The Bestof Chile

Curated by

Henley Vazquez

At a glance

Winter

Adventure

Outdoors

Curator's statement

The best time to visit Chile is in the Northern Hemisphere fall, winter and early spring before the rainy season starts in the Atacama. Adventure types will be enamored with all the active experiences Chile has to offer. There’s no doubt the South American country is a bucket-list place you must visit once in a lifetime, although you’ll likely end up wanting to go back and see more as the country is long and vast. Make Santiago your base and jet off on side trips to some of Chile’s most spectacular destinations. Before booking anything in Chile, reconcile yourself with a lot of car time. Know that the draw of the Chilean places you’ll experience overshadow logistics.

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Where to stay

Nayara Alto Atacama

The hotel with bragging rights to the most special setting, in a canyon surrounded by red rock walls that rise from a riverbed.

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Tierra Atacama

Design-forward with a beautiful outdoor pool and spa and contemporary rooms that make the time at the lodge as pleasant as the time on the trails.

Fora Perks

  • Complimentary 50-minute massage for two people per room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Awasi Atacama

One of the lodges right in town – it's notable for its food and the private guide for each guest, but don’t expect views due to its location.

Fora Perks

  • Excursion picnic for two or chef's tasting menu ($100 value).
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

explora Atacama

The iconic lodge that pioneered the style so many have followed.

Fora Perks

  • $100 credit for use in the hotel store.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

&Beyond Vira Vira

Best-in-class escape to Chile’s Lake District, designed to celebrate the region’s unspoiled beauty.

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Hotel Mari Mari

Expansive villas on the rugged coastline of northern Patagonia

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Hotel AWA

Right on the banks of Lake Llanquihue and 20 minutes from Puerto Varas, a charming lakeside town with German architecture and volcano views.

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Tierra Chiloe

Located on an island with a beautiful property, good food and some boating and exploring.

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Singular Patagonia

The ultimate entry-point to exploring Chilean Patagonia, on the fjords of Last Hope Sound

Fora Perks

  • Complimentary 50-minute massage for two people per room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Awasi Patagonia

Fourteen villas with private guides and drivers on the edge of Torres del Paine.

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Tierra Patagonia

Striking architecture paired with contemporary design in the heart of Patagonia.

Fora Perks

  • Complimentary 50-minute massage for two people per room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

explora Patagonia

The only luxury lodge located within Torres del Paine National Park.

Fora Perks

  • $100 credit for use in the hotel store.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Vik Chile

With panoramic views of Vik Natural reserve and winery, every luxurious room is designed by a different artist for a one-of-a kind experience.

Fora Perks

  • $100 spa credit.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Singular Santiago

Santiago's coolest high-end digs

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Traditional luxury lodging in Santiago's financial district.

Fora Perks

  • $100 food / beverage credit.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Mandarin Oriental Santiago

Mandarin Oriental's first South American hotel.

Fora Perks

  • $100 food / beverage credit.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Luciano K

Boutique hotel with a great rooftop bar and restaurant.

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Hotel Cumbres

Well-priced rooms in the hip Lastarria neighborhood.

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Atacama

A 2 hour nonstop flight from Santiago, followed by a 90 minute drive to San Pedro de Atacama (where the hotels are located), the Atacama Desert is a must-see in Chile. Go to see lunar-esque landscapes, flamingo-dotted salt flats and towering peaks. There are simply few places on earth with scenery as stunning as the Atacama Desert.

A note from

Henley

Atacama is the driest desert in the world, and it's high altitude. Make sure to hydrate and wear lots of sunscreen. Work your way up from the easier activities while you acclimate for the more strenuous hikes toward the end of your stay.

Lake District

Puerto Montt airport is a nonstop 1.5 hours flight from Santiago and is the gateway to many of the lodges in northern Patagonia. The driving distance from the airport to your hotel will depend on where you’re headed (and can be as short as an hour to Puerto Varas). If you’re headed inland to Vira Vira near the Argentine border, the Temuco airport has fewer flights but much shorter drives to your final destination.

Go for the hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting down rivers, and skiing down volcanoes. Chile’s Lake District is a more rugged version of Switzerland’s Alps. Many travelers use the Lake District as a connection point between Chile and Argentina if combining the two countries and crossing over to Bariloche.

A note from

Henley

The Lake District feels more like a South American version of Switzerland. The climate is less harsh, and this is a great place to break up a trip or end one with activities that feel a little more relaxing.

Patagonia

Most flights land in Punta Arenas (3.5 hours flying from Santiago, also with connections from Puerto Montt). All lodges in Patagonia are a long drive following your arrival, anywhere from two to five hours driving. There are occasional flights into Puerto Natales, which cuts about two hours off your driving, but these are few and far between, and often canceled.

Patagonia is simply epic. For adventurers, wilderness lovers, activity fiends, there’s no place as appealing as the remote fjords, glaciers, mountains and valleys of Patagonia, specifically Torres del Paine.

A note from

Henley

The lodges are small and they're all excellent, so finding space anywhere is a win (don't stress too much about choosing which one).

Santiago and Wine Country

Spend at least a day in the capital city of Santiago between flying in and out of the city. Most people don’t give more than a night or two to the capital city. There are some good restaurants, cute shops, and neighborhoods to explore, but Santiago doesn’t have the draw of some more internationally acclaimed cities.

Save at least a day to drive two hours out of the city towards the wine country for the verdant landscape of vineyards and enjoy Carmenere wine.

A note from

Henley

Don't overlook Santiago, but consider it a hopping off point to get to other destinations. Valparaiso is a great day trip if you want to visit a colorful beach town. For wine, Vik Chile is unmatched.

Things to know

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