Chile

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Chile comprises a narrow coastal strip between the Andes and the Pacific  that stretches for more than 2,850 miles. In the north, the Atacama Desert contains great  mineral wealth, primarily copper. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes the  capital, Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agriculture. Today, Chile  is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of wine. The south of the country features a string of  volcanoes and lakes, and its coast is a labyrinth of fjords, peninsulas and islands. Owing to  the Humboldt Current, the sea abounds with marine life, including penguins and whales.  North American trout were successfully introduced, and Chile now offers some of the world’s  finest fly-fishing. Chile controls Easter Island, located 2,180 miles out in the Pacific. 

CLIMATE : Chile consists of a northern desert area, a Mediterranean central  section in which the majority of the population lives (see Santiago) and a rugged, mainly  forested southern region that is often compared to the coasts of Alaska and Vancouver Island  (see Punta Arenas).

TIME : Two hours ahead of New York (EST).

CURRENCY : Chilean peso (CLP). Fluctuating rate valued at CLP554 = US$1.00 as of April 2014. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

U.S. EMBASSY : Santiago, Tel. 2-2330-3000.

DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in Chile, dial 011 (international access) + 56 (Chile code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS : Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

GENERAL INFORMATION : Visit chile.travel before your trip.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile
Awasi
Awasi Atacama

Enchanting little sanctuary screened by rustic wood gates and offering superb hospitality,  just outside the center of San Pedro de Atacama.

explora Atacama
explora Atacama Hotel de Larache

Comfortable wilderness lodge on the Ayllu de Larache plain, just a few minutes’ walk from the downtown of San Pedro de Atacama.

Easter Island, Chile
explora Rapa Nui
explora Rapa Nui Posada de Mike Rapu

Spare but stylish sanctuary overlooking the Pacific on a hill in the southeastern Te Miro Oone area. The spare but stylish property merges skillfully with the surrounding landscape.

Patagonia, Chile
explora Patagonia
explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico

Wilderness lodge on the spectacular shores of Lake Pehoé amid the natural splendors of Torres  del Paine National Park. A very special hideaway in a hauntingly beautiful, unspoiled setting.

The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia

Hotel on the National Historic Landmark site of an early 20th-century meatpacking and  refrigeration plant, near thriving Puerto Natales.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Utterly remarkable property dominated by a grand sweep of immense floor-to-ceiling windows offering an extraordinary view across Lago Sarmiento to 8,760-foot Monte Almirante Nieto and the breathtaking granite monoliths of the Cordillera del Paine.

Santiago, Chile
Ritz-Carlton Santiago
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago

Stylish luxury hotel with 205 guest rooms and suites located in the exclusive El Golf neighborhood near many fine shops and restaurants.

Santiago Area, Chile
Hacienda Los Lingues
Hacienda Los Lingues

Historic farm/horse-breeding facility on 9,000 rolling acres, 2½ hours south of Santiago. Owned by the same family for more than 400 years, the 17th-century retreat captures the essence of rural Chile.

Lapostolle Residence
Lapostolle Residence

Gracious hideaway set among vineyards above the architecturally striking, $10 million Clos Apalta winery in the Colchagua Valley.

Special Offers

Special Offers

Awasi Atacama - Complimentary Night and Massage
Awasi Atacama - Complimentary Night and Massage

Awasi Atacama offers its guests unique bespoke experiences and a choice of “all-inclusive” customized programs, giving the traveler peace of mind to enjoy a wonderful stay. Awasi Atacama is proud of the honor in being named the Andrew Harper's Hideaway of the Year 2013 and extends to you a complimentary night and a complimentary massage with a minimum stay of three nights or longer.

explora Atacama - Added Benefits for Returning Guests
explora Atacama - Added Benefits for Returning Guests

All returning guests to explora Atacama, explora Patagonia and explora Rapa Nui (regardless of destination or program) become part of the Club Exploradores del Sur America. The added benefits received on a return trip are: 10 percent savings on the total value of the booking; 10 percent savings for travel companions; 15 percent savings on massage services; room upgrade at time of booking from April through Oct., 2014, based on availability; room upgrade at time of check-in from Nov. through March, 2014; and welcome amenity of Champagne and fruit and cheese tray.

explora Patagonia - Returning Guests–Added Benefits
explora Patagonia - Returning Guests–Added Benefits

All returning guests to explora Atacama, explora Patagonia and explora Rapa Nui (regardless of destination or program) become part of the Club Exploradores del Sur America. The added benefits received on a return trip are: 10 percent savings on the total value of the booking; 10 percent savings for travel companions; 15 percent savings on massage services; room upgrade at time of booking from April through Oct., 2014, based on availability; room upgrade at time of check-in from Nov. through March, 2014; and welcome amenity of Champagne and fruit and cheese tray.

explora Rapa Nui - Returning Guests – Added Benefits
explora Rapa Nui - Returning Guests – Added Benefits

All returning guests to explora Atacama, explora Patagonia and explora Rapa Nui (regardless of destination or program) become part of the Club Exploradores del Sur America. The added benefits received on a return trip are: 10 percent savings on the total value of the booking; 10 percent savings for travel companions; 15 percent savings on massage services; room upgrade at time of booking from April through Oct., 2014, based on availability; room upgrade at time of check-in from Nov. through March, 2014; and welcome amenity of Champagne and fruit and cheese tray.

The Singular Patagonia - The Singular Way—Complimentary Night
The Singular Patagonia - The Singular Way—Complimentary Night

Confirm three or more nights with the Full Board package at The Singular Patagonia and stay one night in a Patio Room at The Singular Santiago with our compliments. Offer valid for double occupancy, including continental breakfast.

Tierra Patagonia - Boutique Side of Chile
Tierra Patagonia - Boutique Side of Chile

Confirm an all-inclusive, four-night minimum stay at Tierra Patagonia and enjoy an increased $100 spa credit per adult and a complimentary night at Lastarria Boutique Hotel in historic downtown Santiago.