The Call of Chile – 7 Tips for an Unforgettable South American Sojourn

Hike, hike, hike! There are some amazing treks, including short ones to waterfalls and full-day, strenuous hikes, such as the eight-hour trek to the base of the twin spires of the famed Torres del Paine peaks.

During my recent second visit to Chile (I’ve been to Atacama and Easter Island in the past), I ventured further south to rugged Patagonia and dove deeper into this amazing country. Here’s 7 Tips to an indelible South American sojourn.

When To Go: Our winter in North America is summer in the southern hemisphere. November through March is the best time to visit. Note: the weather varies in this rugged terrain—and it is always windy!

How Long Do You Need: I recommend 4-5 nights to truly explore the Torres del Paine National Park. Drive times are long, so once you arrive at your lodge, unpack and stay awhile.

Where to Stay: My favorite lodge is Tierra Patagonia. Dramatically designed to blend into the landscape, the hotel’s aesthetic is warm, and the use of local woods is a nod to the indigenous Tehuelche people. But the guides at Tierra truly create an incredible experience!

What do: Hike, hike, hike! There are some amazing treks, including short ones to waterfalls and full-day, strenuous hikes, such as the eight-hour trek to the base of the twin spires of the famed Torres del Paine peaks.

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GALAPAGOS

There’s liveaboards, and then seeing the islands aboard the Integrity, which hosts a maximum of 16 guests. Ideal for adventurists, foodies, and wine lovers, a multigenerational trip buyout ensures island bliss. Read more ...

ATACAMA

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. Read more ...

PATAGONIA

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. Read more ...