Inspiration Itinerary | Chile & Argentina

Fire Forests & Ice

Atacama Pucon Patagonia & Buenos Aires

Chile Fire & Ice

Landing in Santiago you’ll have time to explore this bohemian city before heading to the Atacama desert, where burnt orange canyons and weirdly sculpted rock formations stand brilliant against an azure sky and steaming geysers rocket steam to dizzying heights. You’ll explore your other-worldly surroundings with a series of nature walks, challenging treks and horse rides, all privately guided and tailored to your particular interests and physical requirements. The star gazing here is truly spectacular – don’t miss it!

Continue the journey heading south to the emerald hills of the Lakes District. Here you’ll stay at the outstanding Vira Vira, a hacienda style boutique hotel bringing the “farm to fork” concept to the fore with an onsite dairy and wheat crops to keep fresh homemade bread in constant supply, not to mention onsite thermal springs amidst verdant gardens.

From here you will journey further south into the depths of Patagonia staying in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, perched above the milky, turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Paine Massif. The wilderness is yours to explore by 4×4 vehicle, walking through ethereal forests, wildlife watching and birdspotting, hiking part or all of the famous W trek and horse riding across the open pampas. Southern Patagonia is wild and unforgiving.

Head northbound and up to El Calafate for a couple of nights at Relais & Chateaux, exclusive Eolo for two nights with further opportunities for hiking, horse-riding, biking, birdwatching, or to get up and close to the Perito Moreno glacier on foot, by boat or by kayak, the glacier what the area is renowned for.

Complete your journey with a stay in Buenos Aires, the Paris of Latin America. Stay in swanky Recoleta and explore its shops, art galleries, markets, parks and museums or explore funky Palermo. If time allows head out for a day to the Pampas for an Argentine gaucho experience, or wrap up the journey with a tango show.

All in all, 2.5 weeks exploring some of Chile and Argentina’s most astounding regions, along with a dollop of city and culture.

You will love

  • Awe inspiring landscapes
  • Boutique, hand picked accommodation
  • Deserts, forests, lakes, river, ice fields, mountains
  • Exquisite gastronomy and fine wine
  • Exclusive access and one-off experiences

18 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAYS 1-2 | SANTIAGO | 2 NIGHTS

Arrive in Santiago and spend time exploring the city. Discover bohemian suburbs and dine in the city’s finest restaurants.

DAYS 3-5 | ATACAMA DESERT | 3 NIGHTS

Explore your other-worldly surroundings with a series of nature walks, challenging treks and horse rides, all privately guided and tailored to your particular interests and physical requirements.

DAYS 6-8 | PUCON | 3 NIGHTS

Head south to the emerald hills of the Lakes District and stay at the outstanding Vira Vira, a hacienda style boutique hotel bringing the “farm to fork” concept to the fore with an onsite dairy and wheat crops to keep fresh homemade bread in constant supply, not to mention onsite thermal springs amidst verdant gardens.

DAYS 9-12 | TORRES DEL PAINE | 4 NIGHTS

The wilderness is yours to explore by 4×4 vehicle, walking through ethereal forests, wildlife watching and bird-spotting, hiking part or all of the famous W trek and horse riding across the open pampas.

DAYS 13-14 | EL CALAFATE | 2 NIGHTS

Spend two nights near El Calafate undertaking activities such as trekking, mountain biking, birdwatching, horseback riding, 4×4 jeep riding, ziplining or visiting and exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier on foot, by boat or kayak

DAYS 15-17 | BUENOS AIRES | 3 NIGHTS

Head to the Paris of Latin America and explore glam Recoleta, bo-ho Palermo, visit the local shops, museums, art galleries, watch a tango show or perhaps head out into the countryside to the Pampas for a gaucho experience, or to Tigre and the Delta of Parana

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection

The Singular Lastarria

Built to blend seamlessly into the bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. This trendy, boutique retreat embraces the artistic heritage of the neighbourhood, while adding cutting-edge modernity. The restaurant provides an immersive sensory experience inspired by traditional Chilean dishes and the rooftop is the perfect spot to sit with a pisco sour and watch the world go by. Read More

Explora Atacama

Set amidst 17-hectares of ancestral lands in Chile’s Ayllu de Larache plains near San Pedro, Explora Atacama offers casual elegance and an unforgettable experience in an otherworldly setting. Immersed in untouched nature and incredible scenery, the lodge offers over 40 explorations to discover the landscape, astronomy, geology, wildlife and ancient Aymara culture of the land. Rooms are understated and confidently minimal allowing the landscape to sing, while a collection of interconnected pools and nearby hot springs introduce a level of natural-world indulgence. As night falls, head to the lodge’s observatory, and enjoy dinner with traditional Andean music. Read More

Hotel Vira Vira

The Hotel Vira Vira is set on a working farm in a beautiful and unique location in the northern Lakes District, the mecca for adventure sports in Chile. The hotel is luxurious and elegant, designed to offer space and comfort of the highest level, while the restaurant presents critically acclaimed cuisine. Experience life on a working farm whilst indulging in exquisite paddock-to-plate dining and enjoying a variety of exciting activities immersed in the natural beauty of this stunning region. Read More

Explora Patagonia

Set amidst 17-hectares of ancestral lands in Chile’s Ayllu de Larache plains near San Pedro, Explora Atacama offers casual elegance and an unforgettable experience in an otherworldly setting. Immersed in untouched nature and incredible scenery, the lodge offers over 40 explorations to discover the landscape, astronomy, geology, wildlife and ancient Aymara culture of the land. Rooms are understated and confidently minimal allowing the landscape to sing, while a collection of interconnected pools and nearby hot springs introduce a level of natural-world indulgence. As night falls, head to the lodge’s observatory, and enjoy dinner with traditional Andean music. Read More

Eolo

Eolo sits on edge of the Glaciers National Park, close enough to provide easy access for wilderness adventures but removed from the tourist hub of El Calafate. Here you can hear the wind whistle and watch the sun change colour over the never-ending Patagonian Steppe. Warmly minimalist interiors take inspiration from the region’s early estancias, whose owners brought antiques from their houses and mixed them with locally built furniture. Seventeen suites, several cosy lounges, a dining room and bar all drink in seductive views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lake. Read More

Alvear Palace Hotel

Located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the Alvear Palace has grand French-inspired public areas, with crystal chandeliers, velvet fauteuils and gilded-wood-panelled walls. Grand guest rooms, in Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, have butler service, fresh flowers and Hermès bath amenities. High tea, served in L’Orangerie, draws an elegant crowd. La Bourgogne offers the best French cuisine in Buenos Aires, where the Relais & Chateaux Chef Jean Paul Bondoux delights and surprises even the most discerning of diners. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

12 nights in Chile, 5 nights in Argentina

12 nights in Chile, 5 nights in Argentina

START:     Santiago, Chile     |     Finish: Buenos Aires, Argentina

This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey through Chile and Antarctica but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.

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