Best Hotels in Chile
Smartly built lodge—natural airflow maximized and water usage minimized—in the high Atacama Desert in 1998. Explore via horseback, mountain bike, or foot—at more than 8,000 feet, where condors soar. Traditional pit-roasted lamb and barbecued meat and fish. Some of the best star-gazing in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a strong community player, footing the bill for numerous local efforts, including the irrigating and planting of fields, restoration of a 17th-century Machuca church, and programs for children. Four swimming pools (two solar-heated). Restaurant. 50 rooms; all inclusive.
Part of the Explora trio of hotels, Salto Chico opened in 1993 and boasts location, location, location: on the banks of a waterfall, in a place favored by more than 100 species of birds. Horses figure into the equation, too: guests (from novice to expert) can choose from all sorts of horseback itineraries, all guided by local gauchos. (Note the handsome handmade Chilean and British saddles!) For the by-foot group there are more than a dozen trail options. At the start of a stay, a guest is given a steel bottle to use and refill—and take home. 50 rooms.”