Though it is just an hour or so away from Tierra Patagonia, the thriving town of Puerto Natales is another world. A bustling port of 20,000 people, it is home to a large fishing fleet. Just short of the town, our driver pulled off the main road, mistakenly, I thought, as it looked as though [...]
The Singular hotel group is opening a new hotel in Santiago during the first half of 2014. The 60-room Singular Santiago, located opposite Mulato Gil Square in the Lastarria district (the historic center of the city), will incorporate modern and neoclassical styles. Guests will be steps away from an eclectic range of restaurants, [...]
Congratulations to the 2013 Hideaway of the Year, Awasi. “When NASA scientists want to test the capabilities of their Mars exploration vehicles, they come to the Atacama. Stretching for 600 miles south of the Peruvian border, it is the driest place on earth. The desert’s 40,000 square miles contain vast tracts of red sand, [...]
If you waited until now to make your holiday vacation plans, you will likely encounter a wall of sold-out hotels in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Rockies and many other famous winter getaways. But a little creativity goes a long way, and if you travel just a little off the beaten track, some amazing destinations [...]
There aren’t many destinations where you can go skiing after breakfast and surfing before dinner. But that diversity is a major part of the appeal of a trip to Chile, which boasts a range of topographies unlike most others, from verdant forests to arid deserts, and just about everything in between. “Chile has so many [...]
Aside from the wines I cite in the most recent Hideaway Report, here are five Chilean bottles that I remember with particular pleasure.
During our Chile sojourn, we traveled almost the full length of the country, with a range of climates from the desert of Atacama to the windswept steppes of Southern Patagonia and the pleasant Mediterranean conditions of the Central Valley and Santiago in between. When embarking on a journey through these varying climates, the solution is to think in terms of layers when packing.
Some highlights from my recent visit to Chile. Please visit AndrewHarper.com to view my full suggested itinerary.
The March 2012 Hideaway Report explores Chile, a country that has suddenly come of age for sophisticated travel. We also offer a look at the newly recommended Bardessono in the Napa Valley and L’Hotel in Paris. Please log in to the member website to view this month’s issue.
I have just returned from a multi-week stay in Chile, which included several days near the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. On December 27, a fire broke out near the southern end of Lake Grey in the heart of the park. Abetted by drought conditions and strong winds, it was not brought under control until early January and destroyed close to 40,000 acres of pristine grasslands and old-growth forests.