Region: Chile

Chiloe Island

Chiloe Island lies off Chile’s Lake District and is separated from the mainland by the Chacao Channel. The main Island is 112 miles long but only 31 miles wide and consists mostly of farmland, temperate moss covered rainforest, rugged coastlines and picturesque fishing villages. The main centres of population are Ancud, Castro and Quellon It … Continued

Hosteria Catalina

Comfortable lodge style hostel for an overnight stop in Hornopiren, on the Carretera Austral

Puyuhuapi Lodge

A beautiful property perched right on the water’s edge, in Chile’s Patagonian fjords

Alerce Andino National Park

The 39,225-hectare Alerce Andino National Park of lush temperate rainforest is located one hour southeast of Puerto Montt and stretches from the Reconclavi Estuary to the south and east and the Chapo River to the north. Alerce Andino National Park was established to protect the last stands of one of the oldest living conifer species … Continued

The Lake District

Chile’s Lake District stretches over 200 miles from Temuco in the north to Puerto Montt in the south, and spills over the border into Argentina to the east. It is a region of 12 great lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, dense forests, and rich farmland. Up until the 1880s the landscape was dominated by thick forests of … Continued

Clos Apalta Residence

Luxurious boutique accommodation in Chile’s premier wine growing region

The Carretera Austral

The Carretera Austral, or Southern Highway, has been described as Chile’s “ultimate road trip”. It is the name given to Chile’s route 7 which begins where the Lake District ends, running 720 miles north to south through sparsely populated Northern Patagonia from Puerto Montt to Via O’Higgins. The spectacular landscape is one of dense forests, … Continued

Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia is generally considered to cover all of southern Chile south of Puerto Montt and was originally inhabited by Tehuelche hunter-gatherers and the seafaring Kaweskar. The Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to discover the area as he sailed through the straits that today bear his name. To the west are a … Continued

Hotel Termas de Puyehue

Award winning hotel, great for families, with a substantial range of facilities and excursions available

Hotel Bellavista

On the shores of Lake Llanquihue overlooking the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes

Easter Island

This small triangle of volcanic rock, just 7.5 miles at its widest point, is considered by many to be the world’s most remote inhabited island. Known as Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian inhabitants it is 2,236 miles west from the nearest point on the American continent – the coast of Chile – and the … Continued

The Manifold Highlights of Spectacular Chile

This varied and exciting tour uses excellent accommodation and perfectly showcases the diversity of Chile in one comprehensive, breathtaking itinerary. Begin by exploring the fascinating history of Easter Island, visiting a variety of ahus (ceremonial sites) to see the famous moai (statues) and their red scoria pukaos (topknots). Returning to mainland Chile, head north into … Continued

Hotel Le Reve

Stylish boutique hotel conveniently located in the Providencia district of Santiago

Hotel Parque Quilquico

Located across the Dalcahue Channel on the Rilan Peninsula, this 21 ensuite room hotel is set in a 10 hectare forest park.

Juan Fernandez Archipelago

The volcanic archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean 400 miles west of Valparaiso. It is named after Juan Fernandez, the first European to visit in 1574, and two of the islands – Alexander Selkirk and Robinson Crusoe – are named after the real life shipwrecked Scottish sailor and his fictional alter ego created by … Continued

Explora Patagonia

On the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall with commanding views across the turquoise waters of Pehoe Lake to the Paine Massif and granite towers

Hostal El Puesto

Small hostel with warm and inviting communal areas, in the pretty little town of Rio Tranquilo along the Carretera Austral

Entre Hielos Lodge

Beautiful lodge with a rustic, homely feel, situated in the charismatic village of Caleta Tortel

Casa Higueras

Perched on Valparaiso’s hills with spectacular views over the bay

Hotel Poblado Kimal

In the centre of San Pedro de Atacama on the corner of the main street

Hotel Orly

In the Providencia district of Santiago close to a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars

Santiago

Santiago is situated in the wide Central Valley at an altitude of 520 metres  set against the magnificent backdrop of the Andes to the east. The city was founded in 1541 and is now the political, economic and financial capital of Chile with almost 40% of the country’s population living in and around the city. … Continued

Explora Atacama Lodge

Part of the Explora Hotels group, this five star accommodation provides comfort and luxury, surrounded by the true Atacama experience

Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa

Just outside the eastern entrance of Torres del Paine National Park with magnificent views across Sarmiento Lake

Explora Lodge Rapa Nui

Probably the finest accommodation to be found on the island, this lodge is well situated to base yourself while on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Lauca Biosphere Reserve

Situated about 100 miles northeast of Arica, Chile’s northernmost city, this 358,312-hectare UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is rich in wildlife and comprises three protected areas – Lauca National Park, Las Vicuñas National Reserve, and Salar de Surire National Monument. The landscape is one of beautiful altiplano (high plain) scenery, meadows, lakes, rushing mountain rivers and streams, … Continued

Chile Holiday Patagonia

I last used Reef and Rainforest 11 years ago when we went to Costa Rica. Once again we were very impressed with the level of organisation and attention to detail. Hopefully we will be using the company again.

Exploring Chile on a Budget

Explore a good deal of Chile’s highlights in this well-priced tour full of contrasts. From the Moon Valley watch the beautiful fading light as the sun sets over the vast Atacama desert, and visit the famous El Tatio Glaciers, at 4,300 metres the highest geothermal field in the world. Fly to Chile’s beautiful Lake District, … Continued

Hotel Belisario Jara

A warm and welcoming hotel with a personal feel, in the centre of Coyhaique

Chile Holiday

So good to be able to have the holiday organised for us and to be collected/guided by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. Nice for the majority of the accommodation to be all inclusive. Met all our expectations. Nice to be able to review and select our hotels.

Torres del Paine National Park

The 242,000-hectare Torres del Paine National Park was created in 1959, and named in 1970 after its three distinctive granite monoliths, or towers (paine being an indigenous word for the colour blue and not the name of an explorer). In 1978 Torres del Paine National Park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its … Continued

Casa Kalfu

A cosy, informal hotel offering a relaxed familial atmosphere with friendly, helpful service

South America

A cornucopia of new sights, sounds and experiences

The Ultimate Natural History Highlights Tour of Chile

Incorporating practically all the prime wildlife habitats of Chile, this comprehensive yet well-paced itinerary provides plenty of time to enjoy each location, uses exceptional naturalist guides throughout and features accommodation of a very good standard. The beautiful, desolate north is complemented perfectly by the verdant Lake District. Observe a king penguin colony, spot vicunas on … Continued

Wild Chile: Off The Beaten Track

Our comprehensive off-the-beaten-track itinerary offers a diverse mix of activity and wildlife in three of Chile’s most dramatic regions: the Atacama Desert, the Lake District and southern Patagonia. From Santiago, fly north to San Pedro de Atacama. Explore the vast desert landscape by van, foot, and bike, enjoying sunset scenes over Moon Valley and early … Continued

Atacama Desert

The Atacama plateau, an extreme environment considered the world’s driest hot desert, is a mixture of salt lakes, geysers, felsic lava flows and an enormous expanse of sand that follows Chile’s northern Pacific coastline for 600 miles. Over 500 plant species have adapted to the harsh desert conditions, mostly occurring along the slightly greener coastal … Continued

Hotel Rio Serrano

On the southern edge of Torres del Paine National Park on the banks of the Serrano River

Hosteria Yendegaia

Comfortable B & B in the town of Porvenir on Tierra del Fuego

EcoCamp Patagonia

Located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers

Valparaiso

First settled in 1542, Valparaiso is a centuries old port city spread over 42 sprawling hills which descend to the sea. Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal (1914), the Port of Valparaiso was the most important in the South Pacific as ships from around the world called here once they crossed Cape Horn … Continued

Exploring Chile In Comfort And Style

Reef & Rainforest has designed this itinerary to showcase the diverse attributes which make Chile such an exciting country to visit, without compromising on authentic Chilean comfort and style. From a luxurious desert lodge and spa in the Atacama Desert to the highest quality accommodation available within Torres del Paine National Park. From a sophisticated … Continued

El Pangue Lodge

Collection of wooden cabins with modern, comfortable interiors, in an excellent location

Lodge Caleta Gonzalo

Charmingly rustic cabins, picturesquely set on the shore of a stunning fjord

Tierra del Fuego

The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is found off the southernmost tip of South America. The Land of Fire is so-called because the first European visitors saw that the indigenous people lit fires on their boats to keep warm. The main island, Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, is divided between Chile and Argentina and … Continued

The Dazzling Diversity Of Patagonian Chile And Argentina

This wide-ranging journey takes in a southern cruise and three iconic Patagonian national parks: Chile’s Torres del Paine, and Argentina’s Los Glaciares and Tierra del Fuego. Explore Santiago before flying to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city, then head north into Torres del Paine National Park. After three nights enjoying the park’s spectacular landscapes and varied … Continued

Stella Australis

Sail past glaciers, hike through verdant forests, watch elephant seals and Magellanic penguins

Hotel Malalhue

A well run, small hotel built in the traditional architectural style for the region. A great option for Pucón and the north of the Chilean lake district

Chile

With such variety, Chile is without doubt one of South America’s greatest destinations

The Central Valley Wine Region

The narrow plain of the Central Valley stretches for over 300 miles southwards from Santiago to the Biobio River, sandwiched between the Andes to the east and the Chilean Coastal Range to the west. River valleys bisect the Central Valley producing some of the most fertile land in Chile and giving rise to Chile’s most … Continued

Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

Timber log cabins in a secluded location, on the edge of Lago General Carrera

Hotel Fauna

Comfortable three storey hotel in a converted house dating back to the 1870s

La Casa de Don Tomas

Conveniently located just a 5 minute walk from San Pedro de Atacama’s main street

Hotel O’Tai

Comfortable 3* hotel occupying a central location in Hanga Roa with beautiful tropical gardens