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Pikaia Lodge

Pinnacle of Galapagos Luxury

Pikaia Lodge is the most luxurious property in the Galapagos.

Completed in 2014, Pikaia has since earned a reputation for comfort, cuisine, and top-notch excursions.

Guests of the hotel have their choice of programs, ranging between three and seven nights in length. These programs include meals, land transportation, and guided tours on land and sea.

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

Charles Darwin

The lodge also offers two motor yachts, for exclusive use by guests. The Pikaia I is a 105-foot yacht with electronic stabilizers, hot tub, sun-deck, air conditioning, eight private cabins, and a wet bar.

Refurbished in 2017, this vessel is used for guest day trips to nearby islands and beaches.

For lighter duty trips, the hotel dispatches Pikaia II. This yacht is a 35-footer, used for half-day artisanal fishing trips for up to eight guests.

Volcano on the coast of one of the Galapagos Islands, photographed on a private wildlife tour

Private Balconies & Fine Dining

Pikaia Lodge has twelve guest rooms in four categories:

  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Garden Suite
  • Pool Suite

Balcony and Terrace rooms can be king or twin-bedded. Interconnected rooms are not available. The minimum age for guests is eight years.

Rooms feature large windows, blackout curtains, wood floors, and televisions.

Other in-room amenities include minibars, Wi-Fi, individual temperature controls, bathrobes, and slippers.

Penguin perched on a rock in the Galapagos with rocky shoreline in backdrop in the Galapagos

Stays at Pikaia can include day trips to nearby islands, led by expert guides.

Guests can enjoy hikes, sea kayak trips, mountain biking, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing tours.

In addition to all of its wonderful room amenities, this lodge features a fine dining restaurant, wine cellar, infinity pool, sun-deck, library, fitness center, whirlpool, and lobby lounge.

World-Class Sumaq Spa

The world-class Sumaq Spa offers massage treatments, to help guests unwind. More than two miles of private trails (ideal for hiking and biking) surround the property.

Room service is available around the clock.

Pristine sandy beach scattered with volcanic rock, overlooking caribbean blue sea of the Galapagos Islands

Notably, this lodge rests atop an extinct volcano, rising above the green fields of southeastern Santa Cruz Island.

The privileged viewpoint provided by its unique location overlooks a 76-acre private reserve, which has been replanted with thousands of native species.

In the distance, one can see the neighboring Cerro Mesa Reserve, Garrapatero Beach, and Plaza Islands.

The drive to the island’s northern port takes approximately one hour, while the town of Puerto Ayora lies 25 minutes to the southwest.

LANDED arranges stays at Pikaia Lodge, as well as travel, tours, and accommodations throughout mainland Ecuador. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

The Singular

The Singular: Patagonian Luxury

Opened in 2011, The Singular is the finest hotel in all of Chilean Patagonia. The hotel is set within a restored national landmark—a museum-quality cold-storage plant dating to 1915. The Singular’s architecture artfully merges historic elements with modern touches.

“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”

Samuel Johnson

The Singular offers 54 spacious rooms (averaging 500 square feet) and 3 luxury suites with 861 square feet of living space and separate living rooms. All guest rooms feature panoramic views of the Patagonian Fjords, spacious bathrooms, large beds, satellite television, and minibars. Hotel amenities include a heated swimming pool, spa, restaurant, bar, and meeting room.

Flexible Scheduling

Unlike some lodges in the Torres del Paine region, guests at the Singular are free to come and go for the length of stay they choose, without the dictates of set arrival and departure.

The Singular also offers bed & breakfast, half-board, and full-board options that include tours and excursions with expert English-speaking guides.

Multi-generational families especially welcome this flexibility—those who’d like to relax are free to do so, while other members of the family can hike, kayak, ride, and explore to their hearts’ content.

Diverse Exploration Options

The Singular offers its guests a complete menu of full and half-day explorations.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and kayaking excursions are each available for a range of ability levels.

The Singular also offers the region’s best day cruises to the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers.

Among the most popular full-day option are excursions to the Torres del Paine National Park (2.5 hours by land from The Singular).

Patagonian Cuisine and Fine Chilean Wines

Throughout your stay, you’ll enjoy the best Patagonian cuisine, from fresh seafood to locally raised vegetables and lamb.  Meals are complimented with fine Chilean wines.

The Singular is located in Porto Bories, just outside the city of Puerto Natales, 153 miles (2.5 hours) northwest of Punta Arenas.

Guests arrive by private transfer or hotel shuttle.  Daily flights from Santiago reach Punta Arenas in 3.5 hours.

Visits to Argentina: Los Glaciares and Beyond

Visitors can also cross the international border into Argentina by land near Cerro Castillo, exploring the Los Glaciares National Park along the way.

Los Glaciares is home to the Perito Moreno glacier and various other wonders of the southern ice fields.

Photo Perfect Summer Evenings

The Patagonian summer stretches from November to early March, with long days and photo perfect evening light.

The warmest months are December and January, with highs near 65° F and lows near 40° F. Temperatures range from 60° F to below 40° F during the shoulder months.

Winter (May through August) is characterized by fleeting daylight, highs near 40° F and freezing nights. Precipitation is light year-round.

Winds are strongest from late November to mid-March.

LANDED arranges personalized travel in Chile and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

Explora Lodges

Explora Lodges: Inspired South American Luxury

We rarely describe specific hotels on our website. Rather, our practice is to select hotels that precisely fit each clients’ unique wishes and requirements.

That said, some properties merit special emphasis. Explora Lodges are among those properties. This group operates three noteworthy Explora lodges in Chile, each in a uniquely spectacular location.

“Here each person decides what he does.”

Explora Motto

All of Explora’s programs are full board–packages include meals and a broad range of outdoor adventures. Explora lodges are conceived as bases from which to explore the surrounding landscapes.

Rooms are television free, encouraging guests to get out and explore.


Explora Lodge at Lago Pehoe

Explora’s Hotel Salto Chico is nestled on the shore of Lago Pehoe, within the Torres del Paine National Park.

This Explora lodge faces the breathtaking Paine Massif or Macizo del Paine—a cluster of granite peaks reaching a height of 9,840 feet. This hotel’s 50 rooms fall into four categories. Larger rooms have views of the massif.

Smaller rooms face the waterfall. An annex to the hotel, Casa de Baños del Ona, houses a heated indoor lap pool, four outdoor Jacuzzis, a sauna and massage salons. Internet access is available.

Explora Patagonia Program Options

Explora lodge Patagonia offers programs of four and eight nights. In addition, six-night programs are available for the December holidays.

Guests are invited to participate in full and half-day explorations such as birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, and boating.

A variety of hikes are offered to nearby glaciers, lakes, and viewpoints.


Explora Rapa Nui

Explora’s Posada de Mike Rapu is perched on a hill in the Te Miro Oone area, at the center of Easter Island (five miles from the town of Hanga Roa). This Explora lodge has 30 rooms in two categories.

Ocean views are one of its key features. Amenities include a swimming pool, massage room, and internet access. Programs of three to eight nights are available.

Explora Rapa Nui offers 15 different explorations, most on foot or by bicycle, allowing guests to visit sites such as:

  • The Rano Kau Volcano
  • The 53-house ceremonial village of Orongo
  • Ahu Tongariki
  • The Rano Raraku moai quarry
  • The Puna Pao “topknot” quarry
Horses spotted near Rapa Nui on a private tour of easter island

The hotel can assist you with selecting activities that fit your interests and desired level of activity.

Full and half-day outings are available. Tour groups are limited to 8 or 10 explorers. Explora can also arrange outside tours, such as horseback riding and skin diving.

Explora Atacama

Explora’s Hotel de Larache is located near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, on a 42-acre assemblage that includes some of the original adobe structures. The hotel has 50 rooms in three categories.

Amenities include swimming pools, stables, saunas, massage rooms, internet access and an observatory. Programs of three to eight nights are offered.

Admiring the deep purple and orange sunset on leisure travel over salt lake at the Valley of the Moon in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Explora Atacama guests choose from a variety of guided, group-basis activities.

Over 50 different tours are offered, such as horseback riding, trekking, biking, stargazing and visits to nearby villages, valleys, and volcanoes.

The maximum group size is eight.

LANDED arranges vacation packages at each of the Explora lodges. We can supplement these packages with stays at other fine properties in the Chilean wine country, the Lakes District, and Santiago. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

Awasi Lodges

Awasi Lodges- Personalized Luxury

Awasi operates fine lodges in some of South America’s most memorable landscapes: the Atacama Desert and the Torres del Paine National Park.

These two destinations, one in the far north and the other in the far south of Chile, offer guests a rich contrast of natural beauty.  Experiences are unified by Awasi’s commitment to personalized service and comfort.  Uniquely, Awasi’s guests are provided privately guided tours tailored to individual’s wishes.

“The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Opened in 2007, Awasi’s lodge in San Pedro de Atacama is set within historic walls, a short walk from the town’s center.

The lodge’s eight guest rooms are built with stone, adobe, and local woods.

Natural Salt pool surrounded by seemingly endless Atacama Desert in Chile

Averaging more than 646 square feet, each room features a large bathroom and luxury linens.

Several rooms allow families to stay together in relative privacy, with rooms joined by walled patios and common doors.

Fine Dining & Luxury Accommodation

The lodge’s central courtyard forms an open-air living room with a fireplace, bar, and swimming pool. As with all Relais & Chateaux properties, the cuisine is a high priority at Awasi.

The lodge’s kitchen is open and on display. Guests are encouraged to sample menu items and learn new cooking techniques.

Chef Juan Pablo is generous in sharing his recipes.

Massive flock of Flamingos standing in a lake during a blood-red sunset in Atacama, Chile

Opened in 2013, Awasi’s lodge near the Torres del Paine National Park folds into the landscape, offering breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Lago Sarmiento.

Adorned with fireplaces, hot tubs, and luxury linens, the lodge’s twelve independent villas (one Master Villa and eleven Double Villas), each provide a minimum of 860 square feet of living space.

Tan and white guanaco standing in a yellow grassy field looking off into the distance of Patagonia

Private Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles & Dedicated Professional Guides

Continuing Awasi’s tradition of excellence in hospitality, Awasi Patagonia is the only property in the region to provide a 100% tailor-made experience; each villa includes a dedicated professional guide.

Private four-wheel drive vehicles are available to guests for explorations of the national park and Awasi’s 15,000-acre private nature reserve.

Guests can choose from a complete menu of excursions, without the inevitable compromises of group-basis touring.

For more information about Awasi, the Atacama Desert, and Torres del Paine National Park, speak with a travel planner at 801.582.2100. LANDED arranges personalized travel in Chile and throughout South America. Contact us today, and we’ll take care of the details.

Whitewater Rafting in Costa Rica

Whitewater Rafting: Class II, Class III, & Class IV

Nearly every region in Costa Rica offers whitewater rafting—usually as a full-day excursion. Some areas, like Manuel Antonio and Turrialba, have several rivers of varying intensities.

A few of these rivers house multiple sections, each appropriate for a certain skill level.

For example, the Pacuare has three main segments: two with challenging Class IV rapids, and a third with easily navigated Class II and III rapids.

“Working with LANDED on our Costa Rica trip was like working with family. They took the time to get to know our family-our likes and dislikes-and as a result planned the perfect trip for us.”

Rafting float trips are popular among families with young children. The Rio Tempisque and Rio Corobici in Guanacaste are gentle, with a focus on wildlife watching.

Crocodiles, monkeys, and iguanas are easily observed, as your raft drifts along.

Three rafts full of vacation travelers on holiday in Costa Rica, rafting down a river gorge surrounded by lush green forest

Although most rafting tours are designed for groups and include a buffet lunch, we can arrange private trips, catered lunches, and riverside barbeques.

Multi-day river trips are available, some with overnight stops at comfortable river camps or lodges.

In most locations, rafting is offered year-round. However, many rafters prefer the Green Season months from May to mid-November, when water levels are higher.

LANDED arranges personalized travel throughout Costa Rica. By getting to know you, we’ll create the most memorable, most exceptional trip of your life. Call us today at 801.582.2100. Dream big. We’ve got you.