Central + South America Chile huge open spaces, outdoor adventures, the atacama desert, majestical fjords A long, narrow ribbon squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific, stretching from the spectacular desolation of the Atacama desert to the calm beauty of the lakes and the wild drama of Patagonia’s steppes, fjords, glaciers and mountains, Chile is a series of dramatic and startlingly different landscapes. And then, perhaps even more startling is Easter Island – Rapa-Nui – caught in a time-warp five hours’ flight away in mid-Pacific. For true outdoor adventure, we work with highly professional local guides who can access the most spectacular wilderness and provide the most expert hiking, riding and fishing guides. For greater luxury, we can recommend the stunning new lodges that lie in and around the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park. Chile’s airline runs a good, regular service up and down the length of the country, which means that you can take in all of its huge variety in the same holiday. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Puma sighting in Torres del Paine National Park "It was our last day trip from Tierra Patagonia - a full day hiking around 20km through Valle del Frances. We boarded the catamaran for the trip across Lago Pehoé. 10 minutes into the crossing the Captain suddenly shouted "puma!". Find out more An Extraordinary Sight in Chile Our clients, Brian and Emily Kirk, Laura Brenninkmeyer and Tait Nielsen, witnessed an incredible and extremely rare sight during their stay at Tierra Patagonia near the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Find out more Fishing in La Posada de los Farios Forget about the niceties of dry fly fishing in Britain. Use the huge Cantaria beetle fly – a ‘fat Albert’ – and you’ll soon be stuck into one of Chile’s monster trout. Find out more I really need some space…escape to Chile Seasoned travellers, Dr and Mrs John, have experienced many countries with c+l, each time they want something new and exciting, this time it was no different - they wanted to explore Argentina and Chilem and we know exactly where to send them. Find out more EXPLORING THE VINEYARDS OF CHILE BY BICYCLE Rolando Stein was sent on a mission to explore the wine regions of Chile, but he had one condition, to do it all by bicycle. For him this was the perfect way to get back to the country he adores. Find out more GETTING TO KNOW THE LIE OF THE LAND The landscapes of Chile blew Geetika Jain away. She spent 10 days getting to know the lie of the land in places she had only dreamed of visiting. Find out more A Girl’s Adventure from Chile to Bolivia Leslie Martin and a group of her girlfriends planned a trip to the Chilean Atacama desert and Travesia into Bolivia; they were completely taken aback with the luxury accommodation, the huge array of activities in the desert and the spectacular Travesia into the Bolivian Altiplanos. Find out more EXPLORING THE LENGTH + BREADTH OF CHILE One of our clients, Jeff Cohen, enjoyed the trip of a lifetime exploring South America. In Chile, his favourite destination, he travelled from the islands and lakes in Northern Patagonia, to the wine regions surrounding Santiago, to the Atacama Desert in the North. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. ViraVira ViraVira is the dream-child of a Santiago couple’s wish to design and manage their own hotel. From the husband’s previous career in banking which involved staying in endless hotels throughout the world and his wife’s interest in design they had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve: to serve exquisite food, to provide top class guides and to create a relaxed but perfect haven. Find out more Awasi, Atacama Desert Awasi is an incredible boutique hotel perfect for those who want an active yet luxurious retreat in the Atacama Desert. Located inside an ancient site, surrounded by a historic wall which for years housed shepherds and herders. The adobe cottages have private patios and outdoor showers, a restaurant serving locally inspired food and a beautiful outdoor pool to relax by. Find out more THE SINGULAR, PATAGONIA The Singular welcomes guests to its elegantly converted factory, with its soaring ceilings, restored brick and industrial features, but yes still cosy and warm. We think it is the perfect launching point for exploring Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park in luxury, and in our opinion one of the finest hotels in South America. Find out more VINA VIK, MILLAHUE Still in the construction stage Vina Vik is two hours South of Santiago. Owner Alexander Vik, already has three hotels in Uruguay, and judging from his previous ventures and attention to detail the new hotel will be stylish and unique. He is also on a crusade to produce a top cabernet-based wine one of the biggest projects undertaken in Chile’s wine region. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Explore the Atacama Desert Deep desert canyons, salt lakes and high altiplano in the shadow of volcanoes - The Atacama Desert is a Mecca for those who want to explore the extreme. Just north of Chile it borders both Bolivia and Argentina, and is home to some fantastic lodges. Find out more The Extraordinary and remote Easter Island Easter Island is arguably the strangest and most remote place on Earth. The Polynesian island famed for its curious Moai statues and strange mixture of history, cult and mythology. It poses as many questions as it answers. Find out more Trekking in Torres Del Paine The Torres del Paine National Park is surprisingly at sea level but the dramatic peaks soar to nearly 3,000 metres. Trekking and riding in this spectacular scenery is truly mesmerising, and the wild beauty can really astound you. This is Patagonia at its best. Find out more Explore Chiloe and the fjords South of Puerto Montt lies the island of Chiloe and a coastline dotted with deep fjords. It is the least accessible coastline in Chile, in the bottom quarter of the country. With the lack of roads, the big distances, limited accommodation and the need of a boat means that you have a wild coastline virtually to yourself. Find out more Fishing in Southern Chile In between Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas in Southern Chile, this wild country and fresh glacial water make for exciting fishing in a truly magnificent landscape. Find out more Show All Location We know Chile better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Chile Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go There is somewhere perfect to visit in Chile at any time of year. The South and Centre of the country do tend to work best in the months of October through March and the North of the country from April through October. And Easter Island can combine with either North or South but tends to match the South in terms of weather patterns though much less harsh. If visiting the South of Chile, it combines well with the South of Argentina and Antarctica and if visiting the North of Chile it combines well with the North West of Argentina or the South of Bolivia or Peru. Meet the Team Central + South America Jack Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.