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The longest, thinnest country in the world, Chile is a land of extremes and staggering beauty, from the surreal and bewitching red desert landscape of the north to the extraordinary granite peaks and glaciers of the south. Chile squeezes an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes into its long frame, from the world's driest desert through rolling vineyards, past snow-dusted volcanoes down to the dramatic granite peaks of Torres del Paine and the magical Isla de Chiloé. With Easter Island only five hours away by air, you can see why Chile is such a compelling destination. Chile's capital Santiago lies in the centre, in one of the most fertile wine-producing regions of the world. From here you can head south to Chile's Lake District where glittering blue lakes are interspersed by waterfalls and thermal hot springs, edged by the Andes. Even further south is Patagonia and Chile's most famous national park, Torres del Paine, where vast granite towers plummet to a dramatic valley of lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs. In total contrast, thousands of miles north is the Atacama Desert. This magical place is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset when the surfaces and sky appear to turn orange, crimson and gold. During the day, explore its geysers, lunar landscape valleys and salt lakes;at night the skies are littered with thousands of stars. You can also head west to the remote Easter Island, 3,200km off the coast of Chile and one of the most isolated places on Earth.

Chile with A&K
Returning clients frequently tell us about extraordinary, unexpected moments on their A&K holidays in Chile. Here's a hot contender for the top ten. One of our traveller's helicopter had landed on a Patagonian glacier to find the guides had chipped off ice and laid out a frozen selection board of cheese and ham, accompanied by a scotch on the natural rocks.

Such flourishes, of course, sit alongside enviable knowledge of the great outdoors. A returning guest recounted a dramatic hike in the Torres del Paine National Park where, after spotting several magnificent condors, they were buffeted by heavyweight mountain winds. The guide calmly demonstrated a sideways traversing technique, before leading them to a sheltered rocky overhang to rest while the gusts subside.

Two very different examples of how our guides can make an Abercrombie & Kent holiday to Chile both memorable and safe. They're part of a multi-centre South American team offering seamless travel across the continent. With 22 multi-lingual staff, our Santiago office can also arrange unique experiences from private polo classes to dinner at the home of famous chef, Emilio Peschiera, and surprise opera performances during private suppers.

Chile, you'll gather, offers a diverse holiday. Hugely diverse. There's sophisticated Santiago, a gateway to fine wineries, with its acclaimed Pre-Columbian Art Museum; and coastal Valparaiso where our guide responded to your request for 'real life' by swapping the private car for a tram, a funicular and long walk along tiny cobbled alleys teeming with locals.

Book-ended by the Andes and Pacific, it also has marvellous wilderness from Patagonia's widescreen scenic drama to the South's Lake District with its blue waters, white-tipped volcanoes and forests, and the North's Atacama Desert where salt flats, geysers and volcanic peaks come with the planet's starriest sky. And we haven't even mentioned subtropical Easter Island with its enigmatic stone moai and mysterious, compelling history.

A&K is waiting to show you the lot, but first, a final traveller's tale of seriously remote comfort. His guide, knowing the party were keen photographers, took them to a sublime spot where Atacama dunes were alchemised gold by the setting sun. He then iced the cake by whipping out a chequered tablecloth for a cheese and wine feast: a gourmet greeting for the stars.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Chile

Nights: 12 | from £4,900pp

The crème de la crème of our Chile itineraries, prepare to be wowed by the extraordinary contrasts this skinny country has to offer – from surreal desert-scapes... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure

Adventure & Culture | Honeymoons | Classic Journeys

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Highlights of Chile

Nights: 9 | from £3,160pp

Chile is astonishingly diverse yet wonderfully accessible – In just 10 days you can hit up sassy Santiago, luxuriate amongst the vines and sophisticated... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Summer Ski & Self drive, Chile & Argentina

Nights: 11 | from £3,985pp

Strap on your skies in Valle Nevado before heading off on a self-drive adventure to Bariloche, passing lakes, volcanoes and national parks along the way. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Tropics to the Arctic 2017

Nights: 25 | from £90,250pp

Set out on a globe-spanning journey designed by A&K's pioneering founder Geoffrey Kent. Sample exotic destinations ranging from Easter Island and the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Patagonia: The Last Wilderness

Nights: 10 | from £6,335pp

Marvel at the spectacle of a truly pristine wilderness as you visit a working Patagonian ranch, stroll among Magellan penguins, explore rugged Torres... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Australis Expedition Cruises

Both the Via Australis and the Stella Australis are very well appointed vessels, with a host of facilities. They are perfect way to experience the trip...Find out more

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Explora Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park  

Explora Patagonia is the only hotel at the center of Torres del Paine National Park - home to diverse and pristine ecosystems and the place to be if you...Find out more

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Puyuhuapi Lodge

Amid dense green forest, along the banks of Dorita Bay and accessible only by dirt road or by sea lies a raw paradise overlooking a magnificent remote...Find out more

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La Casona at Matetic

La Casona at Matetic stands in a completely enclosed valley, which is 9,000 hectares in length and runs parallel to the ocean. It is known for its extraordinary...Find out more

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Explora Rapa Nui's Posada de Mike Rapu

Chile

Located on top of a hill overlooking the ocean and a few miles from Hanga Roa - the only town on the island - Mike Rapu serves as an excellent base for...Find out more

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Tierra Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. Architecturally, this hotel is superb, mixing the old and the unashamedly modern....Find out more

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View a selection of our top offers:

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Chile

Save 25%
Stay at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa for a minimum stay of 3 nights and receive a 25% discount off the daily price and choose from either a 45 minute massage per person complimentary or for families one child under the age of 15 years old will stay for free if sharing the parent's room. This offer is valid in Catrpe or Tilo room types only and valid for travel from the 15th April to the 15th September 2016. Terms and conditions apply. .

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The Singular Patagonia

Chile

One Complimentary Night
Stay three nights at The Singular Patagonia on a Full Board basis and receive one free night in The Singular Santiago, in a Patio style room. Valid for travel between 30th September 2016 and 31st May 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean in our Travel Blog pages.

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Best time to be there

As the climate varies hugely from north to south, different places are best at different times, although spring (September to December) is universally good. Atacama can be visited year-round, central Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate with good weather throughout. Patagonia is best for hiking in Spring or Summer.

Fly to

LAN Chile daily via Madrid

flying time

16 hours

time difference

GMT -4 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

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Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area 

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