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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.