Narrow and very long, Chile offers an extremely wide range of landscapes and travel experiences, including active geological fields in the arid Atacama Desert, granite towers and glaciers in dramatic Patagonia, ancient stone sculptures on volcanic Easter Island, Spanish colonial architecture in Santiago, award-winning wine in the Colchagua Valley and much more.
Our luxury Chile tours are private and customized, and include the best local guides and carefully chosen luxury hotels. Our Chile tours are ideal for couples, families and groups of friends looking for great outdoor activities in stunning landscapes, pampering at high-end luxury hotels and resorts, world-class food and wine, mysterious ruins, and abundant opportunities for shopping for traditional handicrafts.
Santiago & Valparaiso
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is surrounded by a ring of spectacular mountains. It is home to a rich history dating from the 16th century as well as a sophisticated contemporary culture. Our luxury Santiago tours feature the best of Santiago, including activities such as walking tours of squares, parks and backstreets in neighborhoods filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture; visiting the Central Market and other interesting local markets; taking a cooking class in a private home; touring museums with a curator; visiting important churches and convents; seeing the treasures in the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art; visiting the Palacio Cousiño, an aristocratic mansion built in beautiful 19th-century style; touring La Chascona, the home of Nobel Prize-winning author Pablo Neruda; and shopping for handicrafts such as alpaca wool shawls and ponchos, leather work, wood work, silver work, copper crafts and lapis lazuli. Active options on the outskirts of the city include guided hiking and skiing.
One of our most popular day trips from Santiago is Valparaiso, an intriguing seaside town and one of the wealthiest ports in the world in the 19th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town is famous for funiculars that climb hills covered with brightly colored houses and Victorian mansions and, increasingly, a gourmet food scene. Our private Valparaiso tours include touring of the historic district, the most interesting neighborhoods, and the best places for spectacular views over the city and sea. We also arrange reservations at the finest restaurants in the city. We can also arrange touring of Pablo Neruda’s house in Valparaiso as well as Isla Negra, the poet’s house overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Another great day trip from Santiago is Pomaire, a town famous for pottery and traditional Chilean cuisine. Our private Pomaire tours feature visits to the best pottery shops, tours of the town, and reservations at the best local restaurants.
Our recommended luxury hotel in Santiago is The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago.
Wine from Chile has become recognized as some of the best in the world. Our private tours of the Chile wine country range from day excursions from Santiago into the Maipo Valley, Casablanca Valley or San Antonio Valley to multi-day wine tours through the Colchagua Valley and beyond. Our private wine tours include touring customized to your interests and tastes, as well as the best options depending on the season of travel. Some of our favorite wine activities in Chile include touring prestigious and award-winning wineries in the Colchagua Valley; sampling wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and other wine grape varietals; horseback riding in the wine country; carriage rides through the vineyards; venturing into the vineyards and tasting grapes off the vine during the harvest season; and enjoying lunch or dinner reservations at upscale winery restaurants. We can also arrange visits to specialty wineries such as a winery run exclusively by women.
A popular option for wine connoisseurs is a customized tour that combines private touring in the Chilean wine country with private touring in Mendoza, Argentina’s most famous wine region. For food and wine lovers, we recommend a customized private tour that combines Peru and Chile.
Our recommended luxury hotel in the Colchagua Valley is the Clos Apalta Lodge.
The spectacular landscapes of Patagonia are a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. This vast remote region in southern Chile offers a range of incredible scenery, including spiky mountains, tumbling glaciers, turquoise lakes, ancient forests and misty fjords. It is also home to Patagonia’s most famous attraction—the incomparable Torres del Paine, enormous granite spires that tower over the surrounding lakes and forests and are a magnet for hikers, photographers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts eager to bask in their magnificence. Our luxury Patagonia tours feature the best of Chilean Patagonia, included guided backcountry hiking with breathtaking views of the Torres del Paine, treks to glacial lakes and along rushing rivers, photography tours to photograph local birds and wildflowers, access to private trails, seeing rock art created by the indigenous Aonikenk people, viewing guanaco and other native wildlife, horseback riding through native forests and across Patagonian steppe, and many other options. In Patagonia, our travelers also enjoy excellent Chilean food and wine.
Chilean Patagonia also combines well with Argentina, especially the southern Patagonia destinations of El Calafate and El Chalten.
Our recommended luxury hotel in Patagonia is Explora Hotel Salto Chico.
The stunning Atacama Desert in northern Chile is beautiful any time of year, with abundant sunshine and clear skies nearly everyday. Our private tours around the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama and the surrounding region include touring the best of the fascinating geological attractions in the high desert landscape, such as active geysers, distant volcanoes, vast salt pans, high sand dunes, bizarre rock formations, and salt lakes filled with flamingoes and other water birds. We arrange for our clients to enjoy breakfast while viewing geysers, and take them to the best places to soak in natural hot springs. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth and also has some of the clearest skies in the world—and almost no light pollution—so every night a spectacular array of stars and constellations are on view. We arrange astronomical tours and viewing Venus, Mars, the Moon and other celestial objects through high-powered telescopes. Cultural activities we arrange in the region include visiting pre-Columbian ruins with an archeologist; touring ancient Andean villages; and private visits to a pottery museum followed by private pottery classes based on the local traditions. The Atacama Desert also combines well with Salta Province and Jujuy Province in Northwest Argentina, where our tours include high-altitude wineries and the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Recommended luxury hotels and resorts in the Atacama Desert include Awasi and Explora Hotel de Larache.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Our recommended luxury hotel on Easter Island is Explora en Rapa Nui.
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is a beautiful volcanic island and UNESCO World Heritage Site in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for the monumental and mysterious moai (stone heads) found in various parts of the island, Easter Island is also full of stunning landscapes, such as dramatic cliffs and unusual volcanic formations. Our Easter Island tours include touring the most interesting moai and ahu (ceremonial platforms), seeing rock art dedicated to an indigenous cult, walks along the beach and along high sea cliffs, mountain biking along the coast, visiting important archeological sites with local experts, and learning to make traditional crafts with local elders. Other popular options on Easter Island include swimming, scuba diving and relaxing on the beach.