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Luxury Chile: Exclusive lodges and untamed landscapes

Day 1

Arrive Santiago, transfer to luxury hotel in the prestigious Las Condes district.
 
Santiago

Santiago is set in a broad valley between parallel ranges of the Andes, with lofty snow-draped peaks, and a smaller coastal range with a Mediterranean feel. Santiago is a huge metropolis, a mix of the old and the contemporary, with neighbourhoods featuring tree-lined avenues and affluent tranquillity and others full of historic references and commercial bustle.

Transfer from the airport to your top-drawer first class hotel, the Ritz Carlton. It’s in the calm, upmarket residential and commercial district known as Las Condes. Once you’ve settled in nicely you’ll be collected for your guided walking tour of selected districts of the city. In the shadow of glassy sky-scrapers you’ll discover fine historic buildings dating back to Spanish colonial times, sitting alongside eye-catching arty, contemporary structures. You’ll be seeking out some of the more interesting landmarks and arty neighbourhoods at a leisurely pace, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of the capital.

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Santiago

Day 2

Fly to Punta Arenas in Patagonia, transfer to luxury lodge in Torres del Paine National Park.
 
Torres del Paine National Park

After the balmy climes and big city vibe of Santiago, arriving in Punta Arenas by air and continuing by road to Torres del Paine National Park can be a surprise, even if you have glimpsed the remote ice-throttled peaks and glaciers from the air. Milky blue and gem-sharp emerald lakes, sinuous rivers, glaciers and wind-scoured steppes have forged a unique environment. Torres del Paine is the natural habitat of over 150 species of birds (flamingos, condors, eagles and ostriches) and 25 species of mammal (including guanacos, armadillos, silver foxes and pumas). Come prepared for elemental drama: the dictates of the weather prevail but this national park is well worth the journey south, whether slashed by rain or bathed in sunshine.

The single road carves a lonely path across flat, ferociously wind-buffeted grasslands where you might spot a little hardy wildlife, but gradually the monotony of the landscape is overcome as the huge granite massif of Torres del Paine, with its icy spires, looms up on the horizon. You enter an area of blue green lagoons, waterfalls and tufty hillocks, where guanacos graze and water-birds shelter.

Your stunning, state-of-the-art Relais & Chateaux-listed lodge is set on a private reserve featuring some of Patagonia’s most primeval landscapes: iceberg-dotted lakes, snow-jacketed mountains, scrawny forests and vast expanses of open steppe.

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Torres del Paine National Park

Days 3-5

Excursions and activities from the lodge.
 
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At the lodge there is a strong emphasis on the joy of choosing your own activities; the on-site team will design your experiences to suit your tastes and preferences. Choose from a wide range of private guided excursions and outdoor experiences from short walks through picturesque valleys to challenging high altitude hikes. You’ll have you own 4WD vehicle and professional, bilingual driver-guide so that the timing, duration and route of each excursion is defined in line with your specific interests. Whatever the activity or level of endurance, you are guaranteed to view exquisite and diverse natural scenery.

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awasi patagonia

Day 6

Return to Santiago by air from Punta Arenas.
 
Santiago

Fly back to Santiago for one night, further to enjoy the facilities of the Ritz Carlton hotel, explore the smart neighbourhood in which it is situated or even venture further afield in the capital in search of top restaurants or night-time entertainment.    

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Santiago

Day 7

Fly north to Calama in the Atacama desert.
 
Atacama Desert

The high-altitude Atacama, while most definitely a desert is not the Empty Quarter of Latin America. The harsh and rugged volcanic landscape of shimmering white salt flats and crystal lagoons is home to flocks of pink flamingoes and geysers hissing into life. Cacti stride off to the distant horizon while oases splash the tawny ground with vigorous vegetation. There are also the vestiges of a thriving pre-Columbian civilisation.

Your luxury Awasi lodge, sister property of the one in Torres del Paine, sits just outside the little town of San Pedro de Atacama. Its design is based on ancient Atacama villages with discreet but gorgeous thatched cottages built from local adobe, wood and stone. It also features in the Relais & Chateaux portfolio.

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Atacama Desert

Days 8,9

Choice of personalised activities from your lodge.
 
Awasi, Atacama Desert, Chile, Journey Latin America

Once again there’s a wide choice of tailor-made guided experiences with your personal driver-guide, from short treks through picturesque valleys to challenging high altitude walks, mountain bike rides and treks on horseback. The one constant whatever the activity or level of endurance is the diversity and richness of the landscapes, from the bubbling geysers and natural hot springs to the vast salt pans with their luminous lakes framed by snow-mantled volcanoes. 

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Day 10

Return to Calama airport and fly to Temuco in the lake district.
 
Villarica volcano

The lake district, which crowns the northern tip of Chilean Patagonia, extends from the Pacific coast to the Andes and across the border into Argentina. It's a region of breath-taking natural beauty carpeted with forests of monkey puzzle trees festooned with emerald mosses.. The most accessible and popular spots are chocolate-box pretty with flower-decked pastures and conical volcanoes sporting caps of pristine snow, while more remote areas resemble a wilder version of Switzerland.

Your luxury hotel, Hacienda Vira Vira (now also known as &Beyond Vira Vira), in the shadow of the lake district’s iconic towering Villarrica volcano, is the ultimate countryside retreat. As well as fellow guests you may encounter ponies, ibis and black-necked swans as you explore the lush foliage of its grounds. This is one of Chile's finest places to stay, with high standards of service, accommodation and cuisine.

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Villarica volcano

Days 11,12

Activities and excursions from the hacienda.
 
Hacienda Vira Vira

This is wonderful walking country and perfect for lovers of the outdoor life. An imaginative selection of half and full day walks has been prepared by your hosts including easy trails along the lower flanks of Villarrica and Lanin volcanoes to a full-day hike in nearby Huerquehue National Park. There’s also a carefully-crafted programme of excursions and activities such as gentle floating by raft along the Licura river, fly-fishing, white-water rafting on the Trancura river and shopping and cultural tours around the nearby resort Pucón. Feel free to relax by the river, walk in the grounds and visit the cheese factory.

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Hacienda Vira Vira

Day 13

Return to Temuco airport and fly to Santiago to connect with your international flight.

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  • Easter Island in depth 6 days from £2,274pp

    Polynesian Easter Island (Rapa Nui) lies 3,790km off the Chilean coast in the remote sub-tropical South Pacific. Windswept and grassy on one side, lushly vegetated on the other, and with a benign climate, it is famous for the clusters of huge enigmatic stone heads standing starkly against an azure skyline. Experience the unique atmosphere and friendly welcome.

    These few days on the island, with private excursions guided by enthusiastic experts in the field, will give you an insight-filled experience to satisfy your curiosity about the unique Rapa Nui culture. Triangular in shape, Easter Island measures no more than 8 miles at its widest point - with a huge, extinct volcanic crater at each of its extremes.

    Day 1: Fly from Santiago to Easter Island and continue to the secluded Hotel Altiplánico.  At 3km from the main town, Hanga Roa, it’s just a stone's throw from the ocean. Guest rooms resembling traditional boat houses are scattered over its tropical gardens. Facilities include a terrace and small pool.

    Day 2:  Full-day tour to introduce Easter Island's most iconic moai statues and intriguing archaeological heritage, encompassing the highlights of the island's north and east coast. There’s time to inspect the statues, explore a volcano and its extinct crater, and swim off a white-sand beach.

    Day 3: Explore geological and historic highlights in the south of the island. View 6 toppled statues, with admirable close-fitting Rapa Nui stonework. Continue to the quarry of the topknots, or 'hats', which adorned many of the moai, and on to view a 1km long collapsed lava tube used by early Easter Islanders as a dwelling. Next stop is the inland ahu (ceremonial platform) of Akivi, one of Easter Island's iconic and most photographed sites.

    Later visit Rano Kau, an extinct volcanic crater 1.6km across and 200m deep.  It is Easter Island's most spectacular natural attraction. Continue to Orongo, dramatically perched between the cliffs and the crater's edge, the site of the historic Birdman competition.

    Day 4: At leisure. You might take an optional 11km cliff-top walk which showcases the gloriously rugged coastline and volcanic landscape, with sweeping vistas across the Pacific Ocean. The hike ends at Anakena, a white coral beach.

    Day 5: Witness the citrus-hued sunrise at Ahu Tongariki. This vivid display of an artist's palette of colour can be especially memorable between October and April when the sun rises directly behind the 15-moai platform.Transfer to the airport and fly back to Santiago.

    Breakfast daily.

    You will need a positioning night in Santiago at either the beginning or end of your visit to Easter Island, depending on your itinerary. A stay at an airport hotel has been included in the cost.

  • Winery 3 days from £681pp

    The Chilean Central Valley, with its rich soils and sunny Mediterranean climate, is Chile’s breadbasket. Orchards flourish, and the slopes of the Andean foothills support vineyards producing world class wines. Several now welcome visitors: here you visit one of the most attractive and luxurious.

    Day 1: By road to the Casablanca valley (1.5hrs), celebrated among the world’s wine cognoscenti for the shiraz and pinot noir grapes which thrive among orchards and woodland of cedar, chestnut and almond.  You’ll be relaxing in the classy surroundings of  La Casona at Matetic which has intimate accommodation in a 100-year-old estancia refurbished in plush colonial style.

    Day 2: At leisure at the vineyard, including a tour of the award-winning winery, with wine tasting.

    Day 3: Return to Santiago to continue your holiday or connect with your international flight.

    UK clients arrive home the following day.

    Breakfast daily, dinner days 1,2.

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