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  • Llama and the Andes, Chile, South America
  • Moon Valley Volcano, Chile, South America
  • Yacht, Puerto Varas, Chile, South America
  • Torres del Paines, Chile, South America
  • Santiago skyline in winter, Chile, South America
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  • Church in Puerto Varas, Chile, South America
  • Vinyards of Chile, South America

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Adventure

Pucon and surrounds

A short flight south of Santiago followed by an hour’s drive from Temuco, Pucon is the adventure capital of Chile, a bustling town ringed with picture-postcard national parks at the foot of the spectacular Volcano Villarica. Overlooking Lake Villarica, the town brims with colourful bars, hotels and restaurants and is the ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery.

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Hotel Vira Vira Pucon and surrounds

Established in September 2014, the Vira Vira is a charming hotel and working farm overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Liucura River set against a backdrop of towering volcanoes.

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The Carretera Austral

Chile’s last, wild frontier, the Carretera Austral is a remote highway that snakes south from Puerto Montt through 1200km of ever-changing landscapes to reach the lake-side village of Villa O’Higgins just across the water from Mount Fitzroy in Argentina and Chile’s great southern icefield.

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Torres del Paine National Park

The face of Patagonia, the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine adorns tourist brochures the world over and is South America’s most spectacular national park. Perched at the tip of the continent, the park was established in 1959 and encompasses some 2,400 km² of mountains, ice and rolling Patagonian steppe close to the border of Argentina.

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Cultural, Historic or World Heritage Site

Easter Island

Discovered by the outside world on Easter Sunday in 1722, the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui is one of the world’s most remote islands, the remnants of a giant caldera jutting out of a raging Pacific Ocean some 2000km to the nearest populated land mass.

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The Islands of Chiloe

Ghost ships vie with spectacular birdlife and historic UNESCO churches on the “Isla Grande de Chiloe”, the second largest island in South America after Tierra del Fuego at the tip of the continent.

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Valparaiso

Founded in 1542, Valparaiso is a fascinating port and UNESCO world heritage site nestled amongst colourful hills some 1½ hours’ drive from the capital Santiago.

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Directors Choice Destinations

The Atacama Desert

Three hours’ flying time north of Santiago, Chile’s Atacama is the world’s driest desert, a dramatic panorama of tiny, white-washed colonial villages amidst canyons, gorges and salt-lakes, all under the distant shadow of the high Andes. At is heart, sitting at 2440 metres above sea-level, the iconic oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama provides the perfect base for desert exploration.

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The Carretera Austral

Chile’s last, wild frontier, the Carretera Austral is a remote highway that snakes south from Puerto Montt through 1200km of ever-changing landscapes to reach the lake-side village of Villa O’Higgins just across the water from Mount Fitzroy in Argentina and Chile’s great southern icefield.

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Torres del Paine National Park

The face of Patagonia, the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine adorns tourist brochures the world over and is South America’s most spectacular national park. Perched at the tip of the continent, the park was established in 1959 and encompasses some 2,400 km² of mountains, ice and rolling Patagonian steppe close to the border of Argentina.

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Sea Cruise

MV Atmosphere

State-of-the-art technology amidst breathtaking, natural scenery, the Chilean company “Nomads of the Sea” takes expedition cruising to a whole new level with their MV Atmosphere. Constructed in 2006 to the highest specifications, the 46m long ship explores unchartered Patagonian fjords and islands of Chile’s southern archipelago by land, sea and even air.

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MV Stella Australis

The height of sophisticated elegance within southern Patagonia, the MV Stella Australis is a stunning expedition ship constructed in 2010 which offers magnificent cruises through the spectacular glacier-topped Patagonian fjords at the tip of the continent.

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MV Ventus Australis

Named after Tierra del Fuego’s distinctive “Southern Wind”, the Ventus Australis is the new flagship of the Australis fleet, a deluxe state-of-the-art cruiser launched in early 2018. 

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Skorpios II

The M/N Skorpios II is a handsome expedition ship constructed in 1988 which offers breathtaking cruises though the Patagonian fjords south of Puerto Montt to reach the magnificent Laguna San Rafael Glacier. 

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Skorpios III

The M/N Skorpios III is a recent addition to the fleet, constructed in 1995 and which offers breathtaking cruises though the Patagonian fjords north of Puerto Natales at the far tip of Chile to reach the great southern icefield. 

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Somewhere completely different

Juan Fernandez Islands

Evoking tales of pirates and castaways, the rugged Juan Fernandez archipelago lies 672km off the Chilean coast surrounded by the sparkling, deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Towering, jagged peaks and cliffs tumble onto rocky coves while the crystal clear bays abound with some of the finest seafood in the world. 

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The Islands of Chiloe

Ghost ships vie with spectacular birdlife and historic UNESCO churches on the “Isla Grande de Chiloe”, the second largest island in South America after Tierra del Fuego at the tip of the continent.

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Wildlife

Torres del Paine National Park

The face of Patagonia, the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine adorns tourist brochures the world over and is South America’s most spectacular national park. Perched at the tip of the continent, the park was established in 1959 and encompasses some 2,400 km² of mountains, ice and rolling Patagonian steppe close to the border of Argentina.

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