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Explora Rapa Nui

Explora Rapa Nui

Explora Rapa Nui is located on a private estate, six miles east of the town of Hanga Roa.

The 30 guest rooms overlook the Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills on the southern shore of Easter Island.

Explora Rapa Nui features a grassy pasture looking out onto the ocean.

The full board program 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.

Explora Rapa Nui Location

The hotel is located 5 miles away from Hanga Roa, in a privileged location on Easter Island, surrounded by trees, prairies and views to the Pacific Ocean.

Explora Rapa Nui is located on a 9.6 square kilometers property that has no archeological ruins and is unsuitable for farming.

Owned by famous skin-diver Mike (“Mee-kay”) Rapu and leased from him, the hotel is also called Posada de Mike Rapu.

Explora Rapa Nui Hotel features dark stone exteriors with wool panneled ceilings surrounded by grassy green lawns.

Accommodations

Designed to take full advantage of the silence and privacy of the surrounding landscape, the 30 lodge rooms are LEED certified, constructed and operated to strict environmental standards.

In-room amenities:

  • Bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers
  • Security box
  • Rooms at Explora Rapa Nui do not have televisions or Wi-Fi 
  • Wi-Fi is available in the lodge’s common areas.
  • Premium beverages, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge.

Varúa Rooms

The hotel’s 26 Varúa rooms are 345 square feet and have a view of the sea. 

The room includes 1 King size bed and 2 twin beds, extra bed for children and a crib. The room includes air conditioning, heating, wake up call and is non-smoking. The bathroom includes toiletries and a jetted bathtub.

Raa Suites

The hotel’s 4 Raa suites measure 474 square feet and feature a view of the sea.

The rooms include a King bed, extra bed for children, crib, air conditioning, heating, wake up call and are non-smoking.

The bathroom includes toiletries and jetted bathtub.

Explora Rapa Nui suites feature red blankets, wood floors, large windows with panoramic views.Explora Rapa Nui features large windows, a king size bed, sitting area and wood floors.

Amenities

Lodge amenities include:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Boutique
  • Massage area
  • Sun Deck
  • Outdoor pool and open-air Jacuzzi
Explora Rapa Nui's infinity pool features lounge chairs set beneath the golden sunset backdrop.The living area at Explora Rapa Nui features a wall of windows, wood chairs and tables, and dimly lit lights.

Exploring Easter Island

Excursions throughout Easter Island are endless. Guests can hike and bike among archaeological remains, volcanoes, beaches, prairies, and cliffs as well as snorkeling and scuba diving, exploring under the world’s most pristine sea waters.

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Hotel Sol y Luna

Hotel Sol y Luna

Located in the town of Urubamba, near the center of the Sacred Valley, Hotel Sol y Luna is a sincere labor of love.

Hotel Sol y Luna has a outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs framed by the mountains of the Sacred Valley.

The individually-decorated guest rooms are surrounded by gardens of native flora. As a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, cuisine and personalized care are priorities.

Hotel Sol y Luna has individual casitas that have an outdoor patio with surrounding vegetation.

Operations of the hotel and its adjoining Wayra Ranch are the primary funding source of Sol y Luna Foundation, a school for more than 250 local children in need.

Accommodations 

Hotel Sol y Luna's room has a king bed, colorful artwork, chair, and rug.Hotel Sol y Luna's room features a king bed, table with fruit, a window and colorful art.Hotel Sol y Luna features a large living room with a window, wooded floor and table.

Superior Casitas 

The Hotel’s circular casitas are made of local stone, terra cotta and adobe brick, surrounded by the striking Sacred Valley landscape.

The Superior Casitas are 645 square feet and feature:

  • 11 matrimonial casitas with a King size bed
  • 12 twin casitas with 2 double beds
  • 5 familiar casitas, 1 King size bed in the first floor and 2 full size beds in mezanine

Room and laundry service is included and complimentary Wi-Fi.

In-room Amenities:

  • Marble-tiled bathroom
  • Temperature heating
  • Private terrace
  • Peruvian Pyma cotton bed linen
  • Toiletries
  • Lush gardens
  • Telephone
  • Safe Box
  • Coffee table books
  • Bathrobes and sleepers
  • Duvets

Delxue Casitas 

The Hotel’s dexlue casitas are 1,173 square feet featuring:

  • 5 Twin (2 full size beds)
  • 5 Matrimonial (1 King size bed)

Room and laundry service is included and complimentary Wi-Fi.

In-room Amenities:

  • Porch
  • Lounge area
  • Private terraces
  • Mini bar
  • Fireplace
  • Safe box
  • 100% high-count Peruvian Pyma cotton sheets
  • Goose down duvets and pillows
  • BOSE surround sound system
  • Marble bathroom, double vanity and amenities
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • LCD TV with satellite channels
  • Heated floors
  • Walk -in closet

Premium Casitas 

The Hotel’s Premium Casitas are 1,291 square feet featuring:

  • 3 matrimonial, King size bed
  • 2 twins, 2 double beds

Room and laundry service is included and complimentary Wi-Fi.

In-room Amenities:

  • Porch and entrance hall
  • Separate living area
  • Private terraces with Jacuzzi
  • Mini bar
  • 2 wood-burning fireplaces
  • Safe box
  • 100% high-count Peruvian Pyma cotton sheets
  • Goose down duvets and pillows
  • BOSE surround sound system
  • Marble bathroom, double vanity and amenities
  • Bathrobe and slippers made on the finest cotton
  • 2 LCD TVs with satellite channels
  • Under floor heating
  • Walk -in closet

Dining 

Hotel Sol y Luna features two fine-dining restaurants, Killa Wasi and Wayra. The hotel’s culinary team trained with Pedro Schiaffino, a leading innovator in Peruvian cuisine and Andean cooking techniques.

Sol y luna dining features an assortment of meats, cheeses, and vegetables.Sol y Luna dining features a stoneground oven, with a table of meats, cheeses, and veggies.

Instead of curating hotel gardens and fields, Hotel Sol y Luna trains local farmers who grow quinoa, potatoes, herbs and other produce for the hotel.

This enables the hotel to be involved with the community and ensure fresh and natural ingredients in each dish.

Sol y Luna hotel has farmers who grow the hotels food including potatoes and other vegetables from the ground.

Hotel Amenities Include:

  • two restaurants
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Yoga
  • Gym
  • Gardens
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Boutique
  • Wi-Fi
Hotel Sol y Luna has a blue pool surrounded by lounge chairs, towels, and outdoor deck.Hotel Sol y Luna has a marble floored spa with a white tub and outdoor views.

Exploring the Sacred Valley 

Guests at Sol y Luna are positioned to access all that the Sacred Valley has to offer. Visitors can bike along Andean terraces, kayak, trek the mountains of the Incas, and visit small villages and historical sites on horseback. The Sacred Valley is also home to Machu Picchu which is home to abundant historical sites and adventures.

Hotel sol y luna offers horseback rides on dark brown horses accompanied by hotel guides dressed in white with straw hats.Hotel Sol y Luna has cultural performances where a man on a horse dressed in white dances with a woman dressed in pink and purple native dresses.

For those wanting to stay near the hotel, Sol y Luna offers palate adventures where guests can visit Andean farmers growing organic produce and sample traditional, Incan flavors.

Hotel Sol y Luna offers cooking classes where a husband and wife prepare plates of assorted dishes.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is perched on a hillside in Huayoccari, at the heart of the Sacred Valley. The hotel grounds span roughly 100 acres of eucalyptus, farmland, and emerald Andean hillside. 

Hacienda Urubamba features casitas and suites that are spread throughout a green hillside.

A modern hotel drawing on colonial heritage, the guest rooms feature local woodwork, stone, and textiles.

Nearby, a 10-acre farm provides the restaurant with organic produce inlcuding red and black quinoa, Urubamba corn, purple corn and potatoes.

Hacienda Urubamba features grassy walkways with individual wooded casitas.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Accommodations 

The hotel has a total of 36 Rooms — 12 in the main house and 24 individual casitas.

All of the rooms include twin/king beds, sofa bed, cotton sheets, duvet, pillows, full-length mirror and closet.

The rooms all have a living room and dining area. A spacious bathroom features a heated towel rail, towels, hairdryer, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.

In-room amenities include:

  • Three-daily turndown services; breakfast in room (in select rooms)
  • Flat screen with DirecTV and DVD player
  • iPad and Bluetooth speakers
  • Minibar and complimentary bottle of Pisco
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safety box and cordless telephone

Urubama Owners Quarters (1,076 square feet; 2,045 square feet):  

Urubamba Suites (689-958 square feet): 
Urubamba suite features exposed beams, king bed, windows and art.

Urubama Junior Suites (495 Square feet): 

Hacienda Urubamba suite showcases green mountain views, large windows, and a king size bed.

Urubama Independent Casitas (484 Square feet): 

Hacienda Urubamba Casitas feature scenic mountain views, exposed beams, and a king size bed.

Urubama Superior Deluxe (258 – 344 square feet): 

Hacienda Urubamba superior deluxe suite features exposed wood beams, king bed and flat screen tv.

Hotel Amenities Include:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Spa: Mayu Spa is located in the foothills between Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba’s organic orchard and peppertree forest. The treatments are based in 100% natural products from native medicinal herbs 
  • Wi-Fi
Urubamba dining features old furnishings, antique furniture and mountain views.

Activities 

Visits to Inkaterra’s Ecological farm, hiking along the Huasi Challa trail, bird watching, and biking tours can be arranged on property.

Other excursions include visits to the Inkariy Museum, Inca Trail hikes, and hiking to the Yanacocha lagoon.

Urubamba is full of green, grassy fields, and blue smoky mountains.

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Inkaterra La Casona

Inkaterra La Casona

Inkaterra La Casona is a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel set within a restored 16th-century manor house.  The hotel is located on Plazoleta de las Nazarenas in the historic quarter of Cusco, near the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (MAP), the Inka Museum, and two blocks from the main plaza.

The Inkaterra La Casona Patio has green grass, dimly lit archways and wide open center space.

Each of the 11-suites is furnished with fireplaces, heated floors, and large bathtubs.

The hallways feature colonial furniture, pre-Columbian textiles, and original murals.

The in-house dining is arguably the best in Cusco, make with fresh, local ingredients that explore the indigenous cuisine of the region. Guests can enjoy innovative liquors and spirits and relax at daily Tea Time. 

Inkaterra La Casona is located on a small square a few blocks northeast of the city’s central plaza, Las Nazarenas, surrounded by Andean sceneries and cobblestone streets. 

Inkaterra La Casona features antique furniture, old paintings and religious artifacts.

Inkaterra La Casona Accommodations 

The three different hotel suites range from 346 to 512 square feet. All of La Casona’s suites are furnished with a king or twin beds, cotton sheets, anti-allergenic pillows, duvet, and a dining area for 2 guests.

The large bathroom is equipped with two sinks, tub, shower and toilet, towels and twin closet.

For maximum comfort, the suites are equipped with heated floors.

Plaza Suites (512 square feet): 

The plaza suite features a orange couch, ornate columns and murals and plaza views.
Balcon Suites (346-482 square feet):
The Balcon Suite features a colored rug, red couch, plaza views and a white king size bed.
Patio Suite (355-418 square feet):
Inkaterra La Casona has patio rooms that feature a large king bed, exposed white stucco ceilings and colorful duvets.

Hotel Amenities include:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Courtyard
  • Massage room
  • Boutique
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Wi-Fi
Inkaterra La Casona has a romantic dining room filled with antique furniture and ornate details.Inkaterra La Casona features a warm spa room with a white bed and large window with curtains.

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The Strait of Magellan: Everything You Need to Know

Where is the Strait of Magellan?

The Strait of Magellan (also called the Straits of Magellan or Estrecho de Magallanes) is an important, natural sea channel linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between the southern tip of South America and Tierra del Fuego island. It lies almost entirely within Chilean territorial waters.

Strait of Magellan Map: 

A white and grey image of Strait of Magellan Map

What is the Strait of Magellan?

The Strait of Magellan is a curvy navigable channel that is about 350 miles long and 2-20 miles wide at its narrowest and widest points.

The fjords and channels are celebrated for their natural beauty of glacial and mountainous scenery, with the strait often being compared to Alaska’s Inside Passage.

It is also home to several islands. Its major port is Punta Arenas, located on the Brunswick Peninsula in southern Chile.

The strait is known to have unpredictable weather, especially sudden changes of wind disrupting sea conditions and traveling ships.

Shore of Patagonia, photographed on Strait of Magellan luxury cruise around Cape Horn

Who discovered the Strait of Magellan?

The Strait of Magellan is named after Ferdinand Magellan, the first European to navigate the Strait in 1520. Magellan was a Portuguese navigator who was sailing under a Spanish flag in an attempt to find a westerly route to the Spice Islands (the Maluku Islands). The lands north of the Strait were named “Land of the Patagones” (Patagonia) and those to the south were named “Land of Smoke” (Tierra del Fuego).

Magellan’s passage through the strait was not easy, due to its complexity (with many fjords and dead ends) and foggy climate. His fleet took thirty eight days to complete the passage. Though Magellan was killed in the Philippines several months later, one of his captains finished their expedition, thus completing the first global circumnavigation.

An artistic photo of the Silhouette of a mountain behind the strait of Magellan in Chile

Why is the Strait of Magellan important?

Despite its tricky passageways and cold climate, the Strait of Magellan was an important route for steam and sailing ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, up until the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, which shortened that passage by thousands of miles.

The strait was considered a safer route than the often rough Drake Passage, separating Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America) from Antarctica.

Ice spotted sea of the Strait of Magellan, backed by dramatic landscape, photographed on Patagonia cruise around Cape Horn

Why Visit the Strait of Magellan? 

The Strait of Magellan’s importance as an international sailing route declined after the creation of the Panama Canal. Today, approximately 1,500 ships pass through the strait each year.

Ships rounding South America from the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans continue to travel through the strait. It offers an inland passage protected from major ocean storms.

However, the strait’s major revival has come through tourism. Comfortable Strait of Magellan cruise now allow travelers to experience the strait’s natural beauty, wildlife, and stillness.

Each year, about 50 cruises pass through the strait. These multi-day cruises make stops at scenic islands, glaciers, waterfalls, and forests.  Visitors can observe elephant seals, Humpback whales, and Magellanic penguins.

On the Chilean side of the strait, Punta Arenas is a major departure point for visitors headed to Torres Del Paine National Park or to Antarctica by air.

In southern Argentina, the major port is Ushuaia, which also serves as the embarkation point for cruises to Antarctica.

Cruise ship passing a sailboat in the Strait of Magellan in Argentina