- it is safe - no political turmoil, terrorists or zika virus
- you can hike, bike, kayak, ski, horseback ride, fish, surf, raft
- learn about the culture of the Mapuche, the Atacamenos, Aymara and the mysterious Easter Islanders. Notice how the people on Chiloe Island maintain their traditional fishermen way of life.
- visit world-class wineries, sample cutting edge cuisine, view star-filled skies, relax at spas
- marvel at Torres del Paine National Park, the lakes and Volcanoes in the Lake District, the Atacama Desert, the fiords and glaciers in Patagonia
- see pumas, vicunas, penguins, flamingos, condors ( and approx. 430 other bird species)
- you can choose hostels, name-brand hotels, boutique hotels, estancias, 5* all-inclusives or very comfortable cruise ships
- for shoppers, several major ethnic groups participate in the ongoing production of indigenous
crafts, including the Aymara and Atacameñans in the Altiplano and Huilliche and Pehuenche in the south. In the Central valleys, there are crafts of Hispanic origin and those on Easter Island are made by the descendants of the Rapa Nui.
- I even notice more and more bands from Chile traveling to the U.S., such as to perform at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin
- It is also a very clean country with modern infrastructure and a good economy. When you arrive to Santiago, you can see what a modern skyline it has and see all of the new hotels that have been built there.
The Explora Hotels in the Torres del Paine, Easter Island and Atacama areas have been popular for a long time and now they have more competition for the luxury crowd. Awasi has built even more exclusive products in two of those areas.
Awasi Patagonia is situated in a private reserve overlooking Torres del Paine. Watching guachos herd thousands of sheep across the Patagonian Steppe is an impressive and much-enjoyed sight on the private estancia surrounding Awasi, as is watching wild guanacos pass by your window as you relax by the wood burning stove or soak in your private hot tub. Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report chose Awasi in Atacama as the 2013 Hideaway of the Year. This is the first time a property in South America had received this prestigious award.
Very nice, but not as exclusive are the Tierra Patagonia and Atacama Hotels and their new property on Chiloe Island. Chiloe has been a popular place to go to but until now, they had pretty basic properties for overnights. The new flights into the Castro airport should fuel growth. And of course new boutique hotels are being built in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and in the Lake District.
What else could you ask for?