
The Chilean Lake District is a fairy-tale land of snow-capped volcanoes, mountain pastures, emerald forests, lush-green rolling hills, turquoise lagoons and crystal-clear lakes. All these varied landscapes make it the most spectacular adventure playground and the perfect holiday destination for the outdoor enthusiast. With such a wide variety of things to see and do, we have narrowed down the top five things that are not to be missed in the Chilean Lake District.
Chile, Argentina and Brazil Wonders
Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janiero
Best for: Highlights, Imagine Favourites, Spectacular scenery
Packed with UNESCO heritage wonders, breath-taking landscapes, vibrant cities and outdoor adventure, this itinerary boasts all of South America's allure, and more.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Journey through some of the continents most revered treasures on one of our favourite itineraries to South America. Starting in Chile, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of arty Valparaíso before dizzying your senses in the Torres del Paine National Park, an adventure playground home to wild and magnificent landscapes. Travel into Argentina and marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, the world's only advancing glacier and a fantastic natural phenomenon. From here, it's up to Buenos Aires, Argentina's vibrant capital city where the art of tango and love of food is the gateway to its culture. Visit the magnificent Iguazu Falls, the world's most dramatic waterfalls and end in Rio de Janeiro, a captivating city brimming with iconic sights, white-sand beaches and the infectious beat of the samba rhythm.
Days 1 - 3 : Santiago, Chile
Stay at Hotel Orly for 2 nights
On arrival into Santiago, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of Providencia. During your time in Chile's capital city, we have included a full day tour to the pretty town of Viña del Mar and picturesque port of Valparaíso, a World Heritage Site on account of its beautiful 19th century architecture and colourful houses set upon steep hills overlooking the bay.
Days 3 - 6 : Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Stay at Hotel Las Torres for 3 nights
Fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to your lodge, located within the Torres del Paine National Park. One of Chile's main highlights and revered as one of the best places to go trekking on the continent. During your stay, all meals and activities have been included and time is spent exploring the stunning natural beauty and rugged terrain of the national park. From horse-riding, to hiking, kayaking and fishing, there is a wealth of activities to enjoy here.
Days 6 - 9 : El Calafate, Argentina
Stay at Esplendor El Calafate for 3 nights
Cross the border into Argentina and transfer to your hotel in El Calafate. Explore Patagonia and visit the epic Perito Moreno Glacier, famed for being the only glacier in the world to be advancing! You will have the following day at leisure to enjoy a number of other activities on offer.
Days 9 - 12 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stay at Hotel Clasico for 3 nights
Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. During your time in Argentina's capital city, we have included a number of tours which will allow you to explore Argentine culture at its best. Discover the city highlights on a half day tour and visit the colourful houses of La Boca, the antique hub of San Telmo and wander around the green and leafy Palermo. Enjoy a dynamic Tango Show, which oozes 1930's glamour and is performed by some of Argentina's best selection of singers and dancers. The Argentine Experience, a unique culinary tour, has also been included for you one evening. Create an empanada using the traditional ‘repulgue’ technique, taste the exquisite Argentinean steak, and master the art of making dulce de leche filled alfajores- an Argentine favourite.
Day 12 - 13 : Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Stay at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge for 1 night
This morning take a short flight to Iguazu and transfer to your hotel. During your time in Iguazu, we have included a guided tour of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the waterfalls. Explore the numerous walkways and have the chance to explore the lush rainforest surrounds. During your stay, you will also embark on an exhilarating boat safari, which takes you right up to the foot of the falls, offering a completely different and close-up perspective. Be warned you will get wet!
Days 13 - 16 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly directly to Rio, one of South America's most exciting cities. The next day you will enjoy a half day Corcovado Mountain and Tijuca Atlantic Forest Jeep tour. You will be collected in a 4x4 convertible jeep before making your way the Tijuca Atlantic Forest, the largest urban forest in the world and home of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue - recently voted as one of the 7 winners of the “New Wonders of the World” contest. Your remaining time is at leisure. Overnight at Windsor Leme for three nights.
Day 16 : Return flight home
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer back to Rio airport for your overnight flight home.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $4978 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
Guided tours in English
Private transfers with baggage assistance
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.