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New Hotel Refugia brings grace and style to remote Chiloé Island
A brand new luxury property promises to bring indulgence to the Island of Chiloé, in Southern Chile. Each of the 12-rooms of the recently inaugurated Refugia overlooks the rolling countryside and beautiful bay. How to get there? Just last week, Lan Airlines inaugurated the new airport on the island with the first commercial flight into Chiloé. With under 3 hours from Santiago, the flight opens the destination to everyone.
Hotel and Restaurant Review: Lastarrias Boutique Hotel and Boca Nariz
The Lastarrias neighbourhood is the place to be in Santiago. The last few years have seen this little jewel of a quarter transform into a lovely option for those that want to get under the skin of a vibrant city like Santiago. New restaurants have been opening up, including Boca Nariz (Mouth Nose). It's all about the wine here, with over 300 options of Chilean wine. What hotel gives access to the area? Lastarrias Boutique Hotel, right in the middle of it all.
The view from the Cordillera Paine rooms of Explora's iconic hotel in Patagonia might be one of the most spectacular sights in the country. Let your clients know that it's worth waking up at dawn to see the sunrise over the mountains from the warmth of their bed. This is truly an amazing experience.
Red Harvest: A special food and wine itinerary in Chile
There is no better time to wander around the wine country than during harvest season, and the bright red leaves of Chile's iconic Carmenere grape variety provide a remarkable setting during these months. In celebration of this year's harvest season A&K Chile has designed a unique itinerary around the best food and wine the country has to offer.There is no better time to wander around the wine country than during harvest season, and the bright red leaves of Chile's iconic Carmenere grape variety provide a remarkable setting during these months. In celebration of this year's harvest season A&K Chile has designed a unique itinerary around the best food and wine the country has to offer. The departure is set for May 12th and starts in Santiago with cooking classes with celebrity chef Emilio Pescheira, followed by a trip to the coast to discover the amazing variety of Chile's seafood. Afterwards you're free to enjoy the wines! Spend two days tasting and discovering some of the best wines Chile has to offer. We know that no journey to Chile would be complete without a visit to its other breath-taking landscapes, so we'll complete the itinerary with just that. Spend 3 nights in the Atacama desert where the epicurean experience continues with gourmet meals at night under the brightest skies in the world, visits to Andean farmers and shepherds to understand their culture and cocktails while swimming in the natural pools of the oasis. Contact us for the full itinerary!
Hotel Review Tierra Patagonia
Tierra Patagonia: Walking into Tierra Patagonia is like walking back into your own home. Except that this home has a 200 foot window with views of the famed Paine Massif, center point of the Torres del Paine National Park. The jagged peaks of rock and ice provide a never-ending spectacle with infinite variations of colours, clouds and contrasts. Each themed area of the hotel is dedicated to the view, from the graceful yet unpretentious rooms to the infinity pool where the mountains reflect off the water. The great thing about Tierra Patagonia is how inviting it is. After dinner, guests will naturally gather around the fireplace with their wine glasses and share stories of the day’s adventures. As the evening wears down, they’ll walk back to their rooms with a happy heart, already set for tomorrow’s next amazing excursions.
Patagonia Update #2
We are pleased to announce that today, the authorities have partially re-opened the Torres del Paine National Park. 100.000 hectares of the park's 250.000 hectares are now open again to the public meaning that many of the excursions in the area are functioning as previously. Many hotels have also re-opened today. We would still recommend that visitors travel to the area as there are several properties located outside the park such as Tierra Patagonia, The Singular and Remota that will continue to offer a great Patagonian experience and are not in the vicinity of the area affected by the fire. These properties will only see slight changes in the excursions offered.
At this time, despite not being directly affected by the fires, the Explora will remain closed. We expect this property to reopen during the second half of January. We are in close contact with the hotel and will advise as soon as the hotel confirms their opening. Our tour consultants are contacting those affected by this to supply alternatives for visiting the area.
Update on situation in Patagonia
Last Tuesday a wildfire began in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. Due to high winds and dry conditions, the fire quickly advanced, affecting the areas around Lake Grey and Lake Pehoé. The authorities called a state of emergency and closed the entire National Park. Hotels inside the park and those nearby were evacuated. 12.000 hectares have been affected by the fire, of which a third is native forest while the rest is plains and grasslands.
This morning the President declared that the fire brigades now have 4 of the 6 affected areas under control. Improved weather conditions also mean that the fire is not spreading as quickly as before. In the 2 remaining areas the authorities have confirmed that the fire has stopped spreading and are confident that important steps have been taken to control the wildfire. Initially the park was to remain closed for the whole of January; this has now been reviewed and the newest information indicates that sections of the park are planned to reopen starting on Wednesday January the 4th. We expect that during the course of today we will have a better idea of the situation of the National Park for the next month.
Akorn Chile has relocated those passengers travelling during this past weekend and this week. For travellers planning to arrive after January 5th and depending on the hotel involved, there will only be changes in those specific excursions that included visiting the areas affected by the fire. Everything else should continue as normal.
We are confident that the situation is improving rapidly. The fire has only affected 5% of the National Park which leaves many beautiful landscapes untouched. For further updates on the situation, or for specific queries, please contact our offices.
Restoration of historic Patagonia
One of our tour consultants recently visited the new Singular Patagonia, set to open in November. The hotel is set within one of Patagonia's few historical buildings: a former industrial building with a stunning setting. The Singular is offers spectacular views over the harbor and a complete spa for relaxing after those tough days in Patagonia.
Chile Gastronomy on the BBC
Santiago is an amazing city to discover and one of the little known aspects is its gastronomy scene. This week a BBC story featured some of those little known spots where you can get under the skin of chilean food. As you'll find out, there's a lot more than just wine here! Read more at:
NEWS: Le Reve - best recommended hotel in Santiago by Trip Advisor
Le Reve boutique hotel has been announced as the one of the best hotels in Chile’s capital city by the travel guide and research website “Trip Advisor”, and with a good reason! Because its classic European style offers great infrastructure and service nestled in a beautiful mansion that has been named as Chile’s Monument. The hotel lives in perfect harmony with its exquisite French architecture and the technological advances of today's world and with its privileged location in the heart of Providence is a good base to explore important trade centers, restaurants, theaters and many tourist attractions!!
ITINERARY IDEAS: Observe the stars in the Southern Hemisphere at just 20 minutes from Santiago.
Amateur astronomers will be happy to hear that one of the largest astronomical centers in South America has opened its doors just 20 minutes from major hotels in the capital of Chile. No matter if you have no previous experience in astronomy a "star tour" at the foot of the Andes at the OAA (Andean observatory) will help you better understand the universe in which we live through powerful telescopes and with the company expert guides - no doubt an excellent alternative before continuing to the Atacama Desert - known worldwide as the astronomical capital of the planet.
NEWS: Pre-Columbian museum has changed its remodelling dates - now from September 2011
During the closure of the Pre-Columbian museum we will be offering a wide variety of options for 'culture vultures' in Chile’s capital city including some excellent museums, galleries, and historical houses with permanent (mainly Latin American) collections but also visiting exhibitions such as the “Museo de Bellas Artes” or Fine Arts Museum featuring an extensive collection of national and foreign 19th and 20th century sculpture and major works by Roberto Matta, Pedro Lira, Gonzalo Cienfuegos, Mario Toral and Nemesio Antunez.
Be part of the Rally Dakar 2011 & visit San Esteban Mine where all 33 miners emerged unscathed – exclusive opportunities in the Atacama Desert…
If your clients want to experience the most famous race in the world from the inside, Akorn has prepared an exclusive program to follow the Rally Dakar 2011 with a total immersion in the heart of the race and its backgrounds. As a group or single traveller, the experience will be rich in emotion and high on adrenalin. With the program centered near to the city of Copiapó, travellers will be in close proximity to the San Esteban mine where the 33 miners were successfully freed last month and Akorn has arranged for an exclusive tour to learn about the unique story.
Explore Chile’s central valleys by helicopter!
Chile’s increasingly famous wine lands have always been a key stop on any journey through Chile but Akorn offers the opportunity to fly to the Valley’s of Colchagua and Casablanca aboard a helicopter whilst admiring the impressive Andean backdrop. Alongside wine-tasting why not offer something a little more original such as becoming a winemaker for a day to learn about the blending of different grapes. Akorn has an excellent list of contacts in the region to fit the needs of the novice wine enthusiast right through to true experts!
ITINERARY IDEAS: Casadoca and Casa Silva - boutique style on Chile's coast and an old favourite is refurbished
Those looking for somewhere to put their weary feet up after a day’s exploring amongst Valparaiso’s hills should consider the new 6 room ‘Casadoca’ hotel located 25 minutes to the north. Perched just above the Pacific Ocean in the fishing town of Con-Con, the hotel affords beautiful ocean views blended with contemporary comfort in the heart of one of the central coast’s most typical fishing towns. If your clients are after a little wine tasting whilst in Chile’s central valleys, the newly refurbished Casa Silva hotel features a mixture of tradition and state-of-the-art technology and is an excellent alternative to use as base for your Chilean vineyard explorations. Why not have your clients become an enologist for a day or visit the renewed Colchagua museum with its curious collection of Paleontology Latin American cultural pieces, Chilean history and more.
NEWS: Slight increase in Chilean Reciprocity fee for U.S citizens
U.S. citizens travelling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, which is currently US$140, this fee is paid before going through Immigrations and Customs and may be paid by credit card or cash. For further information please contact us.
Explore Chile’s Lake District with Nomads of the Seas
Nomads of the Seas extraordinary expedition vessel the Atmosphere’ is to set sail again for Chile’s 2010 – 2011 season and will launch the season with its ground breaking ‘Tasting Chile’ Programme where those aboard will sail through some of the country’s most remote regions in the company of internationally renowned chefs. Please get in touch to find out more and discover the surprising prices!
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