Central + South America I really need some space…escape to Chile Hans Dieter John, Client Dr Hans Dieter John and his wife Marilyn have been cazenove+loyd clients for over 10 years. They’re seasoned travellers – Bhutan, Nepal, Morocco, sub-Saharan Africa (several times), India and more – and they’re always looking for something new, so it’s always an enjoyable challenge to find a new destination with them. This time round it was South America, specifically Chile and Argentina, fresh ground for them. Flying into Brazil, their first stop was the mighty Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina, a complex of 275 different falls including the 23,300ft Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). From there, with a stop-off for some city life in Buenos Aires, it was south to the lakes, first on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi in Argentina, then across the border to Puerto Montt in Chile, a dramatic landscape of broad rivers, snowy mountains and lush forests. From the watery south, they flew north to the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world. Here they stayed in the oasis town of San Pedro, from where they could explore the otherworldly landscapes of volcanoes, geysers, rock valleys and adobe houses by horse, in vehicles or on foot. Then, via a stop-off in the thriving city of Santiago de Chile, they headed into Torres del Paine, a national park with a natural beauty that rivals anywhere on earth, and wildlife to match, from puma to rhea. At their lodge, with its views of the sharkfin-like peaks of the Cordillera del Paine, they could plan the following day’s excursion before heading out with their guide the next morning. Finally, the Johns spent four days in the Chilean winelands at an elegant estancia set in its own vineyard. Then it was home to plan their next trip – Antarctica?