Game drives, though incredible, can also become incredibly sedentary. For those adventurers on the go, here’s how to break it up:
-Play tennis in the bush at Singita Sabora. Then shoot archery and visit an anti-poaching observation point with Singita Explore.
-Fly in an open cockpit biplane in Kenya. A former crop-dusting pilot, local aviator Will Craig takes two passengers over forests, herds of game, and ravines otherwise virtually inaccessible.
-Take a Wild Overnight Hiking Safari with Lewa Wilderness, with local Maasai moran as guides and camels as support.
– Mountain bike through the bush and move camp each night.
Run with the Maasai Warriors. Upon request (and conditions allowing), run with Maasai warriors and local staff at Alex Walker’s Serian Camp in Kenya. With a support vehicle trailing for safety, pass hyena, elephant, and giraffe on foot—a serious adrenaline fix!
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– Jill Taylor
– Cally Pirrung
– 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.
– 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.
Awasi is a Relais Chateaux property, with a keen focus on food, wine pairing, and service.
Most hotels are all-inclusive.
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!
– Jill Taylor
– Cally Pirrung