JET SET EXPERIENCES: ATACAMA

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– Hike El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the driest places on the planet and where NASA conducted Mars ROVER testing.
– Hike the Puritama Hot Springs and soak in the natural thermal waters of the Atacama Desert with a glass of champagne.

STAY
– Awasi. With just 10 rooms and located in the historic trading town of San Pedro, each room has a dedciated private guide and own 4WD vehicle.
– Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. This gorgeous property embraces its natural setting. Located 10 minutes outside of Atacama with six outdoor pools and spa, it features a delicious restaurant and bar.
– Tierra Atacama. Founded by the well-known Purcell family—owners of Ski Portillo—this sister property celebrates the best of the desert life. Facing the Licancabur Volcano, expect panoramic views and stellar service.
– explora Atacama. Guides here are the best! Experienced leaders will challenge you at every level. Plus, the property has a private stable for experienced horseback riders and access to high-altitude hikes.

WOW FACTOR
– Atacama is considered the best place on earth to star gaze. ALMA—an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes—has recently offered tours to the public. Or, view the amazing night sky at explora Atacama with their own private observatory, the largest of its kind in Chile.
– Between Patagonia and Atacama, stop in Pucon in the Chilean Lake District and discover Hotel Vira Vira. A tranquil property with it’s own working dairy farm, it’s perfect for the food lover, while a guided hike up volcano Villarrica (9500-foot elevation) will fuel the adventurer.

CONTACT:
– Jill Taylor
– Cally Pirrung

JET SET EXPERIENCES: PATAGONIA

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– Hike Torres del Paine National Park with a private guide and get up close and personal with the glaciers. Put boot to trail during autumn (U.S. winter/spring)—less crowded, cooler temps, and beautiful colors.
– Horseback ride to the Two Towers of Torres del Paine National Park, then sip a Mate (local drink with plenty of zing) and share a family barbeque (lamb, goat, pork and wild boar, or lama) at a Gaucho ranch or local rifugio.

STAY
– Tierra Patagonia. Located an hour from Torres del Paine National Park, this unbelievable property has Instagram-envy views.
– Awasi Patagonia. Private touring options (biking, hiking, horseback riding, and more) allow guests to dictate pace according to levels of experience. Afterward, unwind with an outdoor soak in your private wood-burning hot tub. Each villa has views of the “Torres.”
explora Patagonia. For those who want to stay inside Torres del Paine National Park. Easy access and top-notch guiding.

FOODIE FILE
Awasi is a Relais Chateaux property, with a keen focus on food, wine pairing, and service.
Most hotels are all-inclusive.

WOW FACTOR
When we hiked at Awasi, we never saw another person for four hours. They packed a gourmet picnic for us with wine at the trail’s end—extraordinary!

CONTACT:
– Jill Taylor
Cally Pirrung

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Uruguay

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Coined the Hamptons of South America, Jose Ignacio fuses both glamour and grit. Beat the crowds in early December or late February, and get prepped for ocean bliss, posh beach clubs, biking, wine and olive oil tastings, horse back riding, polo, boutique-hopping, and surfing. 

STAY
– Bahia Vik. An oceanfront, art-centric hotel with incredible cuisine and a variety of room options.
– Estancia Vik. This Spanish colonial ranch is just minutes from the beach. Think countryside views—and the ideal complement to a beach stay at Bahia Vik.
– Or, book a private, beachside home fully serviced with a chef and housekeeping team.

FOODIE FILE
– Wine tasting and vineyard dining is the order of the day here, with easy access to top regional vineyards.
– Garzon by Francis Mallman is worth the 40-minute scenic drive from Jose Ignacio. Source-to-fork fare and incredible seafood.
– The rustic-chic Narbona Wine Lodge is located in a historic Estancia. Sip wine from the vineyard and sample handcrafted cheese.

WOW FACTOR
“Research” the friendly rivalry between Argentina and Uruguay on who has the best barbecue. Uruguayans claim their Parilla restaurants are tops.

CONTACT:
Cally Pirrung
Jill Taylor