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Alto Atacama

Tucked into a red rock canyon 1.5 miles from the oasis town of San Pedro in Chile’s northern desert, Alto Atacama has an unmatched sense of place and is one of our favorite hotels in Chile.

Away from the bustle of San Pedro town, the setting allows guests to focus on the stillness of the desert. The lodge merges harmoniously into its surroundings, and the eight-acre grounds feature native plants and a llama paddock.

The lodge amenities include six outdoor pools of varying temperatures, an outdoor Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, lounge, boutique, gardens, and spa. A stargazing platform (with high-gauge telescope and loungers) was built atop rocky hill nearby.

The Alto Atacama Lodge

The 42 rooms at Alto Atacama are intended to blend into the landscape. Their design incorporates native building techniques and materials. For example, the rooms do not need air conditioning; they are kept cool naturally through orientation, altitude, and double-roof construction.

Most guests choose the full-board program for their stay. This program includes group-basis guided touring (maximum eight guests per group), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Calama airport. It’s an excellent value.

ALTO ATACAMA LOCATION

Located in the Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, just over a mile from the plaza of San Pedro, Alto Atacama is the only lodge in the San Pedro region that is completely enveloped by natural surroundings.

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on the planet with endless canyons, caves, caverns and gorges to explore.

Guests can wander through pre-Inca and Inca sites, a hilltop stargazing platform, and hiking trails.

ALTO ATACAMA ACCOMMODATIONS

Alto Atacama’s design was influenced by local village architecture and meant to blend seamlessly into its environment and appear as a part of the terracotta-colored ridge that surrounds it.

Construction incorporates traditional building design and materials — wood, stone, and adobe.

The dramatic setting paired with complete tranquility make the Alto Atacama a destination unlike any other hotel in the region.

In-room amenities include bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, security box, minibar with complimentary soft drinks and mineral water.

Tilo Suites

The 10 Tilo suites are located in the garden landscape of Alto Atacama, with an ideal view of the Catarpe Valley.

These large room suites are 770 square feet, fitted with a private terrace and additional outdoor shower. Two of the suites are interconnected to accommodate large families. These rooms also have TVs.

Catarpe Rooms

The 27 Catarpe rooms are 550 square feet with unparalleled views of the Cordillera de la Sal Range and the Catarpe Valley.

Catarpe rooms are equipped with a private terrace and do not have TVs.

Quitor Rooms

The 5 Quitor rooms are 550 square feet and offer pristine views of the hotel gardens, framed against the Cordillera de la Sal as the backdrop.

These rooms have private terraces, but no TV. One room is wheelchair accessible.

ALTO ATACAMA AMENITIES

Food and Wine

The hotel restaurant offers a menu of locally grown organic foods including Socaire potatoes, native quinoa and Chanar-based sweets.

The restaurant works closely with local producers to source food directly to the table.

The intimate indoor and outdoor settings at Alto Atacama allow guests to mingle and unwind while indulging in fine dishes and selection of internationally acclaimed Chilean wines.

Puri Spa

Though San Pedro de Atacama is one of the driest places on earth, water from glacial snow is what turns it into an oasis, making their spa a revitalizing experience. Water and aromatic scents are what invigorate the body after days of exploring the Desert.

Options include Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, Scottish showers, and hot tubs.

Pools

Alto Atacama doesn’t just have one pool, but six outdoor pools and an outdoor Jacuzzi that overlook the vibrant Catarpe Valley. Each of the pools are protected by a stone wall to ensure privacy.

Due to its rarity in the region, all water at Alto Atacama is purified to reduce its impact on the environment.

An outdoor bar and dining room in the pool area offer guests the option of eating by the water, or relaxing with a drink in hand.

Gardens

With twenty years of experience under his belt, Veronica Poblete developed the concept of an Andean park to pay tribute to the traditional landscape of the area.

The gardens are a small palette of the desert. Every plant was sown with native seeds and grown in local soil.

All materials were gathered by hand and stones were transported by donkeys.

Even the stone bricks were hand carved to ensure that the Alto Atacama Andean Park is a reflection of cultures and peoples who once walked this desert.

EXCURSIONS

Alto Atacama seeks to open a traveler’s eyes to explore and to connect with truly authentic experiences.

Alto Atacama encourages guests to get off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the desert’s varied landscapes by foot or bike.

More than half of Alto Atacama’s staff is indigenous, and their personal stories and histories enrich a guests’ understanding of the region.

Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, and exploring ancient Incan ruins and petroglyphs are just a few of the 30 adventurous excursions offered, always led by highly trained local guides.

Riding is not offered at Alto Atacama because horses are not native to the Atacama, and they have an adverse effect on the landscape.

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Nantipa Hotel

The Nantipa Hotel

The Nantipa hotel takes is name from the word for “blue” in the Mangue language, spoken by the peninsula’s native Chorotega people.

Located on the coast in Santa Teresa, Nantipa Hotel offers guests access to more than 400 feet of beachfront.

Other hotel amenities include the Manzu restaurant, an outdoor pool, garden, and bungalow spa service.

View of the main infinity pool overlooking the beach at Nantipa Hotel in Costa Rica

The 15 bungalows and suites at Nantipa feature terrace balconies, private plunge pools, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to ocean views.

Each room is equipped with climate control, television, minibar, hammocks, and Wi-Fi.

HOTEL LOCATION

The hotel is situated approximately 500 feet south of the main plaza of Santa Teresa.

Ninta Suite with private infinity pool and modern architectural style at Nantipa Hotel in Costa Rica

The area is heavily forested and has unique access to several popular swimming spots, including natural ocean pools that form during low tide.

Some of Costa Rica’s best surf beaches are found in this part of southern Nicoya. Other attractions include waterfalls, nature reserves, nearby islands and reefs.

NANTIPA ACCOMODATIONS

Nantipa’s 15 guest bungalows and suites are designed to maximize natural light; glass doors open to patios with private hot tubs and deep hammocks.

Nanku Suites

Nantipa has 8 Nanku suites (approximately 700 square feet) located in two separate buildings, each with 4 units.

First and second floor units offer separate sleeping areas with either one king-size bed or two queen-size beds, with a pullout sofa bed in the living room.

Surrounded by tropical trees and pool access, these suites are best for families with children.

Photo of the private infinity pool and hammock included with each Nintas suite at Nantipa Hotel, Costa Rica

Ninta Bungalows

Nantipa also has 7 Ninta bungalows that are 800 square feet.

Each of these bungalows is equipped with a king-size bed. Each has direct access to the beach.

The Main Pool

Nantipa’s infinity-edge pool is located at the center of the property. Green and sand space surround the pool, with room to relax on hammocks.

A full beverage menu is available for poolside service. Spa services are also available in an open bungalow near the beach area.

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Hotel Aguas Claras

HOTEL AGUAS CLARAS

 In 2016, watercolorist Elizabeth Steinvorth and her daughter Elena Rohrmoser became fascinated with the South Caribbean of Costa Rica, specifically a small coastal town of Puerto Viejo.

Inspired by the melting pot of cultures found there, Steinvorth and her daughter set out to design a boutique hotel that would have minimal ecological impact and stay true to the area’s architectural heritage.

Hotel Aguas Claras is located near Costa Rica’s Playa Chiquita.

Aerial shot of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica surrounding Aguas Claras boutique hotel

Hotel amenities include the Papaya Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and massage room.  Yoga classes are available.

Guests have access to complimentary beach cruisers and snorkeling equipment, and shuttle service to the nearest town, Puerto Viejo.

The hotel’s 12 suites and bungalows are furnished with:

  • Organic Cotton Sheets
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Original Artwork
  • Private Patios

Each room also has air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, minibar, and security box.

Open air upstairs kitchen of Casa Floralia, a bungalow at Aguas Claras boutique hotel

AGUAS CLARAS LOCATION

Located on the Caribbean coast of the Limon province in Costa Rica, Hotel Aguas Claras lies on the shores of Playa Chiquita, in Puerto Viejo. Nearby, you’ll find some of Costa Rica’s best surf breaks, and beaches such as Playa Negra and Punta Una.

Just eight miles south of Puerto Viejo is the small village of Manzanillo, on a section of coast known for excellent kayaking.

Nearby is the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, a 740-acre rainforest protecting species of sea turtles, manatees, crocodiles, and dolphins. Cahuita National Park, 25-minutes from Puerto Viejo by road, preserves beaches and rare coral reef.

Shot through the lush jungle of the lobby of Costa Rica boutique hotel Aguas Claras on the Caribbean Coast

Another tourist favorite is visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center.

Guided by trained professionals, visitors can closely observe and interact with rescued monkeys, native cats, sloths, and snakes.

AGUAS CLARAS ACCOMMODATIONS

Each of the suites and bungalows at Aguas Claras reflect a different Caribbean theme, sprinkled with colorful details and expressing a contemporary design that draws from the region’s architectural traditions.

All white interior of a room at Costa Rican Boutique Hotel Aguas Claras

Pavlova Suites

The hotel’s Pavlova Suites are located within the Victorian Row House.

The row house has five guestrooms, each with one king-size bed or two double beds. Each room is equipped with mini-bar, sofa, and an outdoor shower within a private lounge area.

Caribbean Bungalows

Hotel Aguas Claras also has four Caribbean-Victorian style houses. Two are one-bedroom bungalows with either one king-size bed or two twin beds.

The other two are two-bedroom bungalows with one king-size bed and two twin beds.

Biriba Cassa at Costa Rican Boutique Hotel Aguas Claras. Modest, wooden bungalow with white wood trim nestled in lush green jungle with open air floorplan

Casa Floralia

Casa Floralia is a private house with five bedrooms.  The lower level has three bedrooms, each with either two twin beds or one king-size bed.  Each bedroom has a private, en suite bathroom.

Upstairs, two other bedrooms are furnished with one king-size bed each, and private en suite bathrooms.

Other amenities include a kitchen, living room, and balcony.

Casa Gandhi

Casa Gandhi is the hotel’s outdoor wellness center. Nestled within the gardens, this wood-floor, bamboo cabana is ideal for yoga and meditation.

Large, open air, wooden yoga area behind a lily pool at Aguas Claras Costa Rican Boutique Hotel

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The Best Hotels in Chile

The 18 Best Hotels in Chile

Have you been thinking about a Chilean vacation? You may be wondering about the best hotels in Chile.

Whether you’re looking for information on Chilean hotels or resorts, we’ve got you.

LANDED compiled this list of the 18 best hotels and resorts in Chile that will give you a vacation experience like no other.

Wooden pathway leading to multistory white Explora Lodge, overlooking Lake Pehoe and Torres del Paine at dusk

Chile’s geography is preposterous: A ribbon of land, wedged between the Pacific and the Andes, stretching 3000 miles. At one point, the country is no more than ten miles wide.

As strange as its territory sounds, Chile is home to the most diverse and stunning collection of landscapes in South America.

Each region of Chile is distinct in its own right. The north is an arid coastal plateau — the world’s driest desert.

Deep orange sunset over Andes Range from Copaquilla Pucará, Chile

Central Chile is famous for its Mediterranean climate, wine valleys, and ski resorts.

The Chilean lake district’s deep blue lochs are surround by prehistoric forests.

Expansive view of Chilean Patagonia, shot from deck of Uman Lodge, one of the best boutique hotels in Chile. Showing meandering stream, lush green pastures and snow capped mountains in the distance

In the far south, Patagonia’s fjords, glaciers, and granite peaks repeat on in infinite variety.

To kickstart your trip plan, here is the list of our favorite 18 hotels, lodges, and resorts in Chile.

A perfect reflecion of the Horns Mountains on the lake in Torre del Paine, ChileLarge yellow ski lodge in front of Portillo Lake in the Chilean Andes (mountains in background)

If you’re considering a June to August ski trip to Chile, Hotel Portillo will make your short list. No, it’s not a luxury hotel in the traditional sense; its iconic status has grown out of decades of unforgettable ski weeks.

Forget about heading into town for shopping and gallery strolls. The big yellow Hotel Portillo is the hub of all après action. The 123 rooms at this Chilean ski lodge have views of the lake, mountains, or the slopes.

Portillo amenities include:

  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Basketball Court
  • Massage Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Sundeck
  • Hot Tub
  • Cinema
  • Sauna
  • Salon
  • Bar

In-room amenities include telephone, safety box, hair dryer, and Wi-Fi. With 450 resort employees and a maximum of 400 guests, you’ll be well cared for.

Portillo operates on a Saturday-to-Saturday program. Meals, lift tickets, and round-trip transfers — two hours or 102 miles from Santiago — are included in most packages.

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Melimoyu Lodge is Chilean Patagonia’s premier fishing lodge. Inside, the lodge is warm and filled with light. The inviting central room features a high, beamed ceiling; natural wood floors and accents; and large windows.

The four comfortable guestrooms have an understated elegance, featuring natural wood, wicker, and artisanal textiles handmade in the lakeside village of Puyuhuapi.

Meals are something to look forward to at Melimoyu Lodge, with an emphasis on local organic ingredients. Dinners are multi-course and served at a communal table. A riverside quincho (barbeque pavilion) is used to prepare traditional Patagonian asados.

Service is another highlight at Melimoyu Lodge. The house staff and adventure guides are genuinely kind and attentive.

Eames lounge chairs face a wood-burning fireplace, and original artwork highlights the region’s wildlife. Chilean wines and spirits line the shelves of the game room. Under the suspended staircase, an alcove library serves as the planning station for each day’s excursions.

Guests at Melimoyu Lodge usually stay three or four nights, fly fishing, kayaking or rafting, mountain bike and horseback riding, hiking the forest and glacier-view trails, and relaxing in the nearby hot springs. Four-wheel-drive buggies are also available.

Located near the edge of the oasis town of San Pedro, Tierra Atacama blends into the surrounding landscape, incorporating native wood, stone, and adobe.

Tierra Atacama’s full-board program includes group-basis guided touring (maximum ten guests per group), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Calama airport.

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

Lodge amenities include:

  • Ambient Temperature Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurant
  • TV Lounge
  • Boutique
  • Gardens
  • Spa
  • Bar

In-room amenities are fitted with private terraces, air conditioning, ceiling fan, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, security box, and Wi-Fi. Rooms at Alto Atacama do not have televisions.

Two leisure travelers on a horseback tour of the Atacama Desert in Chile

This Chilean hotel is located in the ancient community of Ayllu de Larache, just outside the oasis town of San Pedro.

This hotel’s grounds are an assemblage of 20 indigenous parcels, and Explora is committed to preserving the ancient pathways and structures on the site.

The 50 adobe rooms blend into the landscape and enjoy views of either the Andes or the gardens.

Explora Atacama’s full board program includes group-basis guided touring (maximum 10 guests per group; more than 40 explorations), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Calama airport.

An orange sunset over the Valley of the Moon in Chile, photographed on a hiking tour

Explora Atacama offers four open-air, ambient-temperature pools, an outdoor Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, barbeque quincho, lounge, boutique, massage room, observatory and a stable of more than 20 horses.

In-room amenities include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Hair Dryers
  • Security Box

Rooms at Explora Atacama do not have televisions, Wi-Fi, or air conditioning. Altitude, shade, and the dry climate keep the rooms cool naturally.

Wi-Fi is available in the hotel common areas. Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge.

The full board program at Explora Rapa Nui includes group-basis guided touring (maximum 10 guests per group; more than 30 explorations by foot, bike and boat), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Hanga Roa airport.

Lodge amenities at Explora Rapa Nui include:

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Massage Area
  • Open-Air Jacuzzi

In-room amenities: bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and security box. Rooms at Explora Rapa Nui do not have televisions, Wi-Fi, or air conditioning. Wi-Fi is available in the lodge’s common areas.

Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge.

A large Moai statue in the Rano Raraku statue quarry of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

14. Hotel Hanga Roa

Hotel Hanga Roa is another of our favorite hotels in Chile. Located next to the Pacific, within the town of Hanga Roa, Hanga Roa’s striking contemporary architecture was inspired by the traditional boat houses of the Rapa Nui culture.

Interior spaces are finished in cypress logs, clay, and volcanic stone. Hanga Roa’s 75 guestrooms face the Pacific Ocean.

The full board program includes group-basis guided touring (ten full and half-day explorations by foot, bike, boat, and ATV), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Hanga Roa airport.

Large, rust-colored volcanic rock on easter island

Hanga Roa lodge amenities include:

  • Outdoor Pool With Children’s Area
  • Two Restaurants
  • Fitness Center
  • Bicycle Use
  • Boutique
  • Pool Bar
  • Spa Tub
  • Lounge
  • Sauna
  • Spa

In-room amenities at this Easter Island resort include: air conditioning, ceiling fans, rainfall shower heads, coffee / tea service, turndown service, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, Wi-Fi, television, and security box.

Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge. Private guides can be arranged for most dates, with sufficient advance notice.

When it comes to the best hotels in Patagonia, Tierra Patagonia almost always makes the list. This Chilean resort is located outside the eastern boundary of Torres del Paine National Park.

Outside, Tierra Patagonia’s structure mimics the form of a sand dune, shaped by the Patagonian wind. Inside, light-filled spaces are finished in whitewash, wood, stone, and local textiles.

This hotel’s 39 guest rooms face Lake Sarmiento and the glorious Paine Massif.

Massif mountains in Patagonia, photographed through a field in Torres del Paine, Chile

The full board program of three or more nights at Tierra Patagonia includes group-basis guided touring, three meals daily; open bar with select beverages; and group-basis transportation to and from the Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales airports or the Cerro Castillo border crossing.

Lodge amenities at this Chilean resort include:

  • Heated Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Steam Room
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa
  • Bar

In-room amenities at the hotel include: bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and security box. Rooms at Tierra Patagonia do not have televisions—the views out your window provide an ever-changing display of light and color.

A Guanaco (Lama Guanicoe) admiring the Andes from the top of a ridge. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.

12. Hotel Awa

Hotel AWA is located 30 miles (18 minutes) northeast of the town of Puerto Varas, on the shore of Lake Llanquihue.

Deservedly ranking among the best hotels in Chile, AWA’s large picture windows fill the hotel with light, maximizing views of the lake and surrounding woodlands. Interior spaces at Hotel AWA are accented with local flagstone, volcanic rock, wool textiles, and guaitecas cypress.

Guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of the lake and the Osorno Volcano.

In-room amenities at Hotel AWA include:

  • Separate Shower and Whirlpool Tub
  • King Bed (or two twin beds)
  • Security Box
  • Television
  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi

Hotel amenities include: restaurant, bar, lounge, indoor pool, dry sauna, steam room, massage room, and hydro-massage pool.

Hotel AWA’s full board program includes private guided touring (hiking, fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, and cultural excursions; rafting is group basis with maximum of eight guests); three meals daily; non-alcoholic beverages and select Chilean wines; and private transportation to and from the Puerto Montt airport.

Premium beverages, scenic flights/premium excursions, laundry, and massage treatments each carry an additional charge.

11. Tierra Chiloe

Tierra Chiloe is located on the eastern coast of Chiloe Island, near the town of Dalcahue. Clad in local wood, the starkly stylish lodge evokes the ships and houses of traditional Chiloe. Inside, the light-filled spaces are warmed by hearths, cypress wood, and local textiles.

The 24 guest rooms at Tierra Chiloe face the inland Pacific Ocean and the Pullao Wetlands.

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The full board program of three or more nights includes group-basis guided touring (maximum 14 guests per group; more than 40 explorations); three meals daily; open bar with select beverages; and group-basis transportation to and from the Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales airports of Castro or Puerto Montt between 9AM and 6PM.

Lodge amenities at Tierra Chiloe include:

  • Heated Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Spa

The hotel’s in-room amenities include: bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and security box. Rooms at Tierra Chiloe do not have televisions.

10. Uman Lodge

Modern furniture in the luxurious Uman Lodge, featuring a unique deer antler chandelier overhead and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Chilean Patagonia

Set within a 1,200-acre working farm, Uman Lodge overlooks the turquoise-hued Futaleufu and Espolon rivers. This Chilean hotel’s ridgetop location is an excellent base for exploring the region’s forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains.

Carefully designed and furnished by its French owners, Uman Lodge undoubtedly ranks among the best hotels in Chile. The lodge features warm woodwork, natural stone, original artwork, leather, and plush textiles. Panoramic windows look out on the river and the Andes.

The 15 spacious suites at Uman Lodge have private terraces, living rooms, and large windows. The master suite adds a jetted tub, second bathroom, and seating space.

 

Each guestroom is furnished with television, air conditioning, security box, bathrobes, slippers, and hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge.

The Uman Restaurant emphasizes local ingredients, many of which are sourced from on-property. Among the other amenities are:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • Barbeque Dining Pavilion
  • Fitness Center
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Spa

Guests can explore the nearby hiking trails and river beaches, kayak, and paddle board. LANDED can also arrange fishing, riding, biking, and rafting excursions.

 

View of Patagonia from the deck of the pool at Uman Lodge, one of the best places to stay in Chilean Patagonia

9. Explora Patagonia

Long boat dock on Lake Pehoe, leading from Explora Patagonia to the Explora private boat. Massive Crimson Torres del Paine mountains in background

Explora Patagonia is located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. This property not only ranks among the best hotels in Chile, it’s also widely-considered one of the best hotels in Patagonia.

The 49 rooms at Explora Patagonia enjoy views of either the Paine Massif and Lake Pehoe or the Salto Chico waterfall.

The full board program at this Chilean resort includes group-basis guided touring (maximum 14 guests per group; more than 40 explorations), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales airports.

Vast golden field peppered with red and green vegetation with a small stream running down the middle and the mountians of Patagonia in the background

Explora Lodge amenities include:

  • Four Open-Air Jacuzzis
  • Heated Indoor Pool
  • Massage Room
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Lounge
  • Bar

Dos de Enero Estancia, Explora’s 6,000-acre ranch, has a stable of more than 20 horses.

In-room amenities at Explora Patagonia include: bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and security box. Rooms at Explora do not have televisions, Wi-Fi, or air conditioning.

The hotel does not have mobile phone service. Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge.

Tangled bare tree branches backed by Torres del Paine Mountains in PatagoniaThe main lodge at Vira Vira Chile, shot over it's unique green pool lined with colorful landscaping and trees

Vira Vira is located on the banks of the Liucura River, 10 miles (25 minutes) east of the Lake District resort town of Pucon.

This fine, 56-acre private Chilean estate is surrounded by native woodlands.

Food is at Hacienda Vira Vira is a highlight— produce from organic gardens and a 99-acre farm compliments fresh seafood and house-made cheeses.

Vira Vira’s full board program (for three or more nights) includes:

  • Group-Basis Transportation to and from Pucon Airfield or Temuco Airport
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Select Chilean Wines
  • Three Meals Daily

The full board package also includes group-basis guided touring (maximum 14 guests per group).

Two men and two woman sitting down to a picnic on a snowy mountainside in Chile next to a black helicopter used by Vira Vira lodge for guest expeditions

The touring menu includes a variety of hiking, fishing, boating, biking, riding, and cultural excursion options.

Vira Vira Lodge amenities include:

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Massage Room
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Deck
  • Boutique
  • Lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar

In-room amenities at this include: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and security box.

Rich wooden interior of a villa at Vira Vira lodge in Chile, furnished with luxurious modern furniture and furs, featuring a fireplace in the corner and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the grounds

Rooms at Vira Vira do not have televisions.

Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge, as do helicopter flights and other premium excursions.

This Chilean lodge welcomes guests age twelve and older.

7. Alto Atacama

What makes Alto Atacama one of the best hotels in Chile? Tucked into a redrock canyon 1.5 miles from the oasis town of San Pedro, Alto Atacama has an unmatched sense of place; the hotel blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

Construction incorporates traditional building design and materials—wood, stone, and adobe. The eight-acre Alto Atacama grounds feature native plants and a llama paddock.

Nearby, guests can explore pre-Inca and Inca sites, a hilltop star-gazing platform, and hiking trails.

The full board program includes group-basis guided touring (maximum eight guests per group), three meals daily, open bar with select beverages, and group-basis transportation to and from the Calama airport.

Alto Atacama rooms do not have air conditioning; altitude and double-roof construction keep the rooms cool naturally. Riding is not offered at Alto Atacama; horses are not native to the Atacama, and they have an adverse effect on the landscape.

Lodge amenities at Alto Atacama include:

  • Six Outdoor Pools of Varying Temperatures
  • Stargazing Platform
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Llama Paddock
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Gardens
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Spa

In-room amenities at Alto Atacama include: bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, security box, minibar with complimentary soft drinks and mineral water.

6. Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago is located in the heart of the resurgent Lastarria District, known for its parks, cafes, galleries, and museums. Parque Forestal, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Visual Arts, and the Centro Gabriela Mistral are all within a short walk of the hotel.

Inside, you’ll find a clubby atmosphere decorated in warm shades of chocolate and khaki. Among the highlights, a rooftop with bar, tapas restaurant, sundeck, and swimming pool.

The guest rooms are light and spacious, with marble bathrooms, high quality linens, bathrobes, and slippers.

Amenities include: two restaurants, two bars, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, steam room, fitness center, terrace, coffee / tea service, Wi-Fi, security boxes, and hair dryers. Room service is available 24 hours.

Pro tip: the burled wood box at the check-in desk is filled with locally-produced Kamel chocolates.

5. The Singular Patagonia

Grounds of the Singular Patagonia, one of the best hotels in Chile photographed over lake Pehoe.

Consistently rated among the best hotels in Chile, The Singular Patagonia is a national treasure. This hotel is located on the Ultima Esperanza Sound, deep within Chilean Patagonia.

The historic core of The Singular originally served as an Edwardian Era cold storage plant for Patagonia products headed to England. Declared a national monument in 1996, that portion of the structure is protected as part of Chile’s cultural heritage.

With restoration and the addition of a guest wing, the project was reborn as The Singular Patagonia in 2011.

The Singular’s 57 guest rooms share direct views of the sound and mountains.

Man in a kayak wearing a read life vest and black jacket, kayaking in the Patagonian fjords near the Singular, one of the best hotels in Chile

In-room amenities include: picture windows, minibar, Wi-Fi, security box, large bathrooms, bathtubs, bathrobes, slippers, and hair dryers.

Singular hotel amenities include:

  • Indoor / Outdoor Pool
  • Two Restaurants
  • Fitness Center
  • Boutique
  • Spa
  • Bar

The full board option at this Chilean hotel includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages (premium wine and spirits excluded) along with daily, guided expeditions in the company of other guests (two half-day tours or one full-day tour for each full day at The Singular Patagonia).

Guests at The Singular are also invited to enjoy a winery visit, hiking, and riding.

View from a room at the Singular Patagonia, one of the best hotels in Chile

4. Awasi Atacama

Located in the ancient trading town of San Pedro, Awasi Atacama is an intimate, Relais & Chateaux board lodge with 10 adobe suites.

For those interested in active adventure, the Awasi lodges may represent the best options in South America.

Each guestroom at Awasi Atacama is assigned a private guide and four-wheel drive vehicle—guests can explore the region as they choose, and at their own pace.

King sized bed with luxury linens in a marble-floored room at Awasi Atacama

Meals and privately guided excursions are included at Awasi.

Lodge amenities include:

  • Menu of Privately-Guided Excursions
  • Open Air Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Lounge
  • Bar

Awasi Atacama room amenities include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Private Patio
  • Security Box
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Wi-Fi

Riding is not offered at Awasi Atacama; horses are not native to the Atacama, and they have an adverse effect on the landscape.

Some services can be arranged for an additional cost (e.g. massage, ballooning, laundry).

Premium beverages carry an additional charge.

3. Vik Chile + Puro Vik

Vik Chile is the hilltop centerpiece of the 4,500-acre Vik Wine Estate in the Millahue Valley, 2.5 hours southwest of Santiago. The surrounding countryside is covered in vineyards, hills, and native woodlands.

The 105-mile drive from Santiago’s airport takes 2.5 hours. Helicopter transfers can be arranged, with a flight time of approximately 45 minutes.

The lodge is full board, with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner included. Soft drinks and a glass of Milla Cala wine (for adults) are included with lunch. Soft drinks and a bottle of wine for every two adults are included with dinner.

All of the 21 suites are unique. They include original artwork and design furnishings, special amenities made with grape seeds and Egyptian cotton linens.

Every suite is equipped with:

  • Air conditioning
  • Security box (large enough for a laptop)
  • Mini-bar
  • hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout each retreat
  • No televisions in rooms, but there is a game room with TVs and Xbox

Puro Vik

Contemporary architectural design glass house on the hills of Vik Vinyard in Chile

Inaugurated in December 2018, Puro Vik represents the newest Vik concept by curators Carrie and Alexander Vik.

Each villa features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, eliminating visual borders between the surrounding treetops and foliage.

The innovative design and spacing of the cabins ensures privacy, while allowing guests to drink in the dramatic vistas of the valley below.

Interior concept of new Puro Vik concept Glass House showing minimalistic modern design with three glass walls overlooking Chilean wine valley

Bedrooms and bathrooms open onto private terraces, blurring the boundary between interior spaces and the outdoors. Guests can enjoy fine Chilean wines beneath the warm sun, serene moon, and brilliant constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Puro Vik

2. Awasi Patagonia

Modern teak wood villa overlooking the Torres del Paine mountains in Chilean Patagonia at Awasi Lodge

Nestled into a forested hillside on a private reserve, Awasi Patagonia faces the Torres del Paine, Lake Sarmiento, and the wild Patagonian Steppe.

Of all the hotels in Chile, Awasi Patagonia is widely-considered the best. This Relais & Chateaux lodge has 14 villas, each with a private guide and four-wheel drive vehicle; guests can explore the region as they choose, and at their own pace.

Food is another highlight at this Chilean hotel—executive Chef Mariano Salaberry creates seasonal meals, made to order.

View out the windows of a villa at Awasi Patagonia, one of the best places to stay in Chile

Meals and privately guided excursions are included.

Awasi Lodge amenities include:

  • Open Bar for Select Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Menu of Privately-Guided Excursions
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Library

Awasi Room amenities include: fireplaces, wood-fired hot tubs, separate baths and showers, bathrobes, slippers, security box, minibar, and Wi-Fi.

interior of the main lodge at Awasi Patagonia, with modern furniture and tall windows throughout.

Some services can be arranged for an additional cost (e.g. massage, fly-fishing, laundry). Premium beverages carry an additional charge.

Room service is available. Rooms at Awasi do not have televisions.

1. Paguimalal

Paguimalal is essentially a private hotel, with five bedrooms and accommodation for families or small groups–usually 6 to 14 guests.

The 7,750-square-foot home rests on 44 acres of green fields, wildlife-friendly flowers, and native forest. A stream feeds the swimming pool and wood-fired hot tub.

Although the home is spacious, guests are charmed by its coziness. The wood-lined interior, multiple fireplaces, and a library of regional photo books draw guests together. Picture windows bathe the rooms in soft light. Gathering spaces are oriented to take advantage of the lake views.

You’ll spend your evenings enjoying prismatic sunsets, relaxing in the garden hot tub, and dining on showcase regional meals. Each dinner is included in your stay, and prepared to your tastes by top local chefs who cook for Paguimalal guests out of deep affection for the homeowners. Beer, soft drinks, house wine, and bottled water are also included.

An experienced kitchen staff prepares daily lunches and breakfasts, included in your stay. An English-speaking concierge is on call to arrange touring and restaurant reservations. Daily housekeeping, with turndown service, is included. Anything you need–from gear rental to on-request laundry service–is tended to expertly.

Pucon is sometimes called the Jackson Hole of South America–a place with natural beauty, a vibrant town center, and dozens of outdoor activity options.

Guests at Paguimalal enjoy privately-guided experiences, tailor-made to their interests, skills, and desired level of activity. Each guide is hand-selected by the homeowners, and most of the excursions are included in your stay.  Some activities are scheduled in advance, while others can be timed with same-day flexibly.

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Machu Picchu Packing List

Machu Picchu Packing List

Impossible, balanced, pristine…Macchu Picchu could be a home of forgotten gods.

Those who travel to Machu Picchu experience, in that first encounter, what it means to stand in a thin place, where the veil dissolves between experience and possibility.

LANDED wrote this Machu Picchu packing list to help you prepare for your visit.

Ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Luggage Restrictions

When planning your Machu Picchu packing list, luggage restrictions are an important consideration. Luggage on the trains is limited to one bag or backpack, and one overnight bag per traveler.

The backpack should be about the size of a child’s school bag, weighing no more than 11 pounds on Peru Rail and 17 pounds on Inca Rail. On either rail operator, the combined height + length + width cannot exceed 62 inches.

The Inca Rail trains do not have luggage racks. Even on Peru Rail, storage space is limited.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MACHU PICCHU?

We recommend our clients include layered clothing on their packing lists for Machu Picchu. Light-colored synthetics are best. Long sleeves and pants protect against sun and no-see-ums.

Machu Picchu is warmer and more humid than Cusco or the Sacred Valley. The trains do not have dress codes. Dress for comfort.

Best Shoes for Machu Picchu

As the average visitor spends most of their visit hiking around the ruins, the best shoes for your Machu Picchu packing list are walking or hiking shoes with substantial, knobby tread.

No matter when you visit, weather at Machu Picchu can surprise you. Because the site is surrounded on three sides by the Urubamba River, morning mists are prevalent, and so are majestic rainbows, even in dry season.

Double rainbow over the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru

Considering the likelihood of encountering rain, LANDED advises clients to include a waterproof jacket on their Machu Picchu Packing list.

While the UV index is moderate (3 or 4) throughout most of the year due to cloud cover, the clouds will likely part and you’ll sunburn more quickly at this altitude.

With this in mind, visitors should also bring cap or sun hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and SPF 30+ Sunblock.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING IN MY MACHU PICCHU DAYPACK?

Park rules limit the capacity of bags brought into the national park. Strangely, the limit is expressed as 20 liters. Luggage is rarely inspected or weighed before boarding.

When packing your daypack for Machu Picchu, LANDED recommends bringing:

  • A Water Bottle (Drinking Water is Not Available Inside the Park Gate)
  • Insect Repellant and Sunblock
  • Local Currency (Including Coins for Restroom Access)
  • Your Passport
  • Entry Documents and Train Tickets
  • Camera, Batteries, and Film/Storage Cards.

For an additional fee, guests staying over- night in the Machu Picchu area can be permitted to bring an overnight bag aboard the trains. These are stored in a separate luggage zone during the journey.

As they depart for Machu Picchu, our clients hand off any unneeded luggage to our team and we securely transport it to their next hotel.

You can also store luggage at the Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu train stations.

A hawk perched on an ancient wall, overlooking machu picchu in Peru

BANNED ITEMS AT MACHU PICCHU

Prohibited items at Machu Picchu include:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tobacco, ‘Vaping’ Devices, and Electronic Cigarettes
  • Metal-tipped poles (Machu Picchu-Approved Rubber Tips can be Purchased in Cusco)
  • Tripods/Supports or Extensions for Cameras or Cell Phones (Including ‘Selfie Sticks’)
  • Strollers (Baby Carriers are Permitted)
  • Musical Instruments
  • Drones

Professional filming is only allowed with express prior authorization from the Culture Directorate of Cusco and Sernanp.

At the entrance to Machu Picchu there’s a place for visitors to leave their any prohibited items they have inadvertently brought.

What else is banned at Machu Picchu?

Bad behavior such as taking artifacts, climbing on walls, paraglider flyovers, and feeding the local wildlife.

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