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.
Luxury Wine & Culinary Explorer
Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Valparaíso and Millahue
Best for: Food Drink, Honeymoon, Luxury
Tease your taste buds on this gourmet itinerary as you journey to Latin America's most revered wine lands and culinary cities in Argentina and Chile. We have carefully handpicked the most exclusive and indulgent hotels to enhance the quality of your stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Start in Buenos Aires at the outrageously deluxe Faena Hotel, where you will explore the city culture through its love of food, sink your teeth into a succulent steak, make an empanada and experience a steamy Tango dinner. Continue to Mendoza, Argentina's wine capital and stay at Cavas Wine Lodge, nestled at the foothills of the Andes and voted as one of the best hotels in the world. Sample an array of wines and authentic gourmet Argentinean cuisine, before heading to the arty town of Valparaíso in Chile and relaxing at the chic Casa Higueras. Saving the best until last, you will end at the ultra stylish Vina Vik, a luxurious winery and perfectly positioned to enjoy the rugged beauty of its landscape.
Days 1 - 4 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stay at Faena Hotel and Universe for 3 nights
On arrival into Buenos Aires, transfer to the city's most opulent and contemporary hotel, and immerse yourself in luxury. During your time in Argentina's capital city, we have included a number of tours to tantalise your taste buds and 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 steamy and glamorous Tango Show at the Faena Hotel, and experience the “rojo” menu, accompanied by a selection of wines and Baron B. Champagne. 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.
Days 4 - 7 : Mendoza, Argentina
Stay at Cavas Wine Lodge for 3 nights
Take a short flight to Mendoza, the heart of Argentina's wine country and home to fabulous landscapes and year-round sunshine. Your luxury lodge boasts stupendous views of the high Andes and is set among a 60-acre private vineyard outside Mendoza. All meals and activities are included during your stay and you can do as much or as little as you want. Indulge on authentic gourmet Argentinean cuisine at Cavas restaurant as well as a superb range of wines from the wine cellar, explore the countless vineyards surrounding the area, or get active and enjoy a number of outdoor adventures. These include rafting, hiking, zip lining and horse-riding to name a few.
Days 7 - 9 : Valparaiso, Chile
Stay at Casa Higueras for 2 nights
This morning fly to Chile's capital Santiago and transfer to the picturesque port of Valparaíso, a World Heritage Site and city brimming with history, quirky cafes, artists’ workshops and street art. During your time here, you have at leisure to explore the historic downtown, labyrinthine maze of streets and brightly coloured buildings. The city oozes a bohemian feel and is the perfect place to wander.
Days 9 - 12 : Millahue, Chile
Stay at Vina Vik for 3 nights
To end your culinary and wine experience, transfer to Chile's wine lands and check into your stylish boutique retreat. Located in an unmatched location, with rolling hills, endless vineyards and majestic mountains, it is an area of magnificent beauty and a place best saved until last. All meals and a number of activities are included and have been carefully designed to allow you to explore its surrounding area and indulge in fine dining and very fine wine. Visits to vineyards, wine tasting, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking are all part of the experience.
Day 12 : Return flight home
Today, transfer to the aiport for your flight home.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $7808 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
Guided tours in English
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.