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Vicuña, Atacama Desert

Vicuña, Atacama Desert Church, San Pedro de Atacama Flamingos in front of Licancabur Volcano ALTIPLANICO, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Fifteen minutes walk from the centre of San Pedro lies a group of 16 adobe houses created out of local wood, mud, straw and stone, the typical building materials of the altiplano. This is the Altiplanico, which has real character and individuality and offers great value. Each of the houses are simply decorated, there is a lovely outdoor swimming pool and a relaxed café and bar. EXPLORA EN ATACAMA, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA The original pioneer of the concept of exclusive excursions combined with luxurious accommodation in San Pedro, the Explora en Atacama is the younger sister of the Patagonia property (see page 112). The hotel has awardwinning modern architecture, and its 50 guest rooms are large and well-furnished, and all have Jacuzzis. There are broad terraces for relaxing, plus a sculptured pool area, all with fine views over the nearby volcanoes. The property also has its own observatory with a powerful telescope for star gazing. Tierra Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama TIERRA ATACAMA, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA All of the 32 spacious rooms at the Tierra Atacama have private terraces and mountain views, some facing the mighty Licancabur Volcano. The communal dining rooms and terraces are warmed by fire pits and the cosy living rooms are the perfect place to spend the evening. Meanwhile, the spa is luxurious and offers a full range of treatments. AWASI, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA The Awasi is a beautiful retreat made up of only eight cottages, each having a private patio, reading sofa, and indoor and outdoor showers. Local materials have been crafted to create a unique, harmonious space designed for relaxation and rest. The Awasi is unique amongst the hotels in San Pedro in that it prepares private outings for its guests that are customised to ensure adventure and surprise. ALTO ATACAMA, NEAR SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA The location of the Alto Atacama, in a valley surrounded by deep red mountains, gives the hotel a real feeling of serenity and remoteness, despite being just three kilometres from San Pedro de Atacama. As well as a luxurious spa and natural thermal pools, six small swimming pools are nestled in the landscaped gardens. The 32 rooms are warm and stylish, and the hotel also has its own observatory within the extensive grounds. OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Other than the Altiplanico, options for those looking for properties that are not at the luxury end of the spectrum include the Aldea, Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Poblado Kimal and the Atacama Adventure Lodge. The rooms are simple, but most have a swimming pool and all have good levels of service. Alto Atacama, near San Pedro de Atacama www.audleytravel.com/chile ● 01993 838 640 ● Chile 107

Osorno Volcano at sunrise The Lake District Chile’s Lake District starts in the north at Temuco and stretches over 300 kilometres south to Puerto Montt, where the gentle lakes end and the landscape changes into the harsher face of northern Patagonia. It is an impossibly pretty region of the bluest waters, white-tipped volcanoes, waterfalls and ancient forests. It is perfect for hiking, bike riding, fishing, relaxing in thermal pools, languorous cruises around fjords and glaciers, and the enjoyment of fresh air (although be prepared for some rain). You can either base yourself at one of the charming hotels and take daily excursions, or drive yourself around the region (see feature on page 111). Pucón and around Pucón is the popular and stylish epicentre of all activity in the northern lakes area. If you enjoy fishing, rafting, rambling, horse riding or would like to climb the slopes of the Villarica volcano, then this is the place for you. We can arrange car hire, or for our local guides to take you and a picnic out for the day by road, foot or boat, but if you prefer simply to relax and take in the views, there is no better place in which to do it. ANTUMALAL, NEAR PUCÓN Situated two kilometres outside Pucón, set in over five hectares of landscaped gardens and with its own private beach and dock, is the Antumalal hotel. Its low-slung 1950s design was very advanced for its time and provided the inspiration for the renowned Explora hotels in the Atacama and Patagonia. The hotel’s modern style is combined with cosy comfort and personalised service – the Pollak family have managed it since the beginning – and facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Excursions on foot, by boat or on horseback can be organised for you by the hotel’s exclusive guides. Each of the 16 rooms has a view of either Lake Villarrica or the gardens from their floor to ceiling windows, as do the restaurant, lounge and terrace. Puerto Varas and around The best place to base yourself to explore the southern lakes area is in or around the small town of Puerto Varas, with its enviable location on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Famous for the roses which bloom all over the town from December to March, Puerto Varas is overlooked by the conical peaks of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes and is a lovely place to unwind during your travels through Chile. Day trips can be arranged to Petrohue Falls and the national parks of Vicente Perez Rosales and Alerce Andino, the interesting settlements of Puerto Octay (its Germanic roots reflected in its Bavarian-style architecture) and the little lakeside resort of Frutillar, or Chiloé Island, a mysterious place of myth and legend. Those travelling into Argentina via the famous and picturesque ‘Lake Crossing’ will do so from Puerto Varas by bus and boat through the Andes in one or two days (with a stop overnight in Puella). CASA MOLINA, NEAR PUERTO VARAS Ten kilometres out of Puerto Varas, Casa Molino has a wonderful location on Lake Llanquihue, with stunning views to the nearby Osorno volcano. There are 11 rooms, some with fireplaces and Jacuzzis and all with views either to the lake or to the gardens. Church, Puerto Varas 108

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