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Audley in Chile 2 1 Moai, Easter Island 1 Atacama Desert A stunning moonscape wilderness of volcanoes, salt lakes, multi-coloured lagoons, hot springs and geysers. 2 Stargazing, Elqui Valley An area with incredibly clear night skies, with several international observatories that can be visited. 3 Easter Island A tiny speck in the vast Pacific Ocean, a remote and mystical place, famous for the brooding stone statues that litter the volcanic landscape. The sheer size and diversity of Chile means it is something of a feat to cover all elements in one trip. Our specialist knowledge ensures that whatever your preference for sights and activities, we will strike the right balance for you to see as much as possible without spending too much time on the road or in the air. Due to the length of their shared border, Chile lends itself perfectly to a combined trip with Argentina. We can advise you about the many options for crossing from one to the other via the desert in the north, Santiago, the Lake District or Patagonia, all are remarkably beautiful journeys. As well as knowing the classic highlights of Chile in considerable depth, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of lesserknown regions and places to stay, and are more than happy to discuss specialist interests such as golf, wine, astronomy and skiing. Private excursions throughout a trip can prove to be rather expensive due to the size and remoteness of the country, so we can make use of small group tours to keep costs down if required. 3 4 5 6 4 Vineyards and wineries The Colchagua Valley is the ideal place to start to learn about (and taste) some of the best wine in Chile. 5 Lake District A pretty region of the bluest waters, white-tipped volcanoes, waterfalls and ancient forests, perfect for gentle hiking, bike riding, fishing or just relaxing. 6 Aisén A beautiful and lush region with very few visitors, great for enjoying outdoor activities and stunning scenery. 7 Torres del Paine Chile’s most beautiful national park, a magnificent place of towering granite peaks, turquoise lakes, condors and guanacos. Accommodation Hotels in Chile are as interestingly varied as the country’s distinct regions, and we always try to seek out character properties that reflect this. The country is home to the unique and outstanding Explora hotels, of which there are now three, and the Explora’s concept of high quality accommodation married to explorations of the surrounding landscape has inspired a plethora of similar properties, all of which are striving for the highest standards. Therefore Chile has some beautiful and unique hotels dotted throughout the country. There are also many equally charming, more simple properties, offering good value for money and high standards of service. Find out more 7 8 8 Isla Navarino A small island located off the southernmost tip of the South American continent, for the ultimate in peace and quiet. Adventure cruising As befits a country with such a long and varied coastline, being on a boat can provide some wonderful sights and experiences. For suggested itineraries and practical information about travel in Chile, please see pages 114-115. ☎ www.audleytravel.com Interactive maps and features, further suggested itineraries, accommodation, climate information and articles written by our specialists. Discuss your plans with our Chile specialists 01993 838 640 Chile 101
Santiago Santiago Snow-covered Andean peaks provide Santiago’s spectacular backdrop, but today they compete for dominance on the skyline with sparkling skyscrapers. The capital of Chile is a modern metropolis, but a charming one with many landscaped parks and peaceful hilltop sanctuaries offering calm amid the chaos. Wander the historic, civic heart of the downtown area and you’ll come across fine museums and churches, the impressive 18th century government palace and the beautiful baroque cathedral. The modern and fast-paced commercial centre of Providencia is where you’ll find most of Santiago’s glitzy shops, restaurants and hotels. There is also the arty Bellavista district, from where the cable car ascends to the summit of San Cristóbal Hill, affording fantastic views over the city to the Andes. ACCOMMODATION IN SANTIAGO Unlike its neighbour’s capital city of Buenos Aires, the concept of boutique hotels has not fully caught on in Santiago. Good value yet characterful properties are not in abundance, instead what Santiago has to offer is a large number of high standard international chain hotels. For those seeking something more personal at a reasonable price we recommend the Hotel Orly, the Meridiano Sur and La Rêve, all of which are situated in the residential and commercial district of Providencia. 102 THE AUBREY, SANTIAGO The first luxury boutique hotel in Santiago, the Aubrey is situated at the foot of the San Cristóbal Hill within the Parque Metropolitano, one of the six largest urban parks in the world. Three years of careful restoration and renovation have transformed a historic house into a modern luxury boutique hotel with 15 rooms, all with their own character, and most with balconies or terraces. The outdoor patio terraces overlook exotic landscaped gardens, and there is a heated outdoor swimming pool. Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill Meridiano Sur, Santiago Skiing During our summer months of June to September, the ski resorts nestling in the Andes (but handily within easy reach of Santiago) offer the largest number of runs in the southern hemisphere, Valle Nevado and Portillo being the most renowned. The spectacular views and superb standard of snow make Chile an increasingly popular destination for ski afficionados seeking action out of the northern hemisphere season. We can arrange stays in the resort hotels for any duration, complete with equipment hire (skis or snowboards) and lessons if required. It is also possible to have a day trip to the slopes from Santiago if time is short.