Chile is Ranked as a Top Travel Destination for 2015
Chile has appeared in travel rankings released this month by several of the most prestigious travel publications in the U.S. Highlights include:
- Chile’s Elqui Valley was listed as number 5 of the New York Times‘ “52 Places to Go in 2015” list, which highlighting stargazing experiences in the Atacama Desert.
- TripAdvisor listed Santiago second in South America in the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise.
- Rough Guides featured Chile as number 6 on its People’s Choice ranking of the top 10 countries to visit this year.
- Chilean Patagonia appeared on the Fodor’s Go List 2015, published by Fodor’s to highlight the 25 places in the world to visit in the coming year.
- Travel+Leisure recognized Chile among the Best Places to Travel in 2015.
VIÑA VIK DEBUTS IN MILLAHUE VALLEY
Vik Retreats has just debuted Viña Vik, the stunning retreat and wine-spa at VIK vineyard in Chile’s Millahue Valley. Viña Vik enhances Vik Retreats’ unparalleled portfolio of extraordinary properties, offering guests immersion into Chilean culture and nature as well as vineyard life. Viña Vik features 22 remarkable suites, each marked by pioneering design, floor to ceiling glass windows with expansive views across the vineyard, and an extensive collection of artwork by Chilean and international artists.
Visitors can indulge in an unparalleled wine and culinary experience, inclusive of private tastings led by VIK wine experts, guided tours through the winery at VIK, and horseback excursions through the vineyard. Guests are also invited to revel in Viña Vik’s wine spa, with offerings inspired by the land and incorporating VIK grapes into one-of-a-kind massage, facial and body-scrub treatments.
TIERRA HOTEL INTRODUCES NEW TIERRA CHILOE
Tierra Hotels introduced the new Tierra Chiloé in September 2014. Tierra Chiloé offers guests a variety of adventurous excursions including trekking, horseback riding, and kayaking. Exploring Chiloé’s culture is also a big part of the hotel´s offerings; guests can explore the local markets, meet with the islanders, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage churches.
VIRA VIRA HACIENDA HOTEL DEBUTS IN LAKE DISTRICT
The Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel is a new luxury lodge in Chile’s stunning Lake District region, opened November 2014. Located about 10 minutes from the picturesque mountain village Pucón, the Vira Vira is the first all-inclusive deluxe lodge in the region, whose focal point is adventure travel, fly-fishing, culinary travel and wellness. The lodge also operates as a small-scale farm and dairy that provides guests with a connection to pastoral life as well as fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.
SINGULAR SANTIAGO OPENS DOORS
Located in the artistic Lastarria neighborhood of Chile’s capital, Singular Santiago opened doors in December 2014. The property combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences, resulting in a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. The hotel also features a gorgeous rooftop bar/restaurant and pool, open to the public and available for private events. Check out images of the new property here: Singular Santiago Images
HILTON DEBUTS IN IQUIQUE IN MARCH 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Iquique will debut in northern Chile in March 2015 with 136 rooms. Hilton Worldwide recently announced plans to open nearly 40 hotels and resorts in Latin America by the end of 2016, increasing its portfolio by approximately 60 percent.
In Iquique, visitors will find summer by the sea all year round in one of Chile’s premier beach resorts. Whether you would prefer to enjoy glitzy casinos, a variety of beach activities, or inexhaustible shopping opportunities in Iquique’s bustling duty-free shopping zone, there are a number of options available for every type of traveler.
NEW EXCURSIONS AT TIERRA ATACAMA AND TIERRA PATAGONIA HOTELS
Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia have expanded their adventure excursion selections for guests to enjoy. At Tierra Atacama, visit the secluded lagoons of Aguas Calientes and astounding salt flats of Tuyajto at an altitude of about 13,000 feet, or experience the magic of the Altiplano under a full moon with a moonlight excursion. Tierra Atacama also provides a list of “insider tips” for guests to explore the local town of San Pedro.
At Tierra Patagonia, prepare for adventure with a glacier walk, traveling through frozen caverns and peeking into bottomless crevasses with expert guides from Bigfoot Patagonia. Or spend a day following in the footsteps of the indigenous waterborne nomads and kayak among the ice floes on Grey Lake.
ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT: UMAN LODGE
The exclusive Uman Lodge, located on more than 1,200 acres of land in Patagonia, welcomes adventurers and leisure travelers alike. Guests have access to an exclusive Patagonian restaurant, wine cellar, private spa and wellness centers, and a bevy of recreational activities including hiking trails, fly fishing, rafting, and mountain climbing.
FESTIVAL TAPATI RAPA NUI 2015
The Tapati Rapa Nui was created in 1968 with the aim of promoting the Rapa Nui culture and creating a sense of belonging that is transferred from generation to generation. The 2015 festival will take place from January 30 to February 14.
During the festival, participants are divided into teams or clans and each is represented by their queen. The members of each team compete in a variety of physical and artistic activities. The team that wins most competitions will be the winner and their queen will become the queen of Easter Island for one year. To top off this great celebration is a big parade and the crowning of the queen.
If you are thinking about being part of this unique experience, it is important that you stay in a place that is part of the Rapa Nui habitat. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa is an ideal choice, with architecture based on the ancient village of Orongo. It also has 75 deluxe rooms with ocean views, two restaurants, a spa and a pool.
TIERRA HOTELS JOINS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
Tierra Hotels is a founding member of National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Tierra Hotels is a family of all-inclusive boutique lodges set in remote destinations in Chile. Inspired by nature and the outdoors, each hotel offers guests an experience that combines adventure, personalized service and relaxation.
Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, each lodge offers an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collection – numbering 24 properties on six continents – further builds National Geographic’s travel portfolio, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, travel books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.
SKI PORTILLO FREEZES PRICES FOR 2015
One of South America’s most renowned ski resorts, the iconic Ski Portillo, Chile, has announced a freeze on prices. All Ski Week prices for the 2015 ski season, from June 20 through Oct. 3, 2015, will remain the same as 2014 rates. Prices begin at US $2,100 for a ski week at Hotel Portillo or US $1,390 at the Octagon Lodge, located steps from Hotel Portillo; or US $990 at the hostel-style Inca Lodge.
SANTIAGO’S CULINARY OFFERINGS EXPAND
Santiago’s culinary offerings continue to expand with the debut of El Barrio and Brasserie Petanque in mid-2014.
- El Barrio: A charming corner house, El Barrio is the new meeting place for those who want to enjoy a gourmet, simple and well-presented gastronomic offer. With an emphasis on fish, pasta and original small plates, renowned chef Chris Carpentier and his wife give life to this restaurant, offering rich cuisine, excellent service and reasonable prices. Don’t miss the crispy polenta pork, gnocchi al pesto with smoked salmon and, if you are lucky to find it as the dish of the day, fricassee! Open for lunch and dinner. Alonso de Cordova 4263, Vitacura.
- Brasserie Petanque: A new concept of traditional French cuisine has reached the capital; Brasserie Petanque combines simple but iconic dishes with good value for your money, in a cozy and elegant atmosphere with classic French decor. On the menu, visitors will find traditional dishes like boeuf bourguignon, steak tartare or parisienne ossobuco with white wine and mushrooms. The finishing touch come from classic French desserts such as crème brûlée in different varieties (vanilla, orange and pistachio), or the tarte Tatin. Open Tuesday through Sunday, for lunch and dinner. Constitution 187, Barrio Bellavista, Providencia.
BECOME A CHILE SPECIALIST!
The new Chile Specialist course has launched on Travel Agent Academy, providing agents with information and resources to sell this world-class destination. Explore Turismo Chile’s diverse member services for specialized tours, lodging in major cities and remote nature reserves, and more. The course focuses on multi-city regional stays that are already in the marketplace from leading North American tour operators.
Learn more and enroll at www.chile-specialist.com.
CHILE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL SHOW
AFAR’s Bryan Kinkade introduced Chile’s distinctive travel experiences to guests at the New York Times Travel Show on January 23 in New York City. The presentation was part of the Focus on Latin America panel, which focused on unique travel options and trends for travelers to Latin America.
On January 25, Wines of Chile also presented on the best places to go in Chile to experience local cuisine and wine experiences. Learn more and plan your Chile wine getaway at http://bit.ly/1wtjZDX.
For more information on Chile’s diverse tourism experiences, please visit www.chile.travel