Chile

Overview

Geographically, Chile is one of the most unusual countries in the world. A narrow strip clinging to the west coast of South America, it’s 2,833 miles in length but is never more than 221 miles wide. The mighty Andes provide its eastern border, the Pacific Ocean the western. Top to bottom, it incorporates bone-dry deserts, salt flats, temperate rainforests, glaciers and fjords.

With a luxury holiday to Chile with Lightfoot Travel, you’ll discover one of the world’s most breathtaking lands with your own highly personalised itinerary.

Santiago, with its Central Valley location, is a great starting point for a luxury holiday in Chile. It’s a cosmopolitan, fun city with stylish boutique hotels and plenty of colonial charm. The coast is an hour away, there’s top skiing in the nearby mountains, while the famous vineyards of Rapel Valley are a stone’s throw away.

From Santiago you can go on to explore some of South America’s spectacular nature. North near the border with Bolivia lies the Atacama Desert, the driest on Earth. There’s a remarkable barren beauty in its vistas that range from otherworldly saltpan expanses to dramatic volcanoes to geo hot springs and geysers.

Heading south and sharply contrasting with the Atacama, lie the lush landscapes of the Lake District – “the land of lakes, rivers and volcanoes”. It’s a paradise for outdoor adventurers with wonderful hiking, kayaking and fly-fishing available among its shimmering lakes, deep forests and conical volcanic basins.

In the far south is the awe-inspiring land of Patagonia, which has tempted explorers for centuries. For many, Patagonia is the crowning glory of all Chile’s natural wonders with thick swathes of green, temperate rainforests, ancient glaciers and fjords overhanging the ocean and whales frolicking off the coast. Just across the Strait of Megellan lies Tierra del Fuego, the dreamlike “Land of Fire”.

When booking a luxury holiday to Chile with Lightfoot Travel, our knowledgeable South America specialists will use their experience to design your perfect tailor-made itinerary.

Chile Regions

Santiago

Santiago sits in the Central Valley, set against a magnificent backdrop of the mighty Andes to the east and the Coastal Mountain Range to the west. The location is outstanding for a variety …

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Chilean Winelands

The Central area of Chile is home to the fertile wine-producing valleys and their many excellent wineries. The principal growing areas, the Maipo, Casablanca and Colchagua Valleys are sandwi…

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Atacama Desert

If you’re planning a luxury tour of the Atacama Desert, it’s likely you already know it’s the driest place on Earth. On average it receives less than 1mm of rain per year; some areas h…

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Chilean Patagonia

Chile’s Patagonia sits at the bottom of the world: the farthest south that you can go without needing an Antarctic icebreaker. Few places have captured the imagination of explorers as this…

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Chilean Lake District

10,000 years ago or so, the giant glaciers that encased vast swathes of southern Chile began to recede and melt. They formed fragmented barriers of rock as they departed, leaving behind a ma…

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Easter Island

Easter Island is a tiny dot of volcanic rock some 3,800 km from mainland Chile, just about as far from land as anywhere else on earth. For centuries it has mystified historians and drawn tra…

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Chile Itineraries

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Altiplanico Atacama

Atacama Desert, Chile

Set in the midst of Chile’s Atacama Desert, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Altiplanico Atacama is the ultimate desert hideaway.  This luxury boutique hotel was designed in harmony wit…

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Altiplanico Rapa Nui

Chile, Easter Island

Altiplanico Rapa Nui is located just a few hundred metres only ten minutes’ walk down into Hanga Roa town on the wildly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Easter Island, part of the Chilean …

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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Atacama Desert, Chile

Surrounded by the Salt Mountains in the midst of Chile’s Atacama Desert, Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is an enchanting desert oasis. This luxury boutique hotel is the only hotel in …

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Awasi Atacama

Atacama Desert, Chile

Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, considered to be Chile’s archeological capital, in the remote Atacama Desert in the north of Chile, this luxury boutique lodge is absolutely charming. Awa…

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Awasi Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia, Chile

Hidden away in a 15,000-acre private reserve next to the remote Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile, this new luxury boutique hotel has been designed for maximum relaxation an…

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Casa Molino

Chile, Chilean Lake District

Resting on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, Casa Molino is a compact guesthouse catering to an intimate group of people at any one time. With only a handful of rooms, it brings about absolute t…

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Casa Silva

Chilean Winelands, Chile

Casa Silva, surrounded by the foothills of the Andes, sits within the oldest vineyard in the Colchagua Valley, the ancestral family home is now a charming seven bedroom hotel. Only two hours…

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Castillo Rojo

Santiago, Chile

With the combination of brick walls and red paint, the architecture looks as imposing as its name suggests, which means Red Castle in Spanish. Castillo Rojo has a majestic presence in the cu…

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EcoCamp Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia, Chile

EcoCamp Patagonia offers a unique and sustainable travel experience in the wild and rugged landscape of Torres del Paine National Park. Located in the hear of Patagonia, on the southern tip …

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Explora Atacama

Atacama Desert, Chile

Currently undergoing renovation, due to reopen Jan 2017 Nestled in the foothills of the Andes in the remote Atacama Desert in Chile, this luxury boutique lodge is the ultimate desert hide…

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Explora Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia, Chile

Explora Patagonia lies on the shores of Lake Pehoe in Patagonia, Chile, offering awe-inspiring views of the Paine ridge and the towering granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. Desi…

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Explora Rapa Nui

Chile, Easter Island

Explora Rapa Nui is the most luxurious hotel on Easter Island. Set overlooking the rocky coastline 20 minutes from Hanga Roa town, it is an excellent base from which to experience the best t…

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Hare Noi

Chile, Easter Island

Hare Noi hotel is one of the most comfortable hotels in and around Easter Island’s only town, Hanga Roa. The nine rooms and common areas are spread across a number of traditional Hares or …

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Hotel Antumalal

Chile, Chilean Lake District

Hotel Antumalal is perched on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Lake Villarrica near Pucon, in Chile’s stunning Lake District. This luxury boutique hotel is nestled in five hectares of deli…

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La Casona Matetic

Chilean Winelands, Chile

La Casona Matetic’s setting in the San Antonio Valley, around one hour from Santiago airport, makes it the perfect place to relax after a long flight or to simply soak up some sunshine bef…

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Lastarria

Santiago, Chile

Centrally located in Santiago’s historically-rich neighbourhood, Lastarria Boutique Hotel is the latest offering on the thriving Chilean boutique hotel scene. Nothing fazes this “new kid…

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Le Reve

Santiago, Chile

Tucked snugly in the beautiful central neighbourhood of Santiago, Le Reve emanates classic sophistication with its white floor-to-ceiling French windows, contrasted strongly with a black mai…

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Los Caiquenes

Chile, Chilean Lake District

Los Caiquenes is a boutique hotel set on a small plot of land, almost resembling an oversized cottage in a beautiful, lush garden. Just 300 metres away lies the tranquil waters of Llanquihue…

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Mandarin Oriental Chile

Santiago, Chile

*NEW FOR 2018*   Hotel Santiago is the hotel group’s first property in South America, situated in Las Condes, a commercial and leisure neighbourhood packed with luxury shopping…

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Patagonia Camp

Chilean Patagonia, Chile

Perched above a dazzling lake just outside Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile, this luxury eco-camp is the ultimate wilderness retreat. Patagonia Camp was designed to enable …

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Residence Lapostolle

Chilean Winelands, Chile

As wine lodges go, Residence Lapostolle is undoubtedly the most luxurious in Chile. Part of the Clos Apalta winery, up in the hills of the Colchagua Valley, they use modern techniques dedic…

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Santiago, Chile

The Ritz-Carlton Santiago is situated in the heart of El Golfo, one of Santiago’s most exclusive neighbourhoods and is among the finest hotels in Chile’s cosmopolitan capital. This luxur…

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The Aubrey

Santiago, Chile

Superbly located next to the vast Park Metropolitan in Bellavista, Santiago’s arty neighbourhood, in Chile, this luxury boutique hotel is considered one of the best hotels in Santiago. …

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The Singular

Chilean Patagonia, Chile

The Singular is a 5-star luxury hotel recently awarded with the “Top Hotel in Chile” and one of the “Best Hotels in South America” titles at Trip Advisor’s 2014 Traveller’s Cho…

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Tierra Atacama

Atacama Desert, Chile

Located in San Pedro in the Atacama Desert, in Chile, this luxury boutique hotel offers spectacular views of Licancabur Volcano. Built on the site of an old cattle coral, Tierra Atacama …

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Tierra Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Patagonia is perched on the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park, standing majestically over the shores of Lake Sarmiento. Designed to blend into the dramatic landscape,…

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W Hotel Santiago

Santiago, Chile

Boasting a polished and elegant facade with its gleaming glass windows, W Hotel Santiago stands in the heart of Santiago. With the Andes Mountain Range looming in the background and the fron…

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