Chile

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Chile

Squeezed between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Chile packs an abundance of varying landscapes into its tall, skinny body. In the southernmost tip, the gnarled fjords and dramatic mountain peaks of Patagonia are home to an incredible display of wildlife. This beautiful region is on the ‘bucket list’ of most keen fly fishers, nature-lovers and adventure-junkies. Tucked into the wilderness are some fantastic boutique lodges so there is no need to sacrifice on comfort to achieve a true sense of adventure.

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In the Central Valley, is the capital city, Santiago and some of the country’s most exclusive vineyards. Exceptional Travel can arrange an expert wine guide and a driver to allow our guests to get the most out of some of the region’s top bodegas as well as, perhaps, taking the time to explore the pretty port of Valparaiso.

The north of the country borders with Peru, Bolivia and, of course, Argentina. The spectacular Atacama Desert lures many an intrepid traveller and with good reason. For those wishing to combine another country and another culture, Exceptional Travel can arrange an incredibly scenic road trip over the Andes into any one of Chile’s neighbouring countries.

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Quick Facts

Population
17.3 million (UN, 2011)

Capital
Santiago

Area
756,096 sq km (291,930 sq miles)

Major language
Spanish

Major religion
Christianity

Monetary unit
Chilean peso

 

Chile is a year-round destination for those visiting the central and northern regions. March sees the beginning of the grape harvest in the winelands as well as the beginning of Autumn when the trees burst into a firework display of red, orange and gold.

Patagonia and the south, however, can really only be reached during their summer months from late September to early April.

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Easter Island

A four-hour flight from mainland Chile brings guests to Easter Island; a small world that has been preserved in its own time capsule. Of course, the draw to Easter Island is to see first-hand the Moai statues that pepper the grassy prairies. These awesome statues gaze pensively over the Pacific Ocean from all sides and, with more than 1000 Moai on the island, they are a constant and eerie reminder of a past civilisation.

Beyond a total immersion in the history of Easter Island, its remote location also makes it an excellent base for diving into crystal-clear water teaming with marine life. On land, the gentle gradient also makes this a fantastic island for walking and taking in the incredible birdlife along the way.

Those looking to round off the experience with a beach flop in paradise can take a direct flight (once a week) to Tahiti. From here Exceptional Travel can arrange an idyllic escape in French Polynesia.

The Atacama Desert

The Atacama is the highest, driest non-polar desert on earth. In our opinion, it also displays one of the most spectacular landscapes in South America.  The desert is sprinkled with towering volcanic peaks, sulphur lakes teeming with flamingos and geysers blasting jets of boiling water from the core of the earth into the blue, cloudless sky. Our favourite boutique lodges offer a private vehicle and guide to take guests off the beaten track and into the great beyond.

There is a surprising amount of animal and plant life living perfectly happily in this parched wilderness. At night the stars are spectacular and those with a passion for the night sky will enjoy visiting one of the world’s leading observatories. Here Exceptional Travel can arrange for an expert astrologer to help you peak into our galaxy through an ultra-powerful lens.

Patagonia

Arriving in Patagonia really does feel like stumbling onto the end of the earth. On the Chilean side, the region is perhaps at its most dramatic. Andean peaks tumble into a turbulent Pacific Ocean that batters the crooked coastline with relentless waves. The region is divided into a stunning variety of national parks that have preserved the pristine landscape.

The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most popular for its dramatic peaks and glacial lakes. There are a handful of excellent lodges to stay at in and around the reserve with sweeping views of the mountains. This is a dream destination for anyone who loves walking, wildlife and landscapes that defy the imagination.

Those with time on their hands may enjoy the option of sailing through the fjords between Argentina and Chile for a ‘mini Antarctic’ experience. It is a wonderful way to access one country from the other with fantastic potential for wildlife spotting. While the fishing lodges are generally better on the Argentine side, Chile does operate a few excellent vessels that can take fly-fishers deep into some truly remote and special trout and salmon rivers.

Easter Island

A four-hour flight from mainland Chile brings guests to Easter Island; a small world that has been preserved in its own time capsule. Of course, the draw to Easter Island is to see first-hand the Moai statues that pepper the grassy prairies. These awesome statues gaze pensively over the Pacific Ocean from all sides and, with more than 1000 Moai on the island, they are a constant and eerie reminder of a past civilisation.

Beyond a total immersion in the history of Easter Island, its remote location also makes it an excellent base for diving into crystal-clear water teaming with marine life. On land, the gentle gradient also makes this a fantastic island for walking and taking in the incredible birdlife along the way.

Those looking to round off the experience with a beach flop in paradise can take a direct flight (once a week) to Tahiti. From here Exceptional Travel can arrange an idyllic escape in French Polynesia.

The Atacama Desert

The Atacama is the highest, driest non-polar desert on earth. In our opinion, it also displays one of the most spectacular landscapes in South America.  The desert is sprinkled with towering volcanic peaks, sulphur lakes teeming with flamingos and geysers blasting jets of boiling water from the core of the earth into the blue, cloudless sky. Our favourite boutique lodges offer a private vehicle and guide to take guests off the beaten track and into the great beyond.

There is a surprising amount of animal and plant life living perfectly happily in this parched wilderness. At night the stars are spectacular and those with a passion for the night sky will enjoy visiting one of the world’s leading observatories. Here Exceptional Travel can arrange for an expert astrologer to help you peak into our galaxy through an ultra-powerful lens.

Patagonia

Arriving in Patagonia really does feel like stumbling onto the end of the earth. On the Chilean side, the region is perhaps at its most dramatic. Andean peaks tumble into a turbulent Pacific Ocean that batters the crooked coastline with relentless waves. The region is divided into a stunning variety of national parks that have preserved the pristine landscape.

The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most popular for its dramatic peaks and glacial lakes. There are a handful of excellent lodges to stay at in and around the reserve with sweeping views of the mountains. This is a dream destination for anyone who loves walking, wildlife and landscapes that defy the imagination.

Those with time on their hands may enjoy the option of sailing through the fjords between Argentina and Chile for a ‘mini Antarctic’ experience. It is a wonderful way to access one country from the other with fantastic potential for wildlife spotting. While the fishing lodges are generally better on the Argentine side, Chile does operate a few excellent vessels that can take fly-fishers deep into some truly remote and special trout and salmon rivers.

Where to stay

These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.

Explora Patagonia

This landmark lodge has an enviable position within Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Explora offers highly experienced guides, luxury accommodation and stunning views from every window. Guests can explore by horseback or 4×4 and there are also excellent opportunities for mountain climbing with incredible views of the fjords below.

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Vira Vira

Located in the heart of Chile’s Lake District and tucked away within a private 22 hectare estate, this excellent &Beyond property is one of the top options for a visit to this stunning region. It doesn’t take long for most guests to feel completely rejuvenated and recharged once they step into this peaceful oasis.

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Awasi Atacama

Awasi is the perfect base from which to explore the Atacama Desert. The atmosphere at this charming lodge is immediately warm and friendly and every detail has been thought through from hand-made blankets to keep you warm at night to surprise picnic lunches prepared in hidden spots of the desert with views that you will never forget.

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Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia gives its guests front row seats to one of the most stunning views in the country. Every cabin comes with your own private guide and 4WD vehicle. At the end of a day’s exploring, return to your private cabin for a soak in the hot tub, a glas of red wine by the fire and a hearty meal in the Relais & Chateaux restaurant.

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Explora Rapa Nui

Surrounded by soft, grassy prairies and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Explora provides a warm and stylish base from which to explore this extraordinary island. Travellers who are lucky enough to visit Easter Island are rarely disappointed and Explora embellishes the experience to make it a truly memorable journey. 

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