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Barbara Zanotelli Rodrigues
Barbara Zanotelli Rodrigues - Former Travel Expert

With Brazilian parents, Barbara has a passion for all things Latin American.

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Don’t be fooled by South America’s backpacker image: the finer things in life are extremely well presented here. Recent years have seen the creation of luxury accommodation right in the heart of Chile’s glaciated countryside. There are also a great number of exceptional restaurants and wineries dotted all across the country.

Hacienda Vik - Millahue

Ultra luxurious Hacienda Vik is part of the Vik hotel group which strives to offer unique experiences in idyllic settings around Latin America. Located in Millahue, in Chile’s wine-cultivation region, the property is a cutting edge contemporary art hotel on a young and thriving vineyard. With a space-age design, each of the 22 individual rooms and suites are guaranteed to have spectacular views of the vineyard, lakes and forests beyond from the floor-to-ceiling windows. There are endless activities to be done here from lounging by the infinity swimming pool, wine-tasting and tours of the futuristic winery, horse riding through the countryside and vineyards, and even wine-based treatments at the spa.

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Awasi – Atacama Desert
This small and exclusive boutique hotel is a rare place where couples seeking peace and quiet can stay side by side with families, such is the feeling of space and privacy within the property. Situated in the wild and wonderful Atacama Desert, the hotel takes inspiration from traditional atacameño homes and the environment so much so that it is built in harmony with the natural surroundings. There are just eight round, thatched cottages which provide a very private and intimate experience for guests, with a genuine feeling of luxury. There are many excursions on offer as well as programmes designed for families and children.

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The explora hotel chain specialises in its own completely unpretentious brand of luxury, providing first-class service and comfort in remote territories of South America. Each responds to the unique beauty and characteristics of its location.

explora Patagonia – Torres del Paine
This exceptional hotel is out of the ordinary in every sense. Its eye-popping location on Lake Pehoé sets travellers literally in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park, surrounded by granite massifs. From here you can explore the national park on foot or horseback or relax and enjoy the breathtaking beauty surrounding the hotel.

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explora Atacama – Atacama Desert
This first-class property is situated within a stone’s throw of snow-capped volcanoes, shimmering salt plains, Andean peaks and some of the world’s most advanced astronomical research centres. There are numerous excursions per day to cater for a range of interests and fitness. The lodge has its own observatory for the night time observation of the Atacama’s famously starry skies.

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explora Rapa Nui – Easter Island
Designed to blend subtly into the landscape, the low-rise hotel places emphasis on enhancing appreciation of the unique natural environment and atmosphere of Easter Island – one of the most extraordinary and remote places on earth.

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Alto Atacama – Atacama Desert

Smart, casual, earthy, rustic, simple and luxurious at the same time. The innovative Alto Atacama was built to blend in seamlessly into its surroundings with many of the public areas open to the sky, making you feel enveloped by the desert landscape. There are 42 elegant, rustic style rooms each with a private terrace offering magnificent views of the lagoon, gardens and mountains. Top quality facilities can be enjoyed at the hotel such as several outdoor pools, spa, Turkish bath and the hotel has its own telescope. If you can tear yourself away from these luxuries there is also the option of borrowing a bike to explore the area.

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Singular Santiago – Santiago
Part of the Singular chain, this hotel combines luxurious classical style with contemporary features. Located in Lastarria, an up-and-coming district close to the colonial heart of Santiago, the barrio is a centre for cultural activity with theatres, museums, restaurants and bars.

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Tierra
Chilean Tierra Hotels are first-class boutique hotels located in enchanting places where you can explore the extreme wilderness landscapes of Chile.

Tierra Chiloé – Chiloé Island
Unlike the traditional wooden edifices on Chiloé Island, the property is contemporary in style with a geometrical exterior all in classic Chilote wood shingles which gives it an unmistakable sense of place. The 12 identical guest rooms have a minimalistic style with spectacular views. There's an original and insightful choice of excursions on land and by boat which are led by the hotel’s own guides and are included as part of the stay.

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Tierra Atacama – San Pedro de Atacama
The cutting edge hotel was built on a former cattle corral where the adobe walls have been preserved and incorporated into its rustic-chic design. Located in San Pedro de Atacama there are a variety of daily excursions to choose from including hikes, day trips to the Tatio Geysers and bike rides through small local villages.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2017

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    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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